Stand By Me: Students Watching a Classic Film Clip
Movies can be fantastic teaching tools. There are great story-lines that can really have a positive impact on students. Sometimes movies really live up to the term motion picture with great imagery. Then there are those movies with scenes that leave an indelible mark on the mind. In the case of which I am thinking, that mark is more like a blueberry stain.
The student book had a section about movies. They had a picture of Lord of the Rings, Titanic, and The Matrix. We briefly talked about them before reading a short article about Carrie Ann Moss. I asked the students which movies they liked. The mentioned Despicable Me 2, Iron Man 3, and Spiderman 2. I immediately expressed my dissatisfaction with their choices. I even told them that all of these sequels are only cheap ways for studios to make money. They are missing out on good films. In fact, the image of Lord of the Rings was mistook to be the Hobbit. I have not seen The Hobbit but I know that three movies were not necessary to tell the story found in one book the length of half of one of the Lord of the Rings books. I could bemoan "kids these days," but that would be forgetting my role in all of this. After all, I am their teacher.
The kind of movie that I feel is appropriate for 12 year olds in the coming of age story. Considering the kind of movies that my students have seen, they probably don't even know what a coming of age story is. Stand by Me is a classic story about a group of boys going on a childhood adventure. The story lets the audience know that there are some events in life that leave you older than when you were before that event. This has less to do with the intentions at the outset of the journey than it does with the many incidents during the journey. Done right, a coming of age story makes the audience feel wiser.
In the film, one of the boys, Will, tells a story as the crew settles down to camp for the night. The movie then switches to Will's imagination. The pie eating scene is one of those film scenes that every 80's kid fondly remembers. In order to encourage my class to watch Stand By Me, I thought showing them this scene would be a good teaser.
Showing the scene from my IPad, I quickly thought how interesting it might be to film their reaction to the clip. So with the Ipad in my left hand, I held my phone with my right hand (a selfie stick would have been really useful in this situation) I angled the phone to capture their faces.
Below is the result: