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October Sky Companion Activities

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Is your home, school, or community environment holding you back from pursuing your dreams?

Homer Hickam had a dream. He wanted to build and launch rockets. But he had to overcome many obstacles from his family, his school, and his community of Coalwood, West Virginia to make his dream become a reality. The movie October Sky chronicles the story of Homer Hickam and his triumph of defying the odds and eventually winning a national science competition with his rocket inventions. Along the way, Homer discovers the power of relationships and how they can give us the strength to go on.

October Sky Companion Activities teaches students leadership lessons to help them discover how they can overcome factors which provide resistance to pursuing their dreams.

In order to complete these activities students will need to watch the movie October Sky, which has a rating of PG and a run time of 1 hour and 48 minutes.

WARNING: This is a DEEP LEARNING lesson plan to help students employ a LEADERSHIP approach to SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING.

The activities in this lesson will challenge students to move closer to mastery in the following skills: leadership, cooperation with others, creativity, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, problem solving, and judgment and decision making.

Each of our Companion Activities lesson plans includes the following activities:
  • Reflection: allows students to journal about one of the movie's themes prior to watching.
  • Analysis: questions and prompts to analyze the characters, plot, and climax of the movie.
  • Practice & Discussion: a partner/group activity that takes the principles of the movie and asks students to take action and grow in their own lives.
  • Extension: a RAFT (Role-Audience-Format-Topic) writing prompt to help students apply their new knowledge.
  • Lead for Impact: challenges students to pinpoint how the hero of the story exhibited The 12 Fundamentals of Success and then synthesize how they can apply the lessons to writing their own story.

This product is also part of the following bundles:
Building Champions: Mega Bundle Access to ALL our Movie Companion Activities

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