The Teacher Guide consists of useful notes, bibliographical information and approaches to film, and can function in support of the activities designed for the film proposed. The references, film reviews, and clarifications included will will broaden teaching approaches and methodologies across the curriculum and help the students reconstruct the historical and social context of the each production and understand in depth the creators’ motives and intentions.
- Before moving on to the activities proposed, please refer to the Manuals section. You will find the definitions cited particularly useful in implementing the activities.
- Activity No. 1 could be linked to Literature and Composition classes. The first set of questions will help students identify the common characteristics between literature and film. These questions contribute to the understanding of narrative plot devices, eg. the process of turning literary heroes into film characters, the way in which expressive means of language (metaphors, similes, etc.) are rendered through camera movement, the specificity of space and time lapses when filtered through editing, and so on.
- Activity No. 2 may be combined with Essay Writing (chapter: Presentation/Criticism/Summary). Reading and analyzing film reviews may help students improve their summary writing.
- In the context of Activity No. 3, the students are called to work collaboratively and in teams, so as to get acquainted with different aspects of cultural heritage and discover its meaning.
- Activity No. 4 can be employed in the teaching of every school course. It provides fertile ground for discussion as per the decisions a director needs to take (space, time of shooting, etc.) depending on his/her goals and intentions (check Manuals: setting). The goal is to trigger the students’ creativity and imagination!
- Activities are designed so as to adapt to the age standards of your team and serve your needs according to the time you have available.