In a world where we are inundated by visual media, this class is designed to show students how film is also a form of literature.  By viewing classic and modern American films, students will learn that all films, like all literature, have certain elements in common.

     Students will be expected to understand motifs, symbols, metaphors, allusions, plot, theme, and other literary elements as they relate to both film and literature.  In addition, students will develop an appreciation for the interaction of film elements such as scripting, directing, acting, producing, lighting, sound, music, editing, cinematography, special effects, set design and costuming. Students will learn to recognize such film genres as drama, comedy, western, science-fiction, mystery, action/adventure, animation and more.

     Students will use their knowledge of the various elements of cinema to analyze and critique films studied in class. Assessment will include class discussions, film journals, film reviews, oral film critiques, hands-on projects, and a create your own film final project.


Course Priority Standards:

  • RL.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details.
  • RL.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
  • RL.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone. 
  • RL.5 - Author’s Craft - Determine an author’s perspective, purpose, or rhetorical strategies in a text, analyzing how style, structure, content, and point of view contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or aesthetic impact of the text.
  • W.1 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


Course Transferable Skills:

  • COM 4.1 - Consider the audience and purpose when communicating
  • CTPS 3.4 - Synthesize information from multiple sources to build knowledge
  • HOL1.2 Manage my responsibilities and learning.