Pocahontas as a Resource
- Grade Level: High School, Middle School
- Subject Area: Social Studies
Students will view the film and write guided responses in journals. Journal responses will be shaped by a set of questions that students will use through out the unit to evaluate resources they use. Students will begin to note possible inconsistencies in the film.
Students will watch the Disney movie Pocahontas as a piece of historical evidence.
Materials and Resources Needed
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- Special hardware requirements: TV and VCR.
- Special software requirements: A copy of Disney's movie Pocahontas
- Classroom materials: students should have materials to take notes on inconsistencies that they find in the movie and record possible research questions.
- Briefly review the discussion from the previous lesson to help students refresh their memories on the criteria they developed for assessing the historical accuracy of resources.
- Ask students to take notes during the movie to record any potential inconsistencies they see and to begin to generate research questions.
- Show the movie. You may need to show the movie in two separate class sessions.
- At the end of the class session, have students share some of the questions that they developed. Have students create a list of possible research questions to address.
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