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ROOTS (VOL. IV)
SUBJECTS — U.S./1812 - 1860 & Diversity;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Rebellion;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect.
Age: 12+; Not Rated; Drama; 1977; 90 minutes; Color.
Roots is a video presentation of Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize winning book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Volume IV shows slave life in the early 1800s and concentrates on the disruptive effects of slavery on family and personal relationships.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Roots helps teachers use the film to introduce important aspects of the black experience in the U.S., including slavery and segregation.
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Everyone should know where they come from. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley was a seminal work in helping black Americans evaluate their past. For Americans who are not black the series is an important lesson in the evils of oppression and the history of their country. Some of the images in the television mini series Roots will stay with viewers forever. Who can forget a strong and vital man hobbled by having his foot cut off because he sought freedom and ran from the plantation? Then there is the image of the slave master taking a teenage girl from her family's hovel as a "bed-wench." And what about the slave who discovered late in life that his master was his father. All of these scenes are vividly portrayed in Roots.
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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 a paragraph from the Learning Guide to Roots Vol. IV.
Slave families were often disrupted and family members sold to distant plantations. This practice was so common that the marriage vows of slaves were modified. The traditional words "til death do us part" were changes to the words "til death or distance do us part." As Roots shows, "enlightened" slave holders tried to keep families together but would split them up without compunction if a slave ran away or was disruptive to the plantation.
The Learning Guide to the film Roots Vol. IV 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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