SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS FOR THE WORDS
Go to the Learning Guide for this film.
Additional Discussion Questions
5. What prevents Rory from revealing the truth to his wife when she first reads the manuscript? Suggested Response: Students may determine that Rory longs to be a successful author and does not want his wife to see him as the failed artist he sees himself to be. Some may think he lacks courage or that he loves her too much to abide disappointing her.
See Discussion Questions for Use With any Film that is a Work of Fiction.
Social-Emotional Learning Discussion Questions
Ambition and Work/Career
See Discussion Questions #s 1 and 4 in the Learning Guide.
1. How could Rory have admitted his plagiarism and continued to write? Suggested Response: It would have been difficult. He would have had to submit manuscripts under a pseudonym. However, he could also have given up writing and chosen another career. It would have hurt, but he might have been able to salvage his self-respect and his marriage.
See Discussion Question # 1 in the Learning Guide.
2. Why did Rory's plagiarism and the refusal to admit it and give up its benefits poison his marriage? Suggested Response: It made his wife feel complicit any time she spent the money he earned or watched him accept accolades for writing the book. It wasn't a matter of not being able to forgive him, it was that the plagiarism was an ongoing false statement.
(Be honest; Don't deceive, cheat or steal; Be reliable -- do what you say you'll do; Have the courage to do the right thing; Build a good reputation; Be loyal -- stand by your family, friends and country)
See Discussion Questions #s 1, 3 & 4 in the Learning Guide.
See also Discussion Questions which Explore Ethical Issues Raised by Any Film.
Common Core State Standards that can be Served by this Learning Guide
(Anchor Standards only)
Multimedia: Anchor Standard #7 for Reading (for both ELA classes and for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Classes). (The three Anchor Standards read: "Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media, including visually and quantitatively as well as in words.") CCSS pp. 35 & 60. See also Anchor Standard # 2 for ELA Speaking and Listening, CCSS pg. 48.
Reading: Anchor Standards #s 1, 2, 7 and 8 for Reading and related standards (for both ELA classes and for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Classes). CCSS pp. 35 & 60.
Writing: Anchor Standards #s 1 - 5 and 7- 10 for Writing and related standards (for both ELA classes and for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Classes). CCSS pp. 41 & 63.
Speaking and Listening: Anchor Standards #s 1 - 3 (for ELA classes). CCSS pg. 48.
Not all assignments reach all Anchor Standards. Teachers are encouraged to review the specific standards to make sure that over the term all standards are met.
Selected Awards, Cast and Director
Selected Awards: None.
Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, John Hannah, and Jeremy Irons.
Director: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal.
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