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Simon Birch Movie Lesson with Quiz
Simon Birch is a film about a very small person; he has a lot of faith and self-confidence in spite of the fact that he is physically "different", he has little family support and he has health problems. Be aware that there is some "questionable" language and students may find parts of the dialogue difficult to understand. Also, Simon is religious, and goes to a Christian church, so I emphasized the "faith" issue in a general sense, and explained references to the Bible, the Christmas story etc. Day l: I introduced the film simply by saying that it was about "a very small person. Answer these questions about the first half of the movie. What is different about Simon Birch? Who is Simon's friend?
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Twelve-year-old dwarf Simon Birch thinks he will be used as a hero by God and befriends year-old Joe, who seeks to find his biological father. The story begins with an adult Joe Wenteworth played by an unbilled Jim Carrey visiting the grave of his childhood friend Simon Birch played by first-time actor Ian Michael Smith. Joe says that Simon is the reason he believes in God. In a flashback narrated by the adult Joe, the audience learns that Simon is the smallest delivery ever recorded in the history of Gravestown Memorial Hospital. The doctors proclaim Simon a miracle, and ever since then, he has been quick to remind anyone who forgets. The movie then jumps ahead to , 12 years later.
For teaching students the types of conflict, I have found the Simon Birch to be perfect. Simon is a boy born with dwarfism, who longs to prove himself to his taller peers. His best friend Joe has his own obstacles, growing up without a father and later, without a mother. Very rich in conflict! The following lesson plan is based on Simon Birch , but if you prefer a different film, the procedures should still work for you.