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Cinema Visions - ENG541
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  Cinema Visions - ENG541

Instructor: Laura Wight



This course explores film as literature and expands students' visual literacy skills. Students will first explore the history of cinema and analyze the impact of film in their own lives. They will  learn the tools of film-making and use these tools to analyze, evaluate, and ultimately create a short film.  


Module 0: Course Intro

In this module, you will find information about the course structure, pacing, Grading policy, and expectations. You will also learn about and how to contact your instructor, and participate in your opening course discussion.

Module 1: History and Impact of Film

In this module students learn about emergence of film as an art form and its evolution.  They explore language cinema, the impact of film over time, and consider the influence films have had on society and  in your own life.  

Module 2: The Language of Film

In our second module of study, students sharpen visual literacy skills. They learn about various film techniques and terminology:  camera angles, lighting, transitions, sound effects, etc. and analyze  how film makers use them for effect.

Module 3 : Film Analysis

In our third module, students apply what they discovered in Module 2 and learn how to view films with a critical eye.

Module 4: Movie Maker

In our final module, students put your new-found film skills to the test to shoot and edit their own film scene to achieve a chosen impact.



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Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


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Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).


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Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)


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Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.


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Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).


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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 and one play by an American dramatist.)


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Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


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Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grades 11-12 here

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Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.


There are 35 assignments, 4 major assessments in this course


All course materials are included in the online course. Students will need access to a smart phone for the final module.


There are no scheduled zooms for this course. Students are expected to log in daily, work a minimum of an hour a day, and submit work weekly to make satisfactory progress towards completion of the course.

Progress will be evaluated each week, with an overall "Grade to Date" entered into the Everett Public Schools eSchool (online grades) system most every Wednesday.  Students can look at "Grades" inside their Canvas course at any time to see what their grade is on individual assignments.