Book and film advice
Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:34 PM
I am trying to collate a list of films and suitable books for the topics that we teach at GCSE I can reccommend to my students. We are going to do this as a sort of half termly homework/project as well as weekly tasks (most weekly homeworks are currently exam qs and they don't realistically take that long), We currently do something similar with reading a piece of Historical fiction for KS3 and I thought it would be useful to continue this into GCSE. We've also had the idea that we can use them to relate to the skill of the paper being studied in class eg for the film they might watch when doing the source paper we will get them to answet reliability and utility questions, and when it's a factual reacall paper: what's left out / how accurate / what are the causes of etc.
Our topics are: USA 1919-41, USA The Divided Union? 1945-70, Crime punishment and Policing (we focus on Victorian policing) for the CA and the Cold War.
I have read the thread from this forum on 1920s/30s films and have lots of fab examples, but are there any other classics that people would suggest for the other time periods?
Posted 14 June 2012 - 08:39 PM
Edited by Mark H., 15 June 2012 - 06:02 PM.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 09:14 PM
(My kids really enjoy Forrest Gump as a 'holiday treat movie' it does put a lot of events into an accessible format!)
Born on the 4th of July and the deer hunter are also films I mention that the kids could watch outside of school.
We also showed 'The Help' to our third years for civil rights , I don't know where it would fit in a GCSE course. But it went down EXTREMELY well with mixed groups.(both sex and interest and ability) some speech is hard to discern, but .......
In fact the children asked some teachers could they see it having heard from their peers in other classes what it was.
Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:32 PM
thanks, we are currently showing the Help to the year 10s and they are loving it (and a few have gone and read the book), we were struggling to think of a film that might show the womens' movement? (something we struggle with a bit as it is literaly the last topic for this unit so perhaps would benefit from a film).
13 days and K19 sound good too, especially if it has the Soviet perspective. I also read Paul Dowswell's Sektion 20 (aimed at teens) about an escape from East to West (also with an Eastern perspective), but was wondering if there was anything a bit more 'grown up' for the more able. I think The Spy that came in from the Cold might be good, but again it concentrates on Berlin, some other topics might be nice.
Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:39 PM
Edited by Mark H., 17 June 2012 - 06:40 PM.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 01:39 PM
There's also some good scenes from The Rosa Parkes Story that I use (including one of a white man letting his dog drink from the 'coloured' water fountains)
The courtroom scene from 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is good to show how it was impossible for African Americans to get a fair trial.
For Prohibition there's 'The Untouchables' with Kevin Costner
And this documentary on the US is really basic but the kids like it:
Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:16 PM
There are others which deal with the Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and even one set in the Civil War. There is a 2 parter where Sam 'leaps' into Lee Harvey Oswald (but I find that one a bit creepy!!)
If you are not familiar with QL it sounds a bit weird, but it seemed to work for my students I think the idea of Sam being 'a fish out of water' and nearly everything having to be explained/put into context helped
Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:57 AM
Edited by Mark H., 01 July 2012 - 07:06 AM.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 02:46 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:23 PM
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:08 PM
Edited by Mark H., 10 July 2012 - 07:18 PM.
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