This document is currently being edited for the 19-20 School Year

 

Syllabus--The Story of Movies

Mr. Tolley, B & E 204

jeffrey.tolley@rrps.net

 

The Story of Movies is an elective English course. This class is designed to provide students an understanding of the broad history of film, how film has evolved over its history, common themes/characters explored in the cinema, cinematic techniques (editing, photography, writing, etc.) and how they have evolved over time, and how film has reflected our society through time.

 

Subjects that may be explored are:

The Silent Era

The Evolution of Comedy in Film

Film as a Reflection of Society – War, Morals, Popular Tastes

Women in Film – Heroines, Victims, Tough Broads, and Babes

Crime and the Cinema

American Classics

Alfred Hitchcock – The Master of Suspense

A Unique Art – The American Musical

Documentary in Cinematic Form

The Hero's Journey  

 

Absences/Attendance: Students are expected to be present and on time to class every day. While grades are not assigned for attendance, experience tells us that it is difficult to master any skill without being present for instruction, discussion, and opportunities to demonstrate competence. Students will be marked tardy when they are not in class and ready to participate when the bell rings. Students will receive a discipline referral for leaving class without permission if they leave the class before they are dismissed at the bell. This is a security and safety issue.

 

Make-up Work: I follow the Rio Rancho High School policy on make-up work. Students have the same number of days they were absent to complete and turn in homework and in-class assignments. For example, if the student is absent for an assignment on Monday and the student returns on Tuesday, the assignment will still be on time on Wednesday. In the event a long-term assignment or project is given, the due date will stand. For example, if a project is assigned on March 1 and is due on March 10, the student is aware of the due date and the expectations for the assignment. If the student is absent on the due date the project is still due and the student should make arrangements to have the project turned in. Of course, I will always work with students who have difficult circumstances. The key is communication. Students are responsible for checking in with the teacher when they return from an absence for all make-up work.

 

Missing Work: The worst academic decision a student can make is to take a zero on an assignment. High school is not only about putting numbers in the grade book; it is vitally important that students build skills and then demonstrate that they have mastered those skills through the successful completion of Embedded Assessments (to use the Springboard terminology). Skill building and demonstration of mastery are key components of a growth mindset.

When a student does not turn in an assignment when it is due, the student's assignment will be marked as "missing" in the grade book along with a zero. "I forgot", "It wasn't done", and "I didn't understand" are not acceptable excuses. The zero will stand if the assignment is not turned in within a week of the original assignment. If a student turns in an assignment that is partially complete and the student has been making a legitimate effort to finish, they will be allowed to finish. Be careful not to take advantage of this. Having unrelated conversations with classmates, sneaking time on a phone or game, and sleeping and then rushing in the last few minutes to get something done does not constitute a legitimate effort and the appropriate grade with be entered.

Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to make up multiple zeros at the end of a grading period to save a grade. Grading periods are nine weeks long and students are expected to recognize the importance of every assignment. 

 

Resubmitting Work: Students are encouraged to re-submit assessments for a higher grade. Writing assessments, multiple choice assessments, and individually-written Embedded Assessments may be resubmitted for a higher grade. All resubmitted work must be completed in class. Occasionally I schedule time for resubmissions during class time, and occasionally students will have to schedule time with me after school. Practice assignments may not be resubmitted.

 

I do not offer extra credit work, but I encourage students to re-write assignments for the higher grade within a reasonable period of time.

 

Behavior: High school students are old enough to be held accountable for and police their own behavior. A few things that will likely bring unwanted attention to students are:

--Foul and abusive language.

--Demeaning, bullying, and any sort of harassment.

--Eating/drinking around any computer.

--Habitual tardiness/absences.

--Distracting other students.

Students should be aware of proper behavior in an academic setting. 

 

Use of Cell Phones and Other Personal Electronics:

Cell phone use is not permitted during instructional periods and Rio Rancho High School is not responsible for electronic devices left behind.

I choose not to confront students about use of personal electronics, but I will remind students to put them away.. Student use of electronics is disrespectful of the class, fellow students, the instructor, and students' own education. Such use is documented and will be shared with parents and administrators when it interferes with student success or the educational environment

 

Classroom Norms: Students should:

            •Listen with respect when someone else is speaking, including the teacher.

            •Contribute positively to conversations and activities

            •Tolerate all beliefs and points of view, even if they do not share them.

            •Use differences of opinion as vehicles for learning.

            •Avoid distractions such as electronics and conversations unrelated to class..

            •Respect the schedule: Be on time, meet due dates, don’t leave early.

            •Use time out of class wisely—missing instruction is not a good idea.

