Welcome to the Labragirl Film Project’s weekly film literacy discussion. Every Monday morning Labragirl provides a resource, activity, or methodological discussion to help incorporate film analysis into your classroom.
This week we will talk about a resource that teaches us how to read film and other forms of media images.
What do you think about film reading? Do you use film analysis and film reading in your classroom?
Classroom Resource Suggestion:
Why How to Read a Film?
Being able to interact and think critically about film and visual images is an important and necessary skill—especially as our society becomes more saturated with media images. One of the first steps to acquiring these skills is learning about the technical aspects of visual images. How to Read a Film takes a detailed look at how to read visual images within a framework of creating conversation about how we communicate visually.
Suggestions for use:
Because of the detailed nature of the work we would suggest using the text in the following ways:
- As an assigned text in college classes
- Assign parts of the text in high school classes
- The concepts and ideas can be used at many additional grade-levels. To use this work in K-Middle School we recommend that the teacher read the text and then use information and ideas from the text to create grade-appropriate exercises.
Do you teach film reading and film analysis?
What are some exercises you use?
Have you used How to Read a Film in your classroom?
*Disclaimer: All movie clips are suggestions for class use, only. All instructors should screen clips to determine if they are appropriate to use in their classrooms.
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