The Story of Movies is an interdisciplinary film literacy program for middle and high school students created and distributed by The Film Foundation.

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We have to treat all these moving images coming at us as a language, to understand what we’re seeing and sort it all out.
– Martin Scorsese

Lesson Library

Activities for Students

This collection of lesson plans on a variety of film study topics.

  • Harold Lloyd's [i]The Freshman[/i]
    Harold Lloyd's [i]The Freshman[/i]
  • Exploring Chinese Cinema
    Exploring Chinese Cinema
  • Film Piracy
    Film Piracy
  • Interpreting a Short Documentary Film
    Interpreting a Short Documentary Film
  • Writing About History Using Moving Images
    Writing About History Using Moving Images
  • Nominating a Film to the National Registry
    Nominating a Film to the National Registry

Coming Soon: The American West and the Western Film Genre

  • "This is an excellent curriculum in a format that keeps the student’s interest while learning valuable lessons, insight and critical thinking. Thank you for providing such a valuable resource."
    9th grade English Teacher Waterville Senior High School | Waterville, Maine
  • I would like to create a film class -- viewing is such an important part of language arts and is often neglected in public education.
    7th-8th grade Language Arts Teacher Parkside Intermediate | San Bruno, CA
  • I would like to thank you for creating the lessons on The Story of Movies web page. The lessons and activities are amazing and my students will be able to relate to film over live theater.
    6th-8th grade Theater Arts Teacher Leander Middle School | Leander, TX
  • Coming Soon - Portraits of America: Democracy on Film
  • Coming Soon - The American West and the Western Film Genre