The following nine-page study guide film packet is used to accompany the Bob Clark-directed 1983 family Christmas film A Christmas Story. It can be used in an English or film studies classroom. The first page contains a list of cast and crew and a background and introduction on the film. The second page is a page that allows viewers to jot and take down their own notes in the style of Cornell note-taking. Pages three, four, five, six, and seven have comprehension questions to guide the viewer on the work's allusions, camera movement, characterization, cinematography, conflict, costume design, plot, story, symbolism, and themes. The eighth page is an entire analysis on how the non-diegetic/background score enhances several scenes throughout the movie and its characterization and/or mood. The ninth page contains discussion questions on the work's characterization, comparison to other Christmas films, conflicts, motifs, symbolism, and themes. Some questions may need to be edited depending on your students' grade level and/or knowledge of film terminology.
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