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John Golden replied to Frank W. Baker's discussion RESOURCE: Film Language Glossary in the group Teach with Moving Images
"Frank: Thanks so much for this link to Columbia's site. WOW! They've all of our work for us in locating the clips and isolating the terms . Great, great, great stuff. Thanks again, John Golden"
Jan 26, 2014
John Golden replied to Frank W. Baker's discussion Film Analysis (Session at NCTE 2012) in the group Teach with Moving Images
"Frank: Thank you so much for posting your NCTE presentation. What an amazingly comprehensive resource: almost literally, everything that you need to teach (and justify it) film successful. I especially appreciated how you added language to the CCSS…"
Nov 20, 2012
John Golden replied to Frank W. Baker's discussion Watching The Debates With Your Students in the group US History
"Great piece, Frank. I'm using it next month. Thanks!"
Sep 17, 2012
John Golden replied to Frank W. Baker's discussion WEBSITE: Thinking Film, resource from the UK in the group Teach with Moving Images
"Frank: Fantastic resource. Great find. Thanks so much. There is so much on cinematography, sound, editing, etc. The videos would be icing on the cake, but the print material is so good. "
Jun 26, 2012
John Golden and Peter Gutierrez are now friends
Feb 7, 2012
John Golden added a discussion to the group Science Teachers

Periodic Kingdom

I am working with a high school Science teacher who wants to teach the book The Periodic Kingdom by P.W. Atkins to her Foundations of Physics and Chemistry class. Has anyone taught the book with success? Any great insights, suggestions, pitfalls? Thanks in advance.See More
Jan 13, 2012
John Golden replied to Elena Ramos's discussion Strategies for Content Area Reading (Science Specfically) in the group Science Teachers
"Hi Elena: Here's the second part of the info I sent out to my colleagues. This part is about teaching academic vocabulary:  Last week, I was fortunate to be able to hang out in a number of our colleagues’ classrooms where I saw so…"
Jan 12, 2012
John Golden replied to Elena Ramos's discussion Strategies for Content Area Reading (Science Specfically) in the group Science Teachers
"Believe me, you recognized it MUCH earlier in your career than I did in mine. "
Jan 10, 2012
John Golden replied to Elena Ramos's discussion Strategies for Content Area Reading (Science Specfically) in the group Science Teachers
"Hi Elena: Here's a copy of an e-mail I sent out to my colleagues at a high school where I am an instructional specialist. It contains links to textbook analysis and pre-viewing activities that I stole from Jim Burke, AVID, and others. Your…"
Jan 10, 2012
John Golden replied to Keith Schoch's discussion Digital Dialogue: Using Tech Tools to Launch a Love of Literacy in the group New Media & Technology
"Unbelievably useful list of links, so clearly organized and presented. Thank you so much, Keith. "
Dec 18, 2011
John Golden replied to Katie Shickman's discussion QUESTION: Catcher in the Rye & Film in the group Teach with Moving Images
"Too often Coming of Age stories/films are about the male experience, so to pair with Catcher, it might be nice to have female protagonist. Some of my favorite female Coming of Age films: Crooklyn, Juno, Bend it Like Beckham, Rabbit-Proof Fence, An…"
Nov 8, 2011
John Golden replied to Frank W. Baker's discussion Teaching Film In The Classroom FREE Webinar in the group Teach with Moving Images
"Hey Frank: Thanks for posting this. The occasion for the NCTE webinar is the 40th anniversary of Masterpiece Theatre (though we're supposed to call it only "Masterpiece" now) and a brand-new teachers' guide Film in the Classroom…"
Sep 14, 2011
John Golden joined Ryan Goble's group

New Media & Technology

Looking for a Web 2.0 app for your classroom? Here's a space for people interested in new technologies and media.See More
Sep 4, 2011
John Golden joined Mike Calderaro's group
Sep 4, 2011
John Golden joined Ryan Goble's group
Sep 4, 2011
John Golden joined Ryan Goble's group

Econ, Gov & Biz

Is greed good? What role does government play in business? How does government work? If you teach these social sciences come here to discuss ways to make your curriculum "pop."See More
Sep 4, 2011

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High School Teacher
What subjects do you teach / specialize in?
Language Arts

