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Foreshadowing and Characterization
— Showing and Telling Using a Film Clip from Thelma and Louise
Subject: Literature/Literary Devices: Foreshadowing & Characterization;
Ages: 14+: High School Level;
Length: Film Clip: 7 minutes; Lesson: one 45 - 55 minute class period.
Learner Outcomes/Objectives: Students will learn how to use, analyze and interpret foreshadowing and characterization through showing rather than telling.
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Rationale: The first seven minutes of Thelma and Louise utilize details that foreshadow the adventure the two women are about to experience and that thoroughly reveal character. These techniques can then be shown in written literature. Click Here for the specific College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards, set out in the 2010 Common Core State Standards, which are served by this Snippet Lesson Plan.
Description: The film begins with somber, yet inviting music that looks upon a dark road leading, as in "infinite regress" to a distant mountain. The scene lightens to brilliant colors then begins to fade again as the credits finish. Eventually, all is dark except for shadows of clouds above the mountain tops. Quickly then, the scene changes and we see Louise waiting tables and Thelma in her kitchen at home. Their personalities are clearly portrayed by what is shown as they decide to take the trip and do their packing.
USING THE FILM CLIP IN THE CLASSROOM
1. Review the seven minute film clip to make sure that it is suitable for the class.
2. Teachers may want to review TWM's Thelma and Louise Characterization Chart with Suggested Responses [available to members] to prepare for the class discussion. This provides a verbal storyboard of the film clip from just after the opening credits to the end of the film clip.
3. Teachers who are going to distribute TWM's Thelma and Louise Characterization Chart (without suggested responses), make sure enough copies are ready.
Step by Step
[[The complete lesson plan discusses telling by showing through action and visuals. The remaining steps in the Snippet Lesson Plan provides classroom exercises, discussion questions, suggested responses, and assignments.]
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