Gonzales, April Ann G. SPED 101 (10:20-11:45) BEED-1B March 30, 2012
AKEELAH AND THE BEE
A middle school located in a rough neighborhood in South Los Angeles is seriously hurting for money, just to provide the necessary basics the principal decides to have a school spelling bee hoping that one of his students will make it to the nationals and bring exposure (and money) to the school. The principal enlists the help of his college pal, Dr. Larabee, a distinguished teacher and language scholar, to evaluate the students’ potential. Eleven-year-old Akeelah is a stand out and shows great potential. Akeelah is an African American girl from South Central Los Angeles with a natural gift for spelling. Driven by her feelings, she is inclined to take the path of least resistance , choosing to skip classes to lessen her reputation as a “brainiac.” Akeelah unexpectedly wins her school's spelling bee. Her principal sees this as an opportunity for some positive publicity for the struggling school because of this, he enlists the help of famed teacher Dr. Joshua Larabee to help Akeelah with her studies. Dr. Larabee and Akeelah begin their journey but Akeelah has difficulty with the large words. As months pass by, her bond with Larabee grows along. Dr. Joshua Larabee teaches Akeelah not only the rote memorization of typical spelling bee words, but how to use English in all its glorious facets. Dr. Larabee also discovers that when Akeelah moves her body, she spells the words effortlessly. Akeelah progresses further and further into spelling bee life. Together, they find the key to her success by having her jump rope as she practices spelling the words. In the national competition, when the judges call the final word for Akeelah, she pretends to jump rope as she spells the word. In the end, she wins. This movie epitomizes the...
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