Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

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About the American Film Institute

The American Film Institute, the nation's preeminent arts organization dedicated to advancing and preserving the art of the moving image, is committed to informing the general public about the artistic and cultural significance of the motion picture.

About AFI’s Educational Screening Program (ESP)

The American Film Institute's Silver Theatre and Cultural Center offers the Educational Screenings Program (ESP) for Washington area public and private schools. The Educational Screening Program provides the link between the school curricula and the film, video and print materials that AFI can access. Teachers can bring their students to the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center to view films related to the curricula to inspire them to an active engagement with academic subject matter and learn critical viewing skills in the process. Each screening includes a reading/lesson with discussion questions, film terms and a reading customized to the needs of the teachers' objectives. Also, AFI Silver staff will conduct a pre and post film discussion as well as a tour of the historic theater.

Teachers can learn how to arrange a screening at the AFI’s web site.

A Teacher’s Guide to the Film "Of Mice and Men"

In collaboration with the Montgomery County Public Schools, AFI has prepared a viewing guide to assist teachers with presenting the 1992 film Of Mice and Men, directed by Gary Sinise, in conjunction with the 1937 novel, written by John Steinbeck. This film provides an excellent opportunity to educate students about the medium of film while reinforcing the literary significance of Steinbeck's story. The guide is designed to provide examples of how to use film language to complement the study of the novel in the classroom and fulfill the objectives of the viewing component of the English curriculum. Written assignments in the guide provide opportunities for students to practice skills required on the High School Assessment tests. Please feel free to print the guide, copy it, and use it with your students. Questions? Contact James Fliakas, English supervisor, at or 301-279-3154.

Updated December 15, 2014 | Maintained by Web Services