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The Longest Day
SUBJECTS — U.S./1941 - 1945; World/WW II;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Courage in War;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness.
Age: 10+; Not Rated; Drama/documentary; 1962; 179 minutes;
B & W.
This movie is a fairly accurate description of D-Day. It shows the landings from the point of view of the American, French, British, and German participants.
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The Longest Day is an excellent introduction to D-Day and the Second World War.
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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 from the Learning Guide to The Longest Day.
Benefits: The Longest Day is a valuable introduction to the Normandy Invasion, showing its scope, the confusion on the German side, and the gritty fighting and lucky breaks that permitted the Allies to prevail. Although this film does not fully describe the pain, mutilation, and death involved in war, we recommend it rather than films such as Saving Private Ryan. Children ages 15 and below do not need to see the horrors of war in gory detail. There is a substantial risk of causing them emotional injury. There is no harm in having children wait to see such scenes until they are older.
The Learning Guide to the film The Longest Day 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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