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Movie Lesson Plans & Classroom Resources - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll find a handful of resources that are designed to help teachers incorporate movies into their curricula. The chapter's lesson plan outlines cover entertaining and educational movies, such as Toy Story, The Truman Show and Apocalypse Now. The chapter also offers strategies and tips for implementing movies into your class instruction.
We've also included a variety of movie-related activities that you can use to engage your students. The chapter is available whenever you need it, and you can access these resources on any computer or mobile device.
How It Helps
- Lesson planning: Helps you plan your movie lessons any time that's convenient.
- Student engagement: Students will enjoy the movies and movie activities that you use in class.
- Instructional strategies: Shows you how to effectively use movies as in-class teaching tools.
How It Works
This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning movie lessons easy.
- Use lesson plan outlines for specific movies you want to cover in class.
- Formulate your class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
- Share the related movie lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
- Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important movie concepts from the lessons.
- Engage your students with relevant movie activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.
1. Teaching with Movies in the Classroom
With today's classroom technology, it is relatively simple to bring in a film to your classroom activity. This lesson will give you some effective ideas for Language Arts and across the curriculum.
2. Teaching Movies as Literature
Movies can be analyzed just as written literature can be. This lesson describes how English/language arts teachers can teach movies as literature with their elementary, middle and high school ELA students.
3. Movie Activities for the Classroom
Incorporating movies into your instruction is not simply a free-for-all! This lesson offers activities that appeal to a variety of learning styles while helping you make movies fit in the context of your overall curriculum and instruction.
4. Film Music Lesson Plan
Music might be described as an essential character in a film. This lesson plan delves into the role of music and film using a text lesson. An activity gives students the chance to analyze the role music plays in film.
5. Music in Films: Importance & Purpose
Whether you realize it or not, music is a really important part of the films we watch. In this lesson, you'll find out all about the importance and purpose of music in films.
6. Toy Story Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will aid your students in learning about the movie Toy Story. They will also participate in four fun activities that will increase their comprehension of the relationships between the characters.
7. The Truman Show Lesson Plan
This lesson plan based on the movie 'The Truman Show' focuses on satire. Geared for your 11th- or 12th-grade students, you will work together to ultimately define, analyze, and create satirical scenes.
8. Heart of Darkness vs. Apocalypse Now Lesson Plan
How does the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad compare to the film Apocalypse Now? This lesson plan analyzes this question using an informative video lesson. An activity further compares and contrasts each work.
9. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Discussion Questions
''Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'' is a fun film, but it's also got a lot to say. These discussion questions can help your students think about the themes and ideas explored in Capra's famous film.
10. Hotel Rwanda Discussion Questions
'Hotel Rwanda' is a 2004 film by director Terry George that is based on the true story of ethnic cleansing in Rwanda. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this movie.
11. La Misma Luna Discussion Questions
'La Misma Luna' is a 2008 movie by director Patricia Riggen about a young boy who illegally crosses the southern U.S. border in search of his mother. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.
12. 42: the Jackie Robinson Story Discussion Questions
'42: The Jackie Robinson Story' is a 2013 biographical drama by director Brian Helgeland about the first African American in Major League Baseball. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this movie.
13. Akeelah and the Bee Discussion Questions
'Akeelah and the Bee' is a 2006 film by writer and director, Doug Atchison, about a young girl who overcomes odds to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this movie.
14. Pleasantville Discussion Questions
'Pleasantville' is a 1998 movie by director Gary Ross about teenagers who find themselves stuck in a 1950s sitcom. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.
15. Sound and Fury Documentary Discussion Questions
'Sound and Fury' by director Josh Aronson is an Academy Award nominated documentary about the effects of cochlear implants on deaf culture. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.
16. Glory Discussion Questions
'Glory' is an Academy Award winning movie by director Edward Zwick based on the true story of Robert Gould Shaw, a Union officer who led a black regiment during the American Civil War. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.
17. Gone with the Wind Movie Discussion Questions
'Gone with the Wind' has become a classic tale of love and loss during times of war. Here, you will find discussion questions to use after viewing the movie version of this epic story.
18. Moneyball Movie Discussion Questions
'Moneyball' is a 2011 biographical movie by director Bennett Miller that stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the 2001 Oakland Athletics. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.
19. Lean On Me Movie Discussion Questions
'Lean on Me' is a 1989 film by director John G. Avildsen providing a semi-biographical account of the unconventional inner-city school principal, Joe Clark, portrayed by Morgan Freeman. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this classic film.
20. Forrest Gump Discussion Questions
''Forrest Gump'' is a beloved movie and one that you can use to teach your students about character, plot, and US history. These discussion questions can help your class understand and appreciate the themes of this film.
