Film and Writing Overview

Welcome to Film and Writing!

Instructor: Mrs. Denison, Room 215


    Since the dawn of time, stories and mythology have been a central focus in the development and lives of humans.

Within this course, some selected novels and mythological stories are analyzed in relation to an existing film adaptation of the same works.

During this term of Film and Writing, the focus will be on the genre of fantasy.


    Objectives: In this class, students will;

  • ·         Comprehend, appreciate, and discuss works of literature through reading and discussion of selected novels and mythology.
  • ·         Analyze works in both writing and film in the forms of plot structure, setting, characterization, theme, and narrative.
  • ·         Develop a sense of critical analysis of film.
  • ·         Demonstrate learning through the completion of writing, class activities, visual artistic expression, and the culmination of a final project.          

 

    Books:

    ·         Homer. The Odyssey

    ·         L’Engle, Madeline. A Wrinkle in Time

    ·         Philbrick, Rodman. The Last Book in the Universe


    Films:

    ·         A Wrinkle in Time. 2003; John Kent Harrison, dir.

    ·         Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief. 2010; Chris Columbus, dir.

    ·         The Odyssey. 1987; Paul Leadon, screenplay.


    Expectations: 

    Given the class is to be facilitated as a community of writers and thinkers, quality work is encouraged and expected from students. As in Language Arts, respect for fellow students and the teacher is expected in the classroom and any misbehavior will not be tolerated. Referrals will follow if misbehavior occurs.

    Students are to report to class every day on time and with the appropriate materials for the duration of class. All assignments are to be completed on the due date specified by the teacher and in the event of absence, the same rules of make-up work apply as it would in Language Arts. Participation is graded according to one’s contributions to the class including active discussion at appropriate times and attendance. 

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