Item description for Reel Writing: Using Movies to Teach the Writing Process by Karla Hardaway...
In this highly praised and innovative approach, literature concepts are taught through the medium of film. Students are taught to "read" movies using the same skills needed for reading literature. Each unit uses a movie to teach a literary concept. Course information such as definitions, history, cast lists, etc., is included for each unit. Teachers are given various activities for introducing literary concepts. Pages are ready to be reproduced to hand out to students or to make overhead transparencies. A viewing guide is included for each movie to be filled out as students watch the movie or as a comprehension check at the end of the movie. Students complete pre-viewing exercises, view the film, and then respond to the film through quizzes, oral assignments, group activities and performances, or writing assignments. Students write individually and in groups. They write character sketches, short stories, film reviews, skits, essays, term papers, and poetry (songs). The method is acclaimed by curriculum developers, teachers, and students who have experienced the curriculum first hand.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8" Height: 10.75" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2006
Publisher Cambria Press
ISBN 193404301X ISBN13 9781934043011
Reviews - What do customers think about Reel Writing: Using Movies to Teach the Writing Process?
OK introductory effort Mar 9, 2007
This volume was purchased with the intent of developing a course on Topics in History Through Film. Hardaway presents some interesting basic lessons on how to teach films and well as teach with them. This is not the end-all/be-all of teaching film or with film as the lessons are very film specific and many of them are not easily adaptable to other films or the delving into the whys and wherefores of films differing from actual recorded history. Still, this offers teachers beginning to delve into media literacy a starting point to develop a course on the subject.
Use Big Fish to teach allusions Nov 22, 2006
I just completed the Big Fish unit with my students. First they learned the symbolism of fish in literature. Fish represent freedom because they must be caught to be controlled. They represent man's spirit which is swimming in the water of eternity. We then viewed the film and looked for references to water and fish. We then learned what allusions are and explained the MANY allusions used in the film. My students then composed their own allusion sentences. Then we told fish stories aloud (exaggerated stories with hints of magic). This was a great unit. My students loved the movie and all the activities. It took about five days do do everything. Everything in this book is incredible!
Great educational tool Sep 12, 2006
Another teacher and I went together to purchase this book. We didn't realize until we received it that it is really a book designed to teach a whole year course. There are twenty complete units in it! But each movie unit can be taught by itself.
I have only had time to teach one of the movies, one of my favorites--Sense and Sensibility. There is a game to play with your students to teach the difference between one sister led by logic, "sense," and the other led by her heart, "sensibililty." Then there are activities to teach the meaning of satire, verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony. These concepts are a bit hard to teach, but this book makes it easy. Then the students viewed the movie and answered questions. They then took a quiz. Finally, they wrote scripts in groups and performed them. Each skit had to make fun of society or a foible of human nature and contain all three kinds of irony. They really got it! They also were introduced to a classic story and laughed all the way through. Now they keep begging me to teach another movie from "that book." I will when I can get it back from my friend!
I Love It !!! Sep 9, 2006
After purchasing this book, I realized that Reel Writing has multiple applications other than a textbook. The assignments cause students to really react to the movies they are watching. They become critical viewers, much like they are critical readers. They apply the same concepts to the movies that they do to their reading and writing. Students are taught to write film reviews, determine characterization techniques, find examples of satire, and so much more. Students who have been bored in English classes become excited about literature. Who knows? Maybe this book will inspire future movie critics, writers, teachers . . . This is a must have book for everyone to enjoy!!!
Every English Teacher Needs This Book!!! Sep 9, 2006
I am a secondary English teacher teaching twelfth and ninth grade English. My school does not have the staffing to teach a whole course in film, but I purchased this book to supplement my state's current curriculum. I am very pleased with what I received.
At my school, we must justify showing any movie by proving what it teaches. This book includes the learning objectives for each movie, possible problems which may be encountered (profanity, scenes to skip, delicate subject matter, etc.), background material, questions to answer while viewing, writing assignments, and grading rubrics for the writing assignments. All I have to do is get a copy of the movie and run off the questions. I love it! And the students love the movies. The book includes a nice blend of current titles and classics.
These are the movies included: Spiderman, Jumanji, Anne of Green Gables, Places in the Heart, Miracle on Thirty-fourth Street, Last of the Mohicans, Sense and Sensibility, Fried Green Tomatoes, Riding in Cars with Boys, Hawaii, Radio, Never Been Kissed, Ever After, Big Fish, Pirates of the Caribbean, War of the Worlds, Grapes of Wrath, and Singing in the Rain.
Some of these could even work for middle school teachers. I know I will be using this book for years!