The Counterfeiters is a wonderful film written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. It is based on a true story. I teach it in several of my classes; it is suitable for high school, college, and university students.
The CCSS “lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st century.” Integrating film into your curriculum is an excellent way to satisfy many of the new Common Core State Standards.
INCLUDED IN THIS UNIT ARE THE FOLLOWING:
➢ A multiple choice quiz with eight questions and answers
➢ A short summary of the film with images
➢ Essay questions and discussion questions
➢ This unit allows for differentiated learning; some students may be more comfortable with the questions that focus on the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (remembering/comprehension and simple applications/understanding), whereas other questions provide students the opportunity to focus on higher levels (analysis and evaluation).
➢ Questions aligned with ELA-Literacy CCSS 8-12 – in particular with the following standards:
I teach THE COUNTERFEITERS as a TEXTURE TEXT or a CONTEXT TEXT usually alongside THE REPUBLIC. It is an excellent film to use when studying philosophical concepts including, but not limited to, the following: justice, courage, ethics, sacrifice, freedom, and the power of hope.
The following is cut and pasted from Wikipedia:
"The Counterfeiters (German: Die Fälscher) is a 2007 drama film.... It fictionalizes Operation Bernhard, a secret plan by the Nazis during the Second World War to destabilize the United Kingdom by flooding its economy with forged Bank of England bank notes. The film centres on a Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch, who is coerced into assisting the Nazi operation at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp."
key words: Holocaust; non-fiction; ethics; morality; true story; CCSS; WW II; memoir
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