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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.
In this film, many people are afraid of the hobos and others who have lost their livelihood. They also blame them for the country’s misfortunes. Why do people sometimes point a finger at others when times are tough? Why are people often critical of those they don’t understand?
What advice does Kit’s father giver her about facing adversity? How does that counsel later help him? What comes as the result of her persistence?
What impact did the Great Depression have on families and individuals? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dustbowl/peopleevents/pandeAMEX05.html
Click here to learn more about the History of the American Girl Company that was started because of an absence of pre-teenaged dolls in the toy marketplace.
Check out the other dolls and their stories, which are each set in different historical time periods at the American Girl Official Website.
If an aspiring author, journalist or screenplay writer lives at your house, Little Miss Matched’s “The Writer in Me!” writing kit provides tons of inspiration. A colorful 96 page book provides all kinds of suggestions, tips and fun activities to help develop a child’s writing skills. The chapters include information on authoring a short-story, producing poetry, becoming a playwright, penning a screenplay and journaling. Along with room to write in it, the book includes comments and encouragement from famous actors and writers. The kit also comes with a diary, dream journal, tiny travel journal and reporter notebook as well as a blank box of cards on which young writers can record their own wild words for future use. A wall poster, with quotes from great women writers, completes the set. The kit is produced by Workman Publishing.