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Shall We Dance?
SUBJECTS — Dance; World/Japan;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Breaking Out; Marriage;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
Age: 12+; MPAA Rating: PG (mild language); Drama; 118 minutes; Color.
In Shall We Dance?, a Japanese office worker is on the late train coming home. He sees a beautiful woman looking pensively from the window of a ballroom dance studio. Intrigued, and looking for a way to meet her, the office worker begins to take lessons at the studio. He finds something he did not expect. This film shows life in modern Japan and how people become entranced with dance, in this case, ballroom dancing.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Shall We Dance? will help teachers use the film to introduce students to modern Japan and the transformative power of dance.
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Shall We Dance? is a ballroom treat with a Japanese flavor.
Learning Guide Excerpt
To give you a sense of how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to develop lesson plans, and by parents to supplement school curriculum or for homeschooling, we have set out below a discussion question from the Learning Guide to Shall We Dance?.
If Shohei started dancing to be close to Mai, why did he keep on dancing after Mai spurned him?
The Learning Guide to the film Shall We Dance? 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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