Using 'Titanic' to Improve Thinking Skills

I had an older non-reader who ran circles around the other guys when it came to history. I would show a video about a war. He knew what was coming before it came on the screen, and he was very proud of himself. The other men respected him for that, and it gave him a chance to shine.

One of the movies I have shown occasionally is Titanic. I would have thought by now everybody has seen Titanic. But as I tell my students, a lot of them have “lived under rocks.” They don’t go to movies unless it is a “guy” movie, a big adventure film with high action. I spend a lot of time explaining to them they need to expand their horizons. Most eventually learn whenever I show a movie, they all love it and know I am not going to give them something that will put them to sleep.

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