ERIC Number: ED027291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
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A View From the Sidewalk: "Flowers for Algernon,""Requiem for a Heavyweight,- "Hurricane's Corner."
Educators Guide to Media & Methods, v4 n7 p18-20, 29 Mar 1968
Those high school students who are unmotivated slow-learners living in a "sense-oriented" world respond to instructional units centered around a sense-oriented medium--the motion picture. A unit incorporating "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (a motion picture), "Hurricane's Corner" (an editorial about a fighter), and "Flowers for Algernon" (a short story about a mentally retarded man) can show that even badly scarred, pathetic men (by extension, the disadvantaged students themselves) can maintain dignity, integrity, and pride. Before discussing the film, the students should be acquainted with the effects of film techniques (e.g., panning, camera angles, superimposition) and should record on paper their own impressions of the film. Discussion of the film should cover both content--especially characterization and motivation--and cinema techniques. Then, the men in the editorial and the short story can be compared to the boxer in the film. Although the motion picture has been adapted as a novel, the novel should not be introduced until after the film has been studied. ("Hurricane's Corner" is reprinted in this article.) (JS)
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), English Instruction, Film Study, Films, Instructional Materials, Literature, Mass Media, Multimedia Instruction, Production Techniques, Prose, Short Stories, Teaching Methods, Unit Plan
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Identifiers: Flowers for Algernon; Requiem for a Heavyweight