Seeing the Big Picture: Exploring American Cultures on Film

Seeing the Big Picture: Exploring American Cultures on Film

by Ellen Summerfield

ISBN-10: 1877864846
ISBN-13: 9781877864841
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Edition: - 2005

Book Description
This work uses commercial films instead of documentaries to broaden students' awareness, understanding and appreciation of the many cultures and cocultures in America. The selection of films depict cultures with insight, care and authenticity providing a tool for cross-cultural learning. The film medium allows the viewer to experience a culture second-hand, with no threat involved it can introduce the viewer to topics that might otherwise seem too controversial or sensitive. In this textbook lesson plans have been built around each film including: setting the scene, viewing the film, spotlight on culture and communication, hands-on activities and further suggested reading and viewing.