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*The Plot Structure of Films: POWER POINT HANDOUT
*The Plot Structure of Films: POWER POINT HANDOUT ANSWER KEY
*The Plot Structure of Films MATCHING QUIZ
*The Plot Structure of Films FILL-IN-THE-BLANK QUIZ
*The Plot Structure of Films Matching and Fill-in-the-Blank QUIZ ANSWERS
*The Plot Structure of Films: POWER POINT (30 slides) PDF file
*The Plot Structure of Films POWER POINT QUIZ (21 Slides) PDF file
*The Plot Structure of Films: POWER POINT (30 slides)
*The Plot Structure of Films POWER POINT QUIZ (21 Slides)
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Learning about the structure of film is very similar to learning about the structure of short stories and novels. And, just like these stories film structures do not always fit neatly into exact categories in which everyone agrees. There are many different ways to group films. Most of the categories that I have chosen to use are from the author Linda Seger who wrote "Advanced Screenwriting: Raising Your Script to the Academy Award Level." She uses categories that high school students can use easily. I highly recommend this book, especially if you want to teach screenwriting.
I recommend using this “Plot Structure of Film: Introduction” at the beginning of the year. Once students have the film language to discuss the structure of film, they have a foundation to begin analyzing films, as well as writing their own screenplays.
GREAT FOR LITERATURE COURSES
As you cover the material, you could stress that the terms that they are using and the structures they are learning apply to the structures of short stories and novels. I have used these materials in my general population and Advanced Placement English courses.
My students are not initially overwhelmed with the plot structures when I apply the information to film. Because so many students enjoy and watch films, as I cover the material, they share their own observation about the films they have watched and how these structures apply. For the rest of the year as we study literature, I refer back to this presentation and how the structures are similar to the literature that they are studying. Frequently, the structure of the stories we study contributes greatly to the theme of the work and this activity helps the students with analysis.
Good luck with your classes and I hope you enjoy introducing this material to your students as much as I do.