History and Hollywood: Part One - Research
| Many feature films have historical content. As part of their presentation of history, films may
- a study of an historical figure (eg. “Gandhi”, “Wyatt Earp”)
Imagine you are an historian who is researching to produce a web-based video entitled “History and Popular Culture” in which you examine a selected feature film which has an historical perspective or content. This will form the basis of a comparison between the ways in which history is presented through popular culture as opposed to what is presented by historians.
- an examination of an historical event or period (eg. “Gettysburg”, “The Longest Day”)
Our first focus for the internal is the Research plan
. This is where you need to identify your area of research, relevant focussing questions, identify sources and plan your research. One of the most difficult aspects if the formation of quality focussing questions. Task1: Define an area for historical research, formulate significant and perceptive focusing questions and plan the research, in comprehensive detail
In this activity you will be researching the reality behind an historical movie of your choice.
- Defining your area of research. To do this, write a statement of 2 - 3 sentences in which you specify the aims of your research into a specific film and its historical context
- Asking at least two significant and perceptive focusing questions that will structure your research
- Identifying a range of possible sources of information that could provide evidence to research the focusing questions, and state what type of information you would expect to find
- Devising a time and management plan that shows how you intend to carry out this activity. You must show evidence of clear stages of research, including a comprehensively detailed and sequenced list of dates and tasks to be carried out to ensure the completion of this activity. This could include an outline of historical methods to be used
You can either choose an event, period or figure from history that will be the focus for your research. This is no easy task when you have the whole of history open to you. You also need to find a feature film that depicts that event, period or figure. Of course, because of a particular interest the feature film might be what you start with. ALL of you must go to the relevant forum thread
and outline your possible research areas. By the end of the week you need to have one chosen.Task: Forming quality focusing questions
Read pages 1-8 on the NCEA guide below (please ignore the reference to World WAr Two movies, it needs to be updated. You can choose any era of history apart from the Tudor Stuarts), paying close attention to what a significant and perceptive focusing question looks like. Go to the following forum thread
and outline one or two possible questions you are thinking of. Don't be bashful. The aim is to get some idea of what a good question will look like. I will give you feedback in the forum thread and everyone will be able to learn from it.