Movies as Literature

Movies as Literature

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ISBN: 9781891975097
Grades: 7-12

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This complete, one-year literature course was designed for high school but would be great for a middle school study as well. The course uses classic novels that have been made into movies to introduce and study the elements of literary analysis. Student discussion and composition questions are provided for each of the seventeen movies featured. An extensive teacher's guide and answer key are included for the questions asked. A glossary of important literary terms is also given, as well as a final exam which tests literary elements learned from each movie. The course not only provides students the skills needed to dissect different literary aspects of books, it also teaches them to discern underlying messages in movies rather than simply absorbing them. Whether you want your students to read the novels first and then watch the movies and analyze them, or merely watch the movies alone, this book provides great guidelines and offers students the tools they need for prompting literary analysis. ~ Rachel S.

Publisher Description:

This complete, one-year high school English course uses classic movies on video/DVD to introduce and study the elements of literary analysis. The student portion of this book contains discussion and composition questions for each of the 17 lessons, several of which can also be used to supplement studies in grades 7 and 8. This portion may be photocopied by the purchaser for personal family use or the student workbook may be purchased separately for convenience. This volume also contains an extensive teacher’s guide/answer key with ideas to help in directing students’ thinking and suggestions for evaluating the content in their compositions. Also included are plot summaries, a glossary of literary terms, a final exam, and guidelines for writing and evaluating an essay. This course will not only give students the tools to appreciate good books more fully, but will also equip them with the ability to discern underlying messages in movies rather than simply absorb them.

Category Description for Movies as Literature:

This complete, one-year literature course was designed for high school but could be used as a middle school study. The course uses classic movies (some of which are better known than their novel of origin) to introduce and study the elements of literary analysis. For instance, Emma and To Kill a Mockingbird are both well-known and often-studied novels, while Chariots of Fire is known primarily as a movie. Student discussion and composition questions are provided for each of the seventeen movies featured in the extensive Teacher Guide (answer key included). Extra resources include a glossary of important literary terms as well as a final exam. Focusing on the skills needed to dissect different literary aspects of great books, however, doesn’t mean that underlying messages in movies goes unnoticed. Whether you want your students to read the novels first and then watch the movies and analyze them, or merely watch the movies alone, this book provides great guidelines and offers students the tools they need for literary analysis. The optional Student Workbook contains the questions from the Teacher Guide, with room for students to answer them, plus a glossary and plenty of movie trivia for fun.




Category Description for STUDY GUIDES & BOOKS:

Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.


Primary Subject
Reading/Literature
Grade Start
7
Grade End
12
ISBN
9781891975097
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Design-a-Study
Weight
1.8 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.88"
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Recommendation from friend
Tara W on Aug 17, 2021
To have a curriculum that I can use as a reference for my student and because it accompanies the workbook.
Christina O on Jun 2, 2021
Recommendation from friend
Tara W on Aug 17, 2021
I like the literary terms used in the questions. Great for a child who does not love reading novels.
Tracie V on Jul 22, 2021
To have a curriculum that I can use as a reference for my student and because it accompanies the workbook.
Christina O on Jun 2, 2021
Will use as curriculum for 10th grader
Vanessa K on Jan 20, 2021
Movies are a great motivation and sometimes easier for learners who are just learning English or just don't like to read.
Dana S on Aug 29, 2020
My daughter is interested in film and this seems to be a great way to incorporate literature for a student interested in film studies
Jennifer H on Jul 19, 2020
This course looked like an intriguing option to traditional literature studies. Our son was interested, so we are giving it a try.
Albert N on Jul 18, 2020
My son wants to be a film director, so we are using this for our English course this year! So excited to try it out!
Emily J on Aug 13, 2019
Looking for a non-traditional English High School credit. Film seemed perfect!
Tracy B on Apr 9, 2019
This curriculum makes literature study fun. A lot of the movies are older black and white, which when I did this with my older son years ago, we learned to love those movies. I think having the students do this as a group would be beneficial, so we are trying that out this year along with reading some of the books and comparing them with the movie. Totally recommend!
Lori D on Aug 13, 2018
Visual guide to learning Literature
Deborah R on Dec 1, 2017
I like the literary terms used in the questions. Great for a child who does not love reading novels.
Tracie V on Jul 22, 2021
Will use as curriculum for 10th grader
Vanessa K on Jan 20, 2021
Will the movie need to be rewatched? If we download the movie from Prime, we only have access to it for a day.
A shopper on Jun 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hello, I can confirm that you will need to watch the movie multiple times. The sample schedule suggests 10 days (2 academic weeks) per movie, with the movie watched straight through on day 1, watched with rewinding on days 2-3, and then watched as needed on days 6-10 for gathering "evidence" to go into the composition. I think that for any literature course you should budget for the "literature" as well as for the course. We have a rising 8th grader and decided, after looking over this course, to wait and use it after doing a year of a book-based course. In the case of our book-based course, the total cost of the recommended editions of the books was considerably more than the cost of the course itself. If you are using Prime you will probably have to rent each movie multiple times (although sometimes older movies can be rented for more than 24 hours at a time) so you should budget accordingly, and in fact it may turn out to be cheaper simply to buy the movie. Check with your local library to see whether you might be able to borrow some of the movies from them instead.
Is this curriculum for high school? The description says it was designed for high school, but above it states grades 4-8. I think my daughter would really enjoy this, but I need it for high school. Thank-you for any/all information.
A shopper on Feb 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I am using it for my 11th grade son as an English credit and he really enjoys it. The curriculum recommends the following steps for each film: 1. Watch the movie in its entirety. 2. Answer 25 questions, which takes my son a full week of reviewing the film and writing his responses. The questions require analysis of plot development, character motivations, director choices, film technique, etc. He needs to re-watch parts of the film and be thoughtful 3. We discuss the questions (teacher guide has thorough answers)4. There are optional essay questions for a writing component if you choose to use it. This is a high school curriculum, for sure. Film content along makes it so (movies like Raisin in the Sun, Henry V...not for younger grades), but the level of thinking required leans towards literary analysis,, not just comprehension.
Do I need the workbook as well as this resource to teach this?
A shopper on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The teacher's manual contains both the student questions and the answers to those questions. You could copy or type out the student questions if you have the time and desire to do so. Copying will be a bit annoying since the book is of the soft bound type.
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