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SUBJECTS — Literature/U.S.; U.S./1865-1913 & Florida;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Male Role Model; Coming of Age;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Caring.
Age: 8 - 12; Not Rated; Drama; 1946; 128 minutes; Color.
Jody is a young boy living on an isolated homestead in the Florida swamps after the Civil War. He adopts an orphaned fawn and raises it as a pet. The movie recounts the boy's experiences as he grows to manhood and tries to keep the fawn as it matures into an adult deer. The film is adapted from the classic novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to The Yearling will help teachers discuss issues raised by this story including life in frontier Florida after the Civil War, coming of age, a male role model, responsibility and caring.
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This movie is the classic film treatment of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings novel, The Yearling. The movie shows the swamps of Florida as a frontier society and highlights Jody's dilemma. It presents an excellent male role model in the character of his father played by Gregory Peck. It can introduce children to environmental sensitivity, prompting discussions with questions like "what is the best place for a wild animal?"
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Note also that Jody runs away from home and is saved by a friendly boat captain. You may want to discuss . . . the dangers of running away in today's world. Explain that Jody was fortunate to be rescued by a person who returned him to his family. That was not always the case then and it is not always the case now. Explain how running away subjects children to great risks (go into as much detail as you can without giving children nightmares).
The Learning Guide to the film The Yearling 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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