Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Movies for Learning - Kidnapped

Our next movie this year was Kidnapped. There are many screen versions of this classic book by Robert Louis Stevenson. Below is the version that we used.

"When Scottish young gentleman David Balfour's father dies, he leaves school to collect his inheritance from uncle Ebenezer, who in turn sells the boy as a future slave to a pirate ship. When staunch Stuart dynasty supporter Alan Breck Stewart accidentally boards the ship, he takes David along on his escape back to Edinburgh. They part and meet again repeatedly, mutually helpful against the Redcoats and respectful, although David is loyal to the English crown, but learns about its cruel oppression. Both ultimately face their adversaries." (IMDb)
I hope your students enjoy it.
The questions for Kidnapped are here.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Movies for Learning: The Patriot

It's a new school year and I have new students! So that means some new movies ;) I will be posting a variety of new movies with questions that you can ask your students to begin a discussion about history and science topics! Our first new movie I used to explore the American Revolution was The Patriot. All of the students really enjoyed this movie and the discussion from it. 
Here are the questions
Blessings, Natalie

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Far From the Madding Crowd


Besides being a wonderful character study of unique complex characters, Far From the Madding Crowd allowed us a chance to talk about women's rights, child labour, mental illness and abuse. Our students enjoyed the contrast of the men in Bathsheba's life and it helped to draw out other issues.
This I would say, was one of my favourite discussions, only because I wasn't sure how this movie would be received. 

Here are the questions for Far From the Madding Crowd.


Anna and the King


Our next Movies for Learning session Anna and the King was a great one to explore Dictatorship vs. Monarchy and where the line was drawn between those two political philosophies. There were many struggles in this movie and many scenes to draw out other themes such as honour, love, freedom and humility. The students really enjoyed it!

Here are the questions for Anna and the King.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

McFarland, USA - Movies for Learning


McFarland, USA was a great movie to discuss our attitude toward life despite poverty or circumstances. This movie was a great way to look at what makes home and a feeling of belonging. We also were able to talk about labour laws and how we look at work. Though I wouldn't say this was a favourite of the students, we still had a rich discussion. 

Here are the questions for McFarland, USA.

The Emperor's Club - Ethics - Movies for Learning


Our next session in Movies for Learning was The Emperor's Club. There were many ethical dilemmas in this movie and our students took hold and struggled with their own ethical judgement! Following the lives of Mr. Hundert and his students brought ethics to the forefront of how to live life. It was a great discussion time! 

Here are the questions for The Emperor's Club.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Roman Holiday - Ethics - Social Justice - Movies for Learning


Our next few movies will be about ethics - starting with Roman Holiday. This movie was a favourite of many of our students. There were enough ethical struggles in it to make it an interesting discussion and the overall characters and plot made this a winner!

Here are the questions for Roman Holiday.