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SUBJECTS — World/England; Literature/England;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Romantic Relationships;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness.
Age: 10+; Not Rated; Drama; 1946; 118 minutes; B & W.
This is a film version of Dickens' classic novel, Great Expectations. The movie develops a number of themes which are especially appropriate for young adolescents, including relationships between boys and girls and the fear of the stranger who comes in the night. The film also shows the harshness of English society in the 18th and early 19th centuries, the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Great Expectations provides background information and discussion questions to help teachers and parents develop the themes in this classic work of literature.
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Great Expectations presents Charles Dickens' great tale.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below one of the discussion questions from the Learning Guide to Great Expectations.
For each of the major characters in the film, review The Six Pillars of Character and describe how the actions of the character embodied or violated the moral principles described in the Pillars. Did any of the characters grow or change in their understanding of ethical principles during the course of the film? If so, identify the characters and describe their growth. (The Six Pillars of Character are based upon the ethical principals of the three major Western religions and ethical humanism. They were developed by the Josephson Institute for Ethics and have been endorsed by numerous groups in the U.S. and other countries.)
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