SENIOR ENGLISH: FILM IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
11th - 12th Grade
Credit - 1/2 English credit
Semester – 1 and/or 2This course is designed to teach students about the significance of film in our society. Students will learn about the history of film, the storytelling aspects of film, and the portrayal of American History in film. A basic premise of the course is that film both shapes and reflects our society. Students will watch films in class and for homework, and compose a series of five to seven short essays analyzing the films. (All English students are required to conference and revise five of these compositions.) Students will analyze historical films, participate in class discussions, and write daily responses to the films. Students write and produce a short film. Examples of films studied in class may include Modern Times, Casablanca, Dr. Strangelove, JFK, Apocalypse Now!, Gladiator, and American History X. Students can enroll for English or History credit. The course is team-taught and meets during the same period. Attendance is crucial to success in this course.Teachers
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