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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS FOR THE WIZARD OF OZ


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Benefits of the Movie
Helpful Background
     Developmental Issues Raised
     Movie as a Work of Literature
     Allegory to History of Populism


Additional Discussion Questions:
      Subjects (Curriculum Topics)
           Understanding the Story
           Hopes and Fears
      Social-Emotional Learning
      Moral-Ethical Emphasis
            (Character Counts)

Additional Assignments

Other Sections:
      Bridges To Reading
      Links to the Internet
      Selected Awards & Cast
      Bibliography


Benefits of the Movie:


"The Wizard of Oz" is a classic musical, beloved by children and their parents for generations. The film is perennially popular because it explores many of the issues and fears that children ages 5 - 12 must confront as they mature. In addition, the film can be used in language arts classes. It is an example of the archetypal journey of the hero and displays several literary devices including the frame story, irony, foreshadowing, and symbolism. Finally, an argument can be made that the story told by the book is an allegory to the history of populism in the U.S. in the late 1800s. Teachers can ask their classes to prove or refute the theory as an alternative to the usual methods of teaching this period of U.S. history.

See also TWM's Movie Lesson Plan for: The Wizard of Oz and the Hero's Journey Teaching the Journey and Its Archetypes Through a Children's Classic.

Featured songs include: "Over the Rainbow," "Munchkin Land," "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "If I Only Had a Brain/a Heart/the Nerve," "If I Were King of the Forest," and "The Merry Ole Land of Oz."




Helpful Background:


The state of Kansas is part of the Great Plains, which is a large plateau in the center of North America. The Great Plains extend for over 1500 miles from the Saskatchewan River in Canada, south to the Rio Grande and the Gulf of Mexico. The East-West measure is about 400 miles beginning at the Rocky Mountains and extending east. The natural vegetation is buffalo grass. The climate is hot in summer and cold in winter. The average annual rainfall is only 20 inches. The landscape is famous for its undisturbed monotony.

Tornados are one of the most violent storms in nature. They can occur anywhere in the world but most often strike in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. The speeds of the wind in a tornado range from 200 to 500 miles per hour. Since tornados generally destroy any instruments which record wind velocity, we have no direct data on the speeds of winds inside a tornado. Tornados take the form of a funnel made up of water, dust, and debris sucked up into the storm. Where they touch the ground, tornados can be only a few meters wide or they can be up to a kilometer wide. Damage to property results from the wind and from the extremely reduced pressure in the center. Structures explode if the air can't get out of them fast enough. People are instructed to open windows and take cover if a tornado approaches.




"I feel wise, indeed," said the Scarecrow. (Plate from the original book.)




Poster Advertising Original Book


There are significant differences between the book and the movie and they should be treated as separate works of art. The book is an excellent fairy tale that was very popular when it was published in 1900. The script for the film adds to and actually improves upon the story told in the book. For a description of differences between the book and the movie see Wikipedia article on "The Wizard of Oz"

The Wizard of Oz can be used as an introduction to the interpretation of dreams. Going to Oz is part of Dorothy's fulfillment of her wish to go "over the rainbow" but the events there and her strong desire to go home are the result of her fears of what will occur. The Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow are Dorothy's transmutation of characters from real life into the dream. The same is true of the Wizard. Dorothy knows that Professor Marvel is a charlatan when she meets him, but she is grasping at straws at that point. He is the false path, as the Wizard was the false path to get home. Miss Gulch is, of course, personified in the Wicked Witches. Glinda is probably Auntie Em, or rather the Auntie Em that Dorothy wishes she were. The death of the Wicked Witches is from Dorothy's wish that Miss Gulch would die.






THE FILM AS FAIRY TALE -- DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES RAISED BY THE WIZARD OF OZ

Children love this film because it touches on important questions, fears, and desires. These are core developmental issues that children must work out for themselves. The popularity of the story is due to the fact that these issues intrigue young people and resonate with the child inside us all.

They include, not in any order of priority, the following:
  • Home is the center of a child's life. But children know that somewhere beyond the safety of home there is a world that is exciting and colorful, yet sometimes dangerous. What will happen if the child must leave home before he or she has grown up? Will the child be able to meet the challenges? Will he or she ever be able to find the way back home?


