ERIC Number: ED456446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Reading in the Dark: Using Film as a Tool in the English Classroom.
To believe that students are not using reading and analytical skills when they watch or "read" a movie is to miss the power and complexities of film--and of students' viewing processes. This book encourages teachers to harness students' interest in film to help them engage critically with a range of media, including visual and printed texts. Toward this end, the book provides a practical guide to enabling teachers to feel comfortable and confident about using film in new and different ways. It addresses film as a compelling medium in itself by using examples from more than 30 films to explain key terminology and cinematic effects. And it then makes direct links between film and literary study by addressing "reading strategies" (e.g., predicting, responding, questioning, and storyboarding) and key aspects of "textual analysis" (e.g., characterization, point of view, irony, and connections between directorial and authorial choices). The book concludes with classroom-tested suggestions for putting it all together in teaching units on 11 films ranging from "Elizabeth" to "Crooklyn" to "Smoke Signals." Some other films examined are "E.T.,""Life Is Beautiful,""Rocky,""The Lion King," and "Frankenstein." (Contains 35 figures. Appendixes include a glossary of film terms, blank activity charts, and an annotated resource list.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Critical Viewing, English Instruction, Film Study, Films, High Schools, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Units of Study
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.