Lesson Plans

To help educators integrate Create to Learn tutorials in their classrooms, we've worked with Christine M'lot to develop this series of Units and Lesson Plans aligned to curriculum expectations across Canada. They can be used alongside the Create to Learn textbook, or explored while students watch each tutorial series online.

Unit 1: Turning Passion into Purpose

In this Unit, students will learn from a variety of creatives on how they can explore business ideas and leverage online tools and platforms to launch a side hustle or business enterprise.

Lesson 1: Cash In On Your Passion (Casey Desjarlais)

Throughout this lesson, students will explore their passions, including what they are good at and what their community needs are in order to develop a business idea. Based on their business idea, students will create a brand kit as outlined by Casey Desjarlais in “Cash in on Your Passion”. Students will complete the project by designing a logo for their product or service. Finally, students will engage in the peer-edit process to practice giving and receiving feedback on their designs.

Download our
Cash In On Your Passion
Lesson

Unit 2: Photography, Filming, and Acting

Throughout this unit, students will learn the basics of photography and filming. In lesson one they will learn all about photography while demonstrating their learning by creating an original photo essay. In lesson two they will practice filming an interview with a community member and creating an original video from start to finish. In lesson three they will learn how to use video-editing software. Finally, in lessons four and five students will learn what it takes to get into the acting world while exploring acting as a career path.

Lesson 1: Film and Photography Basics (Sara Cornthwaite)

Throughout this lesson, students will be exposed to examples of photo essay journalism while learning photography basics. They will apply their knowledge by creating an original photo essay that tells a story about an aspect of their lives or communities. To celebrate, their photo essays will be displayed in the classroom as an exhibition and students will spend a class viewing each other’s work and discussing the meaning, emotions conveyed, and photography elements used.

Download our
Film and Photography Basics
Lesson

Lesson 2: Film Yourself Like a Boss (Patrick Shannon)

Throughout this lesson, students will practice the art of filming. Students will first film themselves and then they will have the opportunity to film an interview with a community member and create an original video from start to finish.

Download our
Film Yourself Like a Boss
Lesson

Lesson 3: Creating Digital Media on a Budget (Diana Hellson)

Throughout this lesson, students will learn how to use a free video editing program. Students will practice editing the videos they created in Lesson 2.

Download our
Creating Digital Media on a Budget
Lesson

Lesson 4: So You Wanna Be an actor?

Throughout this lesson, students will learn about the evolving role of Indigenous people in film and tv from stereotyped caricatures in movies and television produced by non-Indigenous people, to Indigenous-produced media today. Students will be exposed to various examples of Indigenous stereotypes in movies and television throughout history while discussing the harmful effects of these stereotypes. Next, students will learn from Anna Lambe while comparing media written, produced and acted by Indigenous people.

Download our
So You Wanna Be an Actor?
Lesson

Lesson 5: Actor's Toolkit

Throughout this lesson, students will practice preparing for auditions by engaging in a series of improv games. Students will then put their acting and video editing skills to action by creating an audition tape including a self-tape, video demo reel and audio demo reel.

Download our
Actors Kit
Lesson