Film as Text: Standards-Based Literacy

Film as Text: Standards-Based Literacy

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Film as Text: Standards-Based Literacy

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Learn strategies for finding evidence in film to support an argumentative writing prompt and text-based discussions. This interactive after-school workshop is designed for social studies, civics, and humanities teachers. Teachers will view excerpts from the film Banished and explore resources from our guide, Teaching Banished, to consider the history of lynching. We will model how to integrate film as text to help meet the demands of literacy standards in a way that is relevant and engaging for students.  

In this workshop you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills, including argumentative writing, student-to-student discussion, and close-viewing of film clips
  • Gain access to resources to support the creation of literacy-rich assignments
  • Examine the historical context of racially-based violence and consider its legacies in current events today

After this workshop you will become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia.

Illinois Educators can earn 2.5 Clock Hours for full participation in this course.

For questions regarding this professional development opportunity, please email [email protected].


South Loop Elementary School
1212 S Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, IL 60605
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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