ROOTS VOLUME V

SUBJECTS — U.S./1812 – 1860 & Diversity;

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Father/Son;

MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect.

AGE: 12+; Not Rated;

Drama; 1977; 90 minutes; Color. Available from Amazon.com.

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MOVIE WORKSHEETS & STUDENT HANDOUTS

TWM offers the following movie worksheets to keep students’ minds on the film and to focus their attention on the lessons to be learned from the movie.

 

Film Study Worksheet for a Work of Historical Fiction;

Film Study Worksheet for ELA Classes; and

Worksheet for Cinematic and Theatrical Elements and Their Effects.

 

Teachers can modify the movie worksheets to fit the needs of each class. See also TWM’s Historical Fiction in Film Cross-Curricular Homework Project and Movies as Literature Homework Project.

 

Additional ideas for lesson plans for this movie can be found at TWM’s guide to Lesson Plans Using Film Adaptations of Novels, Short Stories or Plays.

DESCRIPTION

Roots is a video presentation of Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Volume V shows the strain that slavery puts on the natural relations of parents and children and the rise of “Chicken George.”

SELECTED AWARDS & CAST

Selected Awards:

The “Roots” series won a Golden Globe Award as the Best Television Series of 1978, nine Emmy Awards, and many other honors.

 

Featured Actors:

Ben Vereen, Lloyd Bridges, Georg Stanford-Brown, McDonald Carey, Olivia Cole, Chuck Connors, Brad Davis, Sandy Duncan, Hilly Hicks, Carolyn Jones, Doug McClure, Ian McShane, Lynn Moody, and Leslie Uggams.

 

Director:

Gilbert Moses.

BENEFITS OF THE MOVIE

The “Roots” series describes important aspects of the black experience in the U.S. and, for all Americans, helps in facing the legacies of slavery and segregation.

POSSIBLE PROBLEMS

MINOR. There is some violence but it is appropriate to the film’s message.

PARENTING POINTS

Ask and help your child to answer the Quick Discussion Question and the Discussion Question on Morality and Ethics.

HELPFUL BACKGROUND

See the TWM student handout Slavery: A World-Wide View, Then and Now.

See Learning Guides to Roots Volumes 1 – 4. Begin at Roots, Volume 1.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. See Discussion Questions for Use With any Film that is a Work of Fiction.

 

2. What was the attitude of Master Tom’s wife towards his abuse of the slave girls? What was her attitude toward his “black children?”

 

3. Why didn’t Kizzy agree to marry the driver?

MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS (CHARACTER COUNTS)

Discussion Questions Relating to Ethical Issues will facilitate the use of this film to teach ethical principles and critical viewing. Additional questions are set out below.

 

RESPECT

(Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule; Be tolerant of differences; Use good manners, not bad language; Be considerate of the feelings of others; Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone; Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements)

 

1. Is it possible for a slave owner to be respectful of a slave’s humanity? Why?

Suggested Response:

No. The very nature of the slave/master relationship is for the owner to take advantage of the slave. The slave serves the owner without recompense. A good employer/employee relationship is much different. The employer pays for the work of the employee at a reasonable rate. An employer can also train an employee so that he can undertake new responsibilities, have a more satisfying job and make more money.

ASSIGNMENTS, PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES

BRIDGES TO READING

Older children who are good readers will enjoy the book Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley. Books about the black experience during this period include: Running for Our Lives, by Glennette Tilley Turner.

This Learning guide was last updated on July 21, 2011.