Where Are My Children

Lois Weber's ground breaking Where Are My Children is the focus of a film criticism video that explores not only Weber's treatment of the subject of abortion but also the techniques she developed to enhance the impact of her tale.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pause frequently to check for understanding, to permit viewers to take notes, and to ask questions
  • Have groups research Lois Weber and the work of other film makers before the Hayes Code
Classroom Considerations

  • The fourth episode in a playlist on film criticism
  • Episodes are designed to be viewed in order
  • A protocol must be in place for a safe, respectful discussion of controversial issues

  • The narrator analyzes the Weber's contradictory stance on the topic of abortion before praising her film making techniques 

  • No clips are included of techniques Weber pioneered; collect examples, pause the video, and show the clips that illustrate her use of split screens, superimpositions, and synchronous sound
Common Core