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Use in the classroom:
· Fed Up and Food Inc are used as additional resources for the culminating synthesis essay to the Politics of Food unit. It will also be used to follow up on the claims made in two of the four articles.
· Hitch is used to examine society’s expectations of men and women in the dating world (gender roles) as part of the Language Gender Culture unit.
· Pleasantville and Rebel Without a Cause are used to give students historical context for the book Catcher in the Rye. It helps them better understand the societal pressures (and sometimes disastrous consequences) surrounding 1950’s social conformity. Rebel also addresses “teen angst,” a central theme in Catcher. Understanding the historical context is key to successfully comprehending and analyzing the themes in Catcher in the Rye.
· The Great Gatsby is used to help the students visualize the vitality and drama of the Jazz Age for a better understanding of the book’s central themes (money, greed, prohibition, etc.)
· Death of a Salesman (1998) is the word-for-word same dialogue as the book. (It is a play.) It is used to help the students better understand the ambiguous scene changes in the main character’s confused mind and ambiguous messages and themes.
· Remember the Titans is used as a model of the PRIDE acronym. (It is usually used in clips at various points throughout the year but may be shown in its entirety at some point and tied in with the Language Gender Culture unit to further discussion about race relations and the benefits of embracing cultures we are unfamiliar with rather than rejecting them.)
Film descriptions (taken from IMDB and Wikipedia):
“Fed Up is a 2014 American documentary film that focuses on the causes of obesity in the US, presenting evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar inprocessed foods are an overlooked root of the problem, and points to the monied lobbying power of "Big Sugar" in blocking attempts to enact effective policies to address the issue.” This film accompanies one of the articles in the Politics of Food unit, citing some of the same sources.
“Food, Inc. is a 2008 American documentary film that examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. The film is narrated by *Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser.”
*author of one of the four articles read by students
"King Corn" is a documentary film released in October 2007 that follows college friends Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis (directed by Aaron Woolf) as they move from Boston to Greene, Iowa to grow and farm an acre of corn. In the process, Cheney and Ellis examine the role that the increasing production of corn has had for American society, spotlighting the role of government subsidies in encouraging the huge amount of corn grown. The film shows how industrialization in corn has all but eliminated the image of the family farm, which is being replaced by larger industrial farms. Cheney and Ellis suggest that this trend reflects a larger industrialization of the North American food system. As was outlined in the film, decisions relating to what crops are grown and how they are grown are based on government manipulated economic considerations rather than their true economic, environmental, or social ramifications. This is demonstrated in the film by the production of high fructose corn syrup, an ingredient found in many cheap food products, such as fast food." This film directly accompanies the first article read in the Politics of Food unit, "When a Crop Becomes Kind," written by Michael Pollan, one of the contributors to the film.
“Pleasantville is a 1998 American fantasy comedy-drama film about two 1990s teenagers who find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.”
“Hitch is a 2005 romantic comedy. Will Smith plays the main fictional character of the film, Alex "Hitch" Hitchens, who is a professional dating consultant who makes a living teaching men how to woo women.”
“Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film that is based on the true story of African American coach Herman Boone portrayed by Denzel Washington, and follows Coach Boone as he tries to introduce a racially divided team at the T. C. Williams High School in the Northern Virginia city of Alexandria, Virginia in 1971. Actor Will Patton portrays Bill Yoast, an assistant coach making a transition to help out Boone. The real life portrayal of athletes Gerry Bertier and Julius Campbell, played by Ryan Hurst and Wood Harris, appear within the harmonized storyline.”
Gatsby and Salesman are approved 11th grade literature. Below are links to film descriptions.
Link to Amazon description of modern 2013 version of The Great Gatsby film: http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Gatsby-Leonardo-DiCaprio/dp/B0067EKYS6
Link to Amazon description of 1986 film version of Death of a Salesman: http://www.amazon.com/Death-Salesman-Dustin-Hoffman/dp/B00007ELDP/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1412892504&sr=1-1&keywords=death+of+a+salesman