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Sites taught: El Diamante

Visalia Unified School District

Course Outline

Course Title: Introduction to Video

Grade Level: 9-10

Elective/Required: Elective

Length/Credits: Year / 10 credits

Prerequisites: none

Course Number & CBEDS Codes:

Replaces: N/A

I.         Course Description:

This is a year-long entry-level class that offers students an opportunity to grow in an academy style classroom.  Students will learn the language of film in a real-world video studio while exposing them to the curriculum of their core classes. Working with teachers from 9th and 10th grade core classes, Intro to Video students will work across the curriculum to develop videos that complement instruction in classes like English, Math, History and Science.

II.        Instructional Materials

  1. Software:         
  1. iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and other video editing software
  2. Microsoft Word
  3. Storyboard Pro – Free storyboarding application

B.        Hardware:         

  1. DV Cameras
  2. Tripods
  3. Apple G5
  4. imac
  5. Gateway PC

C.        Required Text:  

a.        Video Basics 4 by Herbert Zettl (ISBN: 0-05-3461245-8)

D.        Supplementary Texts:

        a.        Teacher developed handouts

        b.        Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut (ISBN: 0-671-52601-4)

        c.        Making Movies by Sidney Lumet (ISBN: 0-679-43709-6)

        d.         Cassavetes on Cassavetes by Ray Carney (ISBN: 0-571-20157-1)

E.        Internet Resources:




  1. Course Outline
  1. Exploring History of Film
  1. Film Pioneers
  2. Film Icons
  3. Classic Hollywood
  1. Understanding the Language of Video
  1. Analog vs. Digital
  2. Multimedia
  3. Frame rates
  4. Shot Framing
  5. Basic Camera Movements
  6. Basic Editing Concepts
  7. Genre
  1. Understanding the Stages of Production
  1. Pre-production
  2. Production
  3. Post-production
  4. Peer Evaluation
  1. Copyright
  1. Intellectual Property
  2. Fair Use
  3. Royalty Free
  4. Famous Cases
  1. Media Awareness
  1. Determining Audience
  2. Media Literacy
  3. How media influences culture and vice-versa.

IV.         Expectations for Student Learning

        Students will:

A.         Acquire knowledge of historical works and figures and use the                                 information to evaluate, critique, and compare their own works to                                 those of current and historical filmmakers.

B.        Organize and implement video projects that have

        educational and/or instructional value in their core classes.

C.        Acquire vocabulary and key concepts in order to express ideas                                 with video in other academic forums.

D.        Enhance problem solving and planning skills by researching and                                 organizing subject matter during the         preproduction process.  Demonstrate                         their knowledge of subject matter by creating outlines, script drafts and                         edits and develop storyboards.

E.        Follow schedules and production plans and enhance team building and                         collaborative skills in order to acquire needed video and other media

F.        Organize video and media acquired in production and construct a video in                         the post production stage that adheres to the original concept        

G.         Understand and apply responsible and ethical uses of technology

H.        Meet the following Tech Standards:

                1. Practice care and responsible use with all equipment.

                1.1 Apply strategies for identifying and solving routine hardware/software                         problems.

                1.3 Organize work into a meaningful folder structure.

                1.5 Appropriately apply a variety of electronic tools to accomplish a given                 task.

                2.2 Use a presentation application to communicate an idea before a live                         audience.

                3.3 Apply a mapping or outlining application during the writing process.

                3.4 Collaborate with classmates to explore abstract concepts using a                         simulation.

                4.1 Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, and bias of                                 electronic information sources.

                4.2 Use online tools to collaborate with peers, experts, and others to a                         compile, synthesize, and produce a definitive reference on a chosen                         subject.

                5. Discuss copyright, email etiquette, Web site viewing, and privacy issues                 related to responsible use of technology and describe personal                                 consequences of inappropriate use.

        I.        Meet the following Information Technology standards:

                B1.0 Students understand the effective use of tools for media production,                         development, and project management.

                B2.0 Students understand the effective use of communication software to                         access and transmit information.

                B3.0 Students understand the use of different types of peripherals and                         hardware appropriate to media and technology.

                B4.0 Students apply technical and interpersonal skills and knowledge to                         support the user.

        J.        Meet the following English Standards:

                1.1  Understand words and their derivations

                1.2 Understanding denotative and connotative meanings of                                         words

                2.4 Synthesize content, paraphrase and connect ideas

                2.5 Extend ideas

                2.6 Follow technical directions

        K.        Meet the following Mathematics Standards:

                10.0 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide to solve multi-step                                         problems using these techniques.

                13.0 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational                                                 expressions/functions solving both computationally and                                         conceptually challenging problems.

  1. Instructional Methods        
  1. Lecture
  2. Demonstration
  3. Evaluation of published works
  4. Guided and Independent Practice
  5. Cooperative Learning
  6. Discussion

  1. Assessment and Evaluations
  1. Individual Assignments
  2. Discussions
  3. Homework
  4. Tests and Quizzes
  5. Group Projects
  6. Course final

  1. Grading Policy

All final grades will follow Visalia Unified School District Board Policy, including adhering to the approved grading scale below.

        A        90%-100%

        B        80%-89%

        C        70%-79%

        D        60%-69%

        F         0%-59%