FAQs

What is this course called on a high school transcript?
How much credit is this course worth?
Is MovieLit a full-feature English course?
What does MovieLit cost?
Can multiple students take the course simultaneously to lower the cost?
How were your movies selected?
Why are some movies required and some optional?
Is MovieLit a Christian curriculum?
Does MovieLit de-emphasize the importance of reading?
Are there other courses similar to this one?
Can I see a sample of the curriculum?


What is this course called on a high school transcript?

Any title involving terms such as Literature, Composition, or Writing are certainly appropriate.  The additional designation “College Preparatory” is appropriate also.

 

How much credit is this course worth?

MovieLit is designed as a one-year, one-credit course.  It could be done in a semester by completing a movie unit each week rather than taking two weeks, but this would require a considerable investment of time and effort, and should still be considered as a full credit of work.

 

Is MovieLit a full-feature English course?

We offer our curriculum as a very valuable specialized supplement to other English courses that cover more general language skills.  Ours is a very strong writing curriculum that exposes the student to an impressive array of classic literature, but it does not focus on other important areas such as reading and grammar.

 

What does MovieLit cost?

Families pay $40 for the Teacher's Handbook and $25 for the Student's Handbook, plus $13 postage and handling.  They must also acquire the movie videos, which can be done most economically with a 9-month rental subscription to Netflix at their lowest rate.

 

Can multiple students take the course simultaneously to lower the cost?

Yes.  Only one Teacher's Handbook and one set of movie rentals are necessary when teaching multiple students simultaneously.  Each student, however, must have his or her own Student's Handbook.  Duplicating the student materials is a copyright infringement.

 

How were your movies selected?

We looked for top-quality films of top-quality literature that offered a variety of literary styles.  Some of the films are old, some are new.  Some are based on literature from past centuries, some from more recent years.  Some were originally novels, some were stage plays.  Some might appeal more to boys, some to girls.

 

Why are some movies required and some optional?

In the study materials for the ten on the required list, we have made certain that all of the essential essay skills are covered at least once.  Beyond those ten, families are free to choose any six of the remaining fourteen. The final two-week, two-video Scarlet Letter project brings together all the analysis skills into a single focus on a great American classic novel.

 

Is MovieLit a Christian curriculum?

Christian themes run quite naturally through Western literature.  We have not attempted to overload our literary selections with Christian materials, nor to avoid them.  Some of our optional essay choices call for Bible-based analysis, but the required final essays are open-ended with regard to religious philosophy.

 

Does MovieLit de-emphasize the importance of reading?

Not at all.  We expose students to a remarkable breadth of literary classics that they would probably never come close to reading in an entire high school career, let alone in a single year.  This can demystify the whole field of great literature and encourage students to read on their own in the future.  Also, MovieLitis designed to supplement other more traditional language arts courses, not to replace them.

 

Are there other courses similar to this one?

MovieLit will be developing movie-based extensions and variations on this course.  We also have a current events curriculum, The Times and the Scriptures, that does not utilize movies.  Contact us for information on these resources.

 

Can I see a sample of the curriculum?

Yes. Click here to see a sample in .pdf format and click here to view a short video about MovieLit.



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