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From the beginning of the 20th century, Hollywood filmmakers have shaped public beliefs about and attitudes toward African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos. Challenging and updating the historical record, ethnic minority filmmakers have been re-presenting their histories, cultures, and literature from the perspectives of their own experience. The resulting films offer teachers an effective means for teaching ethnic diversity in today’s media-saturated culture.
This work details rationales and methods for incorporating readily available films into the high school and college undergraduate curriculum, particularly in history, social studies, literature, and film studies courses. It includes definitions of race and ethnicity and essays on the film history of African American, Asian American, American Indian, and Latino representation. Subsequent chapters, organized by disciplines, describe specific ways to teach visual and multicultural literacy with films, including suggestions for topics, methods, and films, and ending with four discipline-specific curriculum units for high school students. Film terminology and a list of resources to help teachers create their own curriculum units complete the work.
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Table of ContentsTable of Contents
Introduction: Why Teach Visual and Multicultural Literacy? 7
PART I. FILM HISTORIES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN, ASIAN AMERICAN, AMERICAN INDIAN AND LATINO/A REPRESENTATIONS
1. Historical Overview of African Americans on Film: Challenges to Racial Ideology 21
2. Using Film and Video to Teach About Asians and Asian Americans Across the Curriculum 41
3. American Indians and Film in the Classroom 58
4. Changing Faces: Exploring Latino/a History, Culture, and Identity Through U.S. Cinema 77
PART II. METHODS FOR TEACHING ETHNIC FILM IN AMERICAN HISTORY, SOCIAL STUDIES, LITERATURE, AND FILM STUDIES BY CAROLE GERSTER
5. Methods of Film Analysis 97
6. History: Teaching Ethnic-American History with Film 104
7. Social Studies: Teaching Ethnic-American Topics with Film 129
8. Literature: Teaching Ethnic-American Literature on Film and as Film 168
9. Film Studies: Teaching Representations of American Ethnicity on Film 198
PART III. HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM-TESTED CURRICULUM UNITS
10. Teaching American History: The American Dream and the History of Latinos and Latinas in America 235
11. Teaching Social Studies: The U.S. (Unfinished Sojourn) on Freedom Road 244
12. Teaching American Literature: Representations of Japanese American Internment 253
13. Teaching Film Studies: Images of Ethnicity and Justice in America 264
Appendix: Selected Video Distributors and Websites 273
Glossary: The Language of Film 289
Selected Filmography 297
Selected Bibliography 305