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(focus on carpe diem)

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Contains 19 movie quotes & 47 Academic Words (AWL*).
In the 1950s, Welton Academy is a traditional prep school for boys.  John Keating (Robin Williams) is the new English teacher who inspires his students to "seize the day".  As a result, some of the students, including shy Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke), rebellious Charlie Dalton (Gale Hansen), romantic Knox Overstreet (Josh Charles), and sensitive, Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard) reconvene the top-secret DPS.  But Keating's teaching methods are not appreciated by Headmaster Nolan (Norman Lloyd), and Keating's influence begins to have profound effects on several of his students.  Everything comes to a boil when Neil performs in the school play, in one of the most highly-acclaimed films of all time.  Academy Award: Best Original Screenplay.  Rated PG (128 min.) mike laib 2014.

Classroom Tips:

1. Preview both the movie and its lesson. Lesson and movie are in the same sequence.
2. Within the lesson, decide which quotes, questions, and vocabulary to focus on. Highlight or cut-and-paste content you plan to use.
3. Estimate how you'll use available time for both watching and discussing the movie.
4. Remember: Most questions on the lesson are easy for a native speaker of English to answer, so the movie itself is the answer key.
5. Assessments are at

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