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Learning History Through the Movies

Learning History Through the Movies


“Pictures are really worth a thousand words.”


Learn it at the movies and let Hollywood be the teacher. Let’s face it—we all remember the movies shown in our Driver’s Ed classes, or at least the effect they had on our classmates. Same with history! Watch it in a film, and the overall effect will imbed the information in your brain. Why teach history with movies?


  • Movies bring history to life by focusing on depth. 

  • Movies inspire and bring characters to life. 

  • They can be interactive and encourage discussion. 

  • Movies can be easier to relate to.

  • Movies encourage you to dive deeper. 

  • Movies are a part of our culture.


This class will also help students understand that some movies are inaccurate on certain points. We will discuss the impact of movies on culture (even when they are misleading), challenge the viewpoint of the movie writer and director, and debate opposing viewpoints. 


Movies to be viewed and discussed:

I Am David (2003)

Sound of Music (1965)

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

The Miracle Worker (2000)



  • Recommended for: Ages 9+ / Grades 4-5
  • Instructor: Ljubica Smolovic
  • Day and Time: Thursdays, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM ET
  • Duration: 4 classes
  • Dates: January 11, 18, 25, February 1 (2024)
    • Winter Break: December 11, 2023 - January 7, 2024


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