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SUBJECTS — Sports/Baseball; U.S./1991 - Present;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Talent;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Caring.
Age: 9+; MPAA Rating: G; Drama; 2002; 129 minutes; Color.
In 1999, Jim Morris, age 35, was the oldest rookie that the major leagues had seen in 40 years. The Rookie is a story of luck and perseverance. The character portrayed in the film is a coach who does what he promises. When he told his team of high school students that they could be anything they wanted to be and do anything they wanted to do, they turned the tables on him and challenged him to try out for a major league team. He promised that if they had a winning season, he would do just that. They came through and he fulfilled his promise, never thinking that he would be anything other than a laughing stock. The rest is a story out of Cinderella.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to The Rookie makes extensive use of the book written by Mr. Morris about his experiences. It helps teachers enhance the valuable character development lessons in this movie.
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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 The Rookie.
Benefits: Mr. Morris' experience demonstrates that if you meet the challenges of life with integrity and commitment, those challenges can turn into unexpected opportunities. The film was sold by Hollywood as a tale of second chances. That is accurate on one level. However, when analysed fully and supplemented by other events in Mr. Morris' life, the lessons to be learned from this film include: in order to make your dreams come true, you must fulfill your commitments, do your best, work hard, be lucky, and then, at some point, be willing to accept the hand that fate has dealt you.
The Learning Guide to the film The Rookie 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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