The Domiciles Project

Lesson Plans

Title: Movie Trailers to Tell the Story

Date: September 17, 2013

By: Mike Bason

City: Gouverneur

State: NY

Age: 38

M. Bason


Domiciles Project




  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Explore and inquire into areas of interest to formulate an argument.


  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.



Day #1


Students will be introduced to the scope of the Domiciles Project.  During this time, students will view sample doors on the website to introduce to concept and the assignment.


Students will practice a notice and focus for one of the sample doors.


Class discussion will follow, leading to analysis and interpretation.


Day #2


Students will be allowed to examine the doors, spending only 2 minutes per door.  After the initial two minutes, they will then select a door that says “something” to them.


After selecting the door, they are then to spend 10-15 minutes examining the door. While examining the door, they will complete the attached notice and focus worksheet.  This will help guide their analysis.


Any additional time will be for them to discuss their doors and what they noticed.


Day #3


In the classroom, students will work on interpreting with their door.  To do so, they will begin with the evidence, warrant, and conclusion chart.  This gets them to think through the door and possible meanings. 


After completing the sheet, they will do a passaged-based, focused freewrite.  This will allow them to get their ideas down about meanings without the confines of formal writing.


Group discussion will then occur to discuss the ideas.


Students will then begin to write an argumentative essay that attempts to create meaning of the artwork. 


If there is time at the end of class, the “movie trailer “creative assignment will be introduced.


Days #4-7


Students will be introduced to the movie trailer assignment.  To do so, they will define movie trailer, view sample trailers, and identify the elements of a movie trailer.


They will then go back down to view the doors, and while working with a partner, they will take notes for their movie trailer. 


While creating the trailer, the students will use story elements as well as the story the door provides for them.  They are also to incorporate the interpretations about the door being used.


The other days, the students will create their trailers