Here is a great way for making movies part of Language Arts credits!
Making Movies Part of Language Arts Credits
Language Arts is a huge credit for the homeschool transcript. Each year high schoolers need to experience reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar/editing. Want to get all those in one place? Think about making movies part of Language Arts credits.
How do you incorporate movies into Language Arts?
We’ll help! 7Sisters has 2 Literature Study Guide Bundles that include a full year’s worth of Literature learning based on movies. Learning Literature through studying movies helps teens build a meaningful, memorable Language Arts credit for their transcripts. The 2 bundles are:
- Cinema Studies for Literature Learning – the Sequel
- Despite the *Sequel* in the title, this group of movie-based study guides does NOT require the student to have used the first Cinema Studies for Literature Learning. These can be enjoyed in any order!
Cinema Studies for Literature Learning and the Sequel are created for:
- visual learners in high school
- reluctant readers
- teens for whom reading is very time-consuming
- and to those who love movies!
As with all curriculum from 7Sisters, we aim for no-busywork and no-overkill in our Cinema Studies Guides. These guides offer teens a chance to build critical thinking skills while earning high school credit.
Why can your homeschool high schoolers count Cinema Studies for Literature Learning and the Sequel as Literature?
Yes, you can! These days, studying Literature themes in movies is an accepted way to cover the topic. Good movies tell good stories, and good storytelling requires the use of traditionally respected literary devices and techniques. With a little help from a study guide, many movies introduce the viewer to excellent literature that is being presented in a visual medium.
While reading books is a necessary part of a high school Language Arts credits, but reading is not all there is to the Literature component of Language Arts. Literature ANALYSIS is an important part of Language Arts and can be done with movies just as well as with books.
Of course, you wouldn’t study movie themes exclusively every year. Do throw in a few books that are meaningful to your homeschool high schoolers to fill out the reading list, according to their age, ability and goals. There are guidelines in the text and in this post.
What is included in Cinema Studies for Literature Learning and the Sequel?
- Guides for movies from a number of genres and ages
- An overall introduction that gives you ideas how to use the guides
- A specific guide for each of the 15 movies
- Vocabulary (there are one or two titles that do not include vocab because there simply aren’t words in the script that are likely to be unfamiliar to teens)
- A literary element or two in focus (for example, point of view, setting, dramatic foils, symbolism, etc.)
- Background information if needed to set the stage for understanding from the first moment of the film
- Questions to be answered as the student watches the movie for the first time (hitting the pause button from time to time!)
- Questions to be answered immediately after the first viewing of the film to draw the student’s attention to our literary elements in focus
- Questions that are based on analysis, not just comprehension
- follow-up writing assignments further prompt the student to look more deeply at the movie
- answer keys
- Writing prompts for either a short essay or a short personal response paper to be written at another time, after the movie has been viewed a second time
How does Cinema Studies for Literature Learning – the Sequel work?
- One set of files is intended for student use. These documents contains fillable fields so students can type their answers directly into the guide.
- The other set of files are the answer keys, intended for the parent.
Each movie should be watched twice – sometimes answering the questions in the first viewing, sometimes during the second viewing, depending on the instructions in that particular guide.
Literary elements that are explored include:
- Survival Stories – Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Man, and Man vs. Himself
- Internal and External Conflict
- Theme – Redemption
- Theme – Coming of Age
- Deux Ex Machina
- Theme – Mistaken Identity
- Biblical Allusion
- Character Arc
- Theme – The Power of Emotion to Form Opinion
- Character Development
- Theme – Positive Peer Pressure
- Social Commentary via Fiction
Which movies are included in Cinema Studies for Literature Learning – the Sequel?
Included in this bundle are study guides for the following movies:
- The 39 Steps
- Remember the Titans
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
- The Life of Pi
- The Incredibles
- The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Great Debaters
- Mr. Holland’s Opus
- Midnight in Paris
- Lilies of the Field
- Apollo 13
- The Sandlot
For more thoughts on why learning Literature through studying cinema is a great idea, check out this post.
Interested in making movies part of Language Arts credits? Download Cinema Studies for Literature Learning and/or the Sequel and give your homeschool high schoolers a Language Arts credit that they will love!