ERIC Number: ED170773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The New Literacy: The Language of Film and Television.
Foster, Harold M.
This book is intended as an aid for high school English teachers who want to understand visual literacy and learn how to teach it. The first part of the book defines and analyzes the basic structural devices used in filmmaking. The first chapter in this section discusses how the creative use of these devices--composition, lighting and color, movement, editing, sound, and rhythm--influences people and manipulates their responses. The second chapter analyzes the realism of the motion picture medium in light of the inherently illusory nature of film art. The skills and knowledge of the first two chapters are used in the third to achieve a visually literate critique of Frederick Wiseman's film, "High School." The second part of the book concerns the teaching of visual literacy skills as part of the high school English curriculum. The first chapter in this section offers practical suggestions about how to get suitable materials and what not to do in the classroom. The second contains descriptions of various classroom activities spanning a wide range of difficulty levels and includes some reading and writing exercises. The book concludes with appendixes that contain a list of books recommended for students and for teachers, a general bibliography, and the names and addresses of film distributors. (FL)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, English Instruction, Film Study, Films, Popular Culture, Secondary Education, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Television, Visual Literacy
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (Stock No. 33339, $2.50 member, $2.75 non-member)
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.