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Dead Poets

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A perennial favourite with young people, who are as inspired by John Keating as the boys in the film are.

 

Not only excellent to study as a film in its own right, it also offers an exciting way to introduce poetry, and to approach the vexed issue of teenage suicide.

 

guide written by Peter Beale with additional material
by Judy Lewis

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Contents

Teachers' Guide

 

 

Student Programme

 

Introduction

3

Introduction

2

Resources

4

After the First Viewing

3

The Question of Suicide

5

Initial Quiz

4

Synopsis

6

Plot Analysis and Narrative Structure

5

After the First Viewing

8

Conflict

7

Initial Quiz Answers

9

Understanding the Film

8

Narrative Structure

10

Design and Setting

9

Conflict

15

Characterisation Checklist

10

Scene-by-scene Commentary

15

Characterisation Tasks

11

Understanding the Film

39

Towards a Deeper Understanding

14

Design and Setting

42

Styles of Film-making

16

Characters

44

The Keating Message

17

Towards a Deeper Understanding

48

Respond to the Critics

18

Music

51

Some Weaknesses of the Film?

19

Lasting Images

53

Extension Activities

20

Themes

54

Useful Quotations

22

Genre

59

Cast List

25

Task and Worksheet Answers:

 

The Complex Makeup of a Movie

26

    Scene List and Plot Events

60

Glossary

27

    Shots and Angles

62

Appendix: Techniques Checklists

29

    Quotations Exercise

63

 

 

     A Critical Review

64

Worksheets

 

     Film Styles, Quiz Answers

66

Study Record

2

Sample Essays

68

Scene List and Plot Events

3

Quizzes

73

Shots and Angles

6

Interesting Trivia

77

Quotations Exercise

7

Appendix: approaching Scene Analysis

78

 A Critical Review

8

Appendix: Plot Threads

79

Scene-by-scene worksheets

10

CD Extras:  the poetry of the film; useful film terms; screenplay, more than 100 pics from the film.

 

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