interdisciplinary classroom materials coordinated with the films, and teachers’ professional-development offerings. This comprehensive curriculum model promotes widespread use of film as a window to the world to help students to mitigate existing attitudes of cultural bias, cultivate empathy, develop a richer understanding of global issues, and prepare for effective participation in an increasingly interdependent world. Our standards-based lesson plans support various learning styles, promote literacy, transport students around the globe, and foster learning that meets core academic objectives. Selected films act as springboards for lesson plans in subjects ranging from math, science, language arts, and social studies to other topics that have become critical for students, including environmental sustainability, poverty and hunger, global health, diversity, and immigration. Prominent educators on our team consult with filmmakers and cultural specialists in the development of curriculum guides, each one dedicated to an in-depth exploration of the culture and issues depicted in a specific film. The guides merge effectively into teachers’ existing lesson plans and mandated curricular requirements, providing teachers with an innovative way to fulfill their school districts’ standards-based goals. Why use this program? To be prepared to participate in tomorrow’s global arena, students need to gain an understanding of the world beyond their own borders. Journeys in Film offers innovative and engaging tools to explore other cultures and social issues, beyond the often negative images seen in print, television, and film media. For today’s media-centric youth, film is an appropriate and effective teaching tool. Journeys in Film has carefully selected quality films that tell the stories of young people living in locations that may otherwise never be experienced by your students. Students travel through these characters and their stories: They drink tea with an Iranian family in Children of Heaven, play soccer in a Tibetan monastery in The Cup , find themselves in the conflict between urban grandson and rural grandmother in South Korea in The Way Home, watch the ways modernity challenges Maori traditions in New Zealand in Whale Rider, tour an African school with a Nobel Prize- winning teenager in He Named Me Malala, or experience the transformative power of music in The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble.
J o u r n e y s i n F i l m : H i d d e n F i g u r e s 7 In addition to our ongoing development of teaching guides for culturally sensitive foreign films, Journeys in Film brings outstanding documentary films to the classroom. Working with the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, Journeys in Film has identified exceptional narrative and documentary films that teach about a broad range of social issues in real-life settings such as famine-stricken and war-torn Somalia, a maximum-security prison in Alabama, and a World War II concentration camp near Prague. Journeys in Film guides help teachers integrate these films into their classrooms, examining complex issues,
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