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Movies As Literature

Date: January 12, 2016 Author: Christy Davis Categories: 7 - 8, Information, Uncategorized 0

Welcome to Movies As Literature. Telling stories has long been an effective teaching tool and means for cultural influence. A well told story appeals to our imagination and emotions. Every story holds a purpose. So, why use movies? Movies offer the same structure as a short story, especially when based on a novel. We will be using movies to dig deeper into story elements to discover plot, point of view, characterization, setting, and character. We will learn to watch movies actively and reflect on underlying messages. This process will help the students understand the elements of good story telling, identify and respond to messages and understand the techniques used to involve us emotionally in our viewing. This class will also include composition as we draw conclusions and interpret the various literary themes and techniques presented in each movie selection. I sincerely hope you and your child will find this class stimulating and informative.
Below is our planned schedule for the class. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I would like to offer the option for your family to opt out of any or all of the movies we will be studying. Please contact me if you would like to discuss this further.
Thank you for the opportunity to work with your children.

SIncerely,
Christy Davis
cdavis@hayward.k12.wi.us

January
5 & 7          Introduction
12 & 14      Watch The Music Man (1962, directed by Morton DaCosta)
19 & 21      Continue viewing movie
26 & 28     Finish movie and Composition activity for Music Man
February
2 & 4          Watch The Yearling (1946, directed by Clarence Brown)
9 & 11         Finish The Yearling, discussion
23 & 25      Composition activity for The Yearling
March
1 & 3           Watch Swiss Family Robinson (1960, directed by Ken Annakin)
8 & 10         Finish movie
15 & 17        Discussion and activity
29 & 31       Flex week to finish projects or allow for carry over
April
5 & 7            Watch The Book Thief (2013, PG-13, directed by Brian Percival)
12 & 14        Continue movie
19 & 21        Finish movie and discussion
26 & 28       Composition and activity

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