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Lights, Camera, Lesson: Teaching Literacy through Film

E-Learning and Digital Media Volume 8, Number 4, ISSN 2042-7530


This in-depth case study explores a modern approach to education: the benefits of using film, technology and other creative, non-conventional pedagogical methods in the classroom to enhance students' understanding of literature. The study explores the positive effects of introducing a variety of visual-based (and auditory-based) teaching methods to learners within an urban high school English language arts inclusion classroom. The study group reads literature, analyses films and works on various creative assignments, such as incorporating music lyrics, using computer technology and creating art. The study outlines supplemental assignments designed to have students respond critically to literature within a creative learning environment. As a result, the students' grades improve, and they are able to stay connected with the readings. The case study also references similar professional case studies, authors and educational theorists. (Contains 2 notes and 12 figures.)


Lipiner, M. (2011). Lights, Camera, Lesson: Teaching Literacy through Film. E-Learning and Digital Media, 8(4), 375-396. Retrieved March 6, 2021 from .

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