This Our Friend, Martin Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (G – 1999) challenges students to analyze the decisions made by Martin, Miles, and Randy as they teleport through Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. Explore how MLK responds to hate and prejudice and how he teaches Miles that violence is not the answer and to appreciate the life he has. Ask students to consider how TV played a part in MLK’s civil rights movement, especially in Birmingham, Alabama. Finally encourage students to describe what changes they can make in their own lives to improve the world around them.
A note about different versions of the film:
The time stamps on this movie guide match up with the youtube version which can be found here.
However, this is not my video and this link may or may not be available in the future. If you use a different version of the film, this one., the time stamps may be off by a few seconds, in this case, I’ve also included a short description of where to stop the film for each question.
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)
- CCSS alignment indicating standards met, PDF (1 page – see also preview image)
- 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.
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 Our Friend, Martin Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (G – 1999) with students 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