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Paper Clips

When a group of students in Whitwell, Tennessee, decided to collect 6 million paper clips to help them visualize how many Jews were killed during Hitler's Nazi regime, they had no idea how their school project would change their perspective, nor how it would attract the attention of the world. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A+
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Theater Release: 07 Sep 2004
Video Release: 06 Mar 2006
MPAA Rating: G
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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.

This project began as a small idea. What happened to help it grow into the amazing accomplishment it became? Are there any little things you could do that might make the world a better place? If these efforts never turn into anything as grand as the paper clip project, would they be any less worthy of your efforts?

To help a story move along, films and media often compress time. In reality, Linda Hooper and her fellow educators came up with the idea in 1998, and didn’t complete their memorial until 2001. Why might it be important to remember that when setting your own goals?

As the students developed sympathy for the Jewish people they were learning about, what conclusions might they have come to about the Germans? How did meeting with Peter and Dagmar Schroeder help to balance their perceptions? How did the teacher David Smith apply the principles they were learning in class to his own life?

For more insightful information about the film, the project, and the town, check out the official website at: www.paperclipsmovie.com

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