Use these Gandhi Movie Worksheets to Bring a Modern Independence Movement to Life!
We've all been there -- wracking our brains to try to figure out how to encourage students to pay better attention during a movie. These movie worksheets will take the guesswork out of figuring out how much each student is really following along and listening when the class is watching the Academy-Award winning 1982 film Gandhi
, starring Ben Kingsley in the title role.
The worksheets provide 123 unique fill-in-the-blank problems for students to complete as they watch the movie. Each of the problems requires student to pay close attention, which will of course help them learn and retain more! An added bonus is that using the worksheets will also help students better figure out who is who on-screen, since many of the dialog segments are labeled with the character's name -- no more mixing up Nehru with Jinnah, for example!
ALL OF THE FILES INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHEET SET ARE IN PDF FORMAT.
They are zipped together so that more than one file can be provided to you in a single download.
The cloze answers are far from random -- each one was specifically selected as an important history element that students should be aware of. Having students listen for and then write down these key terms such as partition and non-violence will help to draw their attention to those concepts, in essence highlighting them for the students.
I am always personally amazed by the mastery level I get from the students after using cloze worksheets like this -- when I stop the movie for the day and collect their papers, then read aloud a few of the cloze problems they solved in the last 40 minutes, a significant number of them can rattle the answers off from memory, showing that they really did learn something; the movie didn't just go in one ear and out the other.
Differentiation is Key
Because I know full well that a one-size-fits-all approach to instruction can miss more than it hits, I have provided both basic and advanced levels of the cloze worksheets.
In the case of the basic level, there are even two different worksheets for students to do. That way, if teachers want to make sure answers aren't shared from one class to another or across rows in the same class, the solution is at their fingertips.
Teacher Convenience is a MUST!
I know you're busy, so these Ghandi cloze worksheets are designed to minimize implementation time. Both advanced and basic worksheets come in two flavors: reusable and consumable. The reusable ones are great for teachers who make copies; by directing students to write on their own pages (and providing no real blanks for them to use), a class set of worksheets should remain pristine and can be filed away for future use.
The consumable worksheets, on the other hand, are perfect when teachers want students to write directly on the page. This might be best for some special populations who encounter more difficulty when dealing with three elements at once: movie, worksheet, and answer sheet.
Delivering Materials Electronically? No Problem!
Every worksheet variation is included not only in the master "For the Teacher" file, but also as a stand-alone PDF. That way, teachers who want to email their students the documents or post them in an online learning management system, won't have to hassle with extracting the relevant pages from the master file.
Three Different Answer Keys to Suit Your Needs
As with many of my movie materials, these Gandhi worksheets include a variety of answer keys. There is a simple answer key that can be used for rapid scoring of student papers. In addition, you will find an answer key that contains all the context the students had when solving the problems. This makes reviewing answers out loud much more meaningful, as the teacher can read the context clue to cue student responses. Finally, for teacher or student reference there is a full-script answer key that can be consulted when even more context is desired.
Each answer key comes with helpful hints and tips about how its use can facilitate instruction and/or assessment.
Teacher Resources Included
A full cast list is also provided so that teachers and students can use it to map actors' faces to the correct characters played. A large number of entries are linked to Wikipedia entries to facilitate additional research about the historical persons portrayed in the movie.
Let's be Flexible!
I have labeled these activities as Gandhi worksheets, but there is no reason why they can't serve as a Gandhi test or a Gandhi quiz instead. You're the teacher -- it's all up to you!
Please feel free to download the free preview file to take a look at the worksheet set. And even if you don't think it will suit you, please consider using the film Gandhi in class. It's truly a magnificent experience for students to spend some time with this filmed recreation of the great Indian prophet of non-violence and nationalism.
Looking for more Gandhi movie worksheets? Try a Gandhi movie puzzles pack!
These Gandhi puzzles work great in combination with the cloze worksheets -- pass them out after portions of the movie have been seen to help students review and reinforce their learning! They can even double as quiz prep and assessments for the movie due to the way I've set them up with both basic and advanced levels for everything. Use the advanced level of a puzzle to review, then the basic level to test student learning -- with this system, students who study their review puzzle will do great on the test, which is how things should work, after all! Just click the link to go to the product page:
Gandhi Movie Worksheet Puzzles -- 12 Crosswords in All!
As always, happy teaching!
Keywords: Gandhi, India, Indian history, Mahatma, nationalism, south Asia, Jinnah, Nehru, partition, Pakistan, British colonialism, the jewel in the crown, Raj, decolonization, de-colonization, Indian Independence, Amritsar Massacre