I am going to be teaching a new "History Through Film" class this year at my high school and so I have been doing lots of research on how to have students study the accuracy in historical portrayals about people and events.
What I wanted was an assignment that could be used for the films viewed in class, films viewed independently, and for the beginning of research on a larger presentation/project at the culmination of the class. I didn't really want to reinvent the wheel, but at the same time I wanted something that fit my purpose. As a result, I ended up only reinventing a portion of the wheel.
After looking at lots of examples from my research, I came up with an activity/form/worksheet/report that works for big/small projects, or whole class/independent viewing. I think I now have something that will work really well, but of course any feedback you have would be appreciated!
The assignment, in general terms, asks students to
1. Give a brief synopsis of the film;
2. Consider why the film should be considered "historical;
3. Check their prior knowledge and after knowledge;
4. Explore historical characters/figures;
5. Research and evaluate the accuracy of the film;
6. and finally explain in detail (with evidence) one part the film got right and one part the film got wrong;
7. Explain what was most memorable about the film;
8. Critique and justify whether or not the film improves or hinders understanding of the historical event or person.
The document is in WORD format so you can adjust it to your needs.