  • What about relationships with grownups? Adults are all-powerful to a young child but a child soon learns that this power has limits, as when Auntie Em and Uncle Henry couldn't prevent Miss Gulch from taking Toto.


  • What do children do when adults ignore or cannot respond to their pleas for help?


  • How does a child learn what he or she needs to know to get through tough situations?


  • Can children ever triumph over evil adults?


  • What about appearances? How do you tell appearance from reality?


  • What is the nature of power? How do people get power over others?


  • How does a child meet the challenges of becoming an adult? Specifically, how do you act intelligently (the challenge faced by the Scarecrow); how do you act courageously when you are very scared (the goal for the Cowardly Lion); and how can you be a caring individual (the desire of the Tin Man?

"The Wizard of Oz" also contains some important moral lessons and opportunities for social-emotional learning. See Suggested Responses to Discussion Questions 4 - 6**** in the Learning Guide.

Through this story we also see that if we want to go looking for greater purpose in our lives, we may want to avoid traveling "somewhere over the rainbow," and look instead in our own home community. For some of us, "there's no place like home," no matter what wonders and adventures might await us in the big, colorful world. "The Wizard of Oz" and "It's a Wonderful Life" are the major cinematic proponents of this view. There are many other movies that glorify the effort of young people to break out of the restrictions of their home environments and live in that brightly colored, exciting, and somewhat dangerous world beyond their home. Some of these movies can be found in the Breaking Out section of the Social-Emotional Learning Index.


     Dorothy gazed thoughtfully
      at the Scarecrow


THE MOVIE AS A WORK OF LITERATURE


The movie employs the device of a frame story. Events in Kansas, shown in black and white, come at the beginning and at the end of the film. They bracket and give meaning to the colorful, adventurous journey through Oz. The characters and occurrences in Kansas parallel and foreshadow the characters and occurrences in the main story. Dorothy's dream transformed the three farmhands into the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Man. It made Miss Gulch into the Wicked Witch of the West and Professor Marvel into the Wizard of Oz. When Toto bites Miss Gulch, the advice given by the farmhands foreshadows the personality of their parallel characters in Oz. The conflict with Miss Gulch foreshadows and is converted into the conflict with the Wicked Witches. The powerlessness of Auntie Em and Uncle Henry foreshadows the powerlessness of the Wizard to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West.

Irony plays an important role in the story. It is Dorothy, the innocent child who vanquishes the powerful Wicked Witches who terrorize Oz. It is Toto, the meekest creature of them all who exposes Oz, "the great and powerful." It is the charlatan Wizard who gives legitimacy to the Scarecrow's intelligence, the Tin Man's caring, and the Cowardly Lion's courage. Oz "the great and powerful" is really a somewhat pathetic old man who doesn't even know how to work the baloon that he sails off in.

There are many symbols in the movie. Here are a few: the ruby slippers stand for the self-knowledge required to find happiness; the tornado is a symbol for the strong emotions felt by Dorothy when Auntie Em and Uncle Henry could not stop Miss Gulch from taking Toto (the storm abates with the death of one of the Witches).


ALLEGORY TO THE HISTORY OF POPULISM
IN THE U.S. -- LATE 1800S

Educators have used the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as an allegory for the history of the populist movement in U.S. politics in the late 1800s. The validity of the theory is disputed. See the Links to the Internet for sites reflecting the conflicting interpretations and The Annotated Wizard of Oz, Centennial Edition, Introduction, pages lxxxix and xc. Whether the theory is correct or not, it is an excellent way to teach: (1) the literary device of allegory and (2) the history of populism in the U.S. during the late 1800s.

A simplified analysis is that the populists championed a bimetal standard for the U.S. currency, i.e., one based on both gold and silver. With a gold standard, there was too little paper money in circulation. The bankers and industrialists of the day controlled gold and wanted a gold-based currency. This restricted the availability of money and hence, so the theory went, kept inflation and prices low. The populists believed that if a bimetal standard was adopted there would be more paper money and an increase in commerce, salaries, and prices benefitting farmers and workers.

The Quantity Theory of Money can be expressed as: MV = PQ where:
M = the quantity of money in circulation (M1).

V = the velocity with which money circulates in the economy. (This can be assumed to be a constant. It does go up slowly over time as the technology for clearing transactions through the banking system is improved.)

