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SUBJECTS — Sports/Figure Skating;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Breaking Out; Parenting; Mother/daughter; Sportsmanship;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Respect; Fairness; Caring.
Age: 9+; MPAA Rating -- G; Drama; 2005; 98 minutes; Color.
This is a girls' sports formula movie . . . and more. In the main plot, Casey is an ugly duckling high school physics geek whose mother has groomed her for Harvard. To become a graceful swan on ice, Casey must make her mother understand that Harvard is her mother's dream, not Casey's. She must also overcome her mother's disdain for women who pursue a sport. Casey must also survive the skating rink owner (Tina) who will stop at nothing to ensure that her child, rather than Casey, makes it to the regional finals.
A subplot involves Tina's daughter (Gen) who is tired of training most of the day and living her mother's dream of glory on ice. Gen wants a normal life so that she can see her boyfriend and go to parties. She even wants time to study so that she doesn't look like an idiot in math class. A second subplot is the romance between Tina's son and Casey.
In this movie the characters grow and change in ways that have a ring of truth.
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Ice Princess paired with Bend It Like Beckham and a brief discussion will allow children to understand why they should not lie to parents except in the most extreme situations.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below one of the discussion questions and suggested answers from the Learning Guide to Ice Princess.
After Gen had stopped skating, Casey forgave Tina and asked Tina to be her coach. Should she have done this? What was the risk Casey had to guard against if Tina was her coach?
Suggested Response: There is no one correct answer to this question. Tina had a tendency to cheat when faced with a difficult competition. She had repeated this mistake after having been caught and severely punished when she was a skater. If she cheated for Casey, it would reflect poorly on Casey and Casey might even get disqualified. However, Casey needed a coach and Tina was the only one around. Some people do learn from their mistakes and reform. See, for example, the story of the coach in Cool Runnings.
The Learning Guide to the film Ice Princess 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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