Great news! Sony Pictures is releasing a beautiful new production of Little Women, which is set to premiere in theaters nationwide on December 25!

The Great Books Foundation has created lesson plans to go along with the new movie. You can download the lesson plans from this page for FREE. The guide includes activities for three chapters excerpted from the book: “Playing Pilgrims,” “Harvest Time,” and “A Merry Christmas.” Activities include:

  • Prereading questions
  • Note-taking prompts
  • Shared Inquiry discussion questions

We suggest you have your students read the book and enjoy the movie. Watching the movie can count as a “second reading,” which we always recommend so that readers can be more familiar with the material.

The activities in our discussion guide incorporate the Great Books Shared Inquiry method of learning. In Shared Inquiry, the teacher serves as model learner and coach, showing how to explore complex texts and rich content while shifting to a student-centered process.

We hope you will enjoy this special holiday treat from Sony Pictures and the Great Books Foundation!

You can also access free, downloadable Great Books discussion guides for a number of other books and films corresponding to our anthology Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions. Each guide includes an overview of the novel or film as well as thought-provoking questions to support lively discussion of each of these cultural masterpieces. Check ’em out today!

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