Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: Historical and Cultural Context

An insult to American politicians? A satire of news media? Or a critique of censorship, political corruption, and media propaganda? As part of a unit study on film, class members examine how director Frank Capra's develops these themes in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the series of resources as part of a film as literature course, as a unit study of film, or as part of a US government class
Classroom Considerations

  • This is the fourth in a series of four resources, designed to be used in order, that uses Frank Capra's film as the core text in a film study unit
  • The resource is immense and takes considerable time to download
Pros

  • The 35-page packet includes detailed lesson plans, activities, discussion prompts, worksheets, links to additional materials, and assessments
Cons

  • None