Film and philosophy
This unit is part of a bundled unit on Dystopian films. You will find it here:
Dystopian Films (bundled unit)
THE DARK KNIGHT (FILM)
TWO UNITS COMBINED
THIS UNIT IS SELF-CONTAINED
THIS FILM IS ABOUT TERRORISM, DUTY, AND BEING A HERO.
The CCSS “lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st century.” Integrating film into your curriculum is an excellent way to satisfy many of the new Common Core State Standards.
You don’t need to show entire films, just short clips of these films, to develop competences deemed essential in the new CCSS guidelines.
Even if you don’t know the film, chances are your students do. It is surprisingly sophisticated and the dialogue is interesting and provocative. The film helps students understand terrorism and sacrifice.
This unit contains all that you will need to discuss the film. The summary is very detailed so even if you or your students haven’t seen the film, all of the major points are covered and it looks great with the added images. Most students enjoy talking about films; reading a movie summary is appealing, and this summary is fairly easy to read. Even so, the film raises difficult philosophical issues and the discussion questions you’ll find here tackle topics related to heroism, terrorism, morality, and fairness (just to name a few).
All of the questions are either from the summary provided or are from the film itself (but then the excerpt from the film is provided). Some of the discussion questions use quotations from the film.
Included in this package are the following:
➢ A test (ten multiple-choice questions - answers provided)
➢ Discussion questions (There are three short scenes from the film – each quotation is followed by three questions – and there are four additional questions for a total of 13 discussion questions and or test questions.)
➢ Critical Lens Quotation Practice using a quotation from the film (includes an excerpt from the screenplay.)
➢ Two more excerpts from the script along with five discussion questions that refer back to the excerpts.
➢ Some amazing images from the film.
➢ An 18 page summary of the film from IMDBPro; the summary has some images from the film as well.
➢ This unit allows for differentiated learning; some students may be more comfortable with the questions that focus on the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (remembering/ comprehension and simple applications/understanding), whereas other questions provide students the opportunity to focus on higher levels (analysis and evaluation).
➢ Questions aligned with ELA-Literacy CCSS 8-12 – in particular with the following standards:
I teach THE DARK KNIGHT as a TEXTURE TEXT or a CONTEXT TEXT usually alongside THE REPUBLIC. It is an excellent film to use when studying philosophical concepts including, but not limited to, the following: morality, ethics, sacrifice, duty, freedom, and fairness.
keywords: film; philosophy; CCSS; heroism; ELA
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