If you’ve downloaded the free copy of my book “There Were No Cats In America”
and flipped through it, you’ll notice that its sections follow the movie "An American Tail" chronologically. In this product, I provide you with a series of questions that align to both the book and movie’s scenes, and show you where the sections overlap.
In total, there are 58 questions (and answers) in this download, including 10 questions that can be used for a Socratic Seminar/Fishbowl discussion once your students have watched the movie and read the book.
This product is versatile since it touches on both English language arts and historical thinking skills. For example, the questions often focus on reading comprehension skills like identifying the author’s thesis, evaluating the author’s opinions, and dissecting how the author supports his claims. They also check for learning and comprehension on historic topics like Push and Pull Factors, social Darwinism, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, “New Immigrants” (of the Gilded Age), the National Origins Act, Machine Politicians, Boss Tweed, the Chinese Exclusion Act, United States vs. Wong Kim Ark, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, Nativism, GDP growth of the Gilded Age, Carnegie Steel, and the consequences of Homestead and Pullman Railroad strikes. Last, the questions ask how those historic events express themselves in today’s climate. For example, comparisons between the 2017 “Muslim bans”, Charlottesville’s white nationalists, and calls for “extreme vetting” are examined.
The discussion questions revisit some topics already mentioned, but they also ask students to examine their own immigration story, ponder what it’s like to be an immigrant or refugee today, and decide for themselves what makes America great.
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Note, you will need to separately acquire a copy of "An American Tail" to teach this lesson. As of this writing it is currently available on Netflix. Many local libraries have it available for free as well.
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