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Film History: African Americans in the Movies

In this 6-week course, students will explore the history of African American actors and movies in the film industry from 1910 to 2020. #OSFF
Ashley Davidson
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$14 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 6 weeks
50 minutes per class
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Students will learn about the history of African Americans in the film industry. They will be exposed to movies from the 1970s - 2010s with black centered stories and/or characters. They will learn why representation is important in the film industry and will learn about black actors who paved the way for future actors.
I have been a substitute teacher for six years for pre-k to high school students in all subjects. I am an avid movie fan and love all things film related. I have been an actor and filmmaker for the past seven years and enjoy teaching young people about the movie industry.
Students will be assigned a movie to watch every week. The movies will be discussed in every class. The following are the required movies to watch:
Sounder (1972) (available for rent on Amazon for $3.99)
Polly (1989) (this movie is hard to find, but I will send a link where it can be viewed)
Students will get a choice for this week: Cinderella (1997) (available on Disney +) OR Cool Runnings (1993) (available on Disney +)
Students will get a choice for this week: Remember the Titans (2000) (available on Disney +) OR The Princess and the Frog (2009) (available on Disney +)
The Black Panther (2018) (available on Disney +)
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Movie Ratings:
Sounder (1972) (rated G) is the movie on the list that is the most stepped in racial injustice. It is set in the 1930s about a sharecropping family. There are a few curse words and there is a scene where a dog gets shot (but does not die). I suggest watching this movie (and all the movies) with your child. This is the heaviest movie assigned for homework. 

Polly (1989) (rated G)

Cinderella (G) (1997)

Cool Runnings (1993) (rated PG). This movie does have mild profanity

Remember the Titans (2000) (rated PG)

Black Panther (2018) (rated PG-13) This is an action packed Marvel superhero movie.


Ashley DavidsonJoy and inspiration are my superpowers
370 total reviews
495 completed classes

About Me

Hello, my name is Ashley Davidson and I love working with kids! To be able to encourage, inspire and further kids on an educational level is a privilege, an honor and just a ton of fun! I am passionate about education and enjoy a great many... 
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