Home About LEARN Services and publications Contact us Help Site map Français
Learn Logo
film-for-change-2

Films for Change
is a pedagogical template that was created to guide students and teachers who are committed to environmental leadership and to affecting change in their communities. Aimed at secondary level students, it is designed as an interdisciplinary approach to integrating National Film Board (NFB) documentaries on environmental issues across a range of classroom contexts and subject areas. Learning outcomes of Films for Change are compatible with curricula across Canada.

The template consists of five different activities that lead students from an initial awareness, to deeper understanding, to taking action about environmental issues. While it makes sense to approach the activities sequentially, each one has been created to stand on its own. That is, with sensitive adaptation to particular classroom contexts, a teacher can effectively use just one or a few of the five activities with students.


  Click to download the template in PDF format (10 mb)



Click  to watch the Films for Change playlist



Table of Contents

films
  4 Introduction 

  5 Learning outcomes of Films for Change

  8 Films for Change in the classroom

  8 - 1. Before viewing the film

11 - 2. Activities

12 Focus on the Film 

16 Making Connections

20 Who’s Responsible?

23 Stepping Into Someone Else’s Shoes

29 Youth in Action: From Dreams to Reality

33 Resources

34 References

35 Appendix A - Examples of validated projects using Films for Change

41 Appendix B - Links to curricula documents for the provinces and territories of Canada

42 Appendix C - The Quebec Education Program (QEP)

44 Appendix D - Educational resources from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB)




The following work results from a shared partnership among the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the McGill University Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL) and the Leading English Education and Resource Network (LEARN).

Lynn Butler-Kisber
McGill University Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL)

Tey Cottingham
National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Mary Stewart
Leading English Education and Resource Network (LEARN)


Researcher and writer
Danielle Delhaes
A.D. Naturalists Inc.

Graphic artist
Maryse Boutin
Turbinegraphique.ca

Cover illustration
Marie-Claude Serra
MCSdesign.net

Copy editors

Nancy Barr
National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

David Mitchell
DMitchell.ca


McGill University (CEL), LEARN and the NFB acknowledge and thank the following teachers for their input and valuable expertise in piloting the Films for Change pedagogical template:

Danielle Couture, Riverside School Board
Pierre Doyon, Lester B. Pearson School Board