Claire Ahn

Claire Ahn is an Assistant Professor of Multiliteracies in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. Prior to entering graduate school she was a high school English teacher for ten years where she developed, with help and guidance from her colleague and mentor Brad Smilanich, an extensive film analysis unit that was implemented school and district wide. Some of the worksheets introduced above (Shrek Scene Analysis and Presentation scene analysis) were developed by Brad and can also be found, among other resources, on his website. If you have any questions about teaching film or are potentially interested in a workshop on teaching film in an English classroom feel free to contact Claire at Photo courtesy of Garrett Elliott and Faculty of Education.

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Engaging Students in Film Analysis in ELA Classrooms (and Online!!)

Posted by Claire Ahn on April 20, 2020

Claire Ahn, an Assistant Professor of Multiliteracies in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, provides a framework to engaging students in film analysis (in the classroom and online) as well as access to film units and resources.

Facing History's 'Close Viewing Protocol' is also a great resource that explores questions surrounding what the filmmaker is trying to convey, the choices the filmmaker has made, the role of images, narration, editing, and sound, and what the film’s purpose might be.

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Topics: English Language Arts, Film, Innovative Classrooms, Online Learning, Lesson Ideas, English Classroom, Tech Innovation, Facing Canada, Digital Learning, Creative


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