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Dead Poets Society Movie Guide


This Dead Poets Society movie guide provides an incredibly powerful learning opportunity that encourages students to think freely and deeply. Take full advantage of the learning opportunities in this film by using this 5 page PDF movie guide. Journey through the movie as a class, pause at the designated times, and discuss and answer 15 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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This Dead Poets Society 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 15 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 Dead Poets Society 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 10-15 minutes for each essay question at the end
  5. On average, completing this movie guide will require about 45-60 minutes in addition to the length of the movie