Media Arts Village Update
Spring is right around the corner!
Welcome to a new semester in the Media Arts Village!
Here is what the Project Timeline is looking like for Spring...
STLP is here!
Junior Field trip!
Bonus Point Opportunity
Digital Vision Competition
Check out our gallery!
What are we doing in class?
Senior Media Arts Showcase:
Students are currently working on their Replication Film. They are working to recreate 3-4 minutes of a famous film of their choice in teams of 5-6. They will be analyzed down to the tiniest detail – including props, settings, dialogue, camera shots and angles, etc. This will be a 100 point assignment, so please discuss the importance of taking time to put forth their best effort. We have also started focusing on audio production and correction in Final Cut Pro X. Students have learned about separating audio from video footage, working with different audio levels and an equalizer, as well as the variety of audio effects that Final Cut Pro X offers. They have also learned the importance of Command + Z!
Advanced Media Arts and Media Arts:
Students are working on the Intro Film assignment. Students will be working to create the first 90 seconds of a fictitious film. They must include a production studio logo, introducing actors and actresses, and of course, introducing the title of the film. The introduction of a film relies a lot of b-roll and generally establishes the setting and introduces the audience to the main character. This will be a 50 point assignment, so please discuss the importance of taking time to put in their best work! We have also started focusing on audio production and correction in Final Cut Pro X. Students have learned about separating audio from video footage, working with different audio levels and an equalizer, as well as the variety of audio effects that Final Cut Pro X offers. They have also learned the importance of Command + Z! :)
Students in English IV are finishing the novel Into the Wild. After this novel, we will either start our British literature unit which will consist of Beowulf and Hamlet, or we will read a play about the Salem Witch Trials called The Crucible.
AP Language and Composition:
Students in AP Lang are in the midst of the Argument Essay unit. We are learning about the four different types of Argument essay prompts that could be on the AP exam. Since we are close to the AP exam, the focus in this semester has been in class essays. From now until the test, students will typically write at least one essay a week. Most of these essay prompts come from prompts that were on the AP test in past years.
The AP exam is at 8:00 am on Wednesday, May 13th. Today is the last day to sign up for the AP test without having to pay the $5 late fee. The last possible day to sign up for the test is Friday, March 20th. Here is the link to the website you need to go to in order to sign students up for the exam:
English III students are finishing the novel Into the Wild. They will take their final quiz over the novel on Monday, March 16th. After that, they will write a character analysis essay, and then students will use skills they have learned in Media Arts to analyze the film for cinematic techniques. After spring break, students read literature from the Realism era in American history: literature from the Civil War through the early 1900s. We will end the year with The Great Gatsby.
Pre-AP English II and English II:
Sophomores are in the middle of the Holocaust unit, in which we read and study Night by Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. We continue to prepare for their End of Course assessment for English II, which is 20% of their final grade in this class, through skills-based lessons that teach them to analyze any text for literary and rhetorical devise.
The Pre-AP class will soon start their next independent reading novel, The Lord of the Flies. They will be assigned this novel sometime before spring break. Typically students have around 50 pages to read each week, and an assignment that accompanies that section of the novel to help with reading comprehension and further practice on literary skills. Students also have a one quiz each week over that section of reading.
We just wrapped up the ionic and covalent bonding unit and will quickly move on to learning about chemical reactions. This is a really exciting part of the year because we begin doing labs that look like “Hollywood” chemistry – using Erlenmeyer flasks, causing reaction mixtures to bubble and froth, and learning to balance equations. After spring break, we will cover acid-base chemistry with a focus on real-world applications including cooking, cleaning, and other common household activities!
We are continuing to explore environmental issues as we wrap up our unit on climate change. We have learned to consider alternative viewpoints and assess the players and values of current environmental issues. Coming up next? Energy, endangered species, and ecosystems, oh my!