Create U.S. History Lesson Plans from Movies and Film

Table of Contents for U.S. History Learning Guides and Lesson Plans from Movies and Film

Full Length Movies — Short Subjects — Movie Clips — Film Clips — Video Clips — Snippets

[ Ages are in brackets at the end of each entry. ]

Snippet Lesson Plans are based on short subjects or film clips. They are ideal for classroom use because the video segments are less than 40 minutes in length.

1629 - 1750: The Colonial Period

Ben and Me -- Short Subject       Biography/Franklin; U. S./1750 - 1812 & Pennsylvania; Science-Technology [8 & 9; 27 minutes]

Ben and Me - Talking and Playing for Growth -- Short Subject    (SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship [5 - 8; 27 minutes]

The Crucible    U.S./1629 - 1750, 1945-1991 & Massachusetts; Drama/U.S. (Two versions, one in French with English Subtitles [12+]

The Mayflower Voyagers -- Short Subject       U.S./1629 - 1750 [7 - 11; 24 minutes]

 

Roots Vol. I    U.S./1629 - 1750 & Diversity; World/Africa [12+]

Roots Vol. II    U.S./1629 - 1750 & Diversity [12+]

The Scarlet Letter    U.S./1629 - 1750 & Massachusetts; Religions/Christianity; Literature/U.S. [12+]



1750 - 1812: The Revolutionary War and Creating the Nation

1776    U.S./1750 - 1812 & Pennsylvania; Drama/Musicals [11+]

The Birth of the Constitution -- Short Subject       U.S./Creating the Nation; [9 - 12; 24 minutes]

The Crossing    U.S./1750 - 1812, New Jersey & Pennsylvania [12+]

 

Roots Vol. III U.S./1750 - 1812 & Diversity [12+]

The Smithsonian and the Presidency-- Short Subject       U.S./Creating the Nation, 1860 - 1865; and 1929 - 1941 [7 - 11; 25 minutes]



The Frontier and The West

Barbary Coast    U.S./California [12+]

Fort Apache    U.S./The Frontier and the West & Arizona [8+] (Some Spanish spoken by the Native Americans)

High Noon for American History and Civics Classes (U.S./The Frontier & the West, 1865 - 1913 and 1945 - 1991 (the Red Scare); Cinema; SEL: Marriage; Leadership; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [11+]

High Noon for American History and Civics Classes (U.S./The Frontier & the West, 1865 - 1913 and 1945 - 1991 (the Red Scare); Cinema; SEL: Marriage; Leadership; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [11+]

 

High Noon for ELA Classes (Literature/Myths of the Western genre; Literary devices: symbol; motif; foil; and expository phase; SEL: Marriage; Leadership; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [11+]

High Noon Snippet Lesson Plan on the Expository Phase ELA: Expository Phase [12+; snippet: 15 minutes, 20 seconds; lesson: one to two class periods]

The Ox-Bow Incident    U.S./The Frontier and the West; 1865 - 1913; The Law; & Nevada [12+]



1812 - 1860: Manifest Destiny and Prelude to the Civil War

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided    U.S./1812 - 1865; Biography [10+]

The Adventures of Huck Finn    U.S./1812 - 1860, Diversity & Missouri; Literature/U.S. [6+]

Amistad    U.S./1812 - 1860 & Diversity [14+]

Baseball: Inning 1. Our Game: The 1840's - 1900 Sports; U.S. History & Culture [10+]

Hawaii    U.S./1812 - 1860 & Hawaii; Religions/Christianity [12+]

 

Lesson Plan: The End of American's Nightmare Dance with Slavery Using Spielberg's Lincoln (U.S./1812 - 1865; Biography; SEL: Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [13+]

Moby Dick Literature/U.S.; Seafaring; U.S./1812 - 1860 & Massachusetts [10+]

Roots Vol. IV U.S./1812 - 1860 & Diversity [12+]

Roots Vol. V U.S./1812 - 1860 & Diversity [12+]

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives U.S./1812 - 1865; 1865 - 1913; and African Americans & the Civil Rights Movement; Literature/U.S. (Narrative Writing) [10+]






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The film clips and short subjects used in Snippet Lesson Plans are less than 40 minutes in length and are ideal for classroom use.

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