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(focus on loyalty, trust, and academic life)

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Contains 14 movie quotes & 33 Academic Words (AWL*).
Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is a cleaning guy at M.I.T. in Boston.  He's also a mathematics genius who grew up without a real family.  When he gets sent to jail for fighting, Professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgård) makes a deal to help Will get his life straight, but he needs guidance.  Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) is the psychological counselor who can help Will understand that his past is not his fault, if only Will can learn to listen and trust.  He also has help from best friend, Chuckie (Ben Affleck) and new girlfriend, Skylar (Minnie Driver) in this powerful story of self-realization. Director, Gus Van SantAcademy Award, Best Screenplay, Best Actor in Supporting Role (7 more nominations).  Rated R (126 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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