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Gifted Child Today, v29 n3 p14-27 Sum 2006

Using movies to guide gifted students toward self-understanding provides them with numerous benefits. Movies have the potential to enrich and influence the lives of gifted students in constructive ways. A good movie, for example, can become a meaningful metaphor that explains the essence of a young person's dilemma. When an appropriate movie is combined with a discussion and supportive follow-up activities, gifted students may view their situation through a more positive lens, enabling them to appreciate multiple aspects of difficult situations they may encounter. This article presents guidelines to teachers on the implementation of guided viewing sessions in school settings, an example of guided viewing, and a selected bibliography of films for guided viewing with gifted elementary and high school students. Each film entry gives a description, suggested audience, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating, and key issues for discussion that might become the focus of a guided viewing lesson.

Descriptors: Films, Critical Viewing, Academically Gifted, Educational Resources, Guides, Self Concept, Guidelines, Bibliographies, Elementary School Students, High School Students, Teachers, Program Implementation, Film Study, Identification (Psychology)

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Author: Hebert, Thomas P.; Hammond, Daniel R.



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