La La Land Movie Guide (PG13 – 2016)


Back in 2016, La La Land took the world by storm. Challenge your students to analyze this ‘new era’ musical using the La La Land Movie Guide. Explore a fantastic love story, compare and contrast characters and identify how character traits are developed. Evaluate Kieth’s argument for how Sebastian can ‘save’ jazz. Finally, think like a director and discuss the way the movie was shot, the final montage and how it affects the audience.

This resource is meant to supplement the viewing of La La Land, see the IMDb listing here.

Check the thumbnails for high resolution sample questions to see if this movie guide is suitable for your students. This resource consists of 13 high-level, short answer reflection and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.

This product .zip file includes:

  • An Answer Key w/ CCSS Alignment (5 Pages)
  • A Student Movie Guide (5 Pages)
  • A PDF with link to a Google Slides version (1 Page)
  • CCSS alignment, Admin Movie Request and Permission Slip (2 Pages)
  • A free resources and ‘About’ section (8 Pages)
      • CCSS Note: I’ve taken the liberty of aligning certain reading standards with the act of consuming content via the movie instead. Although students aren’t reading they are asked to perform the same cognitive functions on the content that they consumed from the movie.

Here are my tips for using this La La Land Movie Guide | Questions in your classroom:

  1. Print one, double-sided La La Land Movie Guide | Questions 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

Google Classroom | Google Slide | Tips:

    1. Click on the link included in the PDF titled “Google Slides Version” and save a copy of the file to your Google Drive/Classroom
    2. Create an assignment for your students
    3. If you are using this resource for multiple classes and want to separate responses by class, create multiple copies of the Google Slides version with file names such as [Title]ClassPeriod[2] and then create assignments

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Get a feel for these movie guides and see if this resource is right for you. I ask questions that require students to ‘live’ on the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

K12 Movie Guides are on these other platforms as well:

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