It’s a Wonderful Life: Study Guide

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George Bailey learns that it truly is a wonderful life when he discovered how many lives he has touched—not to mention how many new generations of lives the story touches every year. A study guide on It's a Wonderful Life  introduces learners to the classic movie using the format of a live radio play. Information in the guide includes details on the story, as well as handouts on the history of old-time radio performances. After going through the information, scholars create their own old-time radio plays.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Listen to a few different old-time radio programs and point out key features and techniques
  • Watch the movie It's a Wonderful Life and discuss differences between the play and the film
Classroom Considerations

  • Includes Florida theater standards on the front cover
  • Resource is based on the live radio play, but activities are applicable to the 1946 film
Pros

  • Shares a wealth of background information to help improve understanding of the topic
  • Brings in key themes and discussion opportunities
Cons

  • Does not include a script for the radio play
Common Core