Film Studies Teacher Resources
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Film Study
5th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewAccording to John Betjeman, "Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows." With The Boy in the Striped Pajamas film study, scholars work in small groups to discuss the quote and other...
A Cinematic Journey Through Visual Effects
7 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
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,...
German Expressionism: Crash Course Film History #7
10 mins 8th - 12th
The seventh episode in the a film history playlist takes a close look at the rise and fall of German cinema of the post-World War I period. The narrator uses The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and its expressionistic use of mise-en-scene to...
Create a Magic Lantern Show; Freed People in the Reconstruction South
8th - 11th
Engage your scholars by having them create "magic lantern shows" inspired by the film Dr. Toer's Amazing Magic Lantern Show: A Different View of Emancipation. As they study the South's Reconstruction through primary sources, learners...
Film Festival: Documentaries for Hispanic Heritage Month
9th - 12th
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the New York Times provides links to five short documentary films depicting Hispanic themes and culture. Learners can click on each embedded link to view the films, then answer each set of related...
Film Language and Elements of Style
11th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How do you read a frame? How do you read a shot? Here's a resource that shows viewers how to read films. As part of the study, class members examine the camera angles, lighting, movement, and cinematic point of view in Mr. Smith Goes to...
Studying Documentaries Like a Writer - Looking For Persuasive Techniques
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Revisit the documentaries viewed in the previous lesson in this series in order to take a look at the persuasive techniques employed by the documentary creators. Small groups watch the films a second time, taking notes on two provided...
Documentaries Have a Focus and an Angle
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
The third instructional activity in a series, this resource narrows in on two aspects of documentary films: focus and angle. After a brief explanation of the terms, class members view a student-made film and identify the topic, focus,...
Experimental and Documentary Films
10 mins 8th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Some of the boldest films in history have been documentaries or experimental films. Explore non-narrative cinema and its avant-garde techniques with a short video about a creative faction in film history. Additionally, the video...