A Synopsis of the Movie Akeelah and the Bee

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Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah is an eleven year old African American girl who lives in a low income area in California with her family. Her economic status is poverty and she realizes quickly that she is made fun of by the kids in her school for being smart. She lives with her mother and she has two brothers and one sister. Her father passed away, leaving her mother alone to raise the children. Her mother works in a hospital and life seems to be a struggle for her.

The movie “Akeelah and the Bee” is about an eleven year old girl who is raised in poor area, her father died when she was six years old. She has an older brother who is in the Army and he encourages Akeelah to compete in the spelling bee. Her other brother seems to be in trouble a lot and her older sister has a baby of her own. Akeelah’s mother is a nurse and appears to be depressed over losing her husband, raising the kids on her own, and life in general. She does not encourage Akeelah in the beginning. You find out later that her mother is very intelligent and received a scholarship, but she didn’t believe in herself. The movie reveals how everyone is affected by this eleven year old girl. Their opinions and outlook start to go in a more positive direction and everyone is cheering for Akeelah to win.

1) Girls and boys are different when it comes to bullying. Girls tend to make fun and laugh at others which are forms of bullying. Boys are usually more physical. For example, when Akeelah was trying out for the spelling bee, the two girls in the back of the room openly mocked her and made fun of her in front of everyone.

2) The most influential system in developing a self concept and self control in early childhood is having a supportive family and parents. Parents help children grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually by engaging in fun activities and playing together and assisting their children in developing self concept and self control



References: William, D. & Hart, D. (1988). Self Understanding in Childhood and Adolescence. New York: Cambridge University Press, retrieved from: http://social.jrank.org/pages/554/Self-Concept.html

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