CREATE U.S. HISTORY LESSON PLANS FROM MOVIES AND FILM

Table of Contents for U.S. History Learning Guides and Lesson Plans from Movies and Film

Full-Length Movies — Short Subjects — Movie Clips — Film Clips — Video Clips — Snippets

1860 – 1865: the Civil War

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided

U.S./1812 – 1865; Biography [10+]

Baseball: Inning 1

The 1840’s – 1900 Sports; U.S. History & Culture [10+]

The Civil War

U.S./1860 – 1865 [12+]

Free State of Jones

Rethinking the Southern Home Front in the Civil War

(U.S. 1860 – 1991, The African/American Experience and the Civil Rights Movement, and Mississippi; SEL: Rebellion; Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [14+]

Gettysburg

U.S./1860 – 1865 & Pennsylvania [10+]

Glory

U.S./ 1860 – 1865 & Massachusetts [14+]

Gone With the Wind

U.S./1860 – 1865 & Georgia [12+]

Harriet

(U.S. History 1812- 1865; African-American; Maryland; SEL: Human Rights; Female Role Model; Breaking Out; Courage; Disabilities; Moral/Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]

The King and I

Drama/Musicals; World/Thailand; U.S./1860 – 1865; Dance/Performance [8+]

Lincoln

Lesson Plan: The End of American’s Nightmare Dance with Slavery

(U.S./1812 – 1865; Biography; SEL: Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [13+]

Little Women

U.S./1860 – 1865 & Massachusetts; Literature/U.S. [6+]

The Red Badge of Courage

U.S./1860 – 1865; Literature/U.S. [10+]

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

U.S./1812 – 1865; 1865 – 1913; and African Americans & the Civil Rights Movement; Literature/U.S. (Narrative Writing) [10+]

Winslow Homer: An American Original

U.S./1861 – 1913; Visual Arts; Medicine-Psychiatry; Biography [8 – 12]

1865 – 1913: Reconstruction and the Beginning of the Age of Invention

An American Tail

U.S./1865 – 1913; Diversity & New York; Religions/Judaism [7 – 10]

An American Tail

Talking and Playing for Growth

U.S./1865 – 1913; Diversity & New York; Religions/Judaism) [5 – 8]

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

U.S./1865 – 1991 & Diversity [10+]

Baseball: Inning 1

The 1840’s – 1900 Sports; U.S. History & Culture [10+]

This is America Charlie Brown

The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

U.S./1865 – 1913 [8 – 11; 24 minutes]

The Color Purple

Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices: motif, theme, symbol, characterization; U.S./1865 – 1913, 1913 – 1929; & Diversity/African-American [15+]

Cross Creek

U.S./1865 – 1913 & Florida; Literature/U.S. [the events that inspired The Yearling]

Edison: The Wizard of Light Science

Technology; U.S./1865 – 1929; Cinema; Biography [8 – 13]

Eleanor Roosevelt

Biography; U.S./1865 – 1991; Politics [10+]

Free State of Jones

Rethinking the Southern Home Front in the Civil War

(U.S. 1860 – 1991, The African/American Experience and the Civil Rights Movement, and Mississippi; SEL: Rebellion; Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [14+]

This is America Charlie Brown

The Great Inventors

Science – Technology; U.S./1865 – 1929 [8 – 11; 24 minutes]

Hester Street

U.S./1865 – 1913; Diversity & New York [12+]

High Noon

American History and Civics Classes

(U.S./The Frontier & the West, 1865 – 1913 and 1945 – 1991 (the Red Scare); Cinema; SEL: Marriage; Leadership; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [11+]

High Noon

ELA Classes

(Literature/Myths of the Western genre; Literary devices: symbol; motif; foil; and expository phase; SEL: Marriage; Leadership; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [11+]

High Noon

Snippet Lesson Plan on the Expository Phase ELA: Expository Phase

[12+; snippet: 15 minutes, 20 seconds; lesson: one to two class periods]

Life With Father

U.S./1865 – 1913 & New York [8+]

Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist

Visual Arts; World/France; U.S./1865 – 1913; Biography [8+]

The Miracle Worker

Biography/Keller; U.S./1865 – 1913 [10+]

This is America Charlie Brown

The Music and Heroes of America

Short Subject: Music

[8 – 11; 25 minutes]

The Music Man

Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865 – 1913; Dance/Performance [6+]

Oklahoma!

Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913 & Oklahoma; Dance/Performance [12+]

Old Yeller

U.S./1865 – 1913 [7-12]

The Ox-Bow Incident

U.S./The Frontier and the West; 1865 – 1913; The Law; & Nevada [12+]

Roots Vol. VI

U.S./1865 – 1913 & Diversity [12+]

The Searchers

(U.S./1865 – 1913; ELA) [13+; Literary devices analyzed: expository phase, character development, theme.]

