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4F. Dramas: Mr. J.'s Film Faves (20th Century Movie Club & Projects) FLEX

Students will learn how to analyze & discuss films through a literary lens, thinking about films as stories that employ the elements & devices of fiction, requiring higher order thinking rather than just recollecting isolated facts.
"Mr. J." (Jeremy Ballard)
2 total reviews for this teacher
New class
No live meetings
Over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Students will...
-determine theme;
-analyze plot and its various phases;
-examine how literary elements affect plot progression, assist in character development, and convey meaning, including: motif, symbol, foreshadowing, echoing, flashback, opposition, metaphor, irony, foil, choice of language; 
-understand the hero's journey and character archetypes;
-organize their thoughts.
I have been a high school English teacher and speech and debate coach for 15 years.
Weekly assignments will be posted on Wednesdays by 1:00pm PST (13:00 PST/21:00 GMT). 
Each week, students will watch the designated movie, then complete a movie review, the film analysis worksheet, and character chart as applicable.  In addition, Open-ended, movie specific questions will be posted on the message board. Students will respond to these questions and the comments of other students. Message board movie discussion shall occur from Wednesday-Tuesday PST for the designated movie. Students may, however, watch the movies in advance if they wish.

During the final week of the course, students will complete either a film analysis essay of one of the movies viewed or an artistic project for one of the movies viewed.  Students will choose which they prefer to do at the discretion of parents. Multiple options are available and will be discussed during the course.  All essays and project photos will be posted to the message board.
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This course is designed for mature teens. Parental discretion is always advised. Most films in most collections are rated PG or PG-13; however, some films are rated R. R-rated films are always noted. As with all movies, parents should be aware of a film’s content and encouraged to view the movie first or watch it with their children. 
Parents and students are responsible for finding their own movie viewing source. Links or downloads wil not be provided. Movie clips will not be shown or shared in class.


"Mr. J." (Jeremy Ballard)
Lives in the United States
The Vagabond Teacher: traveling the world and living the dream
2 total reviews
8 completed classes

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