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(focus on family and tradition in Hawaii)

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Contains 11 movie quotes & 15 Academic Words (AWL*).
The family of Matt King (George Clooney) has owned land in Hawaii for many generations.  But now they must sell it.  The first problem is that Matt's wife, Elizabeth (Patricia Hastie), is in a coma and dying.  Then, Matt finds out she was having a secret romance with Brian Speer (Matthew Lillard), the real- estate agent who will earn a lot of money from the sale.  Matt must make the best choice for all his family and make peace with his wife.  And he only has a little time.  This story takes us to the beautiful paradise of Hawaii and the wonderful music of Gabby Pahinui. Oscar: Best Screenplay, Director: Alexander Payne Rated R  for strong language (115 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.
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