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Fiddler on the Roof
SUBJECTS — Drama/Musicals; Religions/Judaism; World/Russia;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Parenting;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect; Caring.
Age 7+; MPAA Rating: G; Musical; Three Hours; 1971; Color.
Set in a small village in Eastern Russia in the early 20th century, this film is about a Jewish father's response to requests by his three daughters to bend tradition and allow them to marry the men they love. The plot also involves a pogrom and the family's decision to emigrate to the U.S.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Fiddler on the Roof will help parents and teachers lead children to understand the themes and historical lessons of the film.
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Fiddler on the Roof is a great musical which introduces the experiences of Jews in Eastern Europe at the beginning of the 20th century.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below a set of discussion questions from the Learning Guide to Fiddler on the Roof.
Tevye loved his daughters but he was also subject to the traditions and prejudices of his culture. How did this play out in the movie? For example, why could Tevye accept the marriage of Tzeitel to Motel (the poor tailor) and the marriage of Hodel to Perchik (the penniless agitator) but not the marriage of Chava to Fyedka? He told us. What did he say?
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