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Life is Beautiful: Film Analysis and Companion to Holocaust Study

Grade Levels
6th - 12th
Formats Included
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35 pages
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An excellent film to view for English, History, or Italian Language classes.

"This is a simple story ... but not an easy one to tell. Like a fable, there is sorrow. And, like a fable, it is full of wonder and happiness."

These are the opening words of the film Life is Beautiful, starring and directed by Roberto Benigni. This Award-winning Italian film tells the story of one family’s experience during the Holocaust.

This film explores the importance of family and a father-son relationship. This is an excellent film to view for thematic exploration in an English class, as part of an Italian language or History class, or for Holocaust study. This film pairs particularly well with “Night” by Elie Wiesel, as the main characters in the film are a father and his son.

Why I Teach this Film:

- Its beautiful writing makes it a wonderful specimen for thematic study.

- It pairs well with Night by Elie Wiesel, which we study in class.

- It provides a gentler option for Holocaust study.

- Year after year, my students love it and say it has found a special place in their hearts.

What's included ...

Over35 pages of materials including ...

- Unit Intro for Teachers: Instructions and Suggestions for Teaching and Assessments

- Posters for your classroom

- Timeline of Events: World War II in Italy

- Background Information: World War II in Italy

- Project & Writing Assignment - Paragraph or Essay Prompt

- Note-taking Organizers

- Poetry Reading and Comprehension Questions

- Discussion Cards in Color and Black & White

- Reflect and Respond Writing Assignment – Paragraph or Essay Theme Prompt

- Essay Questions

- Social-Emotional /Anti-Bullying Focus Prompts

- Crossword Puzzle

- Plot Diagram

- Connections Chart

- Questions for Discussion

- Ticket-to-Leave (4 ways - With or without prompt, Black and White, Color)

Often aligned to the Common Core.

Questions crafted with attention to Bloom's Taxonomy.

"Life is Beautiful" can serve as an excellent text for teaching Author's or Writer's Craft. Deepen your unit and focus on the study of language with my Author’s or Writer’s Craft Introductory Unit.

Additional "Night" Study Products:

Night by Elie Wiesel: Unit of Study

If you are interested in having your students read "Night" in book clubs, check out my Night Student Book Club Unit of Study .

Night by Elie Wiesel: Assessment Pack

Butterfly Project: How we Honor and Remember the Victims of the Holocaust (free)

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Happy Teaching :)

Life is Beautiful: A Unit of Study created by Lauren Colletti is licensed.

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