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

Diversity in America

Diversity Generally

Cesar Chavez: Respect for All

(U.S. 1945 – current, Diversity; Hispanic-Americans & California; SEL: Leadership; GBLTQ; Caring for Animals; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [10+; 22 minutes]

A Gentleman’s Agreement

U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity [12+]

Matewan

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

South Pacific

Drama/Musicals; U.S./1941 – 1945 & Diversity [10+]

The African/American Experience and the Civil Rights Movement

The Adventures of Huck Finn

U.S./1812 – 1860, Diversity & Missouri; Literature/U.S. [6+]

Amistad

U.S./1812 – 1860 & Diversity [14+]

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

U.S./1865 – 1991 & Diversity [10+]

BlackkKlansman

(U.S. History & Culture: 1991 to Present; The African/American Experience and the Civil Rights Movement; SEL: Human Rights; Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect? [13+;2 hours 12 minutes]

Brian’s Song

Sports/Football; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity [10+]

The Color Purple

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

Conrack

U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity & South Carolina [10+]

Crash

(U.S. – 1991 to Current; Diversity; California; Literary Devices: Irony; SEL: Mother/Son; Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [15+]

Edge of America

Sports/Basketball; U.S./1945-1991; Diversity/Native American & African American and New Mexico [12+]

Einstein: Light to the Power of 2

Science-Technology; U.S.- 1945 – 1991 & Diversity; Biography [8 – 13]

Force More Powerful

Short Subject: World/India, Poland, Denmark, Chile, South Africa; 1800s – the Present; U.S./1945 – the Present; Civil Rights Movement, Tennessee

[12+; Six sections, each between 20 and 30 minutes in length]

A Force More Powerful

Snippet Lesson Plan: Civil Rights Movement – The Nashville Sit-ins, 1960

(U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity) [12+; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: two class periods]

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+]

Fruitvale Station.

(U.S./1991 to present, Diversity & California; SEL: Human Rights; Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [13+]

Gandhi

Biography; World/India, South Africa, England & 1800s – Cold War Era; U.S./Diversity; Religions [10+]

Ghosts of Mississippi

U.S./1945 – Present, Diversity, the Law & Mississippi; [12+]

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

U.S./ 1945 – 1991 & Diversity [10+]

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 Help

(US 1945-1991, Diversity & Mississippi; SEL: Self-Esteem, Friendship, Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [13+]

Hidden Figures

(U.S. 1940 – 1991, Diversity, and Virginia; Mathematics; Science-Technology;; Cinema; SEL: Courage; Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [13+]

The Jackie Robinson Story

Biography; Sports/Baseball; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity [8+]

Just Mercy

(Drama/England; World/Ancient Rome; SEL: Ambition; Rebellion; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+]

The Long Walk Home

U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity & Alabama [12+]

Native Son

U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity & Illinois; Literature/U.S.; Character Development: Justice; Friendship [15+]

Partners of the Heart

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

A Raisin in the Sun

U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity & Illinois; Drama/U.S [12+]

Remember the Titans

U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity & Virginia; Sports/Football; [11+]

Roots Vol. I

U.S./1629 – 1750 & Diversity; World/Africa [12+]

Roots Vol. II

U.S./1629 – 1750 & Diversity [12+]

Roots Vol. III

U.S./1750 – 1812 & Diversity [12+]

Roots Vol. IV

U.S./1812 – 1860 & Diversity [12+]

Roots Vol. V

U.S./1812 – 1860 & Diversity [12+]

Roots Vol. VI

U.S./1865 – 1913 & Diversity [12+]

Selma

(U.S.: 1945-1991; Civil Rights Movement; Civics; SEL: Leadership; Courage; Human Rights; Ethical Emphasis: Fairness, Citizenship) [12+]

Show Boat

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

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]

Tuskegee Airmen

Aviation; U.S./1941 – 1945, Diversity & Alabama [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) (Narrative Writing) [10+]

White Nights

Dance; World/Cold War & Russia; U.S./Diversity [13+]

The Asian/American Experience

The Joy Luck Club

U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity; California; World/China [14+]

Sayonara

U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity; World/Japan [12+]

The Irish/American Experience

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

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

The Jewish/American Experience

An American Tail

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

An American Tail

Talking and Playing for Growth

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

Fiddler on the Roof

Drama/Musicals; Religions/Judaism; U.S./Diversity; World/Russia; Dance/Performance [7+]

A Gentleman’s Agreement

U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity [12+]

Hester Street

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

The Jazz Singer

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

The Hispanic American Experience

A Better Life

(U.S. 1991 – Current; Hispanic & California; SEL: Father/Son; Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [13+]

Cesar Chavez: Respect for All

(U.S. 1945 – current, Diversity; Hispanic-Americans & California; SEL: Leadership; GBLTQ; Caring for Animals; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [10+; 22 minutes]

El Norte

U.S./1945 to present, Diversity & California; World/Guatemala [14+]

My Family

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

Spare Parts

(Science-Technology; U.S. 1991 – Current, Hispanic & Arizona; SEL: Education; Breaking Out; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]

Stand and Deliver

U.S./1941 – 1996, Diversity & California; Mathematics; ELA [12+; Literary devices analyzed: character, symbols, subplot, foils and irony]

Underwater Dreams

(Science-Technology; U.S. 1991 – Current, Hispanic & Arizona; SEL: Education; Breaking Out; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]

West Side Story

Drama/Musicals; U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity & New York; Dance/Performance [12+]

Native Americans

Edge of America

Sports/Basketball; U.S./1945-1991; Diversity/Native American & African American and New Mexico [12+]

Smoke Signals

U.S./1991 – Present, Diversity (Native American) & Idaho [12+]

All The King’s Men

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

All the President’s Men

U.S./1945 – 1991 & Politics [12+]

Politics

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

See also Index for Civics Lesson Plans.

The Law

12 Angry Men

U.S./1945 – 1991 & The Law (due process; jury selection [11+ ]

American Violet

(U.S. 1991 – Present; Civics; Plea Bargaining; Snippet: Film Clips: First 31 minutes of the film; Lesson: one and one-half 45 – 55 minute class periods [13+]

Ghosts of Mississippi

U.S./1945 – Present, Diversity, the Law & Mississippi [12+]

The Insider

U.S./1991 – present, the Law and the Press [13+]

The Ox-Bow Incident

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

Judgment at Nuremberg

U.S./1941 – 1945, The Law (War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity); World/WWII [10+]

Shakespeare Behind Bars

(Drama and U.S./The Law; SEL Redemption; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [14+]

To Kill A Mockingbird

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

Whistleblowers

A Unit on National Security Whistleblowers featuring a choice of four films: Citizenfour; War on Whistleblowers, Silenced, and The Most Dangerous Man in America

(U.S. 1945 – Current & the Press; the Law; Civics; SEL: Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [13+]

The Press

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

(Health, ELA, United States (1949 to 1991; 1991 to Present; and the Press); SEL: Father/Son; Male Role Model; Parenting;  Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [14+]

All the President’s Men

U.S./1945 – 1991 & Politics [12+]

The Insider

U.S./1991 – present, the Law and the Press [13+]

Spotlight

(U.S. 1945 – Current, the Press & Massachusetts; Religions; SEL: Child Abuse; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+; 128 minutes]

Whistleblowers

A Unit on National Security Whistleblowers featuring a choice of four films: Citizenfour; War on Whistleblowers, Silenced, and The Most Dangerous Man in America

(U.S. 1945 – Current & the Press; the Law; Civics; SEL: Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [13+]

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