Sample Learning Guides & Lesson Plans


Billy Budd - Sample Learning Guide
This film is a brilliant adaptation of Herman Melville's novella about a young man who is impressed from a merchant ship to a Royal Navy frigate. The story is set in 1797, during a war between royalist Britain and revolutionary France. The American and French revolutions have cast aside old concepts of authority and recent mutinies in the Royal Navy threaten hopes for military victory as well as the lives of the officers aboard ship.

Warm Springs - Sample Learning Guide
This film describes Franklin Delano Roosevelt's struggle against the effects of polio and his leadership in the development of a convalescent community at Warm Springs, Georgia. It shows an important stage in the development of his character. The movie also highlights innovations in treatment for victims of polio, most of them psychological, that Roosevelt helped pioneer at Warm Springs.

Finding Nemo - Sample Learning Guide
This movie can be used to jump-start the natural interest that children have in ocean life, coral reefs, and marine biology. It also teaches lessons about friendship, obeying parents, and avoiding dangerous situations. ding Nemo. At, $11.99 per year provides access to 350 Learning Guides and lesson plans covering many topics in the K-12 curriculum.

Super Size Me - Sample Learning Guide
Morgan Spurlock ate only food from McDonald's for 30 days: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He was thoroughly tested by doctors before he started his "diet" and periodically tested throughout the 30 days. By the end of his experiment, the changes in his blood chemistry and the stress on his organs approximated the liver failure seen in advanced alcoholics, his cholesterol had risen to dangerous levels, and he had gained 24.5 lbs.

The Child Savior Myth and Literary Archetypes — A Snippet Lesson Plan Based on a Film Clip from Man on Fire will introduce students to the child savior myth, a recurring element in literature and film. Students will also be introduced to the concept of literary archetypes.

MicroCosmos - Sample Set-Up-the-Sub Lesson Plan
This snippet contains four examples of symbiosis and predation in the insect world: (1) bees pollinating plants; the stamens of the flowers actually move to deposit pollen onto the bees; (2) a ladybug that is eating aphids is driven away by the ant which tends the aphids; the ant then strokes the aphids and harvests their honeydew; (3) grasshoppers are caught and eaten by a spider; (4) flying insects are caught by carnivorous plants. .