Activity C: Select ONE of the movies from Reel to Reel
Respond to the questions asked. NO PLOT summaries, please. Just answer the questions. You can probably find the films online.
FINDING FORRESTER (2000)
What expectations did William Forrester, Dr. Crawford, and Clarie hold for Jamal? What social factors influenced these expectations? Did they change throughout the film? Why or why not?
How would you describe a successful student? A successful athlete? Did you picture this student as male or female? As a person of color, or White? Now imagine that your successful student (and successful athlete) is the opposite sex or another race. Did your description change? What values are embedded in your answer?
As a teacher, how will you confront cheating and plagiarism in your classroom?
What lessons in character did Forrester and Jamal learn from each other?
Follow-up Activity: As part of a character education program, create an Honor Code to help students learn about academic integrity. You may want to consider the following questions:
Is your Code a teacher’s solo creation or a teacher-student partnership?
What aspects of school life (such as bullying, lying, and punctuality) are included in the Code?
Who will enforce the Code, and what are the rewards and punishments?
What values will students learn from following (or breaking) the Honor Code?