CURRICULUM STUDY GUIDE
DVD Feature: Out of the Shadows (Documentary)
SCREEN: Ghosts of the River Documentary
BEFORE THE FILM:
Before screening the film here are a few 5-minute activities you can do to get students started thinking about the topics presented in the documentary film about the stage play, “Ghosts of the River”.
DURING THE FILM:
Write the following graphic organizer on the board and have students copy it down on paper (you may also consider making a simple worksheet to save time.) Tell them these are the titles for 5 Ghost Stories they will learn about in a film about a play entitled “Ghosts of the River”. As the film is playing, students should jot down quick notes to complete the graph.
AFTER THE FILM:
1. History of Place: The playwright, Octavio Solis, states early in the film that The Rio Grande defined who he was as a young boy. Think of a physical border or actual place that is personal to you. It should be a place that tells a story that demonstrates something about you that is beyond your personal interests, a story that says something about who you are as a person. This can be a story about your ancestors, your family, or simply an experience you had - it should have physical and emotional components. Write this story and share with the class.
2. Who is the “Other”?
A) Share the following quote from the film with students
C) Story and Play Activity:
3. There is no Us and Them
A) Post and read aloud the following quote. Ask students to reflect in writing for 5 minutes on how they understand the meaning behind the quote. What does this quote mean to you ?
B) Share responses to the quote and discuss as a class. If not mentioned during discussion, consider bringing up some of the following interpretations of the quote: