What Role did the Movies Play in Forming a New Generation of Youth After WWI?

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Class members examine a series of primary and secondary source materials to try and ascertain the role films played in forming “a new generation of youth after World War I.” Individuals are assigned one of three documents to examine, form expert groups to share their findings, and then participate in jigsaw discussions. The documents, part of the packet, include a plot summary for The Jazz Singer, an excerpt from Herbert Blumer’s, Movies and Conduct, and a commentary about the film Are Parents People? Individuals craft a reflective essay to conclude the exercise. The 2001 Frontline program Merchants of Cool and the accompanying materials provided by PBS would provide a great extension to the exercises in this resource.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Interesting concept that can be applied to today's youth as well
Cons

  • No attempt is made to connect the central question to the influence film plays today in forming the attitudes of young people
  • Learners would need to know the values of young people prior to World War I before beginning the these activities