Pay It Forward Movie Guide | Worksheet | Questions (PG13 – 2000)


Pay It Forward Movie Guide | Worksheet | Questions (PG13 – 2000) challenges students to connect with complex characters and share opinions about the concept of ‘paying it forward’. Evaluate Trevor’s relationship with his mom and how it changes throughout the movie. Discuss if Mr. Simonet can truly care about Trevor and get paid for being his teacher at the same time. Compare the society and community you live in with Trevor’s thoughts about how when people give up, everyone loses. Finally debate whether the tragic ending of this movie strengthens the story’s message.

Teacher’s Note: This movie is rated PG13 and teacher’s should check out a parents guide for this movie, for example the IMDb parents guide, before determining if this movie is suitable for your class.

Check the thumbnails 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.

This product .zip file includes:

  • 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 Google Slides Version of the Movie Guide (A PDF with a link to make a copy of the guide to your Google Drive)
  • 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.


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Here are my tips for using Pay It Forward Movie Guide | Worksheet | Questions (PG13 – 2000) 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

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.

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