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SUBJECTS — Literature/U.S.; U.S./1913 - 1941 and Florida
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Running Away; Families in
Crisis; Father/Daughter; Taking Care of Yourself; Suicide;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Responsibility;
Age: 14+; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 1983; 127 minutes; Color.
Taken from the memoirs of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Cross Creek is the story of a woman determined to live independently in rural Florida and become a writer. During the first third of the 20th century, this was an unusual and difficult lifestyle. The movie shows the actual experiences that were transmuted into Rawlings' classic novel The Yearling.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Cross Creek will help teachers and parents guide children to the film's many benefits, including the strength of Rawlings and a description of rural Florida in the first part of the 20th century. The Guide relates the film to family systems, explores how family therapy might have prevented a tragic outcome shown in the film, and introduces "suicide by cop." The Learning Guide also contains discussion questions relating to parenting and family relationships,d the unintended consequences of running away, and the futility and tragedy of suicide.
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Cross Creek is the story of a father who feels betrayed by his daughter. It details the events behind Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' The Yearling.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below the Benefits section of the Learning Guide to Cross Creek.
Benefits: This film has many benefits. Rawlings is a strong woman, determined to become a writer at a time when this was not the usual path for a young woman. The movie describes rural Florida in the first third of the 20th century. Cross Creek will be helpful in health classes to illustrate issues of family relationships, demonstrating that families are units and that each member is affected by what another family member does. It provides a graphic example of the consequences of risky behavior such as running away and getting drunk. The film demonstrates the tragedy and futility of suicide and shows the law of unintended consequences in action. Cross Creek also introduces the concept of "suicide by cop."
In English and literature classes, the film can serve as a basis for class discussion and essay writing. An intriguing use of the film is to show how Ms. Rawlings' actual experiences were transmuted into her classic novel The Yearling. Because the contrasts between the film and the novel are so interesting, Cross Creek will have best effect if shown to children who have already read the novel. We do not advise substituting the film for the novel. While the film is excellent, the novel is a classic and should be read by all children. They can watch the movie after they read the novel.
The Learning Guide to the film Cross Creek contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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