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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!
SUBJECTS — U.S./1945 - 1991 & Massachusetts;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Peace/Peacemakers;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Caring.
Age: 8 - 12; Not Rated; Comedy; 1966; 126 minutes; Color.
The time is the Cold War. A Russian submarine has run aground near an island off the New England coast. A landing party is put ashore. Its mission is to steal a boat and tow the sub out to sea. The islanders think that the sailers are the beginning of a Soviet invasion. Some want to organize to resist ... and the hilarious high jinks begin.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! helps teachers use the film to convey the fear and distrust between Russia and the U.S. during the Cold War, as well as some of the divisions within the U.S. that existed during that time.
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Children today have trouble conceptualizing the Cold War. This movie will make them laugh, and a brief discussion of why the Russians would be spying on the U.S., and why the island's inhabitants reacted so strongly will shed light on this important historical era. In addition, telling children about the Cold War before they see the movie will improve their experience of the film. The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming is history made hilarious.
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To give you a sense of how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to develop lesson plans, and by parents to supplement school curriculum or for homeschooling, we have set out below a set discussion questions suggested for the Learning Guide to The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming.
During the Cold War (1946 - 1991), fears of outsiders coming to do harm to the U.S. were focused on the Soviet Union and its client states in the "Warsaw Pact." The Soviet Union no longer exists nor does the Warsaw Pact. What does this say to you about the permanence of alliances and international rivalries? Given the fall of the Soviet Union, what would have been the benefit if the hotheads in this film had their way and some of the Russian sailors had been killed?
The Learning Guide to the film The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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