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SUBJECTS — U.S./1945 - 1991; Diversity; South Carolina;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Male Role Model; Work; Education;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect.
Age: 10+; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 1974; 111 minutes; Color.
A young white teacher volunteers to work at a school located on an isolated barrier island off South Carolina's Atlantic coast. His students are poor black children of the Gullah culture. He uses ingenious methods to overcome the tremendous cultural deficits among his students but runs afoul of a racist white educational establishment that can't tolerate innovation.
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The fictional Yamacraw Island, the location of the events shown in this movie, is one of the Sea Islands, a group of low marshy islands located off the coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Before the Civil War, the islands contained large plantations that specialized in growing rice and long staple cotton. After the Civil War, the newly freed slaves took over the land and lived in isolation for decades. They developed a distinctive culture and dialect both of which are called "Gullah."
The Learning Guide to the film Conrack 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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