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Field of Dreams
SUBJECTS — Sports/Baseball; U.S./1945 - 1991 & Iowa;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Grieving;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness.
Age:10+; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 1989; 106 minutes; Color.
Ray Kinsella is an Iowa farmer with a wife, a little girl, and a seemingly idyllic life. However, he never resolved his conflicts with his baseball-loving father, who had died many years before. As the movie opens, Ray begins to hear voices and becomes obsessed with an urge to build a baseball stadium in his best cornfield.
When the stadium is built, it is visited by the ghosts of frustrated ball players. These include the men banished from professional baseball in the 1919 Black Sox cheating scandal and, most importantly, Ray's father. Through the events of the film, Ray works through his regrets and can, at last, grieve for his father.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Field of Dreams will help teachers introduce children to self-forgiveness and its essential role in normal grieving, problems of censorship, and the 1919 Black Sox baseball scandal, a formative event in the development of modern baseball.
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In Field of Dreams, the ghosts of the perpetrators of the 1919 Black Sox scandal can play again.
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Why is a zero tolerance attitude toward cheating and gambling essential to the success of professional sports? What does this tell you about the importance of trustworthiness as a general rule of behavior for everyone?
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