Video Writing Prompt: Tiger Eyes

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The new film Tiger Eyes, follows 17-year-old Davey, who moves to Los Alamos, N.M, with her mother and brother after her father is murdered. Davey has a difficult time adjusting to her new home and has trouble processing the loss of her father. While in Los Alamos, she meets a kind, young Native American man named Wolf, who helps her to move on from the tragedy.

Based on the popular 1981 book by critically acclaimed author Judy Blume, Tiger Eyes opens in the U.S. on June 7, 2013.

Show the film's trailer to your students, and ask them to complete the following Video Writing Prompt, designed to enhance their writing and critical thinking skills.

Grades 3-5

In the trailer, when asked where her father is, Davey says that he is 'away'. Have students write a paragraph that:

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  • Examines reasons for why Davey decided not to tell the truth about her father.
  • Recounts a time when they were less than truthful; have them explain why they decided not to be honest.

Grades 6-8

Towards the end of the film, Davey can be heard saying, "Life is a good adventure".  Ask students to write a one page essay that:

  • Explores the meaning of the statement.
  • Details a time in their life when they were forced to do something they didn't want to do, but ultimately ended up enjoying the experience.

Grades 9-12

Tiger Eyes focuses on Davey's life after the death of her father. We will all experience loss or tragedy at some point in our lives. Instruct students to draft a two page essay that explores a personal loss they have experienced. The loss doesn't have to be the result of death; for example, their best friend could have moved to another town. The paper should:

  • Describe their initial feelings/behavior at the time of the loss.
  • Examine how they were able to process the event.
  • Explain what they learned from the loss and detail how it changed their lives.

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