Who doesn't like a good movie? Students sure do! While many of them have probably seen this classic movie (just passed 20 years), they probably have never considered it in this way.
After a year of studying US History in class, this "final" assignment makes for a great, and relatively easy, way to end the year on a positive note.
My 11th grade class mostly focuses on the 20th century so it is fun for them to see how a fictional character is woven into so many historical events. This is a great overview of the last half of the 20th century and it helps students see some of the events studied, read about, or discussed in class in a different light. They literally are supposed to look and listen for things we studied (helps them with recall). *NOTE*: There is no answer key included at this time since what you study in class with your students may vary from year to year or class to class.
Comments I always hear, especially from students who have seen the movie prior to class, are not all that surprising..."Oh, that's what that was about," or "Now that makes sense! I never knew what that was before."
The nice thing about this end of year assignment is that it doesn't take long to grade and you can look for different things on it depending what you want your kids to take from it. Thus, it is both a stress reliever for them AND you.
Finally, you can adapt this as you need so it will meet your needs for your classroom.