I love to read! Someone once said that reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. Oh so true. In a book I have been a pioneer traveling west, I have cared for soldiers as a Civil War nurse, and I've traveled to far away lands. Reading is my therapy!
Unfortunately, no matter how hard I have tried, I have a few kids who do not enjoy reading. Rather, they read to "do school," but not for enjoyment.
As a homeschool mom I wanted desperately to share some wonderful books with our children. This was easy when they were younger, but as they got older they just didn't want mommy reading to them. And I knew, they would never read it themselves.
One of my favorite books is To Kill a Mockingbird. It went perfectly with our American History study this year. With crazy work schedules, and a teen who was not fond of reading, I started the search for another source to get great works of literature into their brains.
The search led me to Movies as Literature. There are several companies that produce such curriculum, but I found that they had chosen the movies and I wanted more options. This is when I discovered :
7 Sisters Homeschool
They offer a full curriculum entitled: Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Curriculum
This study has the movies chosen for you. But what I loved is that you have the option to choose your own movies from a large list that come with literature packets.
So what is Movies as Literature?
It is a great alternative to reading the classics. The student watches the movie, instead of reading the book, and simply works on the literature packet.
When purchasing this curriculum please note that it is digital with a limited time frame to download and print. It's very cost effective and easy to use. Each packet can be as simple or as complex as you choose and comes with a teacher's guide.
How did we use Movies as Literature?
We hosted a monthly movie night with some like minded families. Each student had their own packets. We grabbed some popcorn, gathered in the family room, and began with our "lesson." We discussed personification, points of view, foreshadowing, symbolism and so much more. Then we watched the movie together. Afterwards, we had more conversation and went home to work on our own literature packets. The following month we began by reviewing our previous movie literature packets before jumping into our new movie. It was simple, fun, engaging, and cost friendly. It was a hit with the moms and the high school students!
So if you have a student is not a fan of reading, or maybe you have struggling reader or a child with learning disabilities, this is a great curriculum worthy of your research.
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