While PE is normally a class where movement is encouraged, sometimes for lots of different reasons, sometimes a movie is necessary or it helps enhance a specific unit of PE. Both Invictus (2009) and Million Dollar Arm (2014) are internationally recognized movies and they introduce cultural comparisons and sports together.
Invictus [PG-13] is the recall of the events in 1994 after Nelson Mandela is elected to be the first democratic president after the removal of apartheid. It centers on the rise of the Springboks, a rugby team in South Africa, who go on to win the Rugby World Cup and the political challenges faced by the changing South Africa.
Million Dollar Arm [PG] is a recall of events that drove a man to get some financial backing to try and recruit cricket players to come to the United States to try and become members of a major league baseball team. The men from India have never left their home before and encounter temptations and struggles in the United States.
These questions are written as Costa’s Level 1 questions for both movies meant to target students who may have a need that make it more difficult to take Cornell Notes or answer higher level questions generated by the movies.
Of most use to all students: “Words you may need”. While watching the movie, it may be useful to have these words defined on the board or in a class file.
All students will need 1 copy of all pages per each movie. Invictus: 2 pages, Million Dollar Arm 3 pages.