The Shootist

(U.S./1865 – 1913; Literature/Myths of the Western Genre; Literary Devices: theme & characterization; Cinema) [14+]

Show Boat

U.S./1865 – 1913 & Diversity; Cinema; Drama/Musicals; Dance/Performance [11+]

This is America Charlie Brown

The Smithsonian and the Presidency

U.S./Creating the Nation, 1860 – 1865; and 1929 – 1941 [7 – 11; 25 minutes]

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

U.S./1812 – 1865; 1865 – 1913; and African Americans & the Civil Rights Movement; Literature/U.S. (Narrative Writing) [10+]

Winslow Homer: An American Original

U.S./1861 – 1913; Visual Arts; Medicine-Psychiatry; Biography [8 – 12]

The Wizard of Oz

Primary School Version

(Cinema; Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913; SEL: Self-esteem; Friendship; Taking Care of Yourself; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring) [5+]

The Wizard of Oz

Secondary

Cinema; Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913 [5+]

The Wizard of Oz

Hero’s Journey Lesson Plan

This hero’s journey lesson can be used (1) to confirm and extend students’ prior knowledge of the Monomyth or (2) as a summative assessment.) [12+]

This is America Charlie Brown

The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

Short Subject

U.S./1865 – 1913; Aviation [8 – 11; 24 minutes]

The Yearling

U.S./1865 – 1913 & Florida; Literature/U.S. [8 – 12]

1913 – 1929: the First World War and the Roaring 20’s

All The King’s Men

U.S./1913 – 1941, Politics & Louisiana; Literature/U.S. [13+]

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

U.S./1865 – 1991 & Diversity [10+]

Boystown

U.S./1913 – 1929 & Nebraska; Religions/Christianity [10+]

The Color Purple

Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices: motif, theme, symbol, characterization; U.S./1865 – 1913, 1913 – 1929; & Diversity/African-American [15+]

Cross Creek

U.S./1865 – 1913 & Florida; Literature/U.S. [the events that inspired The Yearling]

Edison: The Wizard of Light Science

Technology; U.S./1865 – 1929; Cinema; Biography [8 – 13]

Eleanor Roosevelt

Biography; U.S./1865 – 1991; Politics [10+]

Free State of Jones

Rethinking the Southern Home Front in the Civil War

(U.S. 1860 – 1991, The African/American Experience and the Civil Rights Movement, and Mississippi; SEL: Rebellion; Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [14+]

The Great Gatsby

(U.S. 1913 – 1929 & New York; Literature; Literary Devices: symbol, imagery, motif, flashback, characterization; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]

Inherit the Wind

Cinema; U.S./1913 – 1929, 1945 – 1991 & Tennessee [12+]

Iron Jawed Angels

(U.S. 1913 – 1929) [11+]

It’s a Wonderful Life

U.S./1913 – 1945 [10+]

The Jazz Singer

Cinema; U.S./1913 – 1929, Diversity & New York; Music/Popular [12+]

Knute Rockne — All American

Sports/Football; U.S./1913 – 1929; Biography [8+]

Matewan

U.S./1913 – 1929, Diversity & West Virginia; Religions/Christianity [12+]

Partners of the Heart

Medicine; U.S./1917 – 1991, Diversity, Tennessee & Maryland [10+]

Something the Lord Made

Medicine; U.S./1917 – 1991, Diversity, Tennessee & Maryland [10+]

To Kill A Mockingbird

U.S./1929 – 1941, the Law & Diversity; Literature/U.S. [11+; Literary devices analyzed: symbol; flashback; irony; humor]

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

U.S./1913 – 1929, Diversity & New York [9+]

Warm Springs

U.S./1913 – 1929 & Georgia; Biography [12+]

1929 – 1941: the Great Depression and the Clouds of War

All The King’s Men

U.S./1913 – 1941, Politics & Louisiana; Literature/U.S. [13+]

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

U.S./1865 – 1991 & Diversity [10+]

Baseball

(Sports; U.S. History & Culture; SEL: Sportsmanship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness)[10+]

Captains Courageous

U.S./1929 – 1941 & Massachusetts; Seafaring [8 – 12]

Cross Creek

U.S./1865 – 1913 & Florida; Literature/U.S. [the events that inspired The Yearling]

Damn Yankees

Drama/Musicals; Sports/Baseball; Dance/Performance; U.S./1945 – 1991 [10+]

Eleanor Roosevelt

Biography; U.S./1865 – 1991; Politics [10+]

Free State of Jones

Rethinking the Southern Home Front in the Civil War

(U.S. 1860 – 1991, The African/American Experience and the Civil Rights Movement, and Mississippi; SEL: Rebellion; Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [14+]

The Glenn Miller Story

Biography; Music/Popular; U.S.: 1929 – 1941 – 1945[12+]

The Grapes of Wrath

U.S./1929 – 1941; Oklahoma & California; Literature/U.S.; [12+]

It’s a Wonderful Life

U.S./1913 – 1945 [10+]

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

(U.S./1929 – 1941 (the Great Depression) [6-12]

Modern Times

Cinema; U.S./1929-1941 [8+]

My Family

(U.S. 1929 – 1991; Hispanic & California; World/Mexico; SEL: Families in Crisis; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [13+]

Partners of the Heart

Medicine; U.S./1917 – 1991, Diversity, Tennessee & Maryland [10+]

This is America Charlie Brown

Short Subject: The Smithsonian and the Presidency

U.S./Creating the Nation, 1860 – 1865; and 1929 – 1941 [7 – 11; 25 minutes]

Something the Lord Made

Medicine; U.S./1917 – 1991, Diversity, Tennessee & Maryland [10+]

Warm Springs

U.S./1913 – 1929 & Georgia; Biography [12+]

Where the Red Fern Grows

(SEL: Grieving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Perseverance; Fairness,) [8-12+]

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