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SUBJECTS — Sports/Baseball; ELA Discussion and Writing Exercises;
Age:10 - 14; MPAA Rating, PG; Comedy, Drama; 1993; 101 Minutes; Color.
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Friendship; Leadership;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Caring.
Note to teachers: This Learning Guide is designed to provide ELA discussion questions and assignments for middle school and junior high. The Sandlot appears to be a lightweight comedy, but the film provokes an empathic reaction in virtually all viewers. It can be of use in addressing the values and feelings young people experience during times of change in their lives. In addition, it will lead students to do their best in response to assignments requiring the exercise of skills described in The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts for Writing and for Speaking and Listening.
A not very athletic boy nicknamed "Smalls" moves into a new neighborhood and seeks to find friends. The Sandlot describes a summer of baseball, friendship, and growing up as Benny, the best player on the local team, takes Smalls into his circle. The team shares adventures dealing with a ferocious ball-eating dog behind the homerun fence. The story shows how relationships develop, including the relationship between Smalls and his stepfather.
Children of virtually all ages identify with the difficulties addressed in the film and learn valuable lessons about how to treat newcomers, how to adjust to change, and the power of friendship. Therefore, they will be interested in writing and other assignments relating to the movie.
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To provide a sense of how Learning Guides can be used by teachers to assist in developing lesson plans, set out below is an example of an assignment suggested by the Learning Guide to The Sandlot.
The following prompts can lead students to write a narrative of their own experiences. Before giving these assignments, consider having the class perform some of the exercises from TWM's Narrative Writing Lesson Plan.
3. Write about a time when you pushed yourself to try something new, as did Smalls when he went to the sandlot. Be sure to include what you learned from the experience.
The Learning Guide to the film version of The Sandlot 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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