This activity was created for my Economics classes but can be adapted for World History classes or any class. There is only one concept that may not be taught in any other course but the answer is on my teacher key. This activity is completed using the recently released version of Les Mis (2013 released).
This activity uses various sources. I could have created this as a webquest but decided to give the students the actual material from various websites. All websites are given to you, with the source, in case you wanted to view the actual website. There are 13 sources used to complete the movie work. The students have their separate worksheets to complete - using sources provided and the movie. In this activity, students will: look at the types of governments before and during the time period of the movie (in France), compare welfare systems in France and U.S., read actual excerpts from Les Mis and relate these excerpts to recent historical events, movie questions, and an optional activity of a socratic seminar on varous issues seen in the movie. This unit incorporates government, economics, literature, history, music, and current events.
In this activity, students have to THINK!!!! I wanted students to be able to draw comparisons between Hugo's statements in the novel to more recent events. This requires critical thinking skills. An alternative way to complete parts of the acitivities is through group assignments. I actually allowed my students to complete the economists/scene from the movie chart in groups, assigning each group one economist to research then presenting to the class. You may find it helpful to complete some of the assignments as a class.
PLEASE email me if you have any questions concerning this activity. I included the teacher instructions with the preview so you can see in more detail how this lesson can be conducted in your classroom (this will be the very last page in the packet). There is a pre and post quiz (same quiz) if interested. I also created a quiz students can use, with the packet, to check for accuracy of answers (only 10 questions).
Les Miserables economics unit
by Christy Walker
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