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

Germany — Lesson Plans from Films Relating to Germany

(See also World/WWII)

All Quiet on the Western Front

World/Germany & WWI [12+]

Anne Frank — Four Films About Anne Frank

(World/WWII & Holland; Biography; SEL: Coming of Age; Families in Crisis; Human Rights; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Citizenship) [12+]

Bach’s Fight for Freedom

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

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

(World/WWII & Germany; ELA; SEL: Human Rights; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Caring) [13+; Literary Devices Analyzed: irony]

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 & WWII) [13+]

Greece — Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Greece

Donald in Mathmagic Land

Short Subject Music; Science-Technology [7+; 27 minutes]

Guatamala — Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Guatamala

El Norte

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

Holland — Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Holland

Anne Frank — Four Films About Anne Frank

World/WWII & 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 & WWI [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

The Elephant Whisperers

(World History/other Cultures: India; the Environment Caring, SEL: Caring for Animals; Grieving.) [9+]

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

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

A Force More Powerful

Non-violence and the Indian Independence Movement using A Force More Powerful

[12+; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: one to two class periods.]


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+]


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


(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


Hero’s Journey Lesson Plan

(Literature/Hero’s Journey) [14+]

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]

Flags of Our Fathers

The Best of TWM

(U.S./1940-1945; World/WWII; SEL: Courage in War Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Citizenship) [15+]

Mass Casualties Lesson Plan

(Focusing on the Decision to End WWII with Surprise Atomic Attacks on Japanese Cities) U.S./ 1941 – 1945; World/WWII and Japan [12+]


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

Princess Mononoke

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


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

Shall We Dance?

Dance; World/Japan [12+]

Tora! Tora! Tora!

U.S./1941 – 1945; World/Japan & WWII; Seafaring) [10+] (Portions in Japanese with English subtitles)