Film as Literature

Film as Literature Summer “Reading”- Honors & Academic
General Expectations regardless of level:
  • Each student is responsible for viewing the movies. You may want to first check a service like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, on Demand, etc. before actually purchasing the film. I would caution though- if you see it available watch it at that moment. The movies change regularly on those services.
  • As you view the film- mark the characters, the plot of the story, any interesting camera shots or scenes, and answer the questions listed below.
  • Your notes and observations will be collected on the first day of class.
  • Prepare for a brief objective evaluation on the first day of class.
  • Even if you’ve seen the movies previously you must watch them again for this class. We are going to be discussing them in a different context than you probably have in the past.

Terms to Know:


Hero- A hero is the major character in a narrative. Often the hero is involved in heroic or brave feats. The hero will often carry the story until the end which will usually result in some form of victory, or potentially their death.


Anti-Hero- Usually functions as a balance between good and evil. Often the anti-hero will combine characteristics of good guys and bad guys into one complex character who can work either off the protagonist of the story or as its own central character.


Questions to Answer:


1.) How does the character of your story fit into the concept of the hero or anti-hero?


2.) What choices are made by the script, direction, or acting that lend credibility to your point of view?

11th Grade Academic:


Select one of two movies for viewing: Star Wars: Episode IV or The Godfather*


ALSO: Purchase and read: What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens, Third Edition: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job. READ PART ONE (PPS.3-42) ONLY.


11th Grade Honors:


Watch both Star Wars: Episode IV and The Godfather*


* The Godfather is rated R for language and violence