The extracurricular film class is not only fun, but it is pedagogically driven. Samples of this year’s films are as follows:
|Life is Beautiful||United 93/World Trade Center||IQ||Billy Elliot|
|The Secret Garden||Searching for Bobby Fischer||Princess Bride||Apollo 13|
|The Blind Side||The Sound of Music||Holes||Jurassic Park|
|The films viewed are chosen with care because the course is not designed as an entertainment elective. Students are taught to read films like a text. In fact, closed caption is used to reinforce reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.|
Students analyze a variety of text structures and story elements through the visual tools used in films. Students keep a journal; they must write on each film. The journals are reflective in nature, much like a reader-response, but in the case of the film journal, it is a viewer-response.
Film is a legitimate art form that deserves critical assessment, and this course provides the platform for students to learn to not only read a film but to respond.
From the top clockwise are:
Kelly Antini, Lily Carmichael, Elizabeth Mogford, Shania Walker, Sidnee White
Writing a critique of a movie.