P = the average price level.

Q = real national output (GNP or GDP).
The Quantity of Money Theory of Price is a corollary to the Quantity Theory of Money and asserts that: P = MV/Q. This theory means that when the amount of money in circulation (M) rises, the average price level (P) will also rise.

The U.S. had been on the gold standard (i.e., all dollars issued had to be backed by gold and could be redeemed for gold) until the Civil War. After the Civil War, the issuance of currency was restricted and, in 1879, the gold standard was resumed. The U.S. economy throughout most of the late 1800s was expanding rapidly and there was a need for more currency. The 1890 Sherman Silver Purchase Act provided for increased purchase and coinage of silver. There were fears that the U.S. would switch from a gold to a silver standard and people began to hoard gold, depleting the Treasury's supply. The populists believed that more money (M) would result in an increased average price level. This was to be accomplished through "bimetalism," adding silver as a second metal on which the dollar was based.

The populists never came to power in the U.S. The most influential populist/bimetallist candidate for president was William Jennings Bryan. Nominated for president by the Democratic party on three occasions, Bryan never achieved the presidency, despite the fact that on one occasion he won the popular vote.

An allegory is "the representation of spiritual, moral, or other abstract meanings through the actions of fictional characters that serve as symbols." Random House Webster's College Dictionary, 1999. The analogies on which this allegorical interpretation is based (there are some variations among educators) are as follows:

Dorothy = the American people: plucky, good-natured, naive.

Toto = the Prohibition (Temperance) party. Prohibitionists favored the bimetallic standard but like any fringe group often pulled in the wrong direction. So they got to be a dog. (Toto is a play on "teetotalers.")

Oz = the almighty ounce (oz) of gold.

The yellow brick road = a path paved with gold bricks that leads nowhere.

Dorothy's silver slippers = originally the property of the Wicked Witch of the East, until Dorothy drops the house on the Witch. Walking on the yellow brick road with the silver slippers represented the bimetallic standard. (MGM changed the silver slippers to the ruby slippers to exploit the technology of Technicolor.)

The Good Witch of the North = New England, a populist stronghold.

The Good Witch of the South = the South, another populist stronghold.

The Wicked Witch of the East = Eastern banking and industrial interests. She is killed by Dorothy's falling house because the populists expected that the Eastern industrial workers would vote populist, but this never really happened.

The Wicked Witch of the West = the West was where the populists were strongest. The only reason the West gets a Wicked Witch is: a) you need two bad guys to balance the two good guys, and especially, b) William McKinley was from Ohio, then thought of as a Western state. The Wicked Witch is sometimes identified directly with President McKinley.

The Munchkins = slaves of the Eastern banking and industrial interests, i.e., Eastern workers who didn't vote for Bryan.

The Scarecrow = Western farmers. They were populists.

The Tin Man = Eastern workers. Populist mythology always looked to this group for support, but never found it in reality. Baum realized this (most populists didn't) and shows the Tin Man as a victim of mechanization. He's so dehumanized he doesn't have a heart.

The Cowardly Lion = William Jennings Bryan.

The Emerald City = Washington, D.C. The color is suggestive of paper greenbacks.

The Wizard = President McKinley, but sometimes his advisor, Marcus Alonzo Hanna. McKinley and Hanna deceived the people. The Wizard promises Dorothy that he will be able to bring her back to Kansas with a balloon filled with a lot of "hot air." Instead, it is the slippers, which Dorothy had all the time, that took her home. The Wizard's gifts of courage, brains, and a heart are deceptions, although beneficial ones. Much of this section is quoted or derived from The Wizard of Oz as a Monetary Allegory by Robert F. Mulligan, Ph.D., Western Carolina University College of Business.








Additional Discussion Questions:

Continued from the Learning Guide...

4.  What does this movie tell us about the solutions to some of our own problems? Suggested Response:There is no one correct answer. Strong responses will contain the following concept: This movie illustrates how solutions to our problems often lie within ourselves. All the time that Dorothy was in Oz searching for a way home, the solution, symbolized by the ruby slippers, was right there on her feet. The filmmakers were trying to tell us that we need to unlock our own potential to solve our problems.

