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I love doing a film study with my class as a stand alone exercise. I tend to take a focus or position on a film and have students complete a viewing guide.
Free Solo, 2019 Oscar winning documentary film, explores how solo climber Alex Honnold takes on El Capitan, a three-thousand-foot wall in Yosemite National Park. The film chronicles his attempt to climb this granite face without ropes.
The film takes the viewer into Alex’s personal life and headspace in order see what it takes to accomplish greatness. The final twenty minutes of the film builds with near unbearable suspense. My students have commented that the final scenes are “scarier than any horror flic they’ve seen.”
In this film guide students are asked to examine characterization and to make text-to-self connections. Guide also includes quotation discussion and questions about film making.