This is a guided viewing worksheet for Joe Wright's 2017 film Darkest Hour. It is designed to keep the students engaged and focused as they watch this exciting and educational film. The assignment is broken up into four separate parts. Each part is separated by page so that it may be easily added or removed to fit the time constraints of your classroom. The segments included are as follows:
Section 1: "Pre-Viewing Questions"
-This section is designed to engage the students prior to beginning the film and provide them with the proper historical context for the events in the film. It consists of five short answer questions that the students can easily research online prior to viewing the film in class. These questions focus on statistics and details of Winston Churchill's life both before and after the events of the film.
Section 2: "Character Key"
-In this segment, students match the names of each character with a small thumbnail image of them. The purpose is to give the students a proper key for use in the next two sections as they watch the film and complete their essay.
Section 3: "Guided Viewing"
-This section is the bulk of the assignment. It consists of thirty short answer questions that follow the plot and events of the film. Questions are divided by date per the on-screen headings in the film. They occur every few minutes and are detailed enough so as to require attentive viewing on the part of the students.
Section 4: "Essay"
-This section comprises of a detailed essay prompt that requires the students to place themselves within the context of the film and weigh the merits of Churchill's and Halifax's conflicting viewpoints.
Lastly a detailed key is included for all sections except the essay portion.
If your interested, I also offer this worksheet bundled with my guided viewing worksheet for the film Dunkirk at a discounted price. These two World War II movies pair together excellently and would make for a wonderful film unit. Both films explore different perspectives of Britain's actions with regards to Operation Dynamo and the evacuation of Dunkirk. DARKEST HOUR focuses on the political side of the operation and how it relates to the person of Winston Churchill while DUNKIRK shows the military and civilian efforts on the ground. You can find the bundle for sale here: Darkest Hour - Dunkirk (2017) DOUBLE FEATURE! - Movie Guide Bundle - Worksheets
Thank you so much for looking! I hope you enjoy watching this excellent and educational film with your students.
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