Movies as Literature
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.
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.
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