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SUBJECTS — U.S./1750-1812; New Jersey & Pennsylvania;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Courage in War; Leadership;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Citizenship.
Age: 13+; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 1976; 135 minutes; Color.
The Crossing is a dramatization of George Washington's brilliant victory at Trenton, the day after Christmas in 1776. Had the desperate Continental Army not attempted to surprise the Hessians at Trenton or had the Hessians won the battle, the American Revolution would probably have failed. This engagement, between a little more than 3,000 men, was a turning point in history.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to The Crossing contains background information and discussion questions about George Washington and the battle which followed the crossing of the Delaware River. The Guide also contains a comprehension test with an answer key, links to the Internet, vocabulary, and other materials to help teachers and parents make this entertaining film into a learning experience. Introductory information is provided on leading figures in the American Revolution.
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The Crossing will acquaint students with George Washington and the Battle of Trenton, a key event in the American Revolution.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below the Benefits section of the Learning Guide to The Crossing.
Benefits of the Movie: In order to present more history, the screenwriter has changed a number of the details and subsidiary events. However, the The Crossing gets the broad scenario right. It presents the desperate situation of the Continental Army and of the Revolution. It shows Washington's resolve to make a last ditch effort to show that American soldiers could defeat the British Empire's best troops. The movie brings to life the frigid crossing of the river, the miserable march to Trenton, the battle, and the victory. Washington, often seen as distant and aloof, is presented as a human being contending with vastly superior British forces, a crumbling army, and resistance to his leadership from some of his fellow generals.
The Learning Guide to the film The Crossing contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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