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- Professional Development | Grades 9 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Great Films and How to Teach Them
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.
- Classroom Resources | Grades 10 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Life is Beautiful: Teaching the Holocaust through Film with Complementary Texts
After students have read a book about the Holocaust, such as The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel, students will view Life is Beautiful and complete discussion questions to challenge their ability to analyze literature using film.
- Classroom Resources | Grades 8 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
From Text to Film: Exploring Classic Literature Adaptations
Students create storyboards to compare and contrast a book and its film adaptation.
- Classroom Resources | Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Making It Visual for ELL Students: Teaching History Using Maus
Spark the engagement of English-language learners or reluctant readers with the graphic novel Maus. The visual information provided by the genre serves as a support for reading and critical engagement.
- Professional Development | Grades 7 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts
John Golden offers middle and high school teachers a practical guide for using documentary film in the classroom to improve students' reading, writing, and thinking skills.
- Professional Development | Grades 6 – 12 | Professional Library | Journal
Radical Change and Wikis: Teaching New Literacies
Researchers in this study found that students had developed some visual literacy skills using Radical Change texts and wikis.
- Professional Development | Grades K – 8 | Professional Library | Book
Teaching and Learning Multiliteracies: Changing Times, Changing Literacies
This book shows you how to move away from reliance exclusively on print and incorporate multiliteracies into your classroom.
- Professional Development | Grades 9 – 12 | Professional Library | Journal
Critical Literacies and Graphic Novels for English-Language Learners: Teaching Maus
Particularly for English-language learners, graphic novels can be used in the secondary classroom as part of a multiliteracies approach.
- Classroom Resources | 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.
- Classroom Resources | Grades 3 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  November 18
Mickey Mouse appeared in his first animated feature.
Students create a short, humorous story with at least one action character, and then use the Comic Creator to make a flipbook.