LEARNING GUIDE TO:
PAY IT FORWARD
SUBJECTS — U.S./1991 to Present & Nevada;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Mother/Son;
Families in Crisis; Education; Disabilities;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Caring;Citizenship.
Age: 13+; MPAA Rating -- PG-13 for mature thematic elements including substance abuse/recovery, some sexual situations, language and brief violence; Drama; 2000; 123 minutes; Color. Available from Amazon.com.
Description: A teacher in Las Vegas assigns his 7th grade students a project: think of a way to change our world and put it into action. Trevor, one of the students, decides that he will take three actions that make a difference in the lives of others and ask each of those people to do the same for three other people.
Rationale for Using the Story: This movie celebrates helping others and can fuel interest in community service, a concept that has become a part of the graduation requirements for most schools. It provides opportunities for discussion and written assignments associated with the motivation for generosity and exercising good judgment.
Objectives/Student Outcomes Using this Learning Guide: Students can meet standards in writing and critical thinking with assignments that provoke in-depth analysis of the problematic aspects of pay-it-forwardism as shown in the movie and can exercise creativity in their own application of the concept.
Possible Problems: Scantily clad women undulate at the seedy Las Vegas bar in which Arlene, Trevor's mother, works. Arlene slaps her son. In one scene, Arlene and Mr. Simonet are in bed but there is no nudity and no suggestive movements. There is infrequent profanity.
Suggest that interested students read the book! The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. No movie can include all of the incidents, descriptions and character development contained in a good novel. Recommend that students interested in the movie read the book, too. For an extra credit project, students can compare the two versions of the story.
Reflection Paper, Pay It Forward Movie
899 WordsFeb 22nd, 20124 Pages
PAY IT FORWARD
What do you do when someone does you a favor? Instead of paying him back, Trevor McKinney tells you to pay it forward.
Pay It Forward is about a 7th grader Trevor McKinney, the son of an alcoholic and single mother Arlene. Mr. Simonet is Trevor's unconventional Social Studies teacher who gives his class an unexpected assignment at their first meeting. "Think of an idea to change the world and put it into action." Simonet wants his pupils not only to know current events but also to think of making a difference in society. Trevor comes up with an idea. He will do an act of kindness to three people and instead of being paid back with gratitude, he will ask each recipient to pay it forward to three more people. They in turn…show more content…
Many people can think about doing something like this, but Trevor actually does it. It shows how truly giving he was. Under the toughest of circumstances, Trevor focused on helping others, and that is why for me he really played an important role in the movie. As the movie continues on I didn’t really expect that Trevor would not be able to see much of his accomplishment with his project because at the end of the movie, Trevor dies by being stabbed by another student, who is bullying Adam (The kid that Trevor once helped). This movie is the perfect example of how a movie should be, it makes you laugh, cry a lot, and it is something that stays in your heart and keeps you thinking for weeks afterwards. This movie seems realistic when it comes to the problems faced by people in everyday life. These real life problems that affect everyday people are alcoholism, divorce, drug addictions, child addictions, child abuse, and so much more.
If you were to go into any classroom and talk to ten to twenty students, you would probably find students that are facing these problems at home. This is an extremely horrible thing that children’s these days have to deal with and I think that people sometimes just look the other way and try to ignore it. Movies like this will hopefully open people’s eyes and they will learn that they can do something to help. This movie