Take Learning to the Movies!
Parents ask me: “How do I get my reluctant writer to grow?”
I answer: “Join a Movie Discussion Club class! They won’t even feel like they’re writing.”
Why do we expect our kids to jump straight into academic writing?
Students of all ages need a chance to play with words and ideas before we expect them to put those thoughts into a ship-shape essay; to get the feel of the raw clay in their hands before they sit down to throw a fully formed pot.
Summer is a great time to flip the script!
Watch a movie, write about it in a conversation with other students, and BUILD academic writing skills naturally!
In our Discussion Clubs, students will:
- Articulate a position (think thesis statements!)
- Communicate their insights freely
- Experience reader responses from peers and an instructor (without grades!)
- Use concrete examples and evidence in support
- Write their thoughts without worry about mechanics
- Developtheir writing voices
Never fear the rainy day—or starting back in September with rusty writing skills.
This summer we have TWO movie discussion clubs ready for your kids.
Up Seventy-eight-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.
Persepolis A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.
Fantastic Mr. Fox An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.
The Land before Time An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.
The Sound of Music A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
Les Misérables In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.
West Side Story Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but can love flourish in the midst of intense friction between the warring Jets and Sharks?
Dreamgirls A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.
Give your kids a chance to play this summer. Connect with a different audience, a new purpose, and a new conversation in our Movie Discussion Clubs!