Dear Frankie (2004)
1hr 44min
Movie Story Line
A 9-year old deaf boy writes letters to his father, who believes is at sea for years. His mother uses the letters as a way of communicating with her son.
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Teaching Idea #1

Neuro-biological basis for deafness
Using a brain model, identify the areas of the brain responsible for receptive oral and written language. Make a list of diseases that can cause hearing loss in children. Identify the differences in language acquisition for people who suffer from prelingual hearing loss versus those who suffer from deafness after a period of time of hearing ability.

Teaching Idea #2

Facial and Body Language
Read about research involving babies and communication of emotions through facial expressions. How universal are some types of body language that communicate specific meanings.