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March 19, 2024 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

Critical Thinking and Viewing: Integrating National Film Study Standards in the Classroom


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Critical Thinking and Viewing: Integrating National Film Study Standards in the Classroom


March 19, 2024 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT






Grade Level Grades 6-12, Adult Education, Professional Development

About This Webinar

To be a critical thinker in the 21st century, students must be critical viewers. Research has shown that young children do not naturally develop reading skills by simply exposing them to print texts. The same is true for children learning to read non-print text. Simply showing movies in the classroom does not lead to cinema or visual literacy, or even media literacy. Scaffolding is needed, a variety of strategies and practical applications, that guide students beyond the simplistic read-the-book, watch-the-movie approach to film study.

This 2024 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference workshop presents the scaffold on which The Story of Movies curriculum is based. The Story of Movies’ learning objectives and teaching strategies are rooted in the National Film Study Standards, developed by The Film Foundation working in collaboration with educators and film historians. The focus of this presentation is to review these standards and discuss how to integrate the standards to achieve meaningful film study.

During the presentation, participants will screen and discuss selected scenes from the documentary 4 Little Girls (1997, d. Spike Lee).


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Curriculum Author, The Film Foundation

I am the curriculum writer for The Story of Movies, the educational outreach program of The Film Foundation. My latest project for The Film Foundation is Portraits of America: Democracy on Film. This interdisciplinary curriculum for students in upper elementary through high school and college explores how American democratic ideals and challenges have been expressed through film throughout the 20th and into the 21st  centuries. I began my career in education teaching seventh grade English and eventually left the classroom to pursue a writing career. I have published numerous non-fiction books for young adults and have been an editor with Weekly Reader Corporation. The focus of my work in developing educational materials is visual literacy, and more specifically cinema literacy.

Professional Credit

Share My Lesson webinars are available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

In addition, Share My Lesson has arrangements in place as follows:




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National Film Study Standards.pdf

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How To Use Movies To Teach Critical Thinking
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1 Reviews
Engaging presentation with practical strategies for using film in the classroom.
April 02, 2024