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SUBJECTS — U.S./1945 -1991; Diversity & Illinois;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Justice; Friendship;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Respect; Fairness.
Age: 15; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 1986; 112 minutes; Color.
Bigger Thomas, a culturally deprived and immature young man from Chicago's black ghetto, is hired as a chauffeur by a wealthy white family. For Bigger, it's a golden opportunity to escape a ghetto life of unemployment and crime. But the daughter of the family is home from college. She and her boyfriend are youthful rebels; they want to be friends with Bigger. How should he react? The film is based on the novel by Richard Wright.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Native Son will help teachers show children the wide gulf between the disadvantaged (in this case poor blacks) and the affluent, how difficult it is to cross that gulf, and how easy it is to panic and accidentally kill someone. (The novel is a classic. Good readers, ages 14 and up, should be encouraged to read the book before they see the film.)
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Native Son is a tragedy of the Great Migration of African-Americans to the North.
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The "Great Migration" was the movement of millions of Southern blacks to the large cities of the North looking for relief from racism and seeking better jobs and schools. It began during the First World War when jobs opened up in war production industries. It continued through to the 1960s. 85% of blacks lived in the South in 1890. By 1960, that number had been reduced to 42%.
The Learning Guide to the film Native Son 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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