8th Grade Ender's Game Viewing

Friday, November 15, 2013

The release of Ender’s Game in theatres presents a valuable opportunity for us to treat film as text, applying analytical skills we have practiced this semester to non-print media. We hope all 8th grade students can join us for a special movie viewing and discussion as a culminating activity for our study of the novel.

Field Trip Details

Where: Hollywood 16 Cinema, Tuscaloosa

When: Friday, November 15. 9:30am arrival. 10am start time.

Movie Run-Time: 114 minutes

Movie Rating: PG-13 for some violence, sci-fi action, and thematic material

Cost: $20 per student (includes IMAX ticket, 16oz drink, 46oz popcorn, and transportation by bus)

Lunch: We will eat lunch in our classrooms upon returning to school after the movie. Students may bring their lunches from home or get a sack lunch from the cafeteria.

Learning Activities

Activities associated with the movie will include passage analysis from the novel, analysis of movie trailers prior to viewing the film, a seminar discussion after viewing, and a final written analysis comparing and contrasting the novel and the movie.

The activities will address the following standards:

Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision. [RL.8.3]

Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors. [RL.8.7]

Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. [W.8.1]

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others. [W.8.6]

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. [SL.8.1]

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