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CURSO DE LETRAS LICENCIATURA EM PORTUGUS E INGLS

DISCIPLINAS: LNGUA INGLESA IV / 7TH/6TH GRADES


DOCENTE: ANA CLAUDIA ABUD
GENRE: FILM: AKEELAH AND THE BEE

Ourdeepestfearisnotthatweareinadequate.
Ourdeepestfearisthatwearepowerfulbeyondmeasure.
Weaskourselves,WhoamItobebrilliant,
gorgeous,talented,fabulous?
Actually,whoareyounottobe?
WewereborntomakemanifestthegloryofGodthatiswithinus.
Andasweletourownlightshine,weunconsciously
giveotherpeoplepermissiontodothesame.
MarianneWilliamson
DISCUSSING THE PARTS OF THE FILM:
FIRST PART: Recognitizion of Akeelahs social environment and her
cultural background.
-Neighborhood and School life
1) Whats her social class like?
2) How can you describe her school?
3) Is there any similarity between Akeelahs School and Brazilian public school?
-Akeelahs family structure
1) Whats Akeelahs mother role in the family? Is she a breadwinner?
2) How many siblings does she have?
3) What do Akeelahs siblings do for a living?
SECOND PART: Akeelahs talent
1) How does the teacher uplift Akeelah in developing her talent?
2) Whats Spelling Bee? Is it common in Brazil to have Spelling Contest?
3) How does the principal incentivate Akeelah to make a commitment both to
her education and school?

THRID PART: Coach versus Tutor


1) Who is Doctor Larabee?
2) Whats his role towards Akeelahs tutorial?
3) Do you know the difference between coaching and tutoring? See the
definition below. Write the definition using your own words.
Whats the difference between coaching and tutoring?
Tutors tutor intellectual skills and academic competencies by sitting down and helping
students

do

homework

and

projects.

Academic

coaches

coach

emotional

competencies like communication skills, relationship skills and how to do inner


emotional work, by talking on a meta-level about students lives and school work, using
inner insight techniques. There is some overlap between academic tutoring and
academic coaching, in the sense that truly great tutors address the emotional world of
their students because thats essential to being capable of doing high-level academic
work; and truly great academic coaches address the nitty-gritty details of how students
are actually approaching their assignments, in order to help them transform their
relationship to their school work on the deepest level. However, its pretty easy to tell
the difference between a tutor and a coach, because tutors sit down and help students
DO their schoolwork, and coaches sit down and help students talk out the process of
HOW they do their schoolwork.
Available a: < http://www.longrunshortcut.com/whats-difference-between-academic-coaching-tutoring-2/.>
Accessed on: April, 25th, 2013.

FOURTH PART: Akeelahs Socialization


1) Whats the stereotype shown when Dylans father talks to him at Javiers
party?
2) Why does Dylans father use the expression: We will not come in 2nd again
this year?
FIFTH PART: Akeelahs learning process development
1) Whats the difference between Akeelahs acquiring vocabulary learning
process versus Dylans?

2) In order to acquire difficult words, how was Doctor Larabees approach to


Akeelahs acquiring vocabulary learning process?
3) Whats her strategy to memorizing difficult words?
Observation: Mnemonics process = design to help the memory, system for,
improving the memory.
SIXTH PART: Taking decision
1) Akeelah doesnt have a friend anymore or her coach. Shes only 11 years
old. On the top of that, the whole community expects her to win. What should
she do?
2) How did she get to memorize the five thousands new words for the contest?
SEVENTH PART: Doctor Larabees life
1) How does Akeelah make Doctor Larabee get his sorrows and sadness off his
chest?
FINAL PART: The end
1) Dylan was always afraid of losing the contest for Akeelah. What made him
change his mind?
2) What is/are the plot message(s) of the film?
DISCUSSION AND WRITING EXERCISES
PART A) you watched the film Akeelah and the Bee. It was discussed among
you and your teachers; therefore you are able to answer the questions about it.
01.) In the beginning of the movie, Akeelah learns to spell words by memorization. Dr.
Larabee helps her to learn how to spell in a different way. He tells her, if you can spell the
little words, you will be able to spell the big ones, even if you have never heard them before.
Explain
this
process.
If
possible
give
examples
of
your
own.
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02.) Larabee uses solterranneous as an example. He also helps her discover and develop
her mnemonic strategies. What is a mnemonic strategy?
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03.) Do Dr. Larabees methods help Akeelah win the bee?
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04.) Akeelah is afraid to enter the spelling bee. Like many people her age, she does not want
people to call her a brainiac. Then she reads the quote (Nelson Mandela in his 1994
Inaugural Address) on Dr. Larabees office wall: He asks Akeelah what she thinks the quote
means and she answers, It means Im not supposed to be afraid of me. What does it
mean in the film context? Explain using your own words.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
Marianne Williamson

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05.) Akeelah and the Bee might be about love, perseverance or self-esteem. The movie
might be making value statements about all of these ideas. Akeelah is an eleven-year-old
black female from a single-parent family in a working-class neighbourhood in Los Angeles.
Each of these qualities might influence the theme that viewers make from the movie. Is

Akeelah and the Bee the story of a black girl? Or of a girl whose family is facing economic
difficulties? Or of a girl who is growing up without a father? Or of the difficulties facing
students in under-funded schools? Give your opinion and justify.
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06.) Por que might usado neste contexto?
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07.) Leia o dilogo entre Akeelah e Doctor Larabee.O que ele quis dizer com ghetto talk.
Explique.
Akeelah: So why you home during the day? Ain't you got a job?
Doctor Larabee: Leave the ghetto talk outside. All right?
Akeelah: Ghetto talk? I don't talk ghetto.
Doctor Larabee: Ain't you got no job? You use that language to fit in with your friends. Here
you will speak properly or you won't speak at all. Understood?
Akeelah: Whatever.
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08.) Akeelah doesnt have a friend and even a coach anymore. Shes only 11 years old. On
top of that, the whole community expects her to win. What should she do? Write her an
advice letter. For advice you use SHOULD.
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09.) Use modal verbs to give meaning to the sentences: (Can, May, Might, Could, Must,
should or ought to affirmative or negative)
a) Dr. Larabee to Akeelah: You _________________ study 5.000 words for the National
Spelling Bee in Washington DC.
B) Akeelah to Dr. Larabee: I __________________ go to Washington DC without you.
c) Her oldest brother to Akeelah: You _____________________ to do this Contest because
our father would be proud of you.
d) Later, Akeelah asks hopefully: Mom, do you think you ____________________ go back to
college?" Tanya: "I just __________."
e) Dr. Larabee to Akeelah: Say it out lout: I __________________ do it. I _______________
be the winner.
f)Tanya to her daughter: You __________________________ take a bus to Woodland Hills
by yourself. You are too young to take buses to any place you want.
g) The principal to Akeelah: You _________________________ to have Dr. Larabee as your
coach because you _________________ think about your absenteeism during the classes
and the future of your school.
h) Akeelah asking permission to Dr. Larabee: ____________________ I study with you?
i) Dylans father to him: You ____________________ fail in this Contest.

10.) Write a brief summary of the Film: AKEELAH AND THE BEE. At the end, give your
personal opinion about the film. As a future teacher give your professional view, apply your
didactic view about the use of genre in English classes.