“Very interesting ideas about community and misconceptions people can have from movies.”
Each year Cinema/Chicago brings over 5,000 CPS students into theaters throughout the school year and during the Festival for special Education Outreach screenings. These screenings cover a wide variety of genres including: foreign cinema, documentaries, local productions and international new releases. With the help of the Cinema/Chicago Education Advisory Committee - made up of youth media professionals and educators - films are chosen that relate to Chicago Public School curriculum, exposing students to films from other cultures, in other languages, and about complex and engaging subjects.
Prior to all Cinema/Chicago Education Outreach screenings, study guides are provided to prepare educators and students for the content and concepts of the film, ensuring that the discussion regarding the film can take place long after the students have left the theater. These study guides provide basic production and synopsis information, as well as pre-screening lesson topics and post-screening discussion questions. These guides ask the students to think beyond the theater seat, and relate the film to their curriculum as well as their daily environment.
Study guides from past Cinema/Chicago Education Outreach screenings are available to educators to use any time in the classroom. For additional questions or lesson ideas, as well as where to find past films, please contact Cinema/Chicago's Education Program Administrator, Rebecca Fons at firstname.lastname@example.org