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Film studies can be used to teach literary criticism, research strategies, integration of quotes within a paper, and correct format for parenthetical citation and bibliography. Although most students watch film passively, they enjoy movies and want to learn more. Film as a genre allows us to teach narrative and poetry, as well as the specialized vocabulary of film.

You can print copies of the student handouts below. We have also provided several PowerPoint presentations you may use. Note that you will have to have the application in order to view the shows.

Brief History of Film Group Project & Presentation

Glossary of Film Terminology defines the terms.

Film Terms: A Visual Grammar also defines film terms.

Composition Topics suggests several possible writing assignments based on film.

Viewing Practice Form and Viewing Notes Form can both be used for analysis of film clips.

Rules for Effective Viewing can be used as an overhead to guide student film viewing.

Film Review Information Guide and Film Review Outline provide information for student reviews of outside viewing.

The Student Critic: Critiquing a Black and White Film gives the guidelines for a tightly-structured five-paragraph essay on a black and white film from an approved list of films that I know will work well for this particular essay.

Approved List of Black and White Films offers a variety of readily available films. I have included silent and foreign language films, even a few R-rated needing parent guidance (such as Schindler's List).

Film Genre Guidelines is a generic handout for noting genre characteristics.

Film Genre -- The Western presents three assignments further exploring the western genre, largely as related to the characteristics previously studied in class. See the High Noon Viewing Guide for a specific western film.

A Baker's Dozen: Questions for Reading a Film includes specific questions students can answer to evaluate the quality of a film.

Is This Film Art? Criteria for Evaluating a Film are general concepts that influence whether a film is considered a "classic."

Reviewing the Reviewers gives directions for a critical analysis of a film review.


Because there is so much uncertainty about how to cite internet resources, please check the Standard Bibliography Format, where you will also find links to universities and organizations that will provide up-to-date information.


Best Shakespeare Sites

Absolute Shakespeareoffers summaries overviews, some criticism, and text of the plays. Focus is on the more frequently taught plays.

BBC In Search of Shakespeare traces Shakespeare’s life in two parts. Early Years and Later Years (archived).

Cummings Shakespeare Guides offer a varied mix of information written just for the site and links to scholarly resources.

Ed the Pathology Guy --Ed Friedlander has his own twistonseveral Shakespearean plays. Not certian that his insight is tempered by being a pathologist, but what he offers is a uniqueinterpretation, straight forward, unepected.

Folger Library : Teaching Shakespeare presents lesson plans and resources for teaching many of the plays. The Archives offer more detailed lists of lessons.

The New Globe: Teaching Shakespeare offers extensive resources, with handouts and activities. Virtual Tour of the reconstructed theater amazes. Virtual Tour: Globe 360 App, downloadable for your own device.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trustoffers extensive biographical resources.

Shakesper: The Global ElectronicConcordance
is a comprehensive link site that includesscholarly resources and an impressive set of Teaching Resources, including PowerPoints.

Shakespeare Magazine offers exceptional teaching resources. Famous for the Hamlet memo!

Shakespeare at ThoughtCo. (formerly About.com) is a great starting place with annotated links. An unusual mix of quirky andthorough.

Shakespeare Resource Center is comprehensive and well-organized.

Shakespeare Uncoveredis the PBS website with resources on teaching through video clips, all downloadable, with accompanying lessons and worksheets. (Archived)

Shakespeare Quotes: 37 in under 2 minutes.

Text Detectives from the RSC uses film clips to explain terms, interpret scenes, and explore clues actors look at when first approaching a text.

Triangulating Shakespeare archives a selection of college level teaching materials -- online syllabi, lecture notes, and critical essays -- as well as student work -- papers, pictures, and performances on RealPlayer video clips.

Web English Teacher offers links for teachers for fourteen of the plays.

Just for Fun

Art to Enchant: Shakespeare and Illustrators from Washington University presents lesser known illustrations and an excellent introductory essay.

Bardolatry is a site that specializes in the unexpected Shakespearean goodies -- up-to-date reviews of productions all over the country, t-shirts, longlost videos. Hard to describe exactly what it is.

BBC 60-Second Star
offers tabloid newspaper versions of fourteen plays: As You Like It, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, Othello, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and The Winter’s Tale.

Every Shakespeare Play Summed Up in a Single Sentence. Yes, really.

Shakespeare Illustrated represents years of work finding, scanning, and linking all the art derived from Shakespeare's plays. Wow!

Shakespearean Insulter can help you find the words to put someone in their place.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater Paper Cutouts lets you print and contruct a Globe model.

Shakespearience Poster by T. E. Breitenbach $18 ($21 signed) illustrates famous phrases from Shakespeare. YouTube video about the poster and its word play.

Internet Shakespeare Editions has a whole page of Fun Stuff, with video links to parodies and much more.

Good Tickle Brain
offers insightful stick-figure versions of Shakespere’s life and his plays. Really, I am not kidding.

Shakesongs: Discovering Shakespeare Through Song -- Quirky but worth a look.

Charles and Mary Lamb retold Shakespeare for children in their Tales from Shakespeare. EbookAudiofileOnline

Talk like Shakespeare. Also offers suggestions on how to blog and twitter like the bard.

TED Talks -- Shakespeare Is Everywhere, Why Shakespeare?, and Hip Hop and Shakespeare.

Three Little Pigs in Shakespearean style by John Branyan. Script.

Titles from Shakespeare collects all the various allusions to Shakespearean plays and the various books and movies inspired by his words. Overwhelming!

The TV Viewer’s Guide to Shakespeare by J. E. Consolmagno is the best of the best! Originally in the April 1978 American Way, the inflight magazine of American Airlines. Each play is described as if it were a TV Guide entry.

Twittered Shakespeare -- The infamous Complete Works of Shakespeare as Tweets. Let the storm begin!

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