History Goes to the Movies: Historical Fiction’s Place in the Classroom


CMOH John FinnMany school children learn about pivotal historical happenings not from their textbooks but from feature films. Used judiciously, historical fiction can be a rich resource in the classroom, engaging students’ interest and providing educators a ready audience for discussing fact, fiction, and interpretation. When we set living history interviews against the backdrop of big-screen portrayals, especially those enriched with live footage, we can gain context and connection with time periods, places, and events. In this webinar for the edWeb.net Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice community, presenter Heather Kensill discussed Medal of Honor stories such as John Finn’s, set against parallel movie portrayals, such as those in the movie Pearl Harbor.

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