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    SUBJECTS —U.S. - 1991 to Current; Diversity; California; Literary Devices:
    Age: 15+; MPAA Rating -- R for language, sexual content and some violence; Drama; 2004; 112 minutes; Color. Available from Amazon.com.

    Description:     Fast paced and well-presented, this film interweaves incidents of prejudice based on race and ethnicity during 36 hours in modern-day Los Angeles. Multi-linear in format, the actions of the characters careen between the base and degraded to the admirable and heroic, painting a picture of the complexity of race and ethnic relations in America. A fine sense of irony pervades many of the stories.

    Rationale for Using the Movie:     Crash illuminates the concept that prejudice is not limited to the ignorant and the cruel and that racists are often the victims of racism. It shows the multi-level nature of prejudice. It shows that those who see themselves as free of prejudice can be cruel or violent in a given moment based on racial or ethnic bias. The film is an excellent platform for discussions of prejudice based on race or ethnicity.

    Objectives/Student Outcomes Using this Learning Guide:     Through discussion, reflection, and writing assignments, students will explore their own attitudes as well as those of society as a whole. They will analyze irony as a tool to communicate theme.

    Possible Problems:     This film is R rated, and some parents as well as students may have difficulty with the degradation that is suffered by the victims of prejudice. Teachers must be sure to have signed parental approval forms prior to showing the film.



Rationale and Objectives
Possible Problems
Parenting Points
Using the Movie in Class:
      Discussion Questions


Additional Discussion Questions:
      General Discussion
            More on Irony
            Other ELA
            More on Prejudice
      Subjects (Curriculum Topics)
      Social-Emotional Learning
      Moral-Ethical Emphasis
            (Character Counts)
CCSS Anchor Standards
Selected Awards & Cast

WORKSHEETS: TWM offers the following worksheets to keep students' minds on the movie and direct them to the lessons that can be learned from the film. Teachers can modify the movie worksheets to fit the needs of each class. See also TWM's Movies as Literature Homework Project and Historical Fiction in Film Cross-Curricular Homework Project.


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his Learning Guide contains ideas for using the movie in class. Many of these ideas relate to the book as well as the film. For suggestions about using filmed adaptations of literary works in the ELA classroom, see Lesson Plans Using Film Adaptations of Novels, Short Stories and Plays.

Parenting Points    

Watch the movie with your child. Discuss how racism played a role in any of the incidents, such as the off-duty police officer who shot the young black man in his car.

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