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akeelah and the bee
Transcript of akeelah and the bee
Akeelah Anderson is an 11-year-old African American girl from south Los Angeles who loves spelling. Akeelah's talents earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She must overcome various obstacles to make her dreams come true.
This movie can be used to show how students from lower economic schools and families can be encouraged to do their best despite their circumstances. Akeelah's talent awakens her family and others in her community. Akeelah has the benefit of a mentor who is willing to work with her on her spelling. As in the movie, at risk gifted students benefit from additional services such as tutoring, mentoring and counseling. The main character of this movie shows the importance of reaching out to the underrepresented populations so that everyone can benefit from their contributions.
Quotes from the Movie
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." - Marianne Williamson
Special Population of Gifted
Akeelah comes from an underrepresented group of gifted students. She attends a public school in a poorer neighborhood. The school has few resources to serve gifted students. Although Akeelah shows the characteristics of giftedness, she has not been identified. One reason for her lack of identification is her behavior of cutting classes. This movie is of value to the educators of gifted students because it demonstrates how poverty can influence the behavior choices of gifted students.
Mr. Welch: Now I want you to do the bee today, okay?
Akeelah: So everyone can call me a freak and a brainiac? No I ain't down for no spelling bee.
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