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your opinion: roots

Posted by on Mar. 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM
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Do you remember watching Roots or have you used it in your homeschooling experience? I forget how "adult" it is.

My 12 and 9 yr old just read an essay by the original author (decended from the Kinte's) and they are asking to watch it.

We aren't strictly conservative, but are somewhat.

If you remember it or have used it what ages would you watch it with???
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KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM
Oh and it would be hard to not have the 6 and 1 yr old around in and out when its on.
Molimomma
by Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I remember watching it in...middle school maybe? It's pretty graphic in some spots, I probably wouldn't watch it with little ones around. I seem to remember a pretty bad whipping scene at one point. I think we watched it as part of black history month one year and it was probably 7th or 8th grade, maybe even high school.  

KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM
Yeah, I was trying to remember when we watched it too. Thanks! I know they chopped his foot off at one point, but I was trying to remember if it addressed rape and other topics very much. I know that rape and slavery sometimes (sadly) blended.

Quoting Molimomma:

I remember watching it in...middle school maybe? It's pretty graphic in some spots, I probably wouldn't watch it with little ones around. I seem to remember a pretty bad whipping scene at one point. I think we watched it as part of black history month one year and it was probably 7th or 8th grade, maybe even high school.  

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 7, 2014 at 5:35 PM
I remember watching it when I was around 7. I thought then that it was a phenominal movie and I still feel that it is a phenominal movie. It left quite an impression on me even to this day.

If LO's are around, just hold their attention when something questionable comes across the screen. That is what my mom did and I do it as well as send/go with them to another room for the few moments it takes for the questionable scene to play out.
KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 6:08 PM
I agree it is. We just started a unit on the southern colonies including the topic of slavery. Then, our literature unit had the personal essay by the roots author. So it is opening this window of curiosity in two subjects.

I know there are scenes at the beginning that show topless native women and there is at least one scene that addresses rape. I'm not as concerned about the toplessness, but the rape scene has me hesitant with the 9 yr old.





Quoting kirbymom: I remember watching it when I was around 7. I thought then that it was a phenominal movie and I still feel that it is a phenominal movie. It left quite an impression on me even to this day.

If LO's are around, just hold their attention when something questionable comes across the screen. That is what my mom did and I do it as well as send/go with them to another room for the few moments it takes for the questionable scene to play out.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 7, 2014 at 6:28 PM
I would send her out of the room but address why you are sending them out of the room. You know, something like it just isn't appropriate for their age or their maturity. This way their minds aren't left to wonder why they were sent out and cone up with ideas of their own that arr way off base.

I think this is a good lesson plan, btw.


Quoting KrissyKC: I agree it is. We just started a unit on the southern colonies including the topic of slavery. Then, our literature unit had the personal essay by the roots author. So it is opening this window of curiosity in two subjects.

I know there are scenes at the beginning that show topless native women and there is at least one scene that addresses rape. I'm not as concerned about the toplessness, but the rape scene has me hesitant with the 9 yr old.





Quoting kirbymom: I remember watching it when I was around 7. I thought then that it was a phenominal movie and I still feel that it is a phenominal movie. It left quite an impression on me even to this day.

If LO's are around, just hold their attention when something questionable comes across the screen. That is what my mom did and I do it as well as send/go with them to another room for the few moments it takes for the questionable scene to play out.
TAG9lbs
by New Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 12:29 AM
I watched it around 8. The most memorable scene to me at the beginning when a topless woman was sitting on the side of the boat holding a baby and then she was gone. My mom had to sit down and explain the concept of pass in over. I think it is a great movie and at some point every kid should watch it.
KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 8, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I've used it recently w/ my 12 y/o, as well as Amistad, 12 Years a slave, etc. But it is graphic.

mrs.hartman12
by Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM
I would have to rewatch it cause I dont remember.
paganbaby
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 5:22 PM

I read the book years ago but I never saw the film.

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