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Adolescent Films

Keeping current or looking at teen films that are memorable and can be used to understand adolescents are posted here. We examine teen film in our YA Lit class, YA Genre Class, Adolescent Development Class and Middle School Curriculum Class.

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Comment by Ryan Goble on June 27, 2011 at 12:51am
Yeah, Dr. T needs to revise that bad boy as it is truly great. He's here on the Ning - you should tell him you dug the book!
Comment by Ashley Tice on June 25, 2011 at 9:46am
I just read Teasley and Wild's Reel Conversations book for a grad class that I'm taking.  I cannot wait to implement it into my classroom next year.  The section in the back of the book where it breaks down the different themes in YA films is phenomenal!
Comment by Peter Landreth on January 27, 2011 at 4:27pm
As a geography teacher in Chicago, Ferris is an invaluable tool.  I use a modified version of this activity from Mr. Snyder at Pinehurst High school in Florida to teach local geographic literacy to both my AP Geography class and my Chicago History/Geography class.  Check it out at
Comment by Pam Goble on April 3, 2010 at 9:08am
Teasley and Wilder's book is tremendous for you to get on the right page with this. I teach a grad class where all must view a YA film. I will send you the reflection sheet as soon as spring break is over; it's on my desk top at school.
Comment by Hiba on April 3, 2010 at 4:45am
Hey guys! So no one has commented here yet, I thought I might break the silence.
I recently started a film unit with a year 9 gifted class, and we actually watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It is one of my favourite movies, and I told my class that even though it is old (to them) it is still really applicable to their lives.

They LOVED it. And they got a lot of the subtle humour and jokes in there. We're kind of not going to get into detail about the actualy movie, because our film study focus in on MAKING a short movie, but I wanted to examine a movie from a different era. Jogh Hughes (the director) is great to have the students research, because he is well known for using particular movie techniques in most of his films. I had my students research these, and they've learnt a lot about movie techniques that aren't really used today.

So that's my two cents!

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