Use the following questions, activity, and theme chart to conclude your study of a particular film or film as a genre.
Film Scavenger Hunt
To help students integrate what they have learned, create a "scavenger hunt" through a film they are about to watch -- a checklist of significant aspects of the film they have to "find" as they watch. This "hunt" should be as open-ended as possible so there is room for interpretation; for instance, "Find a scene that shows the power relationship between two major characters," or "Find an image that is repeated more than twice. Why do you think this is?" The scavenger hunt could also include specific questions about the use of camera angles ("What long shots do you remember from this film?") or other aspects of filmmaking ("Write one thing you notice about the use of color, costumes, lighting, etc., in this film."). These can then be used as a starting point to discussing what students saw in the film.
Use the chart below to consider other Masterpiece Theatre titles that you might use as companion texts to teach some of the most common themes in classic literature. You might show the whole film or just excerpts with interesting parallels. Visit the Masterpiece Theatre Web site at pbs.org/masterpiece for additional titles. See also About the Films.
For instance, if you are reading Pride and Prejudice together as a class, you could show Northanger Abbey to look at similarities in Austen's characters and themes. You could also show excerpts from The Mill on the Floss -- another English classic by a woman writer -- to draw parallels between the portrayal of women's roles and a woman's search for identity. Or, if your aim is to look at class in English society while reading Pride and Prejudice, you could show part of a film depicting Victorian-era English society, such as David Copperfield.
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