Instructional Video

Do the Right Thing

Did Mookie do the right thing? Spike Lee's film Do The Right Thing, which discusses race violence and community, leaves viewers to decide. The cogent analysis of a film criticism video examines not only Lee's filmmaking techniques but also the overt and subtle racism in the Bedford Stuyvesant community.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Connect the lesson between language arts and social studies when discussing racial politics in the 20th century
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes a protocol is in place for a mature, respectful discussion of racism, prejudice, and discrimination
  • The sixth episode in a playlist, designed to be viewed in order, builds on concepts introduced in previous episodes
  • The film is R rated; check your school's policy before showing the film in class or assigning for out-of-class viewing
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
Pros
  • Clips from the film are used to illustrate key points
  • The narrator cites the comments of film critics who disagreed on the stance of the film which leaves viewers to form their own conclusions
Cons
  • None
Common Core