SUBJECTS — U.S. 1945 - 1991, Diversity & Mississippi;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Self Esteem; Friendship; Courage;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect
Age: 13+; MPAA Rating -- PG-13 (for thematic material); Drama; 2011, 146 minutes; Color.
Among the many stories about racism, The Help is unusually valuable because it demonstrates how prejudice distorts important personal relationships such those of primary caregiver and child, parent and child, girlfriend and boyfriend and between friends. Anyone who reads or sees "The Help" will never again believe the "Mammy" stereotype. The story also compares classism to racism. The Help gives rise to interesting discussions and writing assignments.
For ELA classes, the movie is an excellent opportunity to study character development over the course of a narrative. For U.S. History classes
the film is a valuable addition to a list of movies to be watched as homework to explore segregation, Jim Crow and racism in the 20th century or as an exmaple of the genre of historical fiction. See TWM's Historical Fiction in Film Homework Project
Objectives/Student Outcomes Using this Learning Guide: Students will engage in an analysis of character development in a popular story and will exercise their writing skills on a topic that interests them. They will become aware of how racism and classism distort human relationships and of the segregated society which existed in America as late as the 1960s.
The Learning Guide to The Help will assist in teaching from both the movie and the book.
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The Help provides an interesting comment the effects of racism on important personal relationshps and a comparison of the ill-effects of racism and classicism..
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To give you a sense of how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to develop lesson plans, and by parents to supplement school curriculum or for home schooling we have set out below one of the assignments contained in the Learning Guide to The Help.
Write an expository essay on the condition of housekeepers, maids and nannies in society today. Be sure to investigate any factors that may surface, such as ethnicity, age or gender. Look for information on wages earned by domestic workers. Consider the jobs associated with maids in hotels as well as in private households.
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