1. Sean Rosen has a good relationship with his mom and dad, but he doesn't tell them about what he's doing
online to get his career in the entertainment business started. As a class discussion or a homework assignment,
have students talk about why they think Sean keeps this from his parents, and whether they think he's right to
do that. What would be different if he told his parents?
2. Sean Rosen is a very determined boy. In his quest to connect with Hollywood, he tries and he doesn't
succeed, then he tries again. And again. As a homework assignment, ask students to give three examples of
Sean's attempts to connect with Hollywood, and for each one, tell what Sean learned, even though he didn't
As a class discussion or part of the same written assignment, have students write a paragraph or two about a
time in their own lives when they wanted something, tried and didn't get it, then tried again.
3. Dan Welch, Sean's manager, helps him succeed in Hollywood by writing e-mails introducing Sean and talking
about his good points. As a homework assignment or classroom exercise, have students write an e-mail as Dan
Welch, recommending them for their dream job (fashion designer, sports car driver, Supreme Court Justice, TV
talk show host). What good things would he say about you, and who might Dan Welch send that e-mail to?
4. On his website (www.SeanRosen.com) Sean shows his podcasts, where he interviews various people about a
subject - dogs, hair, donuts, the post office. Watch some of Sean's videos in class and talk about his directing
style - the way he lets us get to know about someone without ever showing the person's face or saying their
name. Why do you think he does that?
Assign students (individually or in groups) to produce a short video podcast in the style of Sean Rosen. Using
one of Sean's topics or one of their own, each group makes a short video, either inside school or somewhere in
your community, using photographs, audio or video interviews, and their own commentary, to help us see
someone in a new, interesting way, without saying that person's name or showing their face.
5. In Sean's movie idea, A Week With Your Grandparents, Chris and Chloe, the kids in the story, are able to
travel to the past in a virtual reality time machine and meet their grandparents when they were teenagers.
Have students interview one of their grandparents or older relatives about what they were like when they were
13 (or when they were in the same grade as your students). These interviews can be by phone, e-mail or in
person. Here are some sample questions, though students should be encouraged to add some of their own.
- When you were my age, how would the kids in your class describe you?
- Is that how you saw yourself?
- What was something no one knew about you or your family?
- What was the scariest thing that happened to you as a teenager?
- What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in school?
Have the students submit a transcript or summary of the interview, plus a paragraph talking about whether they
were surprised about what they learned, and a paragraph about whether they think they would have been friends
with their grandparent if they were both the same age.
6. We see that Sean's movie idea in the book was directly inspired by something that happened to him in real
life. Have students think of something that happened to them or someone in their family that would make a
good movie. This can be a classroom exercise or a homework assignment.
When Sean is inspired by a real life event, then we see the way he changes it to make it into a good movie or a
TV series. In class, after students tell the class their ideas, invite other students to make suggestions about
ways to take what actually happened and add to it or change it in ways that might make it a better movie.
If you'd like to share any thoughts about these ideas, or experiences you have had teaching I REPRESENT SEAN
ROSEN or SEAN ROSEN IS NOT FOR SALE, please write to: schools@IRepresentSeanRosen.com Thanks!