Movies and Television as Literature: Page vs. Screen

Movies and Television as Literature: Page vs. Screen

Why you should be both a discerning reader and active viewer:

In Parts 1 & 2 of Movies and TV as Literature, I've talked about the ways stories on the page and screen are the same. Now let's look at some of the ways they are different, and why you should be both a discerning reader and active viewer.  

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Movies and Television as Literature: Theme

Movies and Television as Literature: Theme

It is easy to confuse theme with the subject or genre. For example, mysteries, thrillers, and police procedurals are often about the good guys catching the bad guys--but that's not theme. In most of these shows, justice may be an overarching topic, but that's not theme either.  

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Movies and Television as Literature: Story Elements

Movies and Television as Literature: Story Elements

Using plot, characterization, setting, conflicts, and theme, we can move ourselves and our children from vegetative passivity to active and discerning viewers. 

Understanding the impact stories have on our lives, I realized the value of teaching my kids to treat movies/TV as literature by applying the same critical thinking skills to TV as we did to books.

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