I had my regents kids prepare for a Visible Thinking exercise in their journals with the heading “Creating Atmosphere in Film”. My students then watched the following video, “Lovefield” by Mathieu Ratthe, and as they were doing so, I asked them to write down ten things they noticed in the film that created a specific atmosphere (they had to use “tone” words with the descriptions).
After the film, they shared what they noticed with a partner in the room. They then had to return to their seats and write three things they thought about the film and three things they wondered. We then shared ideas using the routine I’d set up during the year: a different colored Post-It note for See/Think/Wonder.
Their writing task was to explain in a three-chunk paragraph how director Mathieu Ratthe effectively created a misleading atmosphere which led to situational irony at the end of the piece.