Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)


Concept featured in film:Circulatory System

Location of clip: DVD: 0:14:13 - 0:15:17


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Summary of clip: The Commodore and Elizabeth are standing at the top of the fort on a ledge overlooking the sea. The Commodore is proposing, but Elizabeth comments that she can't breath and faints, falling into the water below. She is saved by Captain Sparrow, who pulls her from the water and cuts open her corset.

Connection of flick to concept: This could be a good opening to elaborating actives for a Circulatory system unit. Fainting, or syncope, is the temporary loss of consciouness caused by a reduction of blood flow and oxygen to the brain.

Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. What was the main cause of Elizabeth's loss of consciousness? What other factors may have contributed?

b. Describe how these factors affected Elizabeth's body on a cellular and molecular level. How did this lead to loss of consciousness?

c. Fainting, or syncope, is not uncommon and generally not harmful. Roughly 1/3 of people in the U.S. will faint at least once in their lifetime. In this case, Elizabeth recovers and is able to continue through the rest of the story without similar problems. However, in some cases syncope can be a symptom of more serious medical problems. What types of medical problems could cause fainting? Explain in physiological terms.

2. Have students trace a red blood cell's path through Elizabeth's body. Explain or diagram changes that occur to the cell as it travels to her brain just prior to the fainting incident and after her corset is removed. In both examples, start and end at the right aorta.