This PG-13 film is a wonderful way to open the dialogue of illegal immigrants and the difficulties they encounter. Under the same moon tells the story of Carlitos, a 9 yr old boy who travels from Mexico to Los Angeles to find his mother after 4 yrs apart. The characters that Carlitos encounters along the way and the challenges his mother faces in her daily life are symbolic of the struggles many undocumented immigrants and their families face every day. The film is in Spanish, study questions provided in both Spanish and English, this film is suitable for any level from middle school beginners to higher level learners. One of my favourite films on a very timely topic.
This was extremely helpful in guiding my students through the movie. It helped them to think critically and stay on task!
February 17, 2012
This is an excellent study guide to give students some guidance and something to think about through the movie. Also, students can watch the movie and answer questions as they go along or after--they don't have to be paying so much attention to the questions they can't enjoy the movie. I like the fact that it comes in English and Spanish because I can give the English one to my Spanish 1 classes and the Spanish one to my higher level classes and yet everyone watches the same movie. Very well done.
Thank you for your very positive feedback! My students also loved this movie and this year when I showed my 2nd yr students WETBACK, they were able to recall details from this film and tie them in to what they were seeing. I am happy you found it to be of good value!
March 12, 2011
I found the questions to be thoughtful and creative, and they kept my students engaged in watching the film.
May 5, 2010
I used the Spanish version of these questions with my advanced students, and it was perfect for them. A very thorough review of the main ideas and characters from the movie. A great way to sum it up and promote good class discussion about the main themes from the movie. Thanks.
Its a regular full length feature film. I guess it depends on how you want to use the movie. I usually teach it in four class periods, dedicating time to discussion along the way, so kids can fill in the answers and ask questions. Length of lesson really depends on how much your students know about the issue of illegal immigration up front, you might just have to play it by ear the first time through. Barbara
19 years teaching experience in High School Foreign language. (Spanish I,II,III,IV, French I,II,III) 3 years teaching evening Portuguese classes at Washington University.
Working on MaED bilingual/ELL certification at Edgewood College.