Introducing Places in the Heart Cinema Study Guide, for literature learning using the medium of movies!
Teens can use some movies as part of the work that earns their Literature credits if they practice literature analysis skills. That is exactly what teens will do as they work through this guide.
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.
The Cinema Studies for Literature Learning series of guides are created for the visual learner in high school, for those who are reluctant readers, for those who find reading to be very time-consuming, and to those who simply love movies!
This format for literature study is a great option for high school students who become overwhelmed with a demanding reading list. Can you REALLY use movies as literature? The answer is: YES!
While reading books is still a necessary part of a teen’s high school education, placing the ANALYSIS of literature primarily in the arena of movies is a good option for some students.
As with all curriculum from 7Sisters, we aim for no-busywork and no-overkill, instead offering teens a chance to build critical thinking skills while earning high school credit.
Here’s how Cinema Studies for Literature Learning guides work.
- Each study guide asks the student to read the introductory material, watch the movie once (answering questions as they go, occasionally pausing the video), and then take a week to think a bit about the ideas and the literary devices they observed. Ideally, students should discuss their answers with someone else to enhance the learning process.
- Students then watch the movie a second time after the questions and ideas have had some time to take root, then write in response to the suggested assignment at the end of the study guide. Writing assignments assume a certain degree of basic understanding on the part of the student regarding paragraph structure and essay form. (If your teen has not practiced essay writing, we recommend that you look into a writing guide like Introductory Guide to High School Essay Writing by Marilyn Groop, available in the ebookstore here.)
This product downloads as two separate PDF files. One file is intended for student use. This document contains fillable fields so students can type their answers directly into the guide. The other document is the answer key, intended for the parent.
Places in the Heart Cinema Study Guide
Places in the Heart
1984, Starring Sally Field
Focus for Literary Analysis:
- Pairs of Events
- Dramatic Foils
- Theme – Conquering Seemingly Insurmountable Obstacles
Click here to view an excerpt from Places in the Heart Cinema Study Guide.
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