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SUBJECTS — Sports/Olympics; World/Jamaica;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Sportsmanship; Redemption;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Fairness.
Age: 8+; Rated: PG; Comedy; 98 minutes; 1993, Color.
Bobsledding in Jamaica? This madcap comedy is based on the true story of Jamaican sprinters who fell in their preliminary races and were not able to qualify for their country's Olympic team. To be able to compete in the Olympics, they took up bobsledding. This film shows young black men pursuing worthwhile goals.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Cool Runnings will help support discussions exploring themes such as perseverance against great odds, second chances, cheating in sports, and self-esteem.
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Cool Runnings has just enough truth to make it interesting and just enough fiction to make it really funny.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below a discussion question from the Learning Guide to Cool Runnings.
The Jamaican Bobsled team had no chance to win. Should they have even tried?
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