5.  Through our dreams and the stories we love, we work out our wishes and our fears. Name one wish and two fears or concerns that Dorothy was working out in her dream about Oz that are common to many young children. When thinking about Dorothy's wishes, remember that people's wishes often conflict so it is possible that Dorothy could want two different, even opposite, things. Suggested Response: See Question #1 for the list of fears and concerns. Some of Dorothy's wishes were: to get rid of Miss Gulch (the Wicked Witch) so that she couldn't hurt Toto anymore; to experience the exciting life beyond the grayness of Kansas; to stay home with her aunt and uncle; to save Toto; for Auntie Em to be more like Glinda.



6.   At the beginning of the movie, Dorothy sings about wanting to be "Somewhere over the Rainbow". By the end of the movie she realizes that "There's no place like home". What happened to change her mind? Suggested Response: Before the tornado, Dorothy didn't think about how going away from home meant leaving the people she loved and being on her own. When she landed in Oz, Dorothy realized that she was alone and suddenly Kansas didn't seem so bad. In fact, all she wanted to do while she was in Oz was to return to a loving environment. For many people, leaving home is the path to a fulfilled life. For young Dorothy Gale, it was not.

8.   Remember how the Lion needed a medal from the Wizard before he felt that he was courageous? The Tin Man needed a heart from the Wizard before he thought that he could be kind. And the Scarecrow needed a piece of paper saying he was smart. But the Lion already was courageous, the Tin Man was already kind and the Scarecrow was already smart when they were traveling with Dorothy on the Yellow Brick Road. This was long before they ever met the Wizard. What does this tell you? Suggested Response: Being given awards for your courage, compassion, or knowledge is great but it doesn't change who you are. That you are who you are regardless of whether people recognize that fact. In this story, the person who gave awards to the Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man was himself a charlatan.

9.   The dream transformed various characters in Kansas to characters in the Land of Oz. Who were they? Suggested Responses: Miss Gulch was the Wicked Witch of the West, Professor Marvel was the Wizard of Oz, and Dorothy's three friends were the Farmhands.

10.  Did Oz really happen or was it just Dorothy's dream? Suggested Response: Most people say that in the movie, Oz was just Dorothy's dream populated by characters from Dorothy's life changed by her imagination. But then, at the end of the film Uncle Henry says that they do believe that she went to Oz. Was he just humoring her or was he being serious? In addition, the trip changed Dorothy. She was much more self-confident and mature when she returned. Oz was real in the same way that any fictional story is real: it isn't real but it has the capacity to transform the listener/view/reader.

11.  Why is the land of Oz green? Suggested Response: It is the land of hope. The color green is often associated with hope. (If the film is being used to study history, there is an additional analogy. Oz is the city of Washington, D.C., where money often holds sway according to the populist analogy theory.)

11.  Why is the land of Oz green? Suggested Response: It is the land of hope. The color green is often associated with hope. (If the film is being used to study history, there is an additional analogy. Oz is the city of Washington, D.C., where money often holds sway according to the populist analogy theory.)

XX  This story helps children 5 - 11 work through and deal with fears and concerns that children need to work out as they mature into teenagers. Think about the story. What are these fears and concerns? Suggested Response: See list at Additional Helpful Background.

12.  A symbol is something in a story that stands for something else. What does the tornado stand for? Suggested Response: There are at least two possibilities. The tornado is a symbol of the strong emotions felt by Dorothy when Auntie Em and Uncle Henry could not stop Miss Gulch from taking Toto. The tornado can also be interpreted as a symbol of the chance events that can happen in life that change our lives forever. It is really more an example of that than a symbol.

13.  Why was Dorothy so happy to return home to a drab existence in Kansas when the land of Oz was so beautiful and colorful? Suggested Response: Kansas was home and the people that she loved were there.

14.  Some people contend that the story is driven by the inadequacy of adults and shows that Dorothy must make her own way. Analyze the story from this perspective and give some examples of the inadequacy of adults that had to be overcome by Dorothy. Suggested Response: When Dorothy runs away the first time, she is trying to protect Toto from Miss Gultch. Auntie Em and Uncle Henry had been powerless to stop Miss Gulch from taking Toto. The Wizard could not stop the Wicked Witch of the West nor could he control the balloon.

See also Discussion Questions for Use With any Film that is a Work of Fiction.





