H Representing Gender in Film

Essential Questions

  • What constructs your identity?
  • What are the types of representation of male and female as well as masculine and feminine in film?
  • How has cinema constructed masculine and feminine types?
  • What impact do these representations have on the individual in society?

Mon 3/12
What is your identity?  What is it made up of?

  • Identity mapping–what are all the components that make up your identity?
    • Write “me” in the center and draw lines out to all the things that make you “you”
  • Reflecting on your identity
    • What three words best describe you?  Why?
    • Would others choose those words?  What would they say about you?
    • Is there a difference between what the wolrd sees and what you feel inside about who you are?
    • How about the future you?  What words do you want to describe the future you?
  • Read What’s the Difference btw a Selfie and a Self-portrait?
  • Viewing self-portraits

HW:  Creating your own portrait.  Based on the writing you did today about yourself and self-portraits, you will create your own self-portrait.  Consider the work we did in looking at Cindy Sherman’s work.  What decisions did she make?  What decisions will you make?  NOTE:  the self-portrait does not need to a photograph.  You can use painting, sculpture, or collage to abstractly represent the self.  Your only directive is to consciously make decisions in how you choose to represent yourself.

Wed 3/14
Viewing our gallery of selves

  • Which stand out to you?   Why?

Reflection writing:  Think about a film that spoke to you OR was targeted for you.  What were the representations in that film?  Was there a character that you identified with?  What was it about that character?  Was it their emotional outlook?  Their physical appearance?  Both?  Describe the representation in that film.

Intro to Gender Lens

HW:  Jackson Katz’s “Advertising and the Construction of Violent White Male Identity”

Fri 3/16
In-class work day on projects

Mon 3/19 

Tues 3/20
In class work day

Wed 3/21
Unexpected work day

Thurs 3/22
Last in-class work day on V&J projects

Fri 3/23
Projects due at 6pm on google classroom

Kilbourne Notes on Jean Kilbourne’s “Killing Us Softly”

Discussion on Katz & Kilbourne with images

HW:  Read and annotate “Modernity: Spectatorship, Power, and Knowledge” for Tues

Mon 3/26
Ms. Weeks not here – continue reading and annotating

Tues 3/27
Presentations of V & J Projets

Wed 3/28

Thurs 3/29

Fri 3/30 
No school

Mon 4/2
cont. presentations on V&J projects

HW: Reviewing main ideas from “Modernity: Spectatorship, Power, and Knowledge”

Tues 4/3

Introduction to film noir

  • The Story of Film-Film Noir (13. 47-37.31)
    • What is film noir?

Clips of film noir and addressing the gaze

  • How does the scene include elements of the film noir genre?
  • What ideas about the gaze and representations of gender are applicable to the film?

Mon 4/16
Intro to Casablanca (1942)

  • How and why does Curtiz use film noir elements?
  • How does Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) fit and not fit the femme fatale?
  • How does Rick (Humphrey Bogart) fit and not fit the role of the fated, flawed film noir male and the traditional Hollywood male?
  • In what ways is this a more traditional Hollywood film?
  • What is the representation of masculinity and femininity here?  How are those representations “working”?
  • What concepts of the gaze apply to this film?

HW:  Q3 Reflection.  If you are resubmitting your V&J project with in-text citations, then send me an email (arri.weeks@ncps-k12.org) stating which you fixed and the link to your page by 5pm on Tuesday 4/16)

Tues 4/17
cont. Casablanca 

Wed 4/18
finish Casablanca

HW:  Outlining the essay with thesis and topic sentences

Thurs 4/19

Fri 4/20
In-class work day on essay – finish outline

Mon 4/23
Drafting day

HW:  finish draft

Tues 4/24
Completed draft due on Wednseday

Wednesday 4/25

Newsworthy topic discussion

Next unit.