The Power of Images and Cinema

For this final unit, the overarching topic is the power of images and/or cinema, and we will consider what cinema “teaches” us about ourselves and the world around us.  This is a culminating unit that will draw on all of the learning from our units thus far.

We’ll begin the unit by sharing some common viewings before your craft a viewing list for yourself to inform your final assignment.

Essential Questions

  • What is the power of images and cinema?
  • What and how might cinema “teach” us?
  • How does cinema contribute to the construction of our selves?
  • How is our understanding of the world both impacted by and reflected in images? What is the nature of this relationship?

Wed 4/15

Grading conferences & “What the Movies Taught Me About Being a Woman”

  • Google Classroom response

Mon 4/20
Grading conferences & unit overview

Watch first 15 minutes of Casablanca

Wed 4/22
Viewing Casablanca and initial response

  • Question on google classroom

Fri 4/24
Google Meet Check-in

cont. Casablanca and second response

Tues 4/28
Reading “Casablanca: The Limitless Potentials and the Potential Limits of Classical Hollywood Cinema” to identify:

  • Main ideas
  • Key terms
  • Confusing ideas/questions

Thurs 4/30
Google Meet Check-in

  • Reviewing the reading and sharing key ideas
  • Online discussion

Mon 5/4
Writing the response

Wed 5/6
Next film assignment

Fri 5/8
First 30 minutes of class – writing the proposal

Conferences with students on proposal

Tues 5/12
Continue Conferences

Start locating, evaluating, and “reading” sources

Class Activity Log

Thurs 5/14
Continue Conferences

Locating, evaluating, and “reading” sources

Class Activity Log

Mon 5/18
Continue Conferences

Locating, evaluating, and “reading” sources

Class Activity Log

Wed 5/20
Continue Conferences

Locating, evaluating, and “reading” sources

Class Activity Log

Begin writing

Fri 5/22
Writing

Tues 5/26
Proposing the form and start composition

Conferences as needed

Thurs 5/28
Continuing with the composition

Conferences as needed

Monday 6/1
Final composition day

Conferences as needed

Wed 6/3
Composition reflection

Fri 6/5
Presenting the final composition

Tues 6/9
Presenting the final composition

Thurs 6/11
Presenting the final composition

Mon 6/15
Saying goodbye!