Lights, Camera, Action! Annual 11th Grade Film Festival

There was laughter, cheers, applause - and some posturing about who was going to win - at the 4th annual 11th Grade Film Festival on Friday, February 1st.  There were 14 films entered, two from each class, and the students gathered in the cafeteria for the screening.  The students rated the films based on the  3 established criteria, and at the end, the winners were announced.  Winning groups came up to receive their trophies or medals and had a photo op on the "red carpet" in front of our Oscar backdrop.

The event was the culminating activity for a short story unit around the theme Human Connections, the students had worked in groups, chose a story, and planned and created a film version highlighting the central idea and a writing strategy the author employed.  In each class, the students viewed their classmates' films, and rated them based on 3 criteria.  The top two films were entered into the Festival.

1st Place: For Langston Hughes' "Thank You, M'am" - Johnny Salamone, Jimmy Tighe, Patrick Revelant, Aidan McMahon

2nd Place: For O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" - Ericson Velasquez, Brendan Shannon, Matt Tarantola

3rd Place: For Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" - Ryan Simmons, Justin Roa, Luke Lambropoulos, Jerry Flood

I'm in my 35th year of teaching, 34 of them in Mineola.  I teach 8th and 11th grade English at the high school, and I am the adviser for the Question Mark, the high school newspaper.  I also am assistant director for the spring musical and the adviser for the Creative Writing Club. 

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