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Reading in the Reel World: Using Documentaries in the Classroom (On Demand)

Non-Member Price: $99.00

NCTE Member Price: $49.00

Presenter(s): John Golden

This Web seminar recording includes all audio, video, chat discussion, and actions from the Live presentation.

Access to the recording is available in your Digital Locker after purchase.

Level(s): Secondary, Middle


In a culture overwhelmed with news, information, and images, our students need to be aware of the ways that nonfiction media---newspapers, documentaries, research studies, opinion pieces-–seek to influence their personal, social, and political decisions.

As a special feature for this session, John Golden will also include resources on teaching the election. John will show examples of two campaign ads and will READ these ads and explain how this leads to an interpretation of theme, point of view, and tone.

In addition, because students need to be able to read in the classroom and out in the real world, this session will examine how to use documentaries actively in the classroom as a way to teach critical thinking and literacy skills, such as determining author’s purpose, tone, and perspective.

The goal of this session will be to help teachers become comfortable in using film to practice a few practical, classroom-ready reading strategies that are essential for teaching nonfiction print texts.

In this session, participants will discuss:

  • why teaching nonfiction film is important
  • how to "read" the elements of a documentary: visual, audio, and text tracks
  • the role that editing plays in the creation of a filmmaker's point of view
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