Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: What Is a Movie?

Watching is not the same as seeing. Transform viewers from passive watchers to active students of film with this 34-page packet, filled with lessons and activities that use Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to examine the technology, the narrative structure, and the heritage of film.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource as an introduction to a film as literature course, a film unit, or as part of a study of government
Classroom Considerations

  • The first in a series of four resources, designed to be used in order, that uses Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to teach viewers how to read a film
Pros

  • The packet includes detailed plans, resource materials, and assessments
Cons

  • None