Movie Reader and Questions

Besides modeling the types of questions that students should be asking themselves, Movie Reader also illustrates how to pursue those questions. It gives hints that don't directly reveal the correct answer, but instead provide additional information, or focus the student on information already in the film. This not only helps the student arrive at the appropriate answer, it helps him learn how to go about answering the question himself.

Movies and books, of course, are often a matter of personal interpretation, and sometimes there is no correct answer. Several Movie Reader exercises can be configured so that there is no right answer, or several correct answers. Giving feedback in these situations is difficult, but perhaps what is most important in such cases is simply having the student stop and think for a minute. This strategy works especially well when two or three students use the program together, allowing the exercises to serve as the starting point for discussion.

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