AP Lang: Movie Analysis

Standards

  • ELAGSE11-12RL7 Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare as well as one play by an American dramatist.) Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12SL2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12SL3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
I can analyze a film presentation of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Opening Session
Did you know that Arthur Miller – the same guy that wrote the play – also wrote the movie screenplay? Can you tell it is the same writer, and if so, why? If that was surprising, why?

Work Session
Let’s finish the movie! We will have about half an hour left.

After the movie is over, I want everyone to grab a sheet of paper and do a little analysis. Look at the two pivotal scenes (we can re-watch them if you want) and consider how Hytner chose to represent them. Which interpretation was he going for? Why do you think he made that choice? Give some evidence from the movie to back your claims!

Closing Session
What did you think of the movie? Turn and Talk with a partner about what you liked, didn’t like, and would have done differently. I’ll call on a couple of people to share!

Assessment
Formative (analyses)

Differentiation
Learning style (visual)

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