Film as Genre
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Analyzing Motion Pictures
This 1-page teacher guide offers questions for students who are analyzing movies. From the U. S. Library of Congress, requires Adobe Reader for access.
How are a three-shot, a canted angle shot, and a dolly shot different from one another? Find the answers here.
City of Cranes
This lesson in perspective includes both activities and the 14-minute video City of Cranes, available to watch online.
The Director in the Classroom
This page contains links to sites with information about filmmaking, including desktop video.
Film in the Classroom
Resources, and more. Handouts (storyboard, viewing log) require Adobe Reader or compatible application.
Finding Inspiration in Literature and Movies (FILM)
Curriculum materials to support a variety of movies, including Charlotte's Web, Because of Winn-Dixie, Prince Caspian, and Freedom Writers.
The Grammar of Television and Film
Extensive background information on camera angels, editing, sound, lighting, and much more.
Interpretive, descriptive review commentary and historical background for hundreds of classic Hollywood and other American films in the last century, a wealth of film reference material of all kinds, a famous film quotations quiz, a complete Academy Awards (Oscars) History and detailed Film History - by decade, and hundreds of colorful, vintage film poster reproductions.
This archive from the American Rhetoric collection includes a variety of clips and scripts organized alphabetically by title of movie. Titles starting with the will be found under "T".
Movie Trailers As Persuasive Texts
This page is a resource for teachers who wish to consider using trailers to teach students about persuasive texts and techniques.
Reading the Movies: Another Approach to Teaching Critical Thinking Skills and Writing
This lesson utilizes elements of film to analyze character, action, and theme in the 1994 movie Quiz Show. Through classroom discussion, journaling, and a multi-paragraph critical essay, the lesson also encourages students to make personal connections and real life applications as they view movies and television critically as well as for entertainment. This unit is designed for grades 11 and 12 and takes about 7 days. Access requires Adobe Reader.
Studying Feature Films
This page includes a list of recommended feature films by genre and suggestions for analyzing and writing about films in general. Scroll down for a list of related links.
Through the Lens of Robert Capra
In this lesson, students will use guided reading techniques to learn about Capa's style and to discover the techniques that made him a great photographer. Students will also learn the basics of telling compelling stories through photos. In the culminating activity, each student will create a photo essay telling a story that has personal significance. This lesson from PBS is part of the American Masters series.
Using Documentary Film as an Introduction to Rhetoric
This extensive unit plan was prepared by classroom teachers and designed for AP classes. This 65-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.