In my history classes film will be used as a learning device during class time several times each semester. I regard the communal experience of viewing and discussing film as an incredibly meaningful and evocative element of the course. Film shines not only a colorful lens on history, but a spotlight on society, perspective and revision.
These materials and sessions are not to be regarded as optional, less serious or less rigorous work: film and other media will always be accompanied by written knowledge and analysis assignments and serious discussion. All films shown are coupled with formative tasks that speak directly to the essential questions and enduring understandings of the course and are in line with Common Core State Standards addressing visual literacy. (Please see below).
Students will also occasionally receive educational copies of films, TV shows and documentaries to transfer to their personal computers for viewing as research and models for project-based assignments.
Ultimately, all learners who pass through the course will be expected to reference multimedia resources in a critical and sophisticated manner in their essays and class discussions.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.