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Title: "The Yearling" - Topics: Literature/U.S.; U.S./1865-1913 & Florida

Life in the Florida swamps after the Civil War comes alive in the 1946 film adaptation of Majorie Kinnan Rawlings’s The Yearling. The film of this powerful coming-of-age story, filled with love and loss, can be used with or without a reading of the novel. For viewers new to the story, the packet provides background information about the time period, the importance of a money crop, child mortality, and fireside story-telling sessions. Discussion questions, links to the Internet, assignments, and activities are also included.

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Pros

  • Although designed for family viewing and discussion, the approach would work well in the classroom or a home school situation
  • The moral-ethical discussion questions are particularly apt for middle school age viewers
Cons

  • Some viewers may be put off by the dated appearance of the film
  • The film would need to be rented or purchased

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