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ERIC Number: ED398984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Literature, History, Film, Sam Malone, and the Research Paper.
Paquette, William A.
Increasingly, students in public schools, colleges, and universities are exposed to United States history and literature via commercial and cable television and the motion picture industry. If students are going to use videotapes of historical and literature-based films as short cuts to learning, then faculty are obligated to structure videotapes into the curriculum and classroom experience to teach students how to intelligently evaluate what they are watching and to compare the visual with the originally published work. In teaching, for example, Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," students should be encouraged to read the book and watch the film and then write a research paper in which they: (1) read articles about the movie; (2) identify places in the film and the book that contradict each other; (3) write a comparison and contrast paper that will explain the significance of these differences and how they will change the meaning of the original work; (4) conduct research to explain why the director/script writers made these changes; (5) conduct research to determine whether the book and film accurately portray the historical period; and (6) analyze how the alteration of history or literature by the film affects the public view. By undertaking these activities, students will develop such skills as how to use library references; organize research material; write paragraphs and introductions; document information; distinguish between primary and secondary sources; interpret historical documents; compile bibliographies; and distinguish between fact, fiction, and different works of fictions. Contains 19 references. (HAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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