Teachers Guide Series

Hitchcock on the set of the Birds

The Academy, in cooperation with Young Minds Inspired, produces a series of teachers guides that explore the art and science of motion pictures. The activities are designed to capitalize on students' natural interest in current films and the excitement generated by the Academy Awards to teach valuable lessons in critical thinking and creative writing, and to develop visual literacy skills. Each teaching guide is available in its entirety to download and print.

The guides are made available to more than 19,500 U.S. high schools throughout the United States, reaching 39,600 teachers and nearly 2.4 million students.



complete animation activities guide

Art Direction 

complete art direction activities guide


complete cinematography activities guide

Costumes Design 

complete Costumes Design activities guide [English]
complete Costumes Design activities guide [Spanish]

Costumes and Makeup 

costumes and makeup activites guide


complete documentaries activities guide

Film Editing 

complete film editing activities guide

Media Literacy 

complete media literacy guide


complete screenwriting activities guide

Sound and Music 

complete sound and music activities guide

Visual Effects 

complete visual effects activities guide