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Lawrence of Arabia
SUBJECTS — Biography/Lawrence; World/England; Middle East;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Courage in War;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness.
Age: 12+; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 1962; 221 minutes; Color.
This movie presents a romanticized account of the career of T.E. Lawrence (1888 - 1935). Lawrence was a legendary British Intelligence officer who, operating behind enemy lines during the First World War, incited an Arab revolt against the Turks.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Lawrence of Arabia will help teachers supplement studies of the Middle East and the First World War. The Guide corrects the film's historical errors, provides helpful background, and suggests discussion questions.
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Before the First World War, the empire of the Ottoman Turks governed most of Arabia. Turkey sided with Germany during the War. Promising the Arabs independence after the war, the British and French governments encouraged the Arabs to revolt. Lawrence was part of this effort. He and Prince Faisal carried out a successful guerilla campaign against Turkish rail supply lines. The Arabs, accompanied by Lawrence, conquered the city of Damascus in 1918.
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