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At 5:06pm on January 21, 2011, Ryan Goble said…
I'm guessing you caught this? NYTimes: Conducting Documentary Diplomacy 
At 10:09am on November 28, 2010, Ryan Goble said…
John I was unable to catch your screening at NCTE as my parents were in town and we went out that evening for my b-day dinner after a session that finished at 6pm. Excuses aside, I hope the screening went well and the rough cut is awesome. I can't wait to see the finished product! RRG:)
At 11:36am on January 29, 2010, Lindsay Lombardi said…

I'm so relieved that you had difficulty too. I started thinking "does the right wing not make documentaries?" Anyway thank you for these links. I was wondering if you had discovered in your search any right wing documentaries other than those dealing with Iraq?

Thank you again for all of your help I truly appreciate it.

At 6:38pm on January 28, 2010, timothy shea said…
It's about time you made it on here, John! :) Good to see you in cyberspace at least.
At 6:10pm on January 28, 2010, Ryan Goble said…
John, Yeah, it takes a while to figure out how to do this Ning stuff. I just got clear on a bunch of Facebook stuff last week. One day we'll all be digital natives - lol.

I'm so glad you read that article, I kind of put it out there not expecting folks to read the whole thing but I'm excited that some have. It is really useful and engaging for students when you develop cool questions. I'll be jazzed to hear how it goes over when you try it.

Hopefully the PDF will get passed around and other people can get their CTM on - it is one of the few ideas I had lately that, as they say in Hollywood, "might have legs."

Lindsay's question was a tough one - I recommended


Hope things are groovy in OR. What are you writing these days - another big book?
At 5:30pm on January 28, 2010, Ryan Goble said…
John - you are Golden, I knew you'd have some ideas on this one. - However, I think you commented on your own page not Lindsay's!! There should be a little tab at the bottom of her post that says "comment back" at the top of your page it says "John Golden left a comment for John Golden" perhaps you can copy and paste it so she gets the note :) Thanks for sharing your mad wisdom!!!
At 5:16pm on January 28, 2010, John Golden said…
It's so funny, but when I was researching for Reel World in 04-05 (I call it "research" for tax purposes and for getting out of doing the dishes, but it really just meant watching a whole bunch of films) I jokingly started a chapter titled, "Why conservatives don't make documentaries." I was trying so hard to be sure that the book had political and ideological balance that I spent a lot of time trying to find films with a conservative viewpoint, and it was HARD! At first, I thought the films weren't out there b/c of a lack of distribution, bias of film buyers at festivals, crazy left-wing PBS and HBO..., but in 04-05, I think that people on the right just weren't making many documentaries for reasons that never quite added up to a full chapter (or so that crazy left-wing NCTE thought!!).
ANYWAY, I did find a few and even some that kind of get at the Iraq War by attacking Michael Moore and praising George Bush: Celsius 41.11(streams on googlevideo at:, Fahrenhype 911 (streams at:
And in addition to limiting the discussion only to pro/con about the war, I have done another activity with my students about multiple perspectives on the war, including those of Iraqi filmmakers. The focus of my lesson is on how editing choices in documentary film affect audience reaction to the subject. The lesson is too long to post here, but I'll put it somewhere else and link to it.

Let me know what you end up doing with your unit. It sounds fascinating.

At 2:39pm on January 28, 2010, Lindsay Lombardi said…
Hey John,
Ryan suggested I contact you..I'm looking for a documentary that is Pro-American Gov't Pro Iraq War.

I'm trying to show students Two Perspectives I am showing From Freedom to Facism as a anti-gov't radical perspective. I need a counter perspective documentary.

Any thoughts.

Oh and I like your book, I am very VERY pro film in the English classroom!
At 10:33am on December 11, 2009, Ryan Goble said…
Since you do the English thing you might consider joining some of the ELA groups to stay up on resources and discussion.
Popular Music
Teach with the Moving Image
World Literature
American Literature
British Lit (sans Shakespeare)
Making Shakespeare Pop
Poets and Writers
Adolescent Literature

At the top of the group there should be an little + sign similar to the one in the International Educators group (image below) that says "+Join Group X." Easy stuff.

Good Vibes,



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