Social-Emotional Learning Discussion Questions


SELF-ESTEEM

1.  How did getting the diploma affect the Scarecrow? Suggested Response: He thought he was wiser and his belief in himself allowed him to give expression to his wisdom.

2.  How did getting the medal for courage affect the Cowardly Lion? Suggested Response: Since he now thought he was courageous, he would act more courageously.

3.  The Tin Man received a heart (a ticking clock) from the Wizard. How did that affect him? Suggested Response: Since he thought he was compassionate, he would be more likely to act in a kindly manner.

FRIENDSHIP

4.  Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion were all very different. What does this story tell you about having friends that are different from yourself? Suggested Response: Each of the four brought different skills and strengths. Without the combination of these, they would not have made it to the Land of Oz. We have something to learn from everyone, especially people who are different than we are. Also, it would be really boring if everyone was the same.

TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

5.  If Dorothy had not had the ability to face all of the challenges presented to her in the land of Oz, what would have happened to her? Suggested Response: She wouldn't have been able to return home.

BREAKING OUT


6.  At the beginning of the movie, Dorothy lived in Kansas. She yearned to leave home and go "somewhere over the rainbow." What did she learn about lands over the rainbow when she got there? Is this a realistic lesson or should people seek their destiny away from home? Suggested Response: There are several good responses to this question. One is that she finds that she is not happy because it is not her home and the people that she loves are not there. Another is that she finds that there are problems in the world over the rainbow that are just as bad or worse than what she faced at home. As to the last part of the questions, sometimes a person's destiny requires that they leave their home and sometimes it does not.





Moral-Ethical Emphasis Discussion Questions (Character Counts)
(TeachWithMovies.com is a Character Counts "Six Pillars Partner"
and  uses The Six Pillars of Character to to organize ethical principles.)

Discussion Questions Relating to Ethical Issues will facilitate the use of this film to teach ethical principles and critical viewing. Additional questions are set out below.

TRUSTWORTHINESS

(Be honest; Don't deceive, cheat or steal; Be reliable -- do what you say you'll do; Have the courage to do the right thing; Build a good reputation; Be loyal -- stand by your family, friends and country)


1.  The Wizard, as Professor Marvel in Kansas, and in Oz, makes things appear different from what they really are. He lies to Dorothy in both places. In the movie, these lies are either harmless or for Dorothy's benefit (as when he sends her home after looking into the crystal ball). What is the difference between these "white lies" and lies that are unethical? Suggested Response: Unethical lies are to get something the liar wants or to avoid something unpleasant. The lie hurts the liar, even if it goes undetected, because it separates the liar from other people (often from people whom he or she loves) and makes the liar feel alone. It also lowers his or her sense of self-esteem. It puts the liar in the emotionally draining position of having to be vigilant about guarding the lie in future speech and action. Not only does a lie separate us from other people, the lie undermines our sense of unity with the Universe. All good moral or ethical codes have a spiritual component. This does not have to be religious in the sense of belief in a Supreme Being, but it must contain a sense of a relationship to others and to the Universal good. Acting in an immoral manner separates us from the Universal good and denies us the strength that comes from being in harmony with our sense of the Universe.

RESPECT

(Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule; Be tolerant of differences; Use good manners, not bad language; Be considerate of the feelings of others; Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone; Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements)


2.  Dorothy met many different kinds of beings when she was in The Land of Oz. Other than the Wicked Witches, how did she treat them? Suggested Response: Dorothy treated everyone with respect and kindness: the Munchkins, the Witches' minions, the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man. Even after Dorothy knew the Wizard was a fraud, she treated him with respect. Even when Dorothy killed the Wicked Witches, it was by accident. Dorothy's respectful and kind treatment of every other character helped her make it home.

(Additional questions are set out in the "Friendship" section above.)

CARING

(Be kind; Be compassionate and show you care; Express gratitude; Forgive others; Help people in need)


3.  Why is home so important to Dorothy? Suggested Response: Home is where the people who love her live.

(Additional questions are set out in the "Friendship" section above.)

Additional Assignments


Continued from the Learning Guide...

4.  Create a timeline showing Dorothy's adventure from the film's opening to her return home. Draw pictures, or copy photographs from Internet sources that show each phase of Dorothy's journey. Identify what happens all along the way and pay special attention to any important lessons learned, either by Dorothy or her companions.

