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‘Point Break’ Common Core

By Walt Williams

[caption id="attachment_2842" align="alignleft" width="150"] Walt Williams[/caption]

Tuck, my 12 year old, comes to the breakfast table, looks over my shoulder and asks, “Why are you making a bubble map dad? We have to do those in history.”

“Yeah, but look at my subject,” I say, explaining how I can teach physics through skydiving and surfing, history through the work of presidents Reagan, Nixon, Johnson and Carter, biology through carnuba wax, crystal meth, knee injuries and blood loss, and English by rewriting a classic 1991 surf movie script.

My writing prompt: “Originally Charlie Sheen and Johnny Depp were up for the role in Point Break played by Keanu Reeves. How would the film have changed? Rewrite the final scene where Keanu jumps out of the plane without a parachute.”


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