This activity will work with either “The Pentagon Papers” film (Rated R) or the documentary, “The Most Dangerous Man in America.”
Students will answer questions about the film “The Pentagon Papers” or the documentary “The Most Dangerous Man in America” from the perspective of the individual they were assigned.
Randomly assign the following individuals:
Henry "Harry" Rowen
Once students are assigned an individual, ask them to cut out the individual’s face and paste the face on the 3-D figure on their worksheet. As students watch the film, they will answer questions about the role in the Pentagon Papers story from the perspective of the individual they were assigned.
Alternative use: Copy Film Guide Character sheet back-to-back and assign each student Daniel Ellsberg and one other randomly assigned individual from the key figures listed above.
Extension: If time permits, divide class into groups of six (with students representing Ellsberg, Sheehan, Nixon, Russo, Rowen, Patricia Ellsberg)in each group.) Take turns discussing responses to the questions on the film guide.