21. Cyberbully Movie Discussion Questions
'Cyberbully' is a made-for-television movie by director Charles Biname about a girl who is bullied online. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this film.
22. Finding Forrester Discussion Questions
'Finding Forrester' is a 2000 movie by director Gus Van Sant about a talented teenager who befriends a reclusive writer, William Forrester, portrayed by Sean Connery. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.
23. Gifted Hands Movie Discussion Questions
'Gifted Hands' is a 2009 biographical film by director Thomas Carter about the neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson. This asset provides discussion questions for classrooms about the movie.
24. Glory Road Discussion Questions
'Glory Road' is a 2006 film by director James Gartner based on the true story of Don Haskins and the 1966 Texas Miners basketball team. This asset will help teachers guide classroom discussions about this movie.
25. Juno Discussion Questions
'Juno' is a 2007 movie by director Jason Reitman about a pregnant teenager who explores her options. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.
26. Dr. Strangelove Discussion Questions
''Dr. Strangelove'' is a 1964 satire by Stanley Kubrick. It's a fun and humorous film, but there's also a lot of symbolism and ideas that students may need help unpacking. These questions can help guide a discussion on those ideas.
27. Selma Movie Discussion Questions
'Selma' is a 2014 movie by director Ava DuVernay based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s efforts to secure voting rights for black citizens in 1965. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.
28. Miss Representation Discussion Questions
'Miss Representation' is a 2011 documentary by directors Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Kimberlee Acquaro that examines gender inequality in the media. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this film.
29. Tapped Documentary Discussion Questions
'Tapped' is a 2009 documentary by directors Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey about the bottled water industry. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.
30. Forks Over Knives Discussion Questions
'Forks Over Knives' is a 2011 documentary by writer and director Lee Fulkerson that examines the effect of diet on disease. This lesson can be used to guide classroom discussions about this film.
31. The Great Debaters Lesson Plan
Teachers, use the following lesson plan after students have watched the movie, The Great Debaters. In the lesson plan, students will answer discussion questions and participate in a debate activity.
32. Supersize Me Discussion Questions
After your class views ''Super Size Me,'' it is essential to have an engaging discussion with students about the takeaways of the documentary. In this resource, you will find a collection of questions to ask your middle and high school students.
33. Ivory Tower Documentary Discussion Questions
''Ivory Tower'' is a 2014 documentary by Andrew Rossi. The film explores the rising cost of higher education, changing expectations, and whether or not this current system can be sustained.
34. West Side Story Discussion Questions
'West Side Story' is a memorable story about two people coming together from two different worlds. Use the discussion questions below to help students develop a deep understanding of all this story has to offer.
35. Fast Food Nation Discussion Questions
'Fast Food Nation' examines the history of the fast food industry as well as its impact on society. These questions are designed to stimulate class discussion as your students demonstrate their comprehension of the material.
36. A Class Divided Discussion Questions
'A Class Divided' is episode nine from season three of the PBS new magazine show 'Frontline' that was directed by William Peters. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this program.
37. Casablanca Discussion Questions
''Casablanca'' is a popular film, but that doesn't mean its necessarily easy for students to digest (especially the first time). These discussion questions can help them process the themes and ideas within this film.
38. Inherit the Wind Discussion Questions
'Inherit the Wind' is a 1955 play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee based on the true story of the Scopes Monkey Trial. These classroom discussion questions will stimulate conversations about this play.
39. Citizen Kane Discussion Questions
'Citizen Kane' is a 1941 movie by writer and director Orson Welles about a man who is corrupted by power and money. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.
40. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Discussion Questions
This compelling story of the fight of one boy to provide the best possible life for his family will pull students in from start to finish. These discussion questions will help students to analyze and evaluate the novel.
41. Gifted Hands Discussion Questions
Use the following discussion questions to demonstrate students' understanding of ''Gifted Hands'' by Ben Carson. You may assign these questions during or after students have read the book.
42. When Harry Met Sally Essay Topics
'When Harry Met Sally' by Nora Ephron is the story of Harry and Sally, and how their friendship develops and blossoms over the years. This lesson contains essay topics for your students after they've read the published script.
43. Freedom Writers Movie Activities
Students will demonstrate their understanding of the movie the Freedom Writers directed by Richard LaGravenese. Students will complete a virtual tour of the Museum of Tolerance, critically analyze the movie, and complete a character analysis.
44. Temple Grandin Movie Discussion Questions
After viewing the 2010 film on Temple Grandin's life, use these discussion questions in your middle or high school class to guide students in critical thinking and application of the film's themes.
45. The Great Debaters Discussion Questions
'The Great Debaters' tells the true story of an all-black debate team from Texas who shocked the world during the Civil Rights Movement. Use these discussion questions in your high school class to help students think critically about the film.
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