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

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Alabama

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+]

Tuskegee Airmen

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

Alaska

Never Cry Wolf

Science-Technology, The Environment; U.S./1945 – 1991; Alaska [10+]

Fort Apache

U.S./The Frontier and the West & Arizona [8+] (Some Spanish spoken by the Native Americans)

Spare Parts

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

Arizona

Underwater Dreams

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

California

Angels in the Outfield

Sports/Baseball; U.S./1945 – 1991 & California [9 – 12]

Barbary Coast

U.S./The Frontier and the West & California [12+]

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; SEL: Human Rights; Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [14+]

Fruitvale Station.

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

Underwater Dreams

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

Tuskegee Airmen

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

Matewan

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

McFarland, USA

(Sports; U.S. 1945 – Current, Hispanic, & California; SEL: Education; Breaking Out; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

The Grapes of Wrath

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

The Joy Luck Club

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

My Family

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

Stand and Deliver

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

Florida

Cross Creek

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

The Yearling

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

Georgia

Gone With the Wind

U.S./1860 – 1865 & Georgia [12+]

Hawaii

Hawaii

U.S./1812 – 1860 & Hawaii; Religions/Christianity [12+]

Idaho

Smoke Signals

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

Illinois

Hoop Dreams

Sports/Basketball; U.S./1991 – Present & Illinois [10+]

Native Son

U.S./1945 – 1991, Diversity & Illinois; Literature/U.S. [15+]

A Raisin in the Sun

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

Indiana

Breaking Away

Sports/Bicycle Racing; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Indiana [12+]

Iowa

Field of Dreams

Sports/Baseball; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Iowa [10+]

Louisiana

All The King’s Men

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

Maryland

Harriet

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

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+]

Massachusetts

Captains Courageous

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

The Crucible

U.S./1629 – 1750, 1945-1991 & Massachusetts; Drama/U.S. [12+]

Glory

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

Good Will Hunting

Medicine (Psychiatry); U.S./1991 – present & Massachusetts [14+]

Little Women

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

Moby Dick

Literature/U.S.; Seafaring; U.S./1812 – 1860 & Massachusetts [10+]

The Russians are Coming the Russians are Coming

U.S./1945 – 1991 & Massachusetts [8 – 12]

The Scarlet Letter

U.S./1629 – 1750 & Massachusetts; Religions/Christianity; Literature/U.S. [12+]

Spotlight

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

Mississippi

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+]

Ghosts of Mississippi

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

The Help

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

Missouri

The Adventures of Huck Finn

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

The Glass Menagerie

Drama/U.S.; U.S./Missouri [12+]

Nebraska

Boystown

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

Nevada

Desert Bloom

U.S./1945 – 1991 & Nevada [13+]

The Ox-Bow Incident

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

New Jersey

The Crossing

U.S./1750 – 1812, New Jersey & Pennsylvania [12+]

New Mexico

Edge of America

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

New York

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]

Anne B. Real

U.S./1991 – present and New York [12+]

The Great Gatsby

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

Hester Street

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

The Jazz Singer

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

Life With Father

U.S./1865 – 1913 & New York [8+]

Music of the Heart

Music/Classical, U.S./1991 – present & New York; Biography (Guaspari [9+]

On The Waterfront

Cinema; U.S./1945 – 1991 & New York [12+]

Quiz Show

U.S./1945 – 1991 & New York [11+]

Small Wonders

Music/Classical; U.S./1991 – Present & New York; Biography (Guaspari [6+]

Tootsie

U.S./1945 – 1991 & New York; Drama/U.S. [13+]

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

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

West Side Story

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

The Witness

(U.S./1991 – present & New York [13+]

Oklahoma

The Grapes of Wrath

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

Oklahoma!

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

Pennsylvania

1776

U.S./1750 – 1812 & Pennsylvania; Drama/Musicals [11+]

Ben and Me

Short Subject

Biography/Franklin; U. S./1750 – 1812 & Pennsylvania; Science-Technology [8 & 9; 27 minutes]

Gettysburg

U.S./1860 – 1865 & Pennsylvania [10+]

South Carolina

Conrack

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

Tennessee

Cast Away

(U.S./1945 – 1991 and Tennessee; ELA: expository phase; motif; symbol; theme development; dramatic irony) [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]

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]

Partners of the Heart

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

Inherit the Wind

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

Something the Lord Made

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

Virginia

Bridge to Terabithia

(Literature/U.S.; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Virginia; SEL: Friendship; Grieving; Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [10-13]

Hidden Figures

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

Remember the Titans

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

West Virginia

Matewan

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

October Sky

Aviation & Space Exploration; U.S./1945 – 1991 & West Virginia; Science-Technology [10+]

Shiloh

(U.S./1945 – 1991 & West Virginia) [10+]

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