Study Guide for To Kill A Mockingbird:
Seeing the Film through the
Lens of Media Literacy
Written by Frank
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website on To Kill a Mockingbird is truly one of the best
resources I know online or in print for teaching the movie. It
provides an appealing format for exploring the elements of filmmaking,
adaptation, and critical analysis supported by provocative questions, clear
explanations, attractive film stills, and authoritative citations. Anyone
interested in learning more about the film or media literacy will find a
valuable tool in this handy study guide."
Bill Costanzo, author,
Films and How to Teach Them"
have used your website to help me set up some 'film studies'
lessons on To Kill A Mockingbird. Thanks to you,
my 8th grade students love the film as much as they love the
book -your thoughtful
questions and methods for analyzing media have even helped me be
a more critical viewer."
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For some time now, I have been
enamored of the film To Kill A Mockingbird.
I remember seeing it at the local
movie theatre in Columbia South Carolina
as a youngster. If memory serves correct, I was 8
years old when it was
shown in 1963. And I remember being scared out of my wits during the
"attack in the woods" scenes.
I have been working on a teacher guide to help literature
use the film in their classrooms.
Teacher guides to the novel are abundant,
but I was never able to locate a guide
devoted solely to the film, so this is
the first attempt to more fully explore this
classic via the 'language of
film.' Because I am also promoting the use
of the film on DVD, a large portion of
the guide will be devoted to helping
educators become more familiar and comfortable with this new technology.
I invite educators to consider introducing students to both media
and the language of film by using the resources produced here.
feedback is important; let me hear from you. My email address is email@example.com
Frank Baker, media educator