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The Wizard of Oz
SUBJECTS — Cinema; Drama/Musicals;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Self-esteem;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness.
Age: 5-12; Not Rated; Musical; 1939; 101 minutes; B & W and Color.
The Wizard of Oz is a classic musical, beloved by children and their parents for generations. The film is perennially popular because it deals with many of the issues and fears that children ages 5 - 12 must confront as they mature: what happens if I can't find my way home, what happens if the adults who protect me are powerless against some outside force (Mrs. Gulch, the tornado), etc.
The movie is also a classic example of the Hero's Journey, a concept developed by Joseph Campbel.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to the The Wizard of Oz will show teachers how to develop and enhance the messages of the film and how to use it as a basis for teaching the Hero's Journey.
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The Wizard of Oz is an American classic.
Learning Guide Excerpt
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 two of the eight fears and concerns of children from the Learning Guide to The Wizard of Oz.
Home is the center of a child's life. But children know that somewhere beyond the safety of home, there is a world that is exciting and colorful, yet frightening. What if home is destroyed or the child is suddenly taken away from home before he or she has grown up? Will the child survive? Will he or she ever be able to find the way back?
What about relationships with grownups? Adults are all-powerful to a young child but a child soon learns that this power has limitations, as when Auntie Em and Uncle Henry can't prevent Miss Gulch from taking Toto.
The Learning Guide to the film The Wizard of Oz 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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