How do you overcome obstacles to share your talents?

Performs: September 20 – October 16, 2022
Targeted to Grades: 4th – 12th
Length: Approx. 70 min.

A girl with natural spelling talent from the South Side of Chicago, young Akeelah Anderson is forced to expose her hidden smarts when her principal pushes her to participate in the school spelling bee. At first fearful of being mocked as a “brainiac,” Akeelah eventually agrees to be coached by reclusive and strict Dr. Larabee.  Plus, her mother doesn’t see the pulchritude (a new word audiences will learn) of spelling an amazing word—so to make it to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Akeelah will need to make some hard choices and find all the help she can get.


  • Compare and contrast characteristics of a caring relationship and hurtful relationship. (KS SECD)
  • Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding. (MO TH:P11.4-12)
  • Analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. (KS RL.9-10.3)
  • Describe how a particular text’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. (MO 6-12.R.2.D)
For questions about lesson plans and educational materials contact:
Amanda Kibler, Education Director

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