Great Depression Era Movies: What do the Endings Tell Us?

This Great Depression Era Movies: What do the Endings Tell Us? unit also includes:

In the best of times and the worst of times the ticket lines for movies are long. Why? Why do people go to the movies? What can films and their endings tell us about the era in which they are made? These questions guide class members as they examine films from the Great Depression, as well as other primary and secondary source materials about the era. To conclude the exercise, individuals apply these questions to a modern film.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Engaging primary source materials
Cons

  • Although the essential question is engaging, more scaffolding is needed to enable all class members to draw parallels between the provided primary source materials and today's films
  • Consider showing clips from the mentioned films
Common Core