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ROUNDERS (1998)****
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(focus on high-stakes poker)

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Contains 15 movie quotes & 9 Academic Words (AWL*).
Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) is a young man torn between a promising career in law or a promising  gamble as a pro poker player.  Worm (Edward Norton) is his old best friend, just out of prison and carrying an old gambling debt.  Teddy KGB (John Malkovich) is the Russian gangster to whom the debt must be paid.  When Mike goes up against KGB in a game of Texas Hold 'Em and loses, the clock is ticking as he and Worm try to win enough money before Grama (Michael Rispoli) and KGB "own them".   All the while, Mike tries to keep alive his dream of going to Vegas and competing in the World Series of Poker.   Rated R (121 min.) mike laib 2015

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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