CREATE WORLD HISTORY LESSON PLANS
FROM MOVIES AND FILM

Table of Contents for World History Learning Guides and Lesson Plans from Movies and Film

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

B. Countries

Afghanistan — Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Afghanistan

Dr. Sarmast’s Music School

Music as a Human and Cultural Right using Clips from Dr. Sarmast’s Music School

(Music and Social Studies (World/Afghanistan; Human Rights of Artists; Women’s Rights) [12+; 100 minutes]

Travis: A Soldier’s Story

(Health (Resilience); U.S. 1991 – Current; World/Afghanistan; SEL: Courage in War; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [14+]

Albania — Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Albania

Behind the Sun

World/Brazil & Albania [12+; Literary devices analyzed: symbols, subplot, flashback, foreshadowing and irony]

Argentina — Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Argentina

The Official Story

World/Argentina [14+]

Australia — Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Australia

Gallipoli

World/ WWI, Australia & Turkey [13+]

Rabbit-Proof Fence

World/Australia [10+]

Strictly Ballroom

Dance; World/Australia [9+]

Austria — Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Austria

Amadeus

Biography/Mozart; Music/Classical; World/Austria [12+]

Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Biography; Music/Classical; World/Austria [9 – 12]

The Sound of Music

Drama/Musicals; World/ WWII & Austria [6+]

Strauss: The King of Three-Quarter Time

Biography; Music/Classical; World/Austria [6 – 12]

Brazil — Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Brazil

Behind the Sun

World/Brazil & Albania [12+; Literary devices analyzed: symbols, subplot, flashback, foreshadowing and irony.]

The Mission

Religions/Christianity; World/South America, Paraguay, Brazil [13+]

Canada — Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Canada

Anne of Green Gables

World/Canada [8+]

Beautiful Dreamers

Biography/Whitman; Literature/U.S.; World/Canada; Medicine [12+; useful for getting students to read and appreciate the poetry of Walt Whitman]

Fly Away Home

Parenting; Father/Daughter; Teamwork; Caring for Animals [10+]

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Sports/Chess; World/Canada [10+]

Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Biography/Gould; Music/Classical; World/Canada [14+] (Small portions in French with English subtitles.)

Chile — Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Chile

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]

China — Lesson Plans from Films Relating to China

The Joy Luck Club

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

Kundun

World/Tibet & China; Religions/Buddhism [13+]

Mao’s Last Dancer

(Literature: NonFiction; Literary Devices: allegory/parable; Biography; World/China; U.S.: 1945 – Present; Dance; SEL: Breaking Out; Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

Mulan

Mythology; World/China [6-9]

(Films in Chinese with English Subtitles)

To Live

World/China [14+] (In Chinese with English subtitles.)

Cuba — Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Cuba

For Love or Country – The Arturo Sandoval Story

Music/Jazz; World/Cuba and the Cold War Era; Biography [12+]

Denmark — Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Denmark

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]

England — Movie Lesson Plans Relating to England

The Adventures of Robin Hood

World/England & Middle Ages [8 – 13]

Around the World in 80 Days

Science-Technology; World/England [8 – 13]

Billy Budd

(Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices: theme, characterization & irony; World/Britain; Seafaring) [14+]

Billy Elliot

Dance; World/England [12+]

Chariots of Fire

World/England; Sports/Olympics; Religions/Judaism and Christianity [10+]

A Christmas Carol

Religions/Christianity; World/England [8+]

The Dawn Patrol

Aviation; World/ WWI & England [10+]

Emma

Literature/England; World/England [12+]

Gandhi

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

Great Expectations

Literature/England; World/England [10+]

Handel’s Last Chance

Biography; Music/Classical; World/England & Ireland [6-12]

An Ideal Husband

Drama/England, World/England [12+]

The Importance of Being Earnest

World/England; Drama/England [12+]

Lawrence of Arabia

Biography; World/England, Middle East & WWI [12+]

Looking For Richard

Drama/England; World/England [12+]

A Man for All Seasons

Biography/Thomas More; World/England & the Renaissance; Religions/Christianity; Drama/England [12+]

Mrs. Miniver

World/England & WWII [10+]

My Fair Lady

Drama/Musicals; World/England [6+]

Isaac Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs

Biography; Science-Technology; World/England & Enlightenment; Mathematics [8-13]

The Old Curiosity Shop

World/England; Literature/England [11+]

Oliver!

Drama/Musicals; Literature/England; World/England [8+]

Oliver Twist

Literature/England; World/England [10+]

A Passage To India

World/India & England; Literature/England [12+]

Persuasion

Literature/England; World/England [12+]

The Pirates of Penzance

Drama/Musicals; World/England [8+]

Pride and Prejudice

Literature/England; World/England [12+; Literary devices analyzed: theme; foils, contrasting characters; character development; subplot; irony; and use of letters read by a character]

Pygmalion

Drama/England; World/England [12+]

Richard III

Drama/England; World/England [12+]

Sense and Sensibility

Literature/England; World/England [12+]

Romeo and Juliet

Snippet Lesson Plan for “Shakespeare in Love”: An Introduction to Romeo and Juliet (Drama; World/England) [12+]

Tale of Two Cities

Literature/England; World/France & England [12+]

France — Lesson Plans from Films Relating to France

Beau Geste

World/France [12+]

Bizet’s Dream

Biography; Music/Opera; World/France [9 – 12]

Camille

Cinema; Drama/France; World/France [12+]

Casablanca

U.S./1941 – 1945; World/WWII, France & Morocco [12+]

Les Choristes

(Music; World/France; Literature/Poetry Analysis; Literary Devices: theme;SEL: Self-esteem; Talent; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [10+; in French with English subtitles]

Loving Vincent

(ELA; U.S./1945 -1991; SEL: Peer Pressure; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [13+; Literary devices analyzed: symbol, character development, theme, irony.]

Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist

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

Cyrano de Bergerac

(Drama/France; World/France; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Self-esteem; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+] (In French with English Subtitles)

Degas and the Dancer

Visual Arts; World/France; Dance [8 – 13]

Ever After

World/France and the Renaissance [10+]

La Traviata

Music/Opera; World/France [12+] (In Italian with English Subtitles)

Les Misérables

Literature/France; World/France [8+]

The Life of Emile Zola

Biography; World/France; Literature/France [10+]

Lust for Life

Biography/Van Gogh; World/France; Visual Arts [12+]

Madame Curie

Biography; Science-Technology; World/France [10+]

Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye

Biography; World/France & WWI; Medicine; Science-Technology [8 – 12]

Midnight in Paris

(Literature/U.S.; Visual Arts; Music; World/France; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [14+]

Moulin Rouge

Biography/Lautrec; Visual Arts; World/France [13+]

Paths of Glory

World/France & WWI [10+]

Tale of Two Cities

Literature/England; World/France & England [12+]

Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh

Biography; World/France; Visual Arts [12+]

(Films in French with English Subtitles)

Au Revoir Les Enfants

World/France & WWII (Holocaust) [11+]

Carmen

Music/Opera; World/France [12+] (In French with English Subtitles)

The Crucible

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

Cyrano de Bergerac

Drama/France; World/France [12+] (In French with English Subtitles)

Les Choristes

(Music; World/France; Literature/Poetry Analysis; Literary Devices: theme;SEL: Self-esteem; Talent; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [10+; in French with English subtitles]