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Classic Movies for the Classroom The Spotlight Series: On the Waterfront: The Awakening of Conscience

Classic Movies for the Classroom The Spotlight Series: On the Waterfront: The Awakening of Conscience

$14.00

At Educational Guidance Institute, we are passionate about helping instructors use classic film to present universal truths to today’s youth teaching character, virtue, truth, goodness and beauty. The lessons of On the Waterfront can be approached from a wide variety of settings from public school classrooms, after school programs, young adult groups, parent-teen community and church events, as well as by homeschooling families. Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy wrestles with his conscience and his role in the murder of a friend. Father Barry (Karl Malden) and the girl Terry loves, Edie Doyle (Eva Marie Saint) come to his aid, but Terry himself must have the courage to embrace moral truth and act on it. The civic virtue of moral courage is dramatically in play in one of the most celebrated scenes in classic movie history. Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger were so talented that they were able to literally improvise the dialogue between them in the landmark scene in the cab. Through viewing the film and the discussion and activities in the lesson plan, students see and experience such profound lessons as: the moral claims of an informed conscience can be sorted out with the help of others, truth and love go together and can never be fully separated in real life, and standing up to oppression is often accompanied by personal sacrifice. The act of viewing a film makes these lessons about the awakening of conscience come alive for students of all ages in a powerful and dynamic way. This lesson plan is excellent on its own, as well as part of a course comprised of the others in the Classic Movies for the Classroom: The Spotlight Series.

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Weight .37 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × .1 × 11 in