Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Concept featured in clip: History of Science and Crime Science Investigation
Location of clip: DVD: Chapters 2, 5, and 6

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Summary of clip: In the second chapter, Constable Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is trying to investigate a death in the New York harbors. He is fighting for the rights to investigate into crimes as opposed to just getting rid of the bodies and sending men to prison. The judge that Ichabod is presenting his case to is angered by the negative things Ichabod is saying about the current practices and sentences Ichabod to investigate the deaths at Sleepy Hollow. In Chapters 5 and 6, Ichabod is using his "modern" equipment and inventions to investigate the deaths of the 5 current victims of the Headless Horseman.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: These clips show a struggle of a society to accept modern forms of scientific investigation. It shows a scientist with dreams and ideas, who refuses to give up on his drive to further science and investigation.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. How is Ichabod trying to further science?

b. Is Ichabod trying to better society? How?

c. Why, would you say, does the society want to avoid furthering scientific investigation into cases?

2. CSI: Have students "investigate" a crime. Use their deductive reasoning and any other tools they believe would be useful to figure out the ways and means of the crime.

3. Have the students imagine a world without scientific investigation. Where would we be without this scientific curiosity?