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The Pursuit of Happyness Movie Study


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This The Pursuit of Happyness study guide has 15 pages filled with reading comprehension, discussion questions, and an answer key.

Chris Gardner only met his father once, and he grew up in an abusive home. He made a promise to himself that no matter what, he would be a good father to his son. It's a promise he keeps, even when he and his son battle homelessness. The Pursuit of Happyness is his true "rags to riches" story of how Chris becomes a successful stockbroker. It's a great film with lessons on family, father-son relationships, perseverance, homelessness, poverty, and Wall Street.


  • Pre-Viewing Questions
  • Discussion Questions
  • Traits of Chris organizer
  • Themes graphic organizer


  • Summary of Chris Gardner's Life (reading comprehension + quiz)
  • Fact vs Fiction (the movie vs real life)


  • Homelessness and Poverty in the US
  • Homelessness Scenario
  • Chris' Attitude
  • Pride and Humility
  • Quotes
  • What is happiness?