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Movie and Television Show Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans based on TV and Movies

Teaching Tip: We get Netfix and we turn on subtitles for everything. Then we turn the sound pretty low. It’s better for our hearing and great for reading skills. It’s a lot like reading a script. I also think it helps my son with social skills, since we use pause a lot, and he loves to repeat favorite lines. Also, sometimes actors mumble over something and with subtitles we always know exactly what they are saying and how to spell it.

My son also loves to draw pictures with titles. Certain movies, like “Lord of the Rings” or Dino documentaries have lots of strange words and I love to see how they are spelled. My son & I are very visual.


Chandra W.

Media Awareness

Comparing Real Families to TV Families
In this lesson, students learn how the media construct reality by studying the families portrayed on television, and comparing them to the real-life families they know: their own, and those of their peers.


Homeschooling with Movies
I could not find a chronological list of movies of American History so I made the one below. First I created a timeline from 1630 to 2000 into 12 eras and listed the most important people and events. From Heart of Wisdom, a Christian homeschool site.

Movies: A Resource for Homeschooling Parents
Some of the movies mentioned in this article are appropriate only for older students; others have uncut versions and family-friendly versions. Please preview any title before showing it to your family.

10 Visual Literacy Strategies
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That’s the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies that will help students think through, think about and think with pictures.

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Unit studies based on movies. History through movies. Curriculum related to movies.

Teach with Movies
TWM is an ideal resource for homeschool curriculum materials because each of the movies we recommend have strong ethical and life lessons, in addition to their contributions to the homeschool curriculum. Yet another benefit to using movies to supplement homeschool lessons is that your kids will learn critical viewing skills. After all, screens are the literature of today’s youth and they need to know how to evaluate what they watch.

Free Lessons for Specific Shows

Crime Scene Investigation KIDS
Forensics is the application of science to solving crimes, and scientists are getting really good at it. A Unit Study.

Disney Movie Lesson Plans
Teachers have reviewed and rated over 200 lesson plans based on Disney movies.

Movies: A Resource for Homeschooling Parents
Some of the movies mentioned in this article are appropriate only for older students; others have uncut versions and family-friendly versions. Please preview any title before showing it to your family.

PBS
Materials for following along with Public Broadcasting System’s programs online or on your TV.


Resources to Buy

Teach With Movies
Your children will learn while being entertained by some of the best movies ever made. Watch films recommended by TeachWithMovies as a family and talk briefly about the events they portray. Your family’s set of shared experiences will increase. Screen time will change from a passive void to a learning experience.

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