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SELMA (2014)****
ESL lesson for the whole movie, SELMA at Movies Grow English

(focus on Martin Luther King JR's pivotal moment)

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Contains 14 movie quotes & 37 Academic Words (AWL*).
It is hard to believe that in Alabama in 1965, it would be next to impossible to register to vote, just because you were black.  In this gripping biopic, we see the series of events which led up to the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.  We see Dr. Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) as a deeply flawed man who nevertheless had a gift to inspire millions to stand up and march for racial equality.   We see how difficult it was for black Americans to organize a simple walk of fifty miles, in a story of courage and truth that will long be remembered.  Directed by Ava DuVernayAcademy Award: Best Original Song.  Nominated, Best Picture.   Rated PG-13  (128 min.) mike laib 2016.

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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