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The Film – Please Vote for Me
Is Democracy a universal value that suits human nature? Do elections inevitably lead to manipulation?
Please Vote for Me is a contemporary Chinese film about an experiment with democracy in a class of third graders at the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, where students will vote to decide who will fill the prestigious position of Class Monitor. Filmmaker Weijun Chen captures all the action as the three candidates — two boys and a girl — go all out to win: performing in a talent show, debating each other and delivering speeches to their classmates.
The Curriculum Guide – Available FREE
This interdisciplinary curriculum guide for educators based on the film “Please Vote for Me” includes 8 lesson plans that cover math, science, language arts, social studies, media literacy, visual arts and specialty areas.
- Social Studies (Geography and World History) | The Land of China
- Social Studies (Civics) | A Lesson in Democracy
- Language Arts | Chinese Characters
- Mathematics | Chinese Number Rods: Integer Calculations
- Science | Investigating Rice
- Visual Arts | Folk Art: Chinese Papercuts (Jianzhi)
- A Glimpse of Chinese Culture
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Additional themes explored through the guide are:
- Principles of Democracy
- Chinese traditions
- Family structure
- Individualism and collectivism
- Visible culture and cultural values
Authors: Kathryn Fitzgerald, Jennifer Malachowski, Eileen Mattingly, Lara Tukarski McCormick, Anna Rutins, Brad Woodward and Laura Zlatos.
Thanks to the generous support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Journeys in Film is proud to provide this complete inter-disciplinary curriculum guide for FREE.