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A Passage to India
SUBJECTS — World/India & England; Literature;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Friendship;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Respect.
Age: 12+; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 1984; 163 minutes; Color.
A Passage to India is the beautiful story of several individuals, some British and others Indian, who try to become friends during the British colonial occupation of India. The movie is closely based on the classic novel by E.M. Forster and is an excellent way to re-experience the book if it has already been read. If a child loves the film but did not read the book, TeachWithMovies.com suggests that he or she be encouraged to read the book. A teacher can truthfully say that, as wonderful as the movie is, the book is better. It contains detailed descriptions and insights that could not possibly be put in any film.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to A Passage to India is designed to help parents and teachers enhance the experience of children reading the book or seeing the film. The Learning Guide will show how to enlarge the window that the book and the movie provide into the minds of the British colonial rulers of India. It supplies appropriate quotations from works by Kipling and others. The Guide will help the movie serve as a supplement to courses covering the history of the British Empire and India.
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A Passage to India is an incredibly rich and well made film. The visuals are simply beautiful. However, it's still not as good as the book.
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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 homeschooling, we have set out below the Benefits section from the Learning Guide to A Passage to India.
Benefits: A Passage to India will acquaint children with the British colonial administration of India, the racism of the Western colonial empires, and the concept of the ultimate hostility of nature. It will permit children to vicariously explore the limits and ultimate futility of racism, the deep emotional currents unleashed by a decision to marry, the difficulties of friendship among colonial administrators and their subjects, and the need to prevent injustice. It critiques imperialism as a system that limits and warps personal relationships between the oppressed and the oppressors.
The novel is a classic of English literature. Some children who are 14 years or older will enjoy the book. These children should be encouraged to read it before they see the film. The film will then supplement the book with its vivid images of India during the British Raj. However, the book provides so much detail and nuance that it is good reading even after the film has been seen.
Regardless of whether children are going to read the book or see the film, read them the two passages quoted in the first section of the Helpful Background Section. (See below.) These excerpts will demonstrate that there really were "Turtons and Burtons" who ran the British Empire and gives a graphic example of how they thought.
The Learning Guide to the film A Passage to India 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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