Minilessons to Pair with The Wild Robot: Wire Cutters

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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"Wire Cutters" is an award winning film about two robots who meet while mining on a desolate planet. They decide to work together and their combined talents pay off, until they begin fighting over the resources that they are collecting.
This set of standards based lessons includes an examination of character, conflict, theme, and the identification of the Notice and Note signpost AHA Moment. Students will explore comparisons between the situations in the film with those in the novel "The Wild Robot" through discussion activities, graphic organizers, and the essential question: How does conflict influence an individual’s decisions and actions?

The short film is 9 minutes long and is NOT included with the lesson. You can find the film for free on multiple sites, including Vimeo and YouTube.
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35 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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