This is a viewing guide for students watching Akeelah and the Bee. Their task is to identify and analyze the story elements of setting, mood, characters, and theme and their impact on the story in the film. This is a great primer for asking students to analyze these elements in literature because they are more easily able to pick out the effect of these elements in film first. I generally stop the film every 15-20 minutes to give students time to digest, reflect, and complete the viewing guide prompts. It's a wonderful film - easily found on Netflix or streaming free online.