Teach your students how to “read” a movie in just the same way that we closely read literature with this five-day lesson that begins with a study of Brian Aldiss’ short story, “Supertoys Last All Summer Long,” the inspiration for A.I. Artificial Intelligence, a 2001 film directed by Steven Spielberg.
After analyzing Aldiss’ futuristic tale of a robot boy who wants only the love of his human mother, share Spielberg’s compelling film with your students and guide their study of the movie with detailed worksheets filled with analytical questions designed to get them thinking deeply and connecting the material to their own lives.
Please note that Spielberg’s film is rated PG-13 and includes a lover-robot character named Gigolo Joe; there are a few sexually suggestive moments in the film, but there’s no nudity or sex scenes. As with all materials, you should preview the film before you show it to your class to ensure it’s appropriate for your students and community.
Also, if you're not interested or able to share the A.I. movie with your classes, the short story materials will work fine as a 45-minute stand-alone lesson.
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