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KickButtMama
Need Some Ideas
January 30 at 3:45 PM

Ugh, I hate planning for co-op..lol...I agreed to teach a Us History class comparing various texts (Like Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States) and comparing them to eachother and how certain historical events/ideas are presented from Hollywood and how this might change how others view us in the future. So I thought I'd get maybe 6 teens for the class, but I'm up to (gulp) 22!!!! Now I need ideas of Hollywood movies that can correspond..lol

i was thinking of doing Avatar for the first class, as no one will have the textbooks yet. This movie I similar in viewpoint to Colombus's 'discovery' and how many people say 'he wasn't nice, but he was just a product of his class and time). 

Some other historical movies...

Far & Away (westward expansion)

Amistad (slavery) 

Gone w/ The Wind (civil war)

but I was wondering, what movies you all like that describe points in US history?

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  • SusanTheWriter
    January 30 at 4:06 PM

    Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer.

    You know you want to!! LOL!

  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    January 30 at 4:46 PM

    Glory
    1776
    The Patriot
    Thirteen Days

    What about the Zorro movies?  Spanish role in the expansion of the US. 

  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    January 30 at 4:47 PM

    I'm totally going to that class.  :)

    Quoting SusanTheWriter:

    Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer.

    You know you want to!! LOL!


  • KickButtMama
    January 30 at 6:37 PM

    I haven't actually seen that movie yet, but this class is for the middle/high school crowd so I bet some of them have! Lol....heck we're using Avatar so I'm pretty flexible! Lol

    Quoting SusanTheWriter:

    Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer.

    You know you want to!! LOL!


  • KickButtMama
    January 30 at 6:40 PM

    Love it! The objective of huge course is to give the kids a clearer understanding of history - not a memorization of dates or people, not even necessarily chronological. So movies that give a clear view of what a certain time or event was like for the normal person is what I'm going for. It's what I loved most about Zinn's books, they read more like stories than textbook.

    i don't think I've seen 13 days, what's that about?

    Quoting hwblyf:

    Glory
    1776
    The Patriot
    Thirteen Days

    What about the Zorro movies?  Spanish role in the expansion of the US. 


  • KickButtMama
    January 30 at 6:40 PM

    Awesome, thanks so much!

    Quoting bluerooffarm:

    Have you seen this website?  http://heartofwisdom.com/blog/learning-american-history-through-movies-free-timeline/


  • KickButtMama
    January 30 at 6:40 PM

    I want to go to that class too! Lol

    Quoting hwblyf:

    I'm totally going to that class.  :)

    Quoting SusanTheWriter:

    Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer.

    You know you want to!! LOL!



  • mem82
    by mem82
    January 31 at 10:32 PM

    BUMP!

  • mem82
    by mem82
    January 31 at 10:33 PM

    How much time will you have in each class?

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