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Movies as Literature teaches the ability to critique movies-- just like literature! This course helps students understand the elements of good story-telling, identify and respond to messages, and understand techniques used to emotionally engage people as we watch or read.
The movies included in this course were chosen based on two primary criteria: they had to be well written in terms of literary elements (with most based on novels or plays) and they had to be filmed effectively and use various film techniques. Seventeen movies are covered: Shane, Friendly Persuasion, The Quiet Man, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Music Man, ET The Extra-Terrestrial, The Maltese Falcon, Rear Window, Emma, The Philadelphia Story, The Journey of August King, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Raisin in the Sun, Raiders of the Lost Art, Henry V, A Man for all Seasons, and Chariots of Fire. The specific versions listed in the book are required.
Each lesson contains three questions for compositions; this book will help students learn the standard writing process of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Discussion guide questions help students learn about the analysis of literary elements and any unfamiliar vocabulary. Students will learn to make inferences, draw conclusions, and identify and interpret figurative language and symbolism as they study character, plot, theme, and film/literary techniques.
Students read the first page of the lesson for background information and notes of what to look for. Then they watch the movie without interruption. Afterwards, they look over the discussion questions, watch the movie again to answer the questions, discuss answers with the teachers, and review portions with the teacher as needed, and go over portions of the movie to find supporting details for compositions. Activities for extended study are also included.
The teacher's guide section in this book includes answers to the discussion questions along with information meant to spur discussion or provided additional insight.
Approximately 10-12 days to complete each lesson. Final exam included.
335 pages, softcover, with glossary. Student book portions and glossary are reproducible for student use. Use as a one-year high school course or supplement to grades 7 to 12 English. First six movies can be used for grades 7-8; the others are more appropriate for grades 9-12. Scripture taken from the NIV.
Number of Pages: 335
Vendor: Design A Study
Publication Date: 2002
|Dimensions: 11 X 8.5 (inches)|
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gcbsmommy5 Stars Out Of 5Thankul for this interesting alternative to a traditional literature curriculumOctober 8, 2014gcbsmommyMy sophomore son loves acting, theatre, and film, so this curriculum immediately caught my eye. Thus far, it has been a wonderful opportunity for him to improve his observational and critical analysis skills while enjoying classic films we might not otherwise have thought to seek out. The whole family has enjoyed watching these films with him and adding to the discussion.
Marie G5 Stars Out Of 5Movies as LiteratureOctober 3, 2014Marie GQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Using this text with my 9th and 12 grade students. Good change of pace for us. Really causes them to use analytical thinking skills. I like the wide variety of movie selections and then I added a few more just for fun. Great family and learning time if your student does not have time or has difficulty with reading.
Mary Dotson4 Stars Out Of 5June 13, 2008Mary DotsonVery good resource. Liked the selection and the discussion questions. All the information was helpful. The only thing that would have made it better is if it had questions students had to answer as they watched the movie to make sure they were paying attention similar to reading comprehension questions as read each chapter in a novel.
Jennifer Connelly5 Stars Out Of 5June 23, 2005Jennifer ConnellyVery good and enjoyable literature curriculum! My 14 year old daughter loves to read, but last summer discovered movies for entertainment. This combines both fun and learning. It is not an easy curriculum, definitely use for high school or advanced junior high students. Our only complaint: for the last movie the questions seemed a bit repetitive. My daughter complained occasionally about the movie selection, but she always was glad to have seen and studied it by the time we finished with it. By the way, the author did an excellent job with the selection: historical, classic, and some modern. The author suggests using two weeks per movie for discussion and essay questions. We rarely needed that much time. Extended studies get you into the actual written works. This is where the two weeks might become necessary.This is a challenging and unique way to study literature. I highly recommend it.
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