cgpbadgeprophetani3handJourneys in Film and Participant Media Release Educational Curriculum Guide for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

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An animated narrative becomes a frame story in which mar­velous and dreamlike animations are embedded. As Mustafa discourses on love, marriage, work, and other major life issues, the child Almitra's imagination soars and the viewer is engaged in fantastical and magical interludes that inter­pret the philosophical messages. Artists from France, Dubai, Poland, Ireland, and the United States directed the animation, each with free rein to interpret and illustrate a poem. The animations, all very different from each other, nevertheless blend seamlessly into the main story. A poem by Kahlil Gibran called “On Teaching,” exhorts teachers to practice humility and chal­lenge us: How do we lead our students to the thresholds of their own minds? This Curriculum Guide will help you achieve that goal by introducing lessons that encourage both critical thinking and creativity.

The film Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet and the accompanying Curriculum Guide may be used independently or in conjunc­tion with the study of the book "The Prophet" in world litera­ture, American literature, poetry, creative writing, and even Advanced Placement literature classes. It is important that students understand the textual differences between the orig­inal book and the film.

The Prophet in one sitting. If you are teaching the entire unit, you should decide whether to show it once or several times. The film clips of the embedded animations used in the lessons are indicated by starting and stopping numbers. Please note that these are approximate, depending on your specific version of the film. Some clips include a bit of the main story because the poem recitation begins before the animation or continues after it. Take the time to set up your projection method before the class begins and bookmark the clip you wish to use so that you can integrate the film clip smoothly into your instruction. New and used printed copies of The Prophet are readily available in bookstores and libraries, and over the Internet. A new paperback edition is due for release in conjunction with the release of the film.

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