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

1629 – 1750: The Colonial Period

Ben and Me

Short Subject

Biography/Franklin; U. S./1750 – 1812 & Pennsylvania; Science-Technology

[8 & 9; 27 minutes]

Ben and Me

Talking and Playing for Growth

Short Subject (SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship [5 – 8; 27 minutes]

The Crucible

U.S./1629 – 1750, 1945-1991 & Massachusetts; Drama/U.S. (Two versions, one in French with English Subtitles [12+]

This Is America Charlie Brown

The Mayflower Voyagers

Short Subject: U.S./1629 – 1750

[7 – 11; 24 minutes]

Roots Vol. I

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

Roots Vol. II

U.S./1629 – 1750 & Diversity [12+]

The Scarlet Letter

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

Multi-Media Supplement for Jonathan Edwards’ “SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD”

Snippet Lesson Plan

Using “Sinner Man” in Song and in Dance to Enliven the Study of the Sermon, Enhance its Meaning, Demonstrate the Metaphorical Nature of Artistic Expression, and Foster Appreciation for the Arts (U.S. 1629 – 1750; ELA — American Literature, Metaphor; Music; Dance) [15+; 3 minutes, played several times]

1750 – 1812: The Revolutionary War and Creating the Nation

1776

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

This is America Charlie Brown

The Birth of the Constitution

Short Subject

U.S./Creating the Nation; [9 – 12; 24 minutes]

The Crossing

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

Roots Vol. III

U.S./1750 – 1812 & Diversity [12+]

This is America Charlie Brown

The Smithsonian and the Presidency

Short Subject

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

The Frontier and The West

Barbary Coast

U.S./California [12+]

Fort Apache

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

High Noon

Amercian 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: Expository Phase ELA: Expository Phase

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

The Ox-Bow Incident

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

1812 – 1860: Manifest Destiny and Prelude to the Civil War

12 Years a Slave

(U.S./1812 – 1865; Literature/U.S. (Slave Narrative); Biography; SEL: Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [15+]

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided

U.S./1812 – 1865; Biography [10+]

The Adventures of Huck Finn

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

Amistad

U.S./1812 – 1860 & Diversity [14+]

Baseball: Inning 1

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

Hawaii

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

Lincoln

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

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

Moby Dick

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

Roots Vol. IV

U.S./1812 – 1860 & Diversity [12+]

Roots Vol. V

U.S./1812 – 1860 & Diversity [12+]

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+]

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