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This product is a PDF easy-print version of my popular Critical Viewing Questions for the movie The American President starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening.
WHAT YOU WILL GET:
More than 30 open-ended questions that require students to think deeply and analyze the content of the feature film:
• Reusable worksheet formatted to fit on a single sheet of paper, saving teachers time at the copy machine!
• Consumable worksheet formatted to fit on two sheets, providing students with space to write their answers.
• Detailed suggested answers, providing insights into how American history touches on some of the issues raised in the film.
GREAT FOR A VARIETY OF CLASSES:
• U.S. Government
• Media Studies
• Film as Literature
About These American President Critical Viewing Questions
All of the questions on the worksheet ask students to think deeply about the messages and themes that the film is sending. They require students to determine not only what happens in the film, but how the filmmakers are attempting to influence audience perception and beliefs about politics, freedom, democracy, lobbying, and the press -- among many other topics!
As students respond to the questions, they will be contemplating deep-level issues about America and their own personal beliefs, such as:
-------What are the limits of freedom in modern-day America? What should those limits be?
-------Is the press a help or a hindrance to the current political culture?
-------What issues in a politician's personal life are legitimate campaign issues?
-------In what ways is lobbying a force for good? For ill?
-------What is the nature of the lobbying industry as it currently exists?
Integrate Analysis Skills into Instruction -- with NO PREP on your part!
These worksheets will change viewing The American President from an entertainment into an opportunity to think deeply about major issues regarding the political climate of the country.
LOOKING FOR AN EDITABLE VERSION INSTEAD?
If what you really want is a Microsoft Word file of this product so that you can change it up to suit your own classes, students, and instructional style, I encourage you to click the link below:
The American President Critical Viewing Questions -- EDITABLE VERSION
If what you want, however, is just to print off worksheets, then this PDF file is probably the best match for you!
I hope this resource helps you use The American President to great effect in your government, civics, and film classes!
Movie Worksheets by Elise Parker