 

Grading: Embedded Assessments and other formal assessments are worth 70% of the student grade. These are essays, projects, and presentations and quizzes. Practice such as classwork and homework grades are worth 30%. The semester final exams are worth 20% of the semester grade.

            90 - 100 = A

            80 – 89 = B

            70 – 79 = C

            60 – 69 = D

            59 and below = F

 

Chrome Books: Each student will have an assigned Chrome Book (laptop) for in-class use. Students are responsible for their assigned computer, and should bring any problems to my attention immediately.

 

Google Classroom: The majority of assignments will be completed digitally, submitted digitally, and graded digitally. If you're not used to this manner of work flow you will discover that it is preferable to paper copies.

 

 

Monday, August 12: Syllabus, Introductions, Expectations, Chromebooks.

 

Tuesday, August 13: Common Themes in Movies; Theme as Subject; Literary Theme.

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/10-classic-movie-themes-with-examples

https://literarydevices.net/a-huge-list-of-common-themes/

 

Wednesday, August 14: A discussion of film vocabulary and terminology

 

Thursday, August 15: An Introduction to the War Movie

https://www.filmsite.org/warfilms.html

 

Friday, August 16: "All Quiet on the Western Front" movie, 50 min. 

 

Monday, August 19: "All Quiet on the Western Front" movie, 50 min.

 

Tuesday, August 20: "All Quiet on the Western Front" movie, 34+- min.

 

Wednesday, August 21: Student Reflection on "All Quiet on the Western Front" movie. Assignment on Google Classroom

 

Thursday, August 22: "The Great Escape" 50 minutes

 

Friday, August 23: "The Great Escape" 50 minutes

 

Monday, August 26: "The Great Escape" 50 minutes

 

Tuesday, August 27: "The Great Escape" 24 minutes

 

Wednesday, August 28: Student Reflection on "The Great Escape" movie. Assignment on Google Classroom.

 

Thursday, August 29: Intro to the Western film. https://www.filmsite.org/westernfilms.html

 

Friday, August 30: Continue Discussion the the society and culture of the old west.

 

Monday, September 2: Labor Day, No School

 

Tuesday, September 3: "Big Jake" 50 min

 

Wednesday, September 4:  "Big Jake" 40 min

 

Thursday, September 5: "Big Jake" 20 min; Student Reflection on "Big Jake" movie. Assignment on Google Classroom

 

Friday, September 6: "True Grit" 50 min

 

Monday, September 9: "True Grit" 50 min

 

Tuesday, September 10: "True Grit" 10 min; Student Reflection on "True Grit" movie. Assignment on Google Classroom

 

Wednesday, September 11: "The Big Country" 40 min 

 

Thursday, September 12: "The Big Country" 50 min

 

Friday, September 13: "The Big Country" 50 min

 

Monday, September 16: "The Big Country" 30 min; Begin Student Reflection on "The Big Country".

 

Tuesday, September 17: Complete Student Reflection on "The Big Country". 

 

Wednesday, September 18: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 40 min

 

Thursday, September 19: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 50 min

 

Friday, September 20: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 20 min; Student reflection on "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"

 

Monday, September 23: "Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense" 51 min

 

Tuesday, September 24: "Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense" 51 min

 

Wednesday, September 25 - "Rear Window" 40 min

 

Thursday, September 26: "Rear Window" 50 min

 

Friday, September 27: "Rear Window" 25 min.; "Rear Window" Quiz on Google Classroom

 

Monday, September 30: "North by Northwest" 50 min

 

Tuesday, October 1: "North by Northwest" 50 min

 

Wednesday, October 2: "North by Northwest" 39 min

 

Thursday, October 3: "North by Northwest" Quiz on Google Classroom; Begin "Vertigo"

 

Friday, October 4: "Vertigo" 50 min

 

Monday, October 7: "Vertigo" 50 min

 

Tuesday, October 8: Complete "Vertigo"; "Vertigo" quiz on Google Classroom

 

Wednesday, October 9: Teacher Professional Development; No school for students

 

Thursday, October 10: Teacher Professional Development; No school for students 

 

Friday, October 11: Fall Break; All schools closed

 

Monday, October 14: Introduction to "The War of the Worlds"; https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/welles-scares-nationhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046534/ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407304/

 

Tuesday, October 15: "The War of the Worlds" (1953) 50 min

 

Wednesday, October 16: "The War of the Worlds" (1953) 35 min

 

Thursday, October 17: "The War of the Worlds" (2006) 50 min; END OF THE FIRST NINE WEEKS

 

Friday, October 18: "The War of the Worlds" (2006) 50 min

 

Monday, October 21: "The War of the Worlds" (2006) 20 min; Comparative analysis group assignment on Google Classroom.

