In this highly praised and innovative approach, literature concepts are taught through the medium of film. Students are taught to "read" movies using the same skills needed for reading literature. Each unit uses a movie to teach a literary concept. Course information such as definitions, history, cast lists, etc., is included for each unit. Teachers are given various activities for introducing literary concepts. Pages are ready to be reproduced to hand out to students or to make overhead transparencies. A viewing guide is included for each movie to be filled out as students watch the movie or as a comprehension check at the end of the movie. Students complete pre-viewing exercises, view the film, and then respond to the film through quizzes, oral assignments, group activities and performances, or writing assignments. Students write individually and in groups. They write character sketches, short stories, film reviews, skits, essays, term papers, and poetry (songs). The method is acclaimed by curriculum developers, teachers, and students who have experienced the curriculum first hand.
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I just completed the Big Fish unit with my students. First they learned the symbolism of fish in literature. Fish represent freedom because they must be caught to be controlled. They represent man¿s spirit which is swimming in the water of eternity. We then viewed the film and looked for references to water and fish. We then learned what allusions are and explained the MANY allusions used in the film. My students then composed their own allusion sentences. Then we told fish stories aloud (exaggerated stories with hints of magic). This was a great activity. It took about five days do do everything. Everything in this book is incredible!
Another teacher and I went together to purchase this book. We didn't realize until we received it that it is really a book designed to teach a whole year course. There are twenty complete units in it! But each movie unit can be taught by itself. I have only had time to teach one of the movies, one of my favorites--Sense and Sensibility. There is a game to play with your students to teach the difference between one sister led by logic, 'sense,' and the other led by her heart, 'sensibililty.' Then there are activities to teach the meaning of satire, verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony. These concepts are a bit hard to teach, but this book makes it easy. Then the students viewed the movie and answered questions. They then took a quiz. Finally, they wrote scripts in groups and performed them. Each skit had to make fun of society or a foible of human nature and contain all three kinds of irony. They really got it! They also were introduced to a classic story and laughed all the way through. Now they keep begging me to teach another movie from 'that book.' I will when I can get it back from my friend!