Slavery by Another Name
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WORKSHEET K Analyzing Historical Films
When watching a film or video interpretation of any event, consider using the following (PIPER) model of analysis,
PPoint of View?
Use this work sheet to help you analyze historical films you watch?
- Name of film:
- Main point of the film:
- P What is the point of view of the film?Was it overly favorable or critical of a particular group or individual?
- I What inferences were made in the film?Were there parts of the film that filmmakers must have made up because they couldn’t have known this from the available evidence?
- P What Techniques are used in the film to persuade the audience to the filmmakers point of view?Note music, camera angle, character portrayal, etc.
- EWhat evidence is included to support the point of view put forth in the film? What is the source of that evidence? How strong is it?
- R What relevant information do I know?Does it contradict or support the story presented in the film?
- Overall, how strong are the historical arguments in this film?Is it historically accurate?
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