 

Tuesday, October 22: Complete comparative analysis group assignment on Google Classroom

 

Wednesday, October 23: Introduction to "Frankenstein"; https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/s/shelley/mary/

Begin "Frankenstein" (1931)

 

Thursday, October 24: "Frankenstein" (1931) 50 min

 

Friday, October 25: Complete "Frankenstein" (1931) and introduce "Frankenstein" 2004

 

Monday, October 28 - "Frankenstein" (2004) 50 min

 

Tuesday, October 29 - "Frankenstein (2004) 50 min

 

Wednesday, October 30 - "Frankenstein" (2004) 40 min

 

Thursday, October 31 - "Frankenstein" (2004) 50 min 

 

Friday, November 1 - "Frankenstein" (2004) 14 min; "Frankenstein" quiz

 

Monday, November 4 - "Casablanca" 52 min

 

Tuesday, November 5 - "Casablanca" 51 min

 

Wednesday, November 6 - "Casablanca" assessment

 

Thursday, November 7 - "12 Angry Men" 50 min

 

Friday, November 8 - "12 Angry Men" 46 min

 

Monday, November 11 - Veterans' Day, No School

 

Tuesday, November 12 - "12 Angry Men" Assessment; begin "Citizen Kane" 20 min

 

Wednesday, November 13 - "Citizen Kane" 40 min 

 

Thursday, November 14 - "Citizen Kane" 50 min

 

Friday, November 15 - "Citizen Kane" 10 min; "Citizen Kane" assessment

 

Monday, November 18 - "Gone with the Wind" 50 min

 

Tuesday, November 19 - "Gone with the Wind" 50 min

 

Wednesday, November 20 - "Gone with the Wind" 40 min

 

Thursday, November 21 - "Gone with the Wind" 50 min

 

Friday, November 22 - "Gone with the Wind" 43 min 

 

Monday, November 25 - "Gone with the Wind" assessment

 

Tuesday, November 26 - "Gone with the Wind" student reflection

 

Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday, No School

 

Monday, December 2 - "It's a Wonderful Life" 50 min

 

Tuesday, December 3 - "It's a Wonderful Life" 50 min

 

Wednesday, December 4 - "It's a Wonderful Life" 30 min; Quiz

 

Thursday, December 5 - "White Christmas" 50 min

 

Friday, December 6 - "White Christmas" 50 min

 

Monday, December 9 - "White Christmas" 20 min; "White Christmas" assessment

 

Tuesday, December 10 - "A Christmas Story" 50 min

 

Wednesday, December 11 - "A Christmas Story" 43 min

 

Thursday, December 12 - "A Christmas Story" student reflection

 

Friday, December 13 - "The Santa Clause" 50 min

 

Monday, December 16 - "The Santa Clause" 47 min

 

Tuesday, December 17 - "The Santa Clause" student reflection

 

Wednesday, December 18 - Final exams, periods 1, 3, 5, 7

 

Thursday, December 19 - Final exams, periods 2, 4, 6

 

Friday, December 20 - Final exams makeups

 

Semester 2

 

Tuesday, January 7 - Intro to Monomyth and Hero's Journey.

Article link:  https://www.imdb.com/list/ls052754941/    Article, The Stages of the Hero's Journey. Article Link: http://www.tlu.ee/~rajaleid/montaazh/Hero%27s% 20Journey%20Arch.pdf  

 

Wednesday, January 8 - "A Timeless Tale of the Hero's Journey", available on YouTube 40 min

 

Thursday, January 9 - "A Timeless Tale of the Hero's Journey", available on YouTube 45 min

 

Friday, January 10 - Discuss the Hero's Journey Unit project;

 

Monday, January 13 - "Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope" 50 min

 

Tuesday, January 14 - "Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope" 50 min

 

Wednesday, January 15 - "Star Wars: Episode IV" 23 min; Quiz.

 

Thursday, January 16 - "Star Wars: Episode V" 50 min

 

Friday, January 17 - "Star Wars Episode V" 50 min

 

Monday, January 20 - MLK Holiday, No School

 

Tuesday, January 21 - "Star Wars Episode V" 29 min; Student Reflection

 

Wednesday, January 22 - "Wizard of Oz" 40 min

 

Thursday, January 23 - "Wizard of Oz" 50 min

 

Friday, January 24 - "Wizard of Oz" 12 min; Quiz 

 

Monday, January 27 - "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" 50 min

 

Tuesday, January 28 - "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" 50 min

 

Wednesday, January 29 - "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" 40 min

 

Thursday, January 30 - "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" 12 min and quiz

 

Friday, February 31 - Review of Stages of Hero's Journey

 

Monday, February 3 - "Up" 50 min

 

Tuesday, February 4 - "Up" 46 min

 

