This is a film appreciation study guide to go with David Shipman's "The Story of Cinema." This book has stood the test of time as a 'bible' for reviewing the history of film and its evolution. Although it was first published in 1986 it is still considered foremost and complete in its field. (Some critics find his opinions judgmental in nature, but then that is the world of film criticism, which makes it all that much more interesting). The text is still for sale on many websites, so is very accessible. I used this text as the basis for getting a quick history of how we got to where we are today, trying to hit only the relevant high points in the study guide. I found that after 2005 my students could access most of the answers going on line to all the sources available there, and only needed to have one or two hard copies available for occasional reference. I had the students view the films most of us consider 'classics', complete study questions and then usually take a viewing quiz as I was working in a completely individualized setting and the students progressed at their own speed. I will be posting the individual film guides separate from this guide and you can pick and choose the ones that fit your program style and the interests of your students.This could be used as a cooperative learning lesson by assigning the various film eras to different students, and then having students share their findings in a group setting. (Feedback about this item is really appreciated, and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of FREEBIES, SALES, and new items posted). Thank You!