Teachers, here is a FREE comprehension worksheet for use with the movie Felicity: an American Girl Adventure. The worksheet follows the movie, so students can answer the questions as they watch. The worksheet helps you hold students accountable for following and learning from this high-quality movie.
I highly recommend the movie for the elementary school and junior high classroom. It’s an excellent, family-friendly and unobjectionable introduction to a unit on the American Revolution. The movie is extremely high quality. The script is top-notch, nicely melding sequences from the Felicity books into a cohesive story. The acting is superb. Felicity is played by Shailene Woodley. When I saw this movie, I knew she’d be a star. I wasn’t surprised when she was nominated for an Academy Award a few years later. Then she scored the lead in the Divergent films. Academy Award-winner Marcia Gay Harden plays Felicity’s mother.
The movie has surprising depth. There are strong themes of justice, loyalty and honor. Students will be very interested in a subplot involving Ben, apprentice to Felicity’s father. Ben wants to break his apprenticeship and fight with the Patriots. When he runs away from home, he is pursued by bounty hunters. Felicity helps Ben understand the importance of keeping one’s word. Another tense subplot involves Felicity’s friend Elizabeth, whose family is fairly new to the colonies. Elizabeth’s family are Loyalists, and her father is imprisoned by Patriots. Felicity and her father help right this grievous wrong.
Death has always been a part of life, but it was a more prominent part of life in Felicity’s time. The movie doesn’t shy from this topic. Felicity loses her grandfather and very nearly loses her mother. Woodley’s scenes here are made me sure this girl would be a star. She makes you feel Felicity’s grief.
There is plenty of fun in Felicity: an American Girl Adventure. Felicity tames a horse, botches charm lessons, and banters with her friends. The movie strikes the perfect balance of action and reflection, excitement and danger, comedy and tragedy. Your students will love the story, and it will help set up lessons on the American Revolution. Outdoor scenes were shot in Colonial Williamsburg. Your students will enjoy the special features, in which the young actresses take you on a tour.
This worksheet helps you justify the 85 minute run time of Felicity: an American Girl Adventure. Students can answer the questions as the movie plays. The questions are mostly at a basic comprehension level, so students can quickly jot down answers as they watch. Theme-based questions are saved for the end.
The picture shows the Felicity movie, but I have linked to the four-movie set 4 Film Favorites: American Girl. The original Felicity movie is quite expensive on Amazon, almost $30. However, the four-movie set is under $10. All four movies are excellent, and they each make a great introduction to curricular units on their respective eras:
Felicity Merriman, 1774: a horse-loving girl caught between Patriot and Loyalist family and friends during the American Revolution
Samantha Parkington, 1904: an orphan being raised by a wealthy family during the Victorian period
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