Film Club – Junior Instructor Workshop


    NEW Course! “If you love movies or a good story, this club is for you! You’ll even get to suggest movies for the club to watch together.” ~ Caroline the Caster


    Class Full

    Film projector illustration for Film Club at Athena's
    Junior InstructorCaroline the Caster
    Content LevelsGrades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Course Length16 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnWednesdays, 3:00 - 3:50 PM Pacific - 8/16/23 - 12/16/23

    This is the Athena’s Film Club! With the goal of eliciting passionate discussion and building a kind community of cinephiles, this club is a fun and engaging opportunity to study film with gifted peers. As this is a club, there is less required work than a course, but there will always be plenty of optional readings and thought provoking topics week to week.

    Webinars will have lively discussion led by me, Caroline the Caster, but student generated discussion questions will be used frequently. Examples of some movies that could be watched are: Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse, Coraline, Matilda, My Neighbor Totoro, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and more!

    Students will also be able to suggest movies for the club to watch, creating a collaborative and fun space. Student interest will always be taken into account! The goal of the club is to engage students with film, explore the ways film tells stories, and to foster a collaborative environment for students to share ideas and have lively discussions.

    Note to Parents:

    • The expectation is that one film per week will be watched outside of club meetings. The movies will be family-friendly, and instructions on how to access the film will be provided.
    • Please be aware that Caroline the Caster’s college schedule may change and the time of the course may have to be moved. Parents will be kept in the loop.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Watching the film outside of class
    • Posting a discussion question on a forum before club meetings

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • Extra information on the movie’s creation, cast, or historical context
    • Form to add student’s movie suggestions

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • A few short content questions before the discussion to ensure all students watched the film
    • Discussions about the film and its contents
    • Relaxed, fun community building

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Be able to converse with other students at a high school level on narratives, characters, etc. Additionally, club members are expected to be engaged, respectful, and prepared every week. Although the club is relaxed and meant to be fun, we must be able to have a healthy and productive environment to talk about the films together.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Be prepared for the webinar.
    • Actively participate (via the microphone and chat) in the class discussion.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.
    • Create a film-loving community with their peers.

    Required books & materials:

    • Each week a family friendly film will be required to watch outside of club meetings. The film for the week will always be announced at the end of the previous meeting, giving seven days to watch the film. Information on how to access the films will be provided as well. An effort will be made to find films that are easily accessible on common streaming services or in libraries. I would encourage families to participate together, making a weekly family movie night 🙂