Dances With Wolves - Movie Guide, Assignment and Key (Manifest Destiny) - This 17 page movie guide for the movie Dances With Wolves contains a set of 26 questions related to the movie, a writing assignment and a detailed teachers key.
The questions in the movie guide focus on the scenes that relate to the the clash of civilizations between Native Americans and American Settlers, and to what extent to movie shows the realities of impacts of the Age of Imperialism in the Americas including the idea of Manifest Destiny. The questions require the students to both comment or recall specific information in the movie Dances With Wolves and also think critically and analyze the scenes in terms of their historical significance. The final question in the movie requires students to have internet access, as they will use a web link to research more about Manifest Destiny and then compare the movie Dances With Wolves to the concept of Manifest Destiny. A detailed teachers key is included for ease of assessment.
The writing assignment requires students to imagine that the are John Dunbar from the movie Dances With Wolves and that they must write a journal entry in regards to the cultural exchange that occurs in the movie. A marking rubric and explanation of the assignment are included for ease of use and assessment.
This is a great tool when watching the movie Dances With Wolves and learning about the American history of the American Frontier and Native Americans as well as the concepts of Manifest Destiny, Colonialism and Imperialism.