Unit Plan

Film Language and Elements of Style

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How do you read a frame? How do you read a shot? Here's a resource that shows viewers how to read films. As part of the study, class members examine the camera angles, lighting, movement, and cinematic point of view in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as they learn to read Frank Capra's film.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use as part of a film as literature class, a film study unit, or as part of a unit on US government
Classroom Considerations
  • This is the third in a series of four resources, designed to be used in order, that use Frank Capra's film as the core text to study films and film making
  • The file is huge and takes considerable time to download
  • The 39-page packet includes scripted lesson plans, activities, links to additional resources, and assessments
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