5.  For U.S. history classes, ask students to write an essay agreeing or disagreeing with the theory that the book The Wizard of Oz is an allegory for the history of populism and bimetalism in the U.S. in the late 1800s.

See additional Lesson Plans Using Film Adaptations of Novels, Short Stories and Plays and Assignments for use with any Film that is a Work of Fiction.

Bridges to Reading:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a great book to read to a younger child or for children 8 - 12 to read on their own. L. Frank Baum wrote a total of 14 books with Oz characters. Their complete texts can all be found on the web at various places, including The Wonderful Web site of Oz! Purchase these books at Amazon.com.


Common Core State Standards that can be Served by this Learning Guide
(Anchor Standards only)


Multimedia: Anchor Standard #7 for Reading (for both ELA classes and for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Classes). (The three Anchor Standards read: "Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media, including visually and quantitatively as well as in words.") CCSS pp. 35 & 60. See also Anchor Standard # 2 for ELA Speaking and Listening, CCSS pg. 48.

Reading: Anchor Standards #s 1, 2, 7 and 8 for Reading and related standards (for both ELA classes and for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Classes). CCSS pp. 35 & 60.

Writing: Anchor Standards #s 1 - 5 and 7- 10 for Writing and related standards (for both ELA classes and for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Classes). CCSS pp. 41 & 63.

Speaking and Listening: Anchor Standards #s 1 - 3 (for ELA classes). CCSS pg. 48.

Not all assignments reach all Anchor Standards. Teachers are encouraged to review the specific standards to make sure that over the term all standards are met.


Links to the Internet:
Web sites and articles claiming that the story is an allegory about the history of populism:

Web sites and articles disputing the idea that Baum intended the story as a parable of the history of populism:

  • The Rise and Fall of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a "Parable on Populism"; this is the article published in the JOURNAL OF THE GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF HISTORIANS, vol. 15 (1994), pp. 49-63 that some take as the definitive response to the populism allegory theory;
  • Dorothy's Progress: The Wizard of Oz as Spiritual Allegory (Criticizes the historical allegory and discusses others concluding that "The moral seems indeed to be that 'there's no place like home.' A deprived existence in a miserable shack is preferable to the Garden of Eden because it's home. The truth concealed behind this platitude is that the ultimate spiritual reality lies within each individual person-in their 'own backyard'-and not off somewhere over the rainbow. 'The kingdom of Oz is within you.'")


Links relating to the story as a classic hero adventure:

Other links:



BUILDING VOCABULARY: allegory, amazement, anxious, aroused, astonished, aver, awkward, beneficent, bondage, bovine, caliginous, careworn, cataclysm, civilized, clumsy, companions, confidential, cruelty, curious, danger, dangerous, destroy, discouraged, dismal, earnest, enable, enchanted, fragrance, genuflect, hesitate, hob-nob, inconvenient, industrious, journey, kowtow, luscious, misfortune, monstrous, motionless, munchkin, muddle, oblige, prairie, pusillanimous, reflection, reproach, scarecrow, sorceress, spectacles, tedious, vernacular, weapons, whopper, witch, whippersnapper, whirlwind, wizard. See also Vocabulary List for the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and English Learner Movie Guide to "The Wizard of Oz" from ESLnotes.com.



OTHER LESSON PLANS:

PHOTOGRAPHS, DIAGRAMS AND OTHER VISUALS:  


Selected Awards, Cast and Director:


Selected Awards:  1939 Academy Awards: Best Song ("Over the Rainbow"), Best Original Score; 1939 Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Color-Cinematography, Best Interior Decoration, Best Special Effects. Judy Garland received a special Academy Award for her performance. "The Wizard of Oz" is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. This film is ranked #6 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006).

Featured Actors:  Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Burt Lahr, Frank Morgan, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick, Mitchell Lewis, Billy Burke.

Director:  Victor Fleming.

Bibliography


In addition to web sites which may be linked in the Guide and selected film reviews listed on the Movie Review Query Engine, the following resources were consulted in the preparation of this Learning Guide:

  • The Annotated Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, annotated with an introduction by Michael Patrick Hearn, W. Norton & Company, New York, 2000;
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (Cleveland; World, 1956);
  • "Oz is Us", by John Updike, New Yorker, Sept. 25, 2000 pp. 84 et seq.












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