The Breakfast Club Movie Guide | Peer Pressure | Stereotypes | Clique (R – 1985)


The Breakfast Club Movie Guide | Peer Pressure | Stereotypes | Clique (R – 1985) invites students to explore the complex dynamics of high school life. Analyze the societal pressures and stereotypes each character faces, and debate about the factors that shape their experiences. Identify how they develop empathy towards one another. Reflect on the movie’s ending and draw conclusions about whether or not the characters will remain friends. Then, use your prediction to draw conclusions about your perspective on society. Identify which character you’d most likely befriend and justifying your choice. Finally, consider the relevance of the labels used in 1985 to describe the characters and discuss if those labels reflect today’s labels.

Special Warning:

  • Before showing “The Breakfast Club” in class, please be aware that the film contains profanity and offensive language. While these elements may be uncomfortable for some, it’s important to note that the uncensored dialogue contributes significantly to the authenticity of the characters and their high school experiences.
  • The raw and unfiltered language used by the characters provides a realistic portrayal of the frustrations, pressures, and struggles they face. This uncensored dialogue can serve as a powerful catalyst for meaningful discussions and debates about the high school experience, societal norms, stereotypes, and other relevant themes.
  • It is recommend that you preview the film to ensure it aligns with your school’s policies and the comfort level of your students. It may also be beneficial to send a note home to parents or guardians informing them of the film’s content and the educational objectives of showing it in class. The goal is to create a safe and respectful learning environment where students can explore and discuss the themes of the film in a thoughtful and mature manner.
  • IMDb’s parents guide for The Breakfast Club

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 (5 pages)
  • An answer key (5 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)
  • 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 The Breakfast Club Movie Guide | Peer Pressure | Stereotypes | Clique (R – 1985) 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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