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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.
Eight questions help film studies pupils reflect on the Martin Scorcese movie about the Dalai Lama, Kundun.
Require your class members to view documentaries and comment on various elements of the films. In order to elicit their thoughts, assign a worksheet with space for individuals to predict concepts that the film will feature, note specific details about the film type and elements, and comment on the film and its message. Class members can jot down their thoughts and observations and share their work the following day.
Students explore American history through films about baseball. In this film study instructional activity, students watch video clips from "The Babe," "A League of Their Own," "Eight Men Out," "The Jackie Robinson Story," and "Field of Dreams." Students then use the provided film analysis sheet to log their impressions of the films and discuss American history topics.
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.

New! Glory

If you are previewing the film Glory for your young historians, this packet may help you spark ideas for discussion and offer some interesting facts and quotations that may add to your presentation of this Civil War narrative. It includes a few worksheets that learners can use to track character development and major themes, as well as a fact sheet regarding black soldiers in the war and the 54th regiment. 
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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars define film elements and and techniques when presenting their film to the class. The class votes for their favorite film.
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.
This learning guide to Schindler's list offers an introduction to the film and a variety of discussion questions and related assignments. There are also several useful resources in the sidebar, such as a generic permission slip, vocabulary, and other movies on the topic of World War II.
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 MoonThe Lost World, and Metropolis, to more modern marvels like Blade RunnerJurassic 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.
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.