August was born with a facial deformity and has been homeschooled―until now. Entering fifth grade, he must navigate being the “new kid” in a mainstream school.
Listening to students’ reactions—noting their interests, questions, and misconceptions—will inform your decisions about how to debrief their viewing of Reporter. What issues that the film raises are relevant to your curriculum? What skills would you like students to practice?
Learn about the teacing units created by three educators using the Literacy Design Collaborative‘s task templates and Facing History content.
These 2-minute film excerpts from Reporter introduce important themes in the film and highlight provocative moments. After watching them, think about the images, words, and phrases that stand out to you. What do you think the filmmakers were trying to achieve?
Find the teaching strategies, media, and online resources referenced throughout the Teaching Farewell To Manzanar guide.