Unit Plan

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: What Is a Movie?

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Watching is not the same as seeing. Transform viewers from passive watchers to active students of film with this 34-page packet, filled with lessons and activities that use Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to examine the technology, the narrative structure, and the heritage of film.


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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource as an introduction to a film as literature course, a film unit, or as part of a study of government
Classroom Considerations
  • The first in a series of four resources, designed to be used in order, that uses Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to teach viewers how to read a film
  • The packet includes detailed plans, resource materials, and assessments
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