Educators use film to teach students a new type of literacy

Nearly two-dozen educators recently spent part of their summer at a "film camp" in which they learned how film study can be used to help students become more literate and aware of the messages they receive from visual media. The teachers were taught about motifs in films, explored what feelings are intended by directors and learned that movies can help even reluctant readers to show deep thinking and understanding that transfers to other areas. "In my absolute gut, I'm convinced it makes them stronger readers when we talk about print text," said John Golden, author of "Reading in the Dark: Using Film as a Tool in the English Classroom."

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