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    SUBJECTS — U.S./1991 to Present & New York; Religions;
    SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Caring for Animals; Breaking Out;Leadership;
    MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Caring and Fairness.
    Age: 9+; MPAA Rating -- Not Rated; Documentary; 1973; 26 minutes; Color;


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    Benefits of the Movie
    Possible Problems
    Parenting Points
    Selected Awards & Cast
    Suggestions for Using This Movie in Class
    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


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      Into (Introduction), Through (watching the movie, chunking, discussion questions while the movie is being watched and immediately thereater; some assignments) and Beyond - ???

      Helpful Background:

      "Ordinary People" is a tragic story of a family mourning process gone awry. In the movie the oldest son, , drowns in a boating accident while the younger son, , survives. When a family suffers a tragic loss of one of its' members it is crucial that they support each other and band together in love. Mourning needs to involve intimate sharing amongst the survivors about the deceased as well as about their own feelings aroused by the loss. Typically feelings of fear, guilt, anxiety and sadness become more prevalent as well as isolation, withdrawal and conversely reckless endangerment. Had this family been able to tolerate sharing their uncomfortable feelings then their prognosis would have been more hopeful. Unfortunately, this family became splintered, angry and alienated as each member retreated into their own misery. Healthy mourning oftentimes includes external systems as well such as support groups and therapy. The reason outreach, connections ans support is so critical during mourning is because the feelings aroused by loss can be powerful and debilitating. The idea behind connecting with others stems from the notion that to share and to feel understood in this misery by others' suffering from similar loss will facilitate a healthy recovery. The feelings aroused by loss become normalized as individuals are able to share with one another and the misperceptions ie. guilt and shame are rectified. ***

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    The questions reach only Bloom's Taxonomy levels for "Knowledge" and "Comprehension". They reach Level One in Art Costa's three levels of intellectual functioning.

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    Selected Awards, Cast and Director:

      Selected Awards:   1974 Academy Awards: Best Short Subject, Live Action Film

      Featured Actors:   Zubin Meta, as himself;

      Director:   William Fertik

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      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)

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      (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)

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      (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)

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      (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)

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

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      (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)

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      Bridges to Reading: ***

    MOVIES ON RELATED TOPICS: All films listed in the Subject Matter Index under U.S./Civil War.

      Links to the Internet:
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