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Reading in the Dark: Using Film as a Tool in the English Classroom
by John Golden
|Grades||9 – 12|
In this lively, practical guide, John Golden makes direct links between film and literary study by addressing reading strategies (for example, predicting, responding, questioning, and storyboarding) and key aspects of textual analysis.
Golden, John. 2001. Reading in the Dark: Using Film as a Tool in the English Classroom. Urbana, IL: NCTE.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 16
Students make lists of their favorite and least favorite movies and brainstorm qualities that make a film good or bad. Next, students write a movie review for a film they have seen.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 3
Students compare the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's novels. Students then imagine how a scene in a current novel that they are reading would be filmed.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  October 6
Students think about the sound in a movie they have seen multiple times. Then students predict what sounds they expect to hear in a short scene from a film with the sound turned down.