52 Free Response Questions in movie order, targeting higher-order skills! Includes critical thinking, literary elements, film criticism, social studies concepts, and opinion! Extended learning prompts work for essays, discussions, debates, projects and more!
Challenge Students to Use Higher-Order Thinking Skills!
This packet contains 52 different topics focused on the movie War Games, designed to help teachers make the movie experience an even more productive one for their students. Several different types of questions are included to help you differentiate and meet all students’ needs:
• Critical Thinking
• Social Studies Topics
• Literary Elements
• Film Criticism
These War Games Discussion Prompts are Organized with Your Needs in Mind:
The materials have been organized in two different ways to help you optimize instruction for your students:
• By Film Sequence: This part of the packet presents all 52 questions in movie order, with questions grouped together according to which scene they relate to. All questions are clearly labeled with their genre (film criticism, literary element, etc.) to help you focus instruction.
• By Genre: This part of the packet presents all questions of a specific genre together. Within each grouping, questions are presented in movie order. This organization lets teachers easily zero in on a specific type of prompt, such as opinion questions or social studies tie-ins.
You might want to use just one question of each type, or one question from each film sequence; you might like a particular question so much that you want to build it up into a full essay or project with instructions personalized for your class.
I want it to be easy for you to do all this and more so you can customize the 52 questions just how they will best work in your classroom. For this reason, you'll get fully editable files of the questions, letting you pick and choose the best questions for your students, rearranging them as needed or adding extra info as you see fit!
Detailed Answer Key Includes with these War Games Essay Topics:
A detailed answer key is provided. In many cases, answers will vary, but the key often provides sample ideas for even these prompts.
Lesson Plan Outlines Provided with these War Games Free Response Prompts:
The questions lend themselves to a great many different instructional approaches. In most cases, teachers will probably want to provide students with a sub-set of questions rather than the full 52-question set. Teachers might want to give students the questions for just one scene, or even just one type of questions for one scene. Once you’ve decided which questions to use for a lesson, you still have a wide range of options for how students interact with the prompts. The teacher information included with these War Games movie topics will provide you with 4 small group lesson plan ideas and 4 whole class lesson plans.
About the Download File
The download is a zip file because that way, I can give teachers several documents at once. In this zip file download you'll get a Microsoft Word file for easy editing, an RTF file for use with word processors that don't deal with Word files, and a PDF file just in case you want an easy way to print out discussion topics without editing them.
Why Use these War Games Movie Discussion Questions?
This movie is great for U.S. History classes because it captures the mood of the nation in the early 1980s. Fear of nuclear war was rampant -- so much so that there was a nuclear freeze / unilateral disarmament movement gaining ground. Even though the movie plot is fiction, it is useful because it is a genuine product of the fears in play at that time.
It also depicts the beginnings of the computer-based technological culture that we live in today and weaves in 1980s cultural strands about computer hacking and video gaming, both trends which have continued to this day but which began in force in the early 1980s.
I usually show this movie to my classes after state testing has been completed and we have time for things that are still historical, but are also very fun. Students love this movie and watch it with rapt attention.
With these questions, you can easily convert the movie into a great student-centered debate / discussion / essay follow-up for your Cold War unit!
I hope you find the movie, and these War Games discussion topics, useful for teaching students about the fascinating decade of the 1980s.
As always, Happy Teaching!
Movie Questions by Elise Parker
keywords: Cold War, computer revolution, nuclear standoff, superpowers, nuclear war, disarmament movement, personal computers