ERIC Number: ED139725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Effective Use of Films in Social Studies Classrooms. How To Do It Series, Series 2, No. 2.
The pamphlet reviews uses of films in social studies classrooms, lists sources for obtaining films and filmographies, and gives tips on showing and evaluating the films. Films can be used to illustrate concepts or historical events, communicate the essence of foreign cultures, and enliven dull textbook content. Five types of films are described including educational films (narrated surveys or overviews), dramatic reenactments, and motion picture "mirror" films of the times in which they were made. Films with little or no narration are excellent for inquiry and hypothesis formation. Films on issues promote class discussion. Sources of films range from public libraries to school and university film libraries. Addresses of over 50 sources are listed for free films, feature films, and firms which supply school districts. Teachers are reminded to order films well in advance. Suggestions for pre- and post-film viewing are presented. Projectors should be checked. A lesson plan should be developed to introduce and follow through the film's theme. On any given topic, students might be asked to identify issues given different emphasis in the film and in their textbooks. Rerunning segments of films can help during class summary discussion. Teachers are encouraged to keep a file of their evaluations of individual films. (AV)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Cultural Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Documentaries, Elementary Secondary Education, Films, History, Instructional Films, Moral Issues, Political Issues, Projection Equipment, Resource Materials, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
National Council for the Social Studies, 1515 Wilson Boulevard, Suite number 1, Arlington, Virginia 22209 ($1.00 paper copy, quantity discounts available)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see SO 010 096-098 ; Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of the original document