Part II – Reel War

Reel War – Movies & Language

Mass Media, especially the news, film and now video games – are littered with the language of war. We are all aware of these terms, but to what extent has this particular lexicon worked its way into our everyday lives? Although war itself is unfortunately a daily occurrence, how then have we become so laissez-faire and apathetic in the face of these atrocities?

How does the “language of war” permeate our everyday life?

Significant Concept: Communication is a source of power, it is key to expression and organization.

TOK Links:

Ways of Knowing: Language, Emotion, Reason, Sensory Perception  

Areas of Knowledge: Ethics, The Arts, History, Human Sciences

You will study a range of media that explore issues of humanity, culture, society and perspective with regard to the guiding questions:


Propaganda Posters & Recruitment advertisements throughout the years

TV and Movies:

Glory (1989) Dir. Edward Zwick

Passchendaele (2008) Dir Paul Gross

Platoon (1986) Dir Oliver Stone

Three Kings (1999) Dir David O. Russell

M.A.S.H. TV series (1972-1983)


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Noer

War Poetry:

Flanders Field by J McRae

Not to Keep by R. Frost

Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon

Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

    America by Claude McKay

    I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes



  • FOA
  • Written Task 1


Types of Text

Poetry, novel, Manifesto, cartoon, photograph, film/tv, news report, radio broadcast, speeches, letters (informal)

Literary Terminology:

Point of view, tone, structure, setting, mood, character arcs, diction, allusion, figurative language