Teach the 5-paragraph THEMATIC essay with a poignant, insightful middle-grades film!
From the specially supported to the gifted and talented, students from a variety of backgrounds will connect with Max; idea-generating process and final essay product can be scaffolded to meet students at any level.
Using their chronological movie guide to draw on specific details, students will reflect on what Max learns by considering the NEED for, the PROCESS of developing, and the PROOF of his new understandings.
- rationale, list of suggested THEMES, and suggested teaching plan
- essay prompt and outline for students
- essay rubric
- detailed chronological student movie guide with space for additional student notes
Max is a high-strung, sensitive boy who has difficulty regulating his emotions: in his worst moments—a wild thing. When he finds himself in the less-than-civilized world of "the wild things," he saves his skin by proclaiming himself to have magic powers. As "king" of the wild things, Max sees his own raw expectations and attention-seeking behavior mirrored in theirs. He learns through this experience the painful relational consequences of unchecked wildness.