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The Film – The Way Home

The Way Home follows a seven-year-old boy from the big city, to a small and remote rural community, where he must live with his partially deaf and completely mute maternal grandmother while his mother looks for a job. Anger, resentment and frustration bring out the worst in this spoiled little boy who has absolutely no compassion for his grandmother when they first meet. Sang-Woo experiences culture shock, having to give up all that matters to him: his mother, his GameBoy, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Spam, batteries, and even flush toilets, so that he can survive his stay with his grandmother.

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The Curriculum Guide

This interdisciplinary curriculum guide for educators based on the film “The Way Home” includes 11 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 Republic of Korea
  2. General Cross-Cultural Understanding | Silent Speech
  3. Media Literacy | Viewing The Way Home
  4. Visual Literacy | Protagonist-Antagonist
  5. Social Studies-Language Arts | Confucian Values
  6. Media Literacy | Juxtaposition
  7. Film-Specific Cross-Cultural Understanding | At Home in Korea
  8. Social Studies, Economics | The Trade Game
  9. Mathematics | Using Graphs
  10. Science | How We Produce Sound
  11. Visual Arts | Korean Fighter Shield Kites

Additional themes explored through the guide are:

  • Urban / Rural Dichotomy
  • (South Korea) Inter-generational Conflict
  • Culture Change through Generations
  • Globalization
  • Coming of Age / Responsibility
  • South Korean Traditions and Culture

Authors: John Egbert, Bengt Johnson, Pat McCarthy, Eileen Mattingly, Deenah Dunkelman Molllin, Sarah Rainsberger, Dede Sinclair, Brad Woodward, Jill Woodward and Laura Zlatos.

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