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Blackfish Movie Guide


This Blackfish movie guide gives students an incredibly powerful opportunity for critical and deep thinking. Students are challenged to think about the implication of our actions as humans on animals. Take full advantage of that by using this 5 page PDF movie guide. Journey through the movie as a class, pause at the designated times, and discuss and answer 13 high-level short answer and essay questions. Please see the product images for example questions from this movie guide and download a free, complete movie guide for Kung Fu Panda 3 to see the general quality of my questions and movie guides.

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Is Blackfish a safe movie for my students or my kids?


This Blackfish movie guide is a must have if you are showing this movie in class. The movie guide consists of a 5 page PDF document with 13 high-level short answer and essay questions. An answer key is not included as many questions are open-ended and encourage students to analyze the film by constructing their own meaning from the characters’ dialogue and behavior. Please see the product images for example questions.

Here are my tips for using this Blackfish movie guide in your classroom:

  1. Print one, double-sided movie guide for each student
  2. Preview each question on the movie guide as you come to it before resuming the movie
  3. Pause at the times designated on the movie guide and help students if necessary
    • Discussion here is great, encourage and allow students to share their ideas and thoughts for any question
    • Discourage students from simply copying answers
    • If needed, and if time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the movie for additional analysis
  4. After completing the short answers on the movie guide, allow 5-10 minutes for each essay question at the end
  5. On average, completing this movie guide will require about 30-45 minutes in addition to the length of the movie