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SUBJECTS — U.S./1945 - 1991 & West Virginia;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Caring for Animals; Father/Son; Mother/Son;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Caring.
Age: 10+; MPAA Rating -- Rated PG for mild violence; Drama; 1997; 93 minutes; Color.
The movie Shiloh can serve as a treat or reward after students have read the book. The Possible Problems section of the Learning Guide shows how to turn the substantial problems with the story (in both the book and the movie) into a strength.
The protagonist of Shiloh is Marty, an eleven year old who lives in the mountains of West Virginia. He develops an attachment to a beagle hunting dog who has twice run away from an abusive owner. Marty names the dog Shiloh and desperately tries to find a way to keep him. These efforts lead Marty to secrets, lies, and confusion over right and wrong. Instead of returning the dog to his owner, Marty hides Shiloh in an old shed and lies to everyone about whether he has seen the dog. Although Marty's family is on a tight budget and his father has said that they can't afford to feed a dog, Marty sneaks food to Shiloh.
The shed does not provide Shiloh with adequate protection. One night, Shiloh is badly mauled by a much larger dog and Marty's lies are exposed. However, through an unexpected stroke of luck, combined with courage, perseverance, and hard work, Marty eventually convinces the once abusive owner to sell him the dog. Unfortunately, this requires Marty to lie to his parents one more time.
The Teachwithmovies.com Learning Guide to Shiloh provides teachers and parents with the background and discussion questions to highlight the themes of the book and correct for some of its problems.
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Shiloh tells a wonderful tale about a boy who loves a dog.
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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 portion of the Possible Problems section of the Learning Guide to Shiloh.
SUBSTANTIAL. There are major problems with the book and the movie. In both, Marty repeatedly rationalizes lying to serve his own interests. One of the lies is made to his parents at the request of an adult. It is extremely dangerous for children to lie to their parents at the behest of another adult. (The novel won the Newberry Award. TWM cannot understand why this award was given to a book whose hero accomplishes his goals by lying.) ....
Adults suggesting the book or the movie should take the time to turn the story's substantial problems with lying into strengths. Benefits can be found in pondering the great value of honesty and the special dangers to children when they lie to parents at the request of another adult.
The Learning Guide to the film Shiloh 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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