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Make history and economics exciting with this set of Iron Lady worksheets / tests
! This is a complete movie guide, including essay / discussion / debate prompts as well as a primary source study sheet filled with some of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's most famous and significant quotations!
This movie viewing guide for The Iron Lady can help you more effectively address a wide range of economics and history topics related to the Cold War and this Reagan/Thatcher shift to conservative economic theory.
ABOUT MARGARET THATCHER
Margaret Thatcher was the first female prime minister of Great Britain, but her claim to fame goes far beyond that. Like Ronald Reagan in the United States, Thatcher transformed her nation in profound ways, shifting it toward conservative economics that relied on free-market reforms and privatization of state industries. The results were controversial -- an unprecedented economic boom for some and vastly increased poverty for others.
ABOUT THE MOVIE, THE IRON LADY
The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep, examines Thatcher as a woman and politician, tracing her rise to power from the time she worked as a clerk in her father's small grocery store to her final years when she was beset with health problems including Alzheimer's disease. Along the way, students get an insider's view of late 20th-century Britain as it changes from a heavily socialist system to one that is much more capitalistic.
This movie is *perfect* for students in high school economic classes as it really is an "up close and personal" look at the contrast between Keynsian and Austrian-school policies -- delivered in a way that is highly engaging. The economics concepts are actually embedded throughout -- students will not feel lectured at. Instead, they will see the real human suffering that resulted when workers dependent on state industries are suddenly released into a new system that expects them to fend for themselves a great deal more.
---Teaching World or European History?---
But the movie isn't *only* about economic policy. The last 25 years of the 20th century are covered in detail. Students will see Thatcher rail against the Soviet Union and celebrate with her when the Cold War finally comes to an end. This whole period of history comes alive in The Iron Lady, making it a great choice for teachers doing modern history sequences.
----About the Movie Guide----
The Iron Lady Movie Guide contains movie viewing worksheets, debate and essay topics, and a quotation analysis activity.
I believe in holding students accountable for the material presented in class. Experience has taught me that this is more important than ever when a film or video is being used as a part of instruction. Keep students engaged (and awake!) by requiring them to fill out worksheets as the movie plays -- all the questions are in "movie order" so that it is easy to follow along. Alternatively, watch a 30 minute segment of the movie and *then* pass out the worksheets, counting them as a post-viewing quiz! The materials are highly flexible so that teachers can adapt their use to their own instructional needs.
FORMAT OF THESE IRON LADY WORKSHEETS
Every 30 minutes of the movie has its own set of worksheets, allowing the movie to be presented in even segments.
--- All worksheets come in both multiple-choice and free-response formats. Alternate the format presented day by day to mix things up, or choose the format that most closely matches the style best suited to each group of students. You can even divide the class up and allow some students to do the fill in worksheets for extra credit, while others choose the "base" version of multiple choice -- you're the teacher, it's all up to you!
--- Essay topics are designed to be used after the entire movie has been viewed since they ask students to take a holistic perspective on film events and issues. Topics can be easily adapted for use in classroom debates or projects other than a formal essay.
--- The Quotations Analysis Activity asks students to engage critical thinking skills as they compare and contrast the words of the *real* Margaret Thatcher to the presentation of her delivered via the film medium.
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