McFarland, USA Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2015)

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McFarland, USA Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2015) challenges students to analyze this powerful story about persistence, community, family values, and teamwork. Ask students to compare the average student at their school with a student at McFarland. Explore how Coach Jim White’s approach allows him to learn about the values and characteristics of the Mexican-American culture in McFarland. Write an essay about how to integrate some of these positive aspects of McFarland’s community into your own community.

Note: This movie is based on the true story of Jim White and the McFarland cross country team that won the 1987 state championship.

Check the preview file for high resolution sample questions to see if this movie guide is suitable for your students. This resource consists of 12 high-level, short answer reflection and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.

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McFarland, USA Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2015) challenges students to analyze this powerful story about persistence, community, family values, and teamwork. Ask students to compare the average student at their school with a student at McFarland. Explore how Coach Jim White’s approach allows him to learn about the values and characteristics of the Mexican-American culture in McFarland. Write an essay about how to integrate some of these positive aspects of McFarland’s community into your own community.

This product 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:

1. 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.
2. Host the file. I used google drive to share a folder with the students.
3. 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 McFarland, USA Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2015) with students 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

The McFarland, USA Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (PG – 2015) resource is also available on TeachersPayTeachers



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