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The Film – Like Stars On Earth

Eight-year-old Ishaan’s world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Adults are more interested in things like homework and marks, but Ishaan just can’t seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to boarding school to “be disciplined.” New art teacher, Nikumbh, soon realizes that something is wrong and sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself.

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The Curriculum Guide

This interdisciplinary curriculum guide for educators based on the film “Like Stars on Earth” includes 9 lesson plans that cover math, science, language arts, social studies, media literacy, visual arts and specialty areas. It is available in both print and electronic versions.

Lesson Plans

  1. Social Studies | The People and Land of India
  2. Media Literacy | The Elements of Film
  3. Language Arts (Visual Literacy) | Making Beauty Out of Nonsense
  4. Mathematics | Determining Your Grade
  5. Science | How the Brain Works
  6. Visual Arts | Color and Design Block-Printed Textiles
  7. Film-specific Cross-Cultural Understanding | Diwali-The Festival of Lights
  8. Music History | The Historical and Social Background of Bollywood
  9. Arts | A World of Music

Additional themes explored through the guide are:

  • Cultural geography and history of India
  • Bollywood – music and dance traditions in Indian film
  • Creating tension between characters
  • Dyslexia, brain function and individual expression
  • Diwali and Hinduism
  • Using percentages and probability for calculating grades
  • Traditional Indian music instruments and contemporary world music

Authors: Tiara Booker-Dwyer, Jonathan Coppadge, Travia Fuller, Jennifer Malachowski, Eileen Mattingly, Emily Mawhinney, Brad Woodward, Jill Woodward and Laura Zlatos.