Key to Exercises （Unit 5 Pocahontas）
Part I Movie Language Section 2 In-class Activities A> Class Lead-in
1) When is Thanksgiving Day? The last Thursday in November 2) According
to the clip, what did the Native Americans teach the pilgrims? How to grow crops How to hunt wild turkeys
B> Intensive Listening & Viewing Movie Clip 1 Task one
The chieftain’s hope for the white people: They leave their land quickly The white people’s hope for the new world: control this land and get all the riches
Meeting Minutes Date/Time: Evening Chair: Powhatan Present: Powhatan, Kekata, warriors, and other tribal members Type of meeting：(daily, weekly, monthly, annual, or special) Purpose of meeting: how to deal with the white people Proceedings: 1 The starting of the tribal meeting by the chieftain 2. The prayer’s soothsaying about the white men 3. Discussion about how to deal with the white men Topic：The white men Discussion of the topic: Kocoum proposes to fight the white men; the chieftain rejects this proposal. Decisions: The chieftain orders Kocoum to take some warriors to the river to observe the white men Assessment of the Meeting: The chieftain makes a wise decision.
Movie Clip 2 Task one
Answer may vary.
Suggested answer is provided for reference：
(1) They meet each other by the river side. John Smith is about to shoot Pocahontas, but is attracted by her beauty.
(2) They communicate in English with the help of some gestures. Pocahontas starts to understand and speak after being reminded by Grandmother Willow to listen with her heart.
1 Cultural differences Aspects Greetings In Pocahontas’s In Smith’s culture culture Make a circle with Handshake; say right hand; say “Hello” “Wing-gap-o” Never seen It tells people how to find the way when they get lost There are just It's got streets filled villages, no city. with carriages, bridges over the rivers and buildings as tall as trees.
2 1) T Smith wants to kill Pocahontas in the beginning because he thinks she is a savage. 2) T Meeko takes smith’s compass as food. 3) F Flit is very friendly to Smith when she firstly meets him. 3 1) What is Smith’s first impression of Pocahontas? She is a savage who might cause danger to him. /A beautiful young lady with long hair. 2) Why doesn’t Smith shoot Pocahontas with his gun? He realizes Pocahontas means no harm to him. Pocahontas doesn’t attack him. She just stares at him with curiosity.
Movie Clip 3 Task one
1) Which word serves as the direct cause of the quarrel between Smith and Pocahontas?
Savages 2) How does Pocahontas respond to this word? Why does she do so? She gets very angry and runs away. She thinks Smith humiliates her people.
Task two 1.
Come run_ the hidden pine trails of the forest. Come taste the sun-sweet berries of the earth. Come roll in all the riches, all around you. And for once, never wonder what they're worth. The rainstorm and the river are my brothers, The heron and the otter are my friends, And we are all connected to each other in a circle, in a loop that never ends. How high does the sycamore grow? If you cut it down, then you'll never know. 2 1) What do you think is the root for the quarrel between Pocahontas and Smith? They understand civilization in different ways. Smith thinks that the westerners are civilized, but the native Indians are savages who don’t live in a highly developed society. However, Pocahontas thinks that her people are not savages. According to her, civilized people should live in harmony with nature. 2) What has Smith learnt from the song Pocahontas sang? He experiences a world unlike any he has ever known before. He learns that every rock, tree and creature has a living spirit and humans can paint with all the colors of the wind. 3) Has Smith changed his view about the Indians? Why or why not? Yes. He begins to respect the Indians and no longer regards them as savages.
Section 3 After-class Activities A> Extensive Listening & Viewing Movie Clip 4
(1) Why does Smith argue with Ratcliffe? Because Ratcliffe wants to eliminate the Indians once and for all, but Smith thinks the Indians are not savages and they don't have to fight them.
(2) Does Ratcliffe accept his opinion? Why or why not? No. He is greedy. He wants to occupy the Indian’s land, and get gold from this land.
Movie Clip 5
(1) How does Pocahontas save Smith’s life? When Smith is captured by Powhatan and set to be executed, Pocahontas bravely places her own life on the line by declaring that he must kill her first. She also persuades her father not to choose the path of hatred. (2) How is the war ended? Which side takes the initiative to end the war? The Indians take the initiate to end the war. After Pocahonta s’ persuasion, Powhatan releases Smith. However, Ratcliffe still fires the Indians. Smith saves Powhatan's life from his bullet, but is wounded in the process. At last, the British soldiers rebels, and the war ends.
Part II Movie Exploration B> Reflection & Discussion Task one Group work Questions for your reference
Answers may vary. Suggested answer to question (3) is provided for reference. At that time, social discrimination upon colored people is serious in the west. Even if Pocahontas went to London, white people in London would hardly respect her. Suggested answer to question (4) is provided for reference. The story in the movie is somewhat idealized. In fact, Westerners invaded the the land of American Indians in a very cruel way. No matter what Pocahontas do, she could not prevent her tribe from being invaded. Even if her people treat those invaders kindly, they may still be killed in the end. Students may have their own opinions.