Bringing Filmmaking into the English Language Arts Classroom

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Like many English teachers, I recognize the need to adapt to the world of new media, not only to stay connected to the lives of students, but also because, as the NCTE statement goes on to point out, "with multiple opportunities for student expression in the English language arts classroom, these nonprint media offer new realms for teachers of composition" and, I would add, for language and literature. When I summoned the strength to peer over the barrier of learning new technologies (as I am quite comfortable with the old ones), I caught a glimmer of new possibilities for teaching English language arts. I asked myself: How might the new media, particularly video filmmaking, help educators teach in ways more connected to students today?

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