Life is Beautiful Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG13 – 1997)
This Life is Beautiful Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG13 – 1997) challenges students to learn the power and strength of the human spirit. Explore Guido’s motivation and genius as he creates and maintains the appearance of a huge game within the concentration camp so that his son Joshua isn’t exposed to the ugly truth. Ask students to write an essay in the first person as if they were Joshua at age 16 reflecting on his experience and contemplate the lessons about the beauty of life.
Note: La vita è bella was the original title.
This resource consists of 12 high-level, short answer and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information. See the preview file for high resolution sample questions.
This product .zip file includes:
- A student movie guide, PDF digital fillable form version (4 pages)
- A student movie guide, PDF print version (4 pages)
- An answer key (4 pages) is included, however, some answers will vary as students are encouraged to construct their own meaning throughout the film and many questions are open-ended.
- A generic movie guide permission slip (1 page)
The digital version is for a paperless classroom if your students each have a tablet/iPad. Here is a method that worked for me:
- Ask students to download a PDF editor app if they don’t already have one. It needs to have a save function as well. I used Foxit PDF.
- Host the file. I used google drive to share a folder with the students.
- After students have completed the movie guide, ask them to save it in a designated google drive folder using a naming convention. (I use LastnameFirstnameMovieGuide.pdf)
Here are my tips for using the Life is Beautiful Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG13 – 1997) in your classroom:
- Print one, double-sided movie guide for each student
- Preview each question on the movie guide as you come to it before resuming the movie
- 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
- After completing the short answers on the movie guide, allow 5-10 minutes for each essay question at the end
- On average, completing this movie guide will require about 30-45 minutes in addition to the length of the movie
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Get a feel for my work 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.