This classic American film, one of Alfred Hitchcock's best, has been used for years to introduce film terminology, film techniques and critical film viewing. Despite its age, it never gets old. Students will be enthralled to view the film and may even have visited the Orlando attraction that contains its set or seen a remake or homage to Rear Window.
The viewing guide contains 43 chronological questions to address introduction to film, to practice Close Reading of film and to analyze and address the many plot twists and literary element the film contains.
It is recommended to show the film with the Closed Captions on to enhance literacy.
Meets Common Core standards:
RL.9-10.2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
RL.9-10.3. Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
RL.9-10.5. Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
RL.11-12.2. Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
RL.11-12.3. Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
RL.11-12.5. Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
(Copy and paste this link into your browser if you want to compare the original short story upon which the film is based- "It Had to be Murder" by Cornell Woolrich http://www.miettecast.com/woolrich.pdf)
Key words: Film as Text, film technique, film terminology, Alfred Hitchcock, suspense, irony, Common Core, American Literature