GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
FEEDING YOUR LEARNING APPETITE – “GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES”
The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.
Grave of the Fireflies is set in Japan, near the end of World War II. The movie begins with a boy named Seita lying on the floor of the train station, starving to death. A cleaner takes a candy tin from him, and throws it outside when he sees it is filled with ashes. When the tin is opened, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko’s spirits are released along with a swarm of fireflies. When the spirits are released, Seita begins to tell the story of what happened to their family during World War II. The rest of the movie is a replay of his memories.
Download the discussion exercises HERE before viewing the movie. The module consists of teacher’s notes and two handouts that you can copy and give to your students. If you don’t have access to a copier, you can write these on the board.
You might like to do many of these activities in students’ first language. It is important that they understand the ideas behind the story, and this is easier in their own language.
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