Wednesday, February 5 - "Finding Nemo" 50 min

 

Thursday, February 6 - "Finding Nemo" 50 min

 

Friday, February 7 - Stages of the Hero's Journey; getting started with the group project

 

Monday, February 10 - Writing the project

 

Tuesday, February 11 - Writing the project

 

Wednesday, February 12 - Group presentations

 

Thursday, February 13 - Group presentations

 

Friday, February 14 - Group presentations

 

Monday, February 17--Presidents Day, No School

 

Tuesday, February 18 - Introduction to the Willing Suspension of Disbelief. "How Movies and Television become         Unbelievable".  "Rabbit Season/Duck Season", "Roadrunner/Coyote" episode 43, "Dukes of Hazzard General     Lee", "James Bond Stunts" (Start at 1:15) 

 

Wednesday, February 19 - "The Dark Knight" 40 min

 

Thursday, February 20 - "The Dark Knight" 50 min

 

Friday, February 21 - "Dark Knight" 50 min

 

Monday, February 24 - "The Dark Knight" 12 min and reflection

 

Tuesday, February 25 - 

 

Wednesday, February 26 - "Tomorrow Never Dies" 40 min

 

Thursday, February 27 - "Tomorrow Never Dies" 50 min

 

Friday, February 28 - "Tomorrow Never Dies" 19 minutes and student reflection

 

Monday, March 2 - "Oceans Eleven" 50 min

 

Tuesday, March 3 - "Oceans Eleven" 50 min

 

Wednesday, March 4 - "Oceans Eleven" 16 min and student reflection

  

Thursday, March 5 - Introduction to Fantasy

 

Friday, March 6 - "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) 50 min

 

Monday, March 9 - "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) 50 min

 

Tuesday, March 10 - "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) 8 min; student reflection

 

Wednesday, March 11- End of 3rd quarter - "The Princess Bride" 40 minutes

 

Thursday, March 12 - "The Princess Bride" 50 min

 

Friday, March 13 - "The Princess Bride" 8 min; Student assessment

 

Monday, March 16 - "The Time Machine" 50 min

 

Tuesday, March 17 - "The Time Machine" 46 min

 

Wednesday, March 18 - Student reflection

 

Thursday, March 19 - "The Lord of the Rings" 50 min

 

Friday, March 20 - "The Lord of the Rings" 50 min

 

Monday, March 23 - "The Lord of the Rings" 50 min

 

Tuesday, March 24 - "The Lord of the Rings" 28 min

 

Wednesday, March 25 - "The Lord of the Rings" Quiz

 

Thursday, March 26 - Analytical essay of the elements of Fantasy

 

Friday, March 27 - Analytical essay of the elements of Fantasy. Due on Google Classroom as a Google doc today.

 

Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3 - Spring Break

This syllabus is complete to this date for the 19-20 school year. Stay tuned.

 

Monday, April 8 - Introduction to "Of Mice and Men" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXOXlPBjNSM 

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh_Xbr9XF6c

 

Tuesday, April 9 - "Of Mice and Men"

 

Wednesday, April 10 - "Of Mice and Men" Quiz

 

Thursday, April 11 - "Les Miserables"

 

Friday, April 12 - "Les Miserables"

 

(Monday April 15 - Thursday, May 2--PARCC Testing Window (longer classes, alternate schedule)

 

Monday, April 15 - "Les Miserables"

 

Tuesday April 16 - "Les Miserables" Quiz

 

Wednesday, April 17 - "Dances with Wolves"

 

Thursday, April 18 - "Dances with Wolves"

 

Friday, April 19 - Vernal Holiday, No School

 

Monday, April 22 - "Dances with Wolves" (90 min, A Day Testing)

 

Tuesday, April 23 - No class, B Day Testing

 

Wednesday, April 24 - Literary Film Writing Prompt

 

Thursday, April 25 - Introduction to Slapstick/Physical Comedy; "The Return of the Pink Panther"

 

Friday, April 26 - "The Pink Panther"

 

Monday, April 29 - No class, B Day Testing

 

Tuesday, April 30 - "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

 

Wednesday, May 1 - "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" 

 

Thursday, May 2 - "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

 

Friday, May 3 - "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" Quiz 

 

Monday, May 6 - "Beetlejuice"

 

Tuesday, May 7 - "Beetlejuice"

 

(Wednesday, May 8 - Friday, May 10--Senior Final Exams)

 

Wednesday, May 8 - "Dumb and Dumber"

 

Thursday, May 9 - "Dumb and Dumber"

 

Friday, May 10 - "Dumb and Dumber" Quiz

 

Monday, May 13 - 

 

Tuesday, May 14 - 

Tuesday, May 21--Graduation