Video


Your final project for The Bean Trees is to create a 7-8 minute
video teaching a theme from the novel.

You are to work in groups of 4 but feel free to recruit friends to
help you--100 points


Picture
You are a film student in the prestigious USC film program.  Your former teacher, Mr. Isom,  has hired you to make a video that will help his students understand one of the themes in the novel The Bean Trees and has given you carte blanche as far as your approach goes.  Although you know that Mr. Isom is offering a package of gummy bears for the top video, you are more motivated by thoughts of personal gain.  You know that the George Lucas Foundation gives a hefty $25,000 prize to the winner of its Educational Video Short contest in the literature category (see Edutopia.com).  Winning this prize will not only pay for your next film but could greatly help you reach your lifelong goal of working for LucasFilm.

As you begin to brainstorm ideas, your mind first turns to themes in the work.  You remember from your days spent in Mr. Isom’s class that a theme is the author’s statement (message) concerning a motif such as friendship, pride, alienation, mortality, family, etc.  Write a theme for each motif 

Some common motifs found in the Bean Trees include: 

Family
Theme: ___________________________________________________________________

 Rebirth
Theme: ___________________________________________________________________

 Choices
Theme: ___________________________________________________________________

 Racism
Theme: ___________________________________________________________________

 Ethical responsibility
Theme: ___________________________________________________________________

 Feminism

Theme: ___________________________________________________________________

Other