Film Studies Teacher Resources
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Welcome to Film History and Literacy
High schoolers are introduced to the routine of film studies class. They view a short film from Jiri Trnka called "The Hand" and write out a response. They also complete a film survey to identify and discuss their film viewing habits.
Film Analysis Handout
Eight questions help film studies pupils reflect on the Martin Scorcese movie about the Dalai Lama, Kundun.
Learning about Baseball and History Through Film
High schoolers explore American history through films about baseball. In this film study lesson, students watch video clips from "The Babe," "A League of Their Own," "Eight Men Out," "The Jackie Robinson Story," and "Field of Dreams." High schoolers then use the provided film analysis sheet to log their impressions of the films and discuss American history topics.
Look for the Good
Students create learning log journals and creative projects about helping others. In this circle justice lesson, students read Touching Spirit Bear and watch Pay it Forward. Students discuss the themes of both works and analyze the actions of the characters as they consider how they can contribute to making the world a better place.
Questions for The Joy Luck Club film, 1993 version
Facilitate film analysis of The Joy Luck Club with these questions. As viewers watch the 1993 version by Wayne Wang of Amy Tan's classic novel, they explore key concepts specific to the film. Questions include description and higher-order thinking skills as well as crossover with history and other novels.
What is an annotated bibliography? While not usually required until college, introducing your juniors and seniors to this type of document will prepare them for their collegiate careers. The term is defined, and the three elements of an annotation are explained.
Applying Editing Principles to Fritz Lang's Metropolis
Youngsters view the silent classic Metropolis as they discuss film history and editing techniques. They develop film literacy skills as they learn to enjoy film in a more complex way. The lesson is intended for elementary learners, but seems more appropriate for those in grade six through twelve. Note: To make the study of film more content rich, incorporate the film's use of storytelling, sequencing, and visual imagery. This will allow learners to see the connection between the visual art of film making and the writing process.
Film Study: Albert Maysles and Direct Cinema
Students Discuss the contributions of Albert Maysles to documentary filmmaking and learn how to correctly operate video recording and editing equipment to create a short film.
America in Film and Fiction
Pupils begin the lesson by reading a book on film study. After watching the movie "Citizen Kane", they work together to identify the issues concerning the United States before World War II. As a class, they discuss how the ideas and views of the directors make their way into a film.
Realism and Formalism Learning Stations
Students examine and differentiate between realism, formalism, and classicism film styles. They watch film clips, and in small groups, complete a compare/contrast worksheet, identify the styles of the films, and complete four learning stations.
Writing Responses to Film
Students discover what makes a good paper. They watch different types of films and write a response to them. They share their paper with their classmates as well.
Let's Watch a Story
Fourth graders watch a silent movie and identify the elements of a story. They complete a worksheet attached to the lesson and discuss their answers.
Processing Experiences from the Documentary Film Project
Pupils use computer to type a response to what they learned during their documentary film project. They share with the class what they did for their project and ask for questions.
Film Analysis Using the My Hero Film Collection: Identifying Genre, Techniques, and Message
Students access films on the MY HERO site and analyze them for film elements, techniques and message, and choose a favorite film to present to the class. Students watch films from the website and analyze the effectiveness of the message. Students define film elements and and techniques when presenting their film to the class. The class votes for their favorite film.
Film Analysis of Ju Dou
While teaching from Wild Swans by Jung Chang, make a connection with the film Ju Dou. Both are set in China and depict the harsh lives of some Chinese women in the 20th century. Seven questions are posed specific to Ju Dou and one question asks the class to compare Ju Dou to Wild Swans. Ju Dou is rated PG-13 for violence, sex, and profanity.
A Cinematic Journey Through Visual Effects
George Méliès realized in the early days of cinema that, "Films have the ability to capture dreams." From classic movies like A Trip to the Moon, The Lost World, and Metropolis, to more modern marvels like Blade Runner, Jurassic Park, and Avatar, visual effects have been making the impossible a reality for over 100 years. This video provides a brief, but interesting look at the evolution of motion pictures, great for a film studies or computer graphics class.
Anne Bancroft Dies
High schoolers get together in groups to read and learn about the life of film actress Anne Bancroft. After a teacher-led presentation on her life, each of the groups must complete tasks described by the worksheets embedded in the plan. For any high school film studies class, this would be an ideal lesson. The format could be used for any film star, but would require a new set of worksheets.
Literature Study Guide: Out of Africa
Here you will find a widely applicable set of materials to enhance any reading task: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, a reading schedule, study guides, a plot flow chart, and a character map. Resource is designated for Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, but these materials would work for any literary text, in any educational context, home or classroom. Links to Out of Africa film study guide and author information are provided.
Film Critique: The Story and the Techniques
Why just show your class a movie when you could teach them how to critique film the same way they do literature? While this activity uses Battlestar Galactica as its visual text of choice, this plan could be used with any film selection. It would be perfect to use with the film adaptation of any literary work. Teens learn what it means to critique as well as how to identify literary and technical aspects of film as they watch various films.
Before the Talkies
What is a talkie? I bet most of your class doesn't even know that movies used to come in two colors, black and white. Help them explore the wonders of film history through a group research project. Each small group will research a different decade of film production. They'll use their findings to create a whole-class timeline comprised of each group's decade of research. The activity is intended to be used with the book Wonderstruck, but works great without the context of the book.