BIDWELL — River Valley High School AP students recently met to take in the Shakespeare classic “Othello” and have pizza.
More than free food and the 1995 movie production starring Laurence Fishburne, students were actually learning.
As they were watching the film, AP teachers Aaron Walker and Cindy Graham asked questions regarding the plot, characters, and other important literary elements.
“This is a part of the rigor that the county school district is injecting into curriculum here,” Graham explained. “While the movie is a treat for the kids, we are still teaching them to analyze what they watch and be critical thinkers.”
“When we get together and watch an educational movie we talk about the literary devices and what the movie represents, we dig down into the aspects of a movie and learn more about it,” said Chance Gillman, one of the students present.
Many of these students are involved in the extra curricular programs that River Valley offers; be it sports or Mock Trial. These students are doing more than just showing up to class. While they do get free pizza and a movie, the film and technical discussions are an extension of the classroom.
“I really like getting together and watching the movies. I know most AP really like to get their hands dirty and dig down into the meat of a story” explained student Maddee Tabor.
“We try to provide the best education we can. This is simply a part of that program here,” stated Walker.
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