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Great Films and How to Teach Them

by William V. Costanzo

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Great Films and How to Teach Them

Grades 9 – 12
Type Book
Pages 329
Published September 2004
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English



Costanzo offers high school and college teachers an updated, expanded edition that contains 80% new material on teaching film, including study guides of 14 new film with relevant ways to engage their students through a medium that students know and love.

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Costanzo, William V. 2004. "The Matrix." Great Films and How to Teach Them. Urbana, IL: NCTE.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Decoding The Matrix Exploring Dystopian Characteristics through Film

This lesson uses clips from The Matrix and other dystopian movies to introduce students to the characteristics found in dystopian works, such as Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, and 1984.