These simple tips are useful for setting the stage to teach with film in your classroom. They are also useful for any use of media in the classroom.
Download the PDF below which highlights these tips for teaching with film alongside graphic representations.
The value of teaching with film: narrative and documentary films can extend cross-cultural understanding and can foster meaningful discussions around important issues, topics, historical events and more.
A Simple Start (or Getting Started) for Teaching with Film
A) Introduce the Topic(s) – When you are using a film as a tool to discuss a specific topic, social issue or event, set the stage. Share background information that will enhance the viewing experience. Remind students to keep an open-mind when viewing the film.
B) Honor Experiences and Feelings – Remind students/viewers that all experiences and feelings must be respected and honored, those of other viewers and those presented in the film. Verify ahead of time that the film and viewing space are accessible for all participants.
C) Ask Open-Ended Questions – Select/create questions that encourage connection to the film and its characters and that cultivate deep engagement with the film’s topic(s).
Peruse our library of free resources to find discussion guides, full curriculum guides with core/standards-based lesson plans, and flexible learning guides for powerful films for classroom use.