scififanatic: (Hiding behind my journal)
( Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:00 am)
I hit the ground running this morning. Sundays are my days to prepare for the work and classes ahead. I'm posting an entry on my journal, hoping one or more of you can help me with a lesson plan problem.

My Composition I class already read the chapter on writing definition essays. I lectured and provided a topic for their papers. (Usually, I give them 1 of 4 choices for an essay topic but for the definition essay, part of the lesson comes from seeing how everyone defines the same topic in different ways.)

The topic that all of my students have to discuss in their papers: What is the meaning of Happiness?

It will be interesting to see how each defines this differently. They must use outside sources, such as the movie I plan to show in class next week.

Here's where I need help: does anyone know about any movies where happiness is a theme? It can be a dramatic movie, a comedy, an animated film. I'm open to suggestions.

I planned to use "The Pursuit of Happyness" with Will Smith (thinking that most of my students hadn't seen it since they're 18-19 years old) but half the class has seen this movie already.

I'd like some other suggestions, if possible. I'll be doing some searches today to see what else I can find online. Thanks for any suggestions!
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