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SUBJECTS — U.S. 1945 - Current & the Press; Religions;
Age: 13+; MPAA Rating *; Drama; 2015, * minutes; Color. Available from Amazon.com.
Rationale for Using the Movie: 12 Angry Men shows a reasonable approximation of what happens behind the closed doors of the jury room and the dynamic of jury deliberations.
Objectives/Student Outcomes Using this Learning Guide:
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SUGGESTIONS FOR USING 12 ANGRY MEN IN THE CLASSROOM
Introduction to the Movie and Closing:
Before showing the movie, tell the class that the film shows a realistic view of jury deliberations.
At the end of the movie, tell the class that the conviction of innocent people is still a serious problem in the United States. For example, in 2000 the governor of Illinois issued a moratorium on death sentences in his state because more than 13 people who had been convicted and sentenced to death were later found to be innocent and at least one innocent man had been executed.
After watching the film, engage the class in a discussion about the movie.
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For seven additional discussion questions, click here.
Any of the discussion questions can serve as a writing prompt. Additional assignments include:
1. Research the evolution of the Innocence Project and present the information to the class as an example of how often trials can result in wrongful conviction. Use a Power Point format and include your sources of information.
2. Look up the concept of "due process" and write a formal essay in which you evaluate the film in terms of its adherence to the principle of "fundamental fairness."
3. Write a newspaper account of the process by which the jurors determined that the accused in the case described in 12 Angry Men was innocent of the crime. You may want to make up quotes and attribute comments to various jurors that explain why they voted for or against conviction and ultimately changed their minds.
See also Additional Assignments for Use With any Film that is a Work of Fiction.
Parenting Points: Watch the movie with your child and assure your child that situations have occurred when one juror has turned a jury around.
Reminder to Teachers: Obtain all required permissions from your school administration before showing any film.
Teachers who want parental permission to show this movie can use TWM's Movie Permission Slip.
OPTIONAL SECTIONS FOR SHORT GUIDES WITH NO SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS PAGE
Social-Emotional Learning Discussion Questions:
See ELA Discussion Questions numbered 1, 3, 12, and 13.
PARENTING and FATHER/DAUGHTER
See ELA Discussion Questions numbered 6, 9, and 14.
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Social-Emotional Learning Discussion Questions
See the Subject Matter Discussion Questions above.
Moral-Ethical Emphasis Discussion Questions (Character Counts)
(TeachWithMovies.com is a Character Counts "Six Pillars Partner"
and uses The Six Pillars of Character to to organize ethical principles.)
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CARING FOR ANIMALS
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Bridges to Reading:
Links to the Internet:
(Anchor Standards only)
Multimedia: Anchor Standard #7 for Reading (for both ELA classes and for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Classes). (The three Anchor Standards read: "Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media, including visually and quantitatively as well as in words.") CCSS pp. 35 & 60. See also Anchor Standard # 2 for ELA Speaking and Listening, CCSS pg. 48.
Reading: Anchor Standards #s 1, 2, 7 and 8 for Reading and related standards (for both ELA classes and for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Classes). CCSS pp. 35 & 60.
Writing: Anchor Standards #s 1 - 5 and 7- 10 for Writing and related standards (for both ELA classes and for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Classes). CCSS pp. 41 & 63.
Speaking and Listening: Anchor Standards #s 1 - 3 (for ELA classes). CCSS pg. 48.
Not all assignments reach all Anchor Standards. Teachers are encouraged to review the specific standards to make sure that over the term all standards are met.
Selected Awards, Cast and Director:
Selected Awards: 2013 Annie Awards: Best Animated Effects in an Animated Production; Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production;
In addition to websites which may be linked in the Guide and selected film reviews listed on the Movie Review Query Engine, the following resources were consulted in the preparation of this Learning Guide:
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This Learning Guide written by James Frieden and Deborah Elliott and was published on December 26, 2013.
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