Today, we finished the film that we began last class. After completing the film, students had time to finish the questions for the film that were handed out last class. After that, students were divided into four groups and each group had one question to answer in depth with examples from the film. Each group discussed their assigned question and presented an answer to the class. The questions were as follows:
Group 1: How does Chaplin characterize the relationship between people and machines? How does he specifically do this through the use of on-screen images and character interactions?
Group 2: What do you think is the message of this movie? Do you agree or disagree with it? How did Chaplin communicate this message? What scenes or events particularly helped him communicate this?
Group 3: How does Chaplin manage to create comedy without sound? Compare to today: how do most comedy movies today make you laugh?
Group 4: What kind of social issues are involved in this film? Why do you think Chaplin wanted to take on such serious issues in a comedy movie?
Lastly, I handed out the homework. It is attached below and due next class.
Have a nice weekend :)
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.