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[ Suggested Ages are in brackets at the end of each entry ]

Snippet Lesson Plans are based on short subjects or film clips. They are ideal for classroom use because the video segments are less than 40 minutes in length.

B. Countries

Afghanistan -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Afghanistan

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]

 


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/ WW I, 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/ WW II & 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/ WW I & 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 & WW I [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 & WW II [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+]

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/WW II, 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]

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 & WW I; 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 & WW I [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 & WW II (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]



Germany -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Germany

(See also World/WW II)

All Quiet on the Western Front World/Germany & WW I [12+]

Anne Frank -- Four Films About Anne Frank (World/WW II & Holland; Biography; SEL: Coming of Age; Families in Crisis; Human Rights; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsiblity; Citizenship) [12+]

 

Bach's Fight for Freedom    Biography; Music/Classical; World/Germany [6 - 12]


The Book Thief (World/Germany, WW-II, ELA (theme, personification, symbol, & irony); SEL: Families in Crisis; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility, Caring) [13+; 121 minutes]


Walk on Water World/Israel; Germany; WW/II Holocaust [14+]



(Films in German with English Subtitles)

Europa! Europa! Human Rights; Surviving [13+] (In German & Russian with English Subtitles)

 

The White Rose World/Germany & WW II) [13+]



Greece -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Greece

Donald in Mathmagic Land -- Short Subject    Music; Science-Technology [7+; 27 minutes]

 


Holland -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Holland

Anne Frank -- Four Films About Anne Frank World/WW II & Holland; Biography [12+]

 


Ireland -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Ireland

Handel's Last Chance    Biography; Music/Classical; World/England & Ireland [6-12]

Michael Collins Biography; World/Ireland [14+]

 

Ryan's Daughter World/Ireland & WW I [15+]

War of the Buttons - Using Characterization in Literary Analysis (ELA: characterization; World/Ireland; SEL: Fighting; Friendship; Leadership; Parenting; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring) [10+]



India -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to India

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]

Snippet Lesson Plan on Non-violence and the Indian Independence Movement (World/India, U.S./1945 - 1991 & Diversity) [12+; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: two class periods]

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

 

A Passage To India World/India & England; Literature/England [12+]

Water World/India; Religions/Hinduism; ELA [12+; Literary devices analyzed: character, symbols, subplot, foils and irony]



Indonesia -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Indonesia

The Swiss Family Robinson Literature/England; Science-Technology; World/Indonesia [6 - 12]

 


Iran -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Iran

Argo (U.S./1945 - 1991 & Iran - The Iran Hostage Crisis; SEL: Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring, Citizenship) [14+]

 


Israel -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Israel

James' Journey to Jerusalem World/Israel; Religions [12+]

 

Walk on Water World/Israel; Germany; WW/II Holocaust [14+]



Italy -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Italy

Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants    Biography; Science-Technology; World/Italy & the Beginning of the Scientific Revolution [8 - 13]

Leonardo: A Dream of Flight    Biography; World/Italy & the Renaissance; Science-Technology; Aviation [8 - 11]

 

Rossini's Ghost    Biography; Music/Opera; World/Italy [6 - 12]



(Films in Italian with English Subtitles)

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

 


Japan -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Japan

Grave of the Fireflies (U.S./1941 - 1991; World/WW-II and Japan; Cinema; SEL: Human Rights; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [13+]

Hiroshima Maiden U.S./1941 - 1991; World/WW-II and Japan [9 - 13]

Mass Casualties Lesson Plan (Focusing on the Decision to End WW II with Surprise Atomic Attacks on Japanese Cities) U.S./ 1941 - 1945; World/WW II and Japan [12+]

Ponyo (Literature/World; World/Japan; SEL: Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [5+]

Princess Mononoke World/Japan; The Environment; Mythology; Cinema [12+]

 

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

Shall We Dance? Dance; World/Japan [12+]

Tora! Tora! Tora! U.S./1941 - 1945; World/Japan & WW II; Seafaring) [10+] (Portions in Japanese with English subtitles)



Jamaica -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Jamaica

Cool Runnings Sports/Olympics; World/Jamaica [8+]

 


Mexico -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Mexico

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Science-Technology; World/Mexico [12+] (Some dialogue is in Spanish)

 


Morocco -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Morocco

Casablanca U.S./1941 - 1945; World/WW II, France & Morocco [12+]

 


Myanmar (Burma) -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Mynmar (Burma)

Beyond Rangoon World/Myanmar(Burma) [14+]

 


New Zealand -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to New Zealand

Babe (The Environment; World/New Zealand; SEL: Caring for Animals; Courage; Friendship; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Respect; Caring) [9+ (many older children and adults love this movie)] (Coming in October)

 

Whale Rider (World/New Zealand; ELA, including characterization, symbol and foil; SEL: Breaking Out; Female Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+]



Paraguay -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Paraguay

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

 


Poland -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Poland

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]

 


Russia -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Russia

Animal Farm Literature/England; World/Russia [6+; Literary genre: Allegory]

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

The Inner Circle World/Russia [15+]

Stalin Biography; World/Russia [12+]

 

Thirteen Days U.S./1945 - 1991; World/Russia & The Cold War [12+]

War and Peace World/Russia; Literature/Russia [10+]

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



(Films in Russian with English Subtitles)

Ballad of a Soldier World/Russia & WW II [10+]

 

Europa! Europa! World/Germany & WW II [13+] (In German & Russian with English Subtitles)



Rwanda -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda World/Rwanda & the Post-Cold War Era; U.S./1991 - present [14+]

 

Sometimes in April World/Rwanda & the Post-Cold War Era [14+]



South Africa -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to South Africa

Cry, the Beloved Country World/South Africa [10+]

A Dry White Season World/South Africa [14+]

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]

 

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

Sarafina World/South Africa [13+]



Spain -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Spain

For Whom the Bell Tolls Literature/U.S.; World/Between World Wars & Spain [12+]

 

Goya: Awakened in a Dream    Visual Arts; World/Spain & the Enlightenment; Biography [8 - 13]



(Films in Spanish with English Subtitles or Some Dialoge In Spanish)

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

 

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Science-Technology; World/Mexico [12+] (Some dialogue is in Spanish)



Thailand -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Thailand

The King and I Drama/Musicals; World/Thailand; U.S./1860 - 1865; Dance/Performance [8+]

 


Tibet -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Tibet

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

 

Little Buddha Religions/Buddhism; World/Tibet [10+]



Turkey -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Turkey

Gallipoli World/ WW I, Australia & Turkey [13+]

 





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