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Robert Withers <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 10 Mar 1994 09:42:57 EST
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On Wed, 9 Mar 1994 11:43:48 -0500 <00ajbeumer@BSUVAX1> said:
>        By the way, I'm on this list because I teach a 10-12th grade Film
>Literature course.  We touch on propaganda films, and look at _Nuit et
>Brouillard_.  Does anyone have some suggestions on other good prop. films
>for high school age students?  Also, how would _Schindler's List_ work with
>this age group?
     Angie, I can't advise you on how "Schindler's List" would work with high
school students.  I would think they should be able to get something from it,
though I don't know what your demographics are.  Did you see the earlier
message about California highschool students "goofing" on the film because
seemed so gratuitious and arbitrary compared to actual shootings that they
had witnessed in their neighborhood?  It seems they needed more preparation
before seeing the film.  One of my college students said that the film meant
more to him because he had first read Elie Wiesel's "Night" -- there was the
implication that reading that book helped him to understand and "believe"
what he saw in the film.  I don't think Anne Frank would prepare in the same
way, since her experience was really removed from the main horrors.
     If any of your students do see the film, either as assigned or on their
own, would you report on their reactions here?