Based on recommendations from Jacob Burns Film Center we viewed Casi Casi: All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School to participate in a larger conversation about viewing, critiquing, and learning from film and incorporating the language of film into our classrooms.
There are several areas that we can think about as teachers and literacy leaders:
Films as mentor texts: What are the ways you think Casi Casi offers middle and high school students a mentor text for early filmmakers and digital storytellers?
Messages to Think About: What are the themes or messages of this story offer middle and high schoolers opportunities for reflection?
Issues of Identity: In the film, the protagonist says in his election speech, “I’m one of you.” What do you think the identity connections could be for students when viewing this film?
First person narrative: There aren’t many films that offer this narrative style. In what ways can students learn about first person narration through viewing this film or scenes from this film?
International film study: And, of course, the film is in Spanish. What are the benefits of exposing to students films in other languages? What do we learn from this experience as viewers of the film?
As a final note, there are so many opportunities in this film to consider the history of films that portray school…here are a few we’ve discussed and some others to consider…What do you notice as sites of influence within these film clips that may have inspired the filmmakers of Casi! Casi! in writing and filming their film about high school, unrequited love, and all around teen antics.
Looking forward to everyone’s final reflections.