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Lesson Plan for Showing Literary Elements in a Popular Film -- Cast Away
SUBJECTS — U.S./1945 - 1991 & Tennessee; ELA:
expository phase; motif; symbol; theme development; dramatic irony;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Surviving; Romantic Relationships;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Caring.
Age: 12+; MPAA Rating -- PG-13 for intense action sequences and some disturbing images; Drama; 2000; 143 minutes; Color.
A FedEx supervisor, whose life is a series of daily deadlines, is marooned on a tropical island after a plane crash. This popular and well-made film is the story of how he survives and what happens after he is rescued and tries to resume his life. The movie provides opportunities for analysis of literary elements that can be found in many stories, filmed or written, including: expository phase, motif, symbol, development of theme, and dramatic irony.
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Cast Away is an excellent way to teach skills required by the English Language Arts curriculum in most states.
Learning Guide Description
Cast Away can provide an important learning experience, as well as an opportunity to keep students interested and working. This lesson plan focuses on skills required by any secondary level English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum including:
The materials supplied with the lesson plan include:
- Literary response and analysis;
- Analysis and evaluation of oral and media communication; and
- Written English language conventions.
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The Learning Guide to the film Cast Away contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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