Film Studies Teacher Resources

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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 instructional activity 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.
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.
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.
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.
Use this general lesson plan guide to inform your instruction surrounding a documentary. The lesson plan is made up of five activities. The activities are intentionally general because they are designed to adapted for specific films. While the lesson plan was originally designed to go with the films on the same site as the plan, they could be used with virtually any film. Additionally, the resource includes a series of questions grouped by theme that could be asked about any film.
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.
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. 
Film analysis takes critical thinking, connections, and context. Upper graders look at the film installation, Crystal Palace in terms of the film makers choices, presentation, and perspective of truth. After an analytical discussion of the film, kids take images of their urban landscape, then crop and alter them to create abstractions of their personal realities.
Mr. Bojangles was born just after slavery was abolished and became one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. Explore key vocabulary, the life of an African-American entertainer, and the impact of the Harlem Renaissance on American culture. This discussion-based resource could fit well into the study of film, cultural history, or African-American history.
In this film analysis worksheet, students complete a form, analyzing a motion picture. Worksheet is a blank template and can be reset and printed on line. Detailed information about a film is asked for on the form.
If you're working on a movie analysis unit or you teach film studies, consider using this helpful resource. Create a project for film analysis using the provided outline. Though not a complete rubric, this handout can give you ideas to write up your own presentation criteria.
Students 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." Students then use the provided film analysis sheet to log their impressions of the films and discuss American history topics.
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.
Students begin the instructional activity 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.
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. 
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.
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.
Learners complete an Internet search to locate sources relating to Jung Chang's Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China. In this literary analysis activity, students visit the website to research topics related to the reading. Learners complete handouts for their research and reading in a six week project of the activity.