Elysium Movie Guide - This 12 page movie guide for the movie Elysium contains a set of 12 viewing questions, as well as two assignments, rubrics and a detailed teachers key. Elysium is an exciting science-fiction movie that deals with many themes relevant to current or modern issues that can be discussed in a history, social studies or English language arts classroom. Elysium contains themes such as: income gap between the rich and poor, access to healthcare, immigration, environmentalism, overpopulation, etc.
The set of 12 questions related to Elysium are based on the above themes and require students to analyze scenes from the movie and to think critically in order to answer. The final question is open-ended and opens the possibility for discussion, debate and a formal writing assignment. The detailed teachers key covers all questions and explains the possibilities for extension. Comes with a rubric for the writing assignment.
The other two assignments both offer a deeper analysis of the movie Elysium. The first assignment requires students to read the poem "Dinosauria, We" by Charles Bukowski and compare it with the major themes of the movie Elysium. Students will complete this comparison using an included Venn diagram. The poem is excellent in that it is very similar to the themes of Elysium but it also differs slightly and allows students the opportunity to explore the themes in a deeper way. A detailed teachers key is included. This assignment could also be turned into an extended writing assignment with the included written response rubric.
The final assignment requires students to complete a project such as a poster, PowerPoint or brochure in relation to the main theme of Elysium (the gap between the rich and the poor). Students will research, using library or online resources, modern examples of this gap and then display their findings on a display project. Then students will be required to show hos their research links with the theme and scenes in the movie Elysium. A marking rubric is included for ease of assessment.
This would make a great assignment for a social studies or history classroom as it deals with the issues of income gap, access to healthcare, occupy movement, immigration and environmentalism. It could work well in a English language arts classroom in that it deals with the same themes above but it also includes a story of overcoming odds and fighting oppression. The included assignments (especially the poem by Charles Bukowski) also lend themselves to an ELA classroom!