IB Learner Profile Traits in Life of Pi (film adaptation)

IB Learner Profile Traits in Life of Pi (film adaptation)
IB Learner Profile Traits in Life of Pi (film adaptation)
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A means of exploring the IB Learner Profile Traits through the 2012 adaptation of the novel Life of Pi.

How I use it:
Students in my first-year IB Theory of Knowledge course read, discuss, and write about the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel as a way to begin to explore the Ways of Knowing (WOK). When we are finished with those activities (usually at the end of a marking period), we watch the 2012 film adaptation together -- looking for how it does and doesn't match the novel.

In addition to comparing the novel to the film adaptation -- and discussing why differences may exist and what effect they have on the experience of the viewer versus the reader -- we also use the film characters to dig into the IB Learner Profile traits. After watching the film, the students are asked to complete this activity and discuss their ideas with one another.

It's a great way to keep them engaged with the film while also helping them more fully develop their understanding of the Learner Profile traits. I have them review IB's definition of each trait before we start the film, and I let them know they will be asked to do this activity when the film is over (they can take notes during, if they want).

This activity asks students to:
Side A -- identify the 3 strongest IB Learner Profile traits for each main character
Side B -- state which Learner Profile trait is the strongest for each, and why they believe that

If time is brief, you could have them do just one side or the other.

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IB Learner Profile Traits in Life of Pi (film adaptation)
IB Learner Profile Traits in Life of Pi (film adaptation)