Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Contagion - Exploring Pandemics

Using the movie Contagion was a great way to explore science topics related to pandemics. This movie helped us to understand how pandemics can spread and how societies might treat and try to contain the virus'. It was an interesting exploration of this area of science. We also took a look at world population, politics and the challenges behind creating and distributing cures. Looking at how anarchy can quickly ensue during a disaster was also part of our discussions.

This was a great movie for combining so many elements of learning!

Here are the questions for Contagion.


The Mask of Zorro

Our next Movies for Learning led us into discussions about social justice issues, the Mexican-American War, California, Eldorado, heroism and the nature of oppression in any society. We also looked at the literary elements in the film including irony and creating suspense. Great discussions came from this fun movie with a serious side. The students really enjoyed it.

Here are the questions from The Mask of Zorro.

Blessings! Natalie

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Black Sheild of Falworth

Our next movie set in the Middle Ages was The Black Sheild of Falworth loosely based on the Howard Pyle book Men of Iron

This movie was a great way to explore feudalism, chivalry, knighthood and heraldry. 

Here are the questions for The Black Sheild of Falworth.

Blessings! Natalie

Friday, March 23, 2018

Robin Hood

We had such a fun time with watching and discussing Robin Hood. There are so many themes that this movie has to draw out with your students. Oppression, injustice, abuse of power and much more historically with King Richard, Prince John, the Normans and the Saxons and much more! Above is the trailer for the version of Robin Hood that we watched. 

Here are the questions for Robin Hood ;) 


The Sword and the Rose


The Sword and the Rose is a Disney historical movie about Mary Tudor, younger sister of Henry VIII during his reign. Hoping to make an alliance with France, Henry VIII wants Mary to marry King Louis VII. Mary is in love with Charles Brandon and so the plot unfolds. 
It is a great way to introduce your students to Henry VIII, The Middle Ages and abuse of power.
Here are the questions for The Sword and the Rose.
Blessings!! Natalie

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Kid in King Arthur's Court

This is a great movie for exploring the Middle Ages in a fun and light way. 
You may be able to find the movie on You-tube - here is the link we used:

This movie was a great way to look at fact vs. fiction as well as exploring the characters, knights and legends of King Arthur. Here are the questions from our time with A Kid in King Arthur's Court. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Movies for Learning - Kidnapped

Our next movie this year was Kidnapped. There are many screen versions of this classic book by Robert Louis Stevenson. Below is the version that we used.

"When Scottish young gentleman David Balfour's father dies, he leaves school to collect his inheritance from uncle Ebenezer, who in turn sells the boy as a future slave to a pirate ship. When staunch Stuart dynasty supporter Alan Breck Stewart accidentally boards the ship, he takes David along on his escape back to Edinburgh. They part and meet again repeatedly, mutually helpful against the Redcoats and respectful, although David is loyal to the English crown, but learns about its cruel oppression. Both ultimately face their adversaries." (IMDb)
I hope your students enjoy it.
The questions for Kidnapped are here.