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Unit00_FilmQ-History of the World

Unit00_FilmQ-History of the World

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These questions will be used to analyze the content and manipulation of "facts" found in the source.
These questions will be used to analyze the content and manipulation of "facts" found in the source.

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Unit00_FilmQ-The Study of History 

Your responses to these film questions will augment your course notes for this unit.#While our
focus is the Study of History, the issues raised are equally important when we review all future
lesson topics.

How to Use Video as a Source
Step #1: Familiarize yourself with film questions prior to viewing the film. By reading the questions and
understanding the vocabulary contained within, you allow yourself the luxury of viewing the film without having to look at
the questions continuously.
Step #2: View and Listen Attentively. Unlike a book, a video provides information via visual images and audio.
Both forms of data are ‘more valuable together’ than separately. For example, turn the volume off on your TV during your
favorite program. Then, raise the volume while ‘blacking out’ the image. Under which conditions was the data most richly
delivered? Always make sure that you have unobstructed viewing of a film and that the sound is audible.
############# As you view the video, pay attention to visual and/ or audio cues that reflect the issues raised by the questions
below. Your responses should refer to video content as well as your current knowledge and understanding of history.
Step #3: Organize Your Thoughts. Unlike a book, the data from a video is often delivered at a constant rate.
With a book, you can slow your reading speed when you encounter a particular segment that is complicated. You can also
turn back to a previous page to review information. A film is a bit different in that you may not always have the option to
use ‘slow motion’ or ‘rewind’. Therefore, maintaining focus on the imagery and sound is important. Targeted Notes will
reduce the amount of time you’re looking away from the film. By writing quick and simple phrases of a few words each,
you maintain greater attention to film events. Targeted notes use key words/ phrases that will ignite a thought or idea
when you read them later. There is no concern for grammar or spelling while doing this. After the film has ended, you look
at your targeted notes and manipulate the data to compile responses in complete sentences.
Organizational Tip: Vertically divide your sheet of paper (where you’ll write your responses). On the ‘left’ half, take
targeted notes for each question given. After viewing the video, use the targeted notes to compose complete responses to
each question (on the ‘right’ half of the sheet).

SOURCE: History of the World, Part I, Directed by Mel Brooks. ©1981. 20th Century Fox.# [~8 min.]

1. Though humorous, what questions about Mankind did the film segment try
to answer?
2. Why do we have these types of questions?
3. Identify the factual errors presented in the film.
4. Why wouldn't you use this film as a resource for researching the history of
Early Man? Be specific!

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