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    SUBJECTS — Biography; World/Italy & the Renaissance; Science-Technology; Aviation;
    SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING -- Talent; Mother/Son; Friendship;
    Age: 8 - 11; MPAA Rating -- G; Drama; 1998; 53:24 minutes; Color; Available from Amazon.com.

    Description:     The Western world has always been entranced with Leonardo Da Vinci's sketches of flying machines. "Leonardo: A Dream of Flight" is a fictional story of the great artist/inventor and a young cripled boy who is also fascinated by flight. This film is one of the Inventors' Specials, an award-winning series of films designed to introduce children to the lives and accomplishments of great scientists and inventors.

    Benefits of the Movie: This film will introduce children to Leonardo Da Vinci and the problems of flight.

Benefits of the Movie
Possible Problems
Parenting Points
Selected Awards & Cast
Helpful Background
Discussion Questions:
      Subjects (Curriculum Topics)
      Social-Emotional Learning
      Moral-Ethical Emphasis
            (Character Counts)
Bridges to Reading
Links to the Internet
Assignments, Projects & Activities

    Possible Problems:     None.

    Parenting Points:     Before watching the film, briefly describe the some of the amazing accomplishments of Leonardo da Vinci. See Helpful Background. Immediately after the movie, or at odd times over the next week (for example at the dinner table or in the car on the way to school) bring up some of the Discussion Questions, starting with the Quick Discussion Question in the sidebar. Don't worry if you can only get through a few questions. Just taking the film seriously and discussing it is the key. Allow your child to watch the movie several times and continue to bring up discussion questions relating to the film.

Suggested Response: ****

    Selected Awards, Cast and Director:

      Selected Awards:   1998 Gemini Award, Best Writing for Children's or Youth Program; 1998 KIDS FIRST! Endorsement from the Coalition for Quality Children's Media; Winner of a 1998 Parents' Choice Recommendation.

      Featured Actors:   Brent Carver, David Felton, Cedric Smith, Tom Melissis, Natascia Diaz, Brenda Bazinet.

      Director: Allan King.

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    Social-Emotional Learning Discussion Questions:




    Moral-Ethical Emphasis Discussion Questions (Character Counts)

    Discussion Questions Relating to Ethical Issues will facilitate the use of this film to teach ethical principles and critical viewing. Additional questions are set out below.


    (Be honest; Don't deceive, cheat or steal; Be reliable -- do what you say you'll do; Have the courage to do the right thing; Build a good reputation; Be loyal -- stand by your family, friends and country)


    (Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule; Be tolerant of differences; Use good manners, not bad language; Be considerate of the feelings of others; Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone; Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements)


    (Do what you are supposed to do; Persevere: keep on trying!; Always do your best; Use self-control; Be self-disciplined; Think before you act -- consider the consequences; Be accountable for your choices)


    (Play by the rules; Take turns and share; Be open-minded; listen to others; Don't take advantage of others; Don't blame others carelessly)


    (Be kind; Be compassionate and show you care; Express gratitude; Forgive others; Help people in need)


    (Do your share to make your school and community better; Cooperate; Stay informed; vote; Be a good neighbor; Obey laws and rules; Respect authority; Protect the environment)

Teachwithmovies.com is a Character Counts "Six Pillars Partner" and uses The Six Pillars of Character to organize ethical principles.

Character Counts and the Six Pillars of Character are marks of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.

    Bridges to Reading: None.

MOVIES ON RELATED TOPICS: This is America Charlie Brown: The Wright Brothers at Kitty-Hawk for younger children. A film for older children about flight and America's first efforts to put a man into space, see The Right Stuff.

"Leonardo: A Dream of Flight" is one of the award wining Inventors' Specials. The other films in the series are: Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants; Einstein: Light to the Power of 2; This is America Charlie Brown: The Wright Brothers at Kitty-Hawk; Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye; and Edison: The Wizard of Light.

    Links to the Internet: None.

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    Bibliography: None.

Last updated December 10, 2009.

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