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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
SUBJECTS — U.S./1929 - 1941 (The Great Depression)
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Ambition; Families in Crisis; Female Role
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect; Caring; Trustworthiness; Citizenship.
Age: 6 - 10; MPAA Rating: G; 2008; 101 minutes; Color.
Kit Kittredge is a nine-year-old girl living through the Great Depression and following her dream of becoming a reporter. Many adults are losing their jobs, including Kit's father, who has to go to a distant city to look for work. People all around her, including some of her best friends, are losing their homes. There is a Hooverville on the outskirts of town and the so-called respectable people are terrified of the hobos who live there. To survive the hard economic times, Kit's mother opens their house to boarders, which brings in many fascinating characters. Kit's mother allows two children from the Hooverville to do work around the house in return for food and clothing. The two children become Kit's friends; her loyalties are tested when a robbery occurs and one of her new friends is fingered as the culprit.
This film is a tender reminder that those who are down-and-out deserve support, compassion, and respect. Hard times can happen to anyone. The movie has strong female role models, including both Kit and her mother, who treat everyone with respect and help those less fortunate, even when they themselves are running out of money. Kit also has dreams of becoming a reporter and plasters pictures of successful women onto her tree house walls. By working at her writing and never giving up on her dream, Kit ultimately gets an article published in the local newspaper.
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To give you a sense of how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to develop lesson plans, and by parents to supplement curriculum focusing on the Great Depression or give students a perspective on hard economic times through Guide to Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. A set of discussion questions is set out below.
1. Remember when the ladies at Mrs. Kittredge's garden party were appalled that she gave food to the hobos? How did the general community treat the hobos? Why do you think they acted the way they did?
Suggested Response: The community feared the hobos. They blamed them for crimes without ever being entirely sure that the hobos had committed them. There are many reasons why they acted this way. One was that the hobos were a reminder of how tough it was to make a living, to provide food and shelter for their families. The hobos were a constant reminder that anyone could wind up homeless. Another reason might be snobbery. The upper class just didn't want to see poverty right in their faces. The ladies at the garden party were snobby toward the hobos and were surprised that Mrs. Kittredge treated them with anything other than disrespect. A third reason was that the hobos' poverty and homelessness made them different from the other people in the town; people often fear those who are different.
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