The student news site of Colonia High School

The Declaration

Breaking News
  • May 31Yearbook party is June 6th during blocks 1 and 2 (have to have purchased a yearbook)
  • May 30June 7- BSU's Juneteenth cookout - $2 per block
  • May 30SAT on June 1
  • May 30Prom is 5/31 - Have fun and stay safe
The student news site of Colonia High School

The Declaration

The student news site of Colonia High School

The Declaration


This poll has ended.

How many times do you hit the snooze button each day?


Sorry, there was an error loading this poll.


A Look into Lit & Film

Photo Credit: photo via pixabay under creative commons license

Four years ago, Colonia High School introduced a new elective called Lit & Film. The present teacher, Mr. Carew, teaches students just how much hard work goes into the process of creating films.

The Lit & Film class was first introduced four years ago by a fellow teacher at CHS, Mr. Hutchinson – who had taught the class during its first two years. Lit & Film is an R track English class open up to juniors and seniors. However, this is no ordinary English class. According to Mr. Hutchinson, people are “largely ignorant on how to read films.” This was the idea that had initially sparked the concept for creating the class in the first place.

In class, students will learn to read in between the lines while watching various films from multiple different genres. Students will recognize concepts that they’ve seen in a normal English class such as symbolism, plot, and characters. In addition, they’ll also learn things such as the roles and processes of filmmaking and techniques – some being editing, lighting, and color. They will learn to analyze a film not only by the plot but by observing the film’s techniques alone. Although he no longer teaches the class, Mr. Hutchinson loved the time he had with it, believing that “kids relate to [movies] more so than books.” Yet all good things must come to an end, and one person’s ending is another one’s beginning.

Mr. Carew has been teaching the class for the past two years, making this his fourth semester teaching the class. For those students who have yet to take it, he would describe it to you as “awesome.” A great bridge between things we do to entertain ourselves and a normal English or literature class.” From the two years with the class, Mr. Carew admits that he loves teaching Lit & Film not only because he loves movies, but also because he likes seeing students recognize and see things differently inside and outside of the classroom.

Story continues below advertisement

For students contemplating on taking the class, Jillian Kornberger, a senior at CHS, recommends it and said, “it’s a great way to learn more about something you watch all the time. Very interesting.” Kornberger is currently in the Lit & Film class and enjoys it because it makes one think about how much goes into making even the simplest movies, things that most people wouldn’t think twice about. She explained how the workload in this class is “okay, most are fun assignments that are not usual in other classes” such as video projects. So far from taking Lit & Film, Kornberger believes, “Mr. Carew has a lot to teach my class and I hope to keep enjoying his lessons” along with gaining more insight about the what else the class may have in store for her.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributor
Samantha Dobbin
Samantha Dobbin, Spring Reporter
Samantha Dobbin is a senior at Colonia High School writing for The Declaration Newspaper. Dobbin is 18 years old and has attended CHS for four years. She’s committed herself and participated in various extracurricular activities such as the swim team for two years, the softball team for three years, and the marching band for four years. She was also inducted into the National Honors Society and the Spanish Honors Society as well. As for hobbies, Dobbin enjoys hanging out with her friends, reading, listening to music, and watching tv. After graduation, Dobbin plans to attend TCNJ and pursue down a path to become a teacher of the deaf and the hard of hearing.

Comments (0)

The Declaration reserved the rights to not publish comments that are offensive, are hurtful, are in bad taste, are not constructive, or are spam.
All The Declaration Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Activate Search
The student news site of Colonia High School
A Look into Lit & Film