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Strategies of Rhetoric: ENG 152
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LESSON PLAN
"Finding Forrester"

Lesson 1 View "Finding Forrester"  [130 min.].
Lesson 2 "Finding Forrester" concluded and pre-discussion exercise on related follow-up question.
Lesson 3 Discussion of the basic question and writing of a follow-up persuasive essay.
1. Focus:
In his book On Writing, Stephen King makes this astounding claim: "If I had not been able to make a career of writing, I am certain that alcohol and drugs would have been my end or I would have done some other vile thing like commit suicide."          Journal writing: commentary.
2. Objective:
To view and participate in a discussion of "Finding Forrester" and to write a follow-up essay that is a comprehensive and persuasive answer to the basic question of interpretation.
3. Purpose:
To increase our understanding, and, as a result our enjoyment of "Finding Forrester"--the story of how writing saved the lives of a sixteen-year-old teenager, Jamal Wallace, (Rob Brown) and a seventy-year-old recluse, William Forrester (Sean Connery).  Columbia Pictures 2001
4. Input:
While viewing "Finding Forrester" (130 minutes) make notes on five specific ways that Forrester helps Jamal to become a better writer and person and five ways that Jamal helps Forrester to find himself.
5. Modeling:
At key moments, stop the film to ask students for specific examples of how Forrester is helping Jamal and how Jamal is helping Forrester.
6. Checking for understanding and guided practice:
Conduct a Socratic discussion of the film by asking follow up questions of clarification, substantiation, consistency, and more opinion to resolve the basic question: Does the title refer more to Forrester’s helping Jamal to become a better writer and person or to Jamal’s helping Forrester to find himself?
7. Closure:
Write a follow-up essay based on the class discussion that is each the student’s individual and comprehensive answer to the basic question.  See Guidelines.