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Selma Movie Guide


This Selma movie guide does a fantastic job exposing students to the emotion, strategy, leadership, and terror demonstrated in Selma during 1965. This movie guide will help guide your students through the big issues and help them internalize the lessons that can be learned from history. Discuss with your students the 11 high-level short answer and essay questions by pausing at the designated times on the movie guide. Please see the product images for example questions from this movie guide and download a free, complete movie guide for Kung Fu Panda 3 to see the general quality of my questions and movie guides.

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This educational Selma movie guide is for the multiple award winning movie Selma and is a must have if you are showing this movie in class. The 4 page study guide can help students learn from this historically courageous event. An answer key is not included as many questions are open-ended and encourage students to analyze the film by constructing their own meaning from the characters’ dialogue and behavior. Please see the product images for example questions.

Here are my tips for using this Selma movie guide in your classroom:

  1. Print one, double-sided movie guide for each student
  2. Preview each question on the movie guide as you come to it before resuming the movie
  3. Pause at the times designated on the movie guide and help students if necessary
    • Discussion here is great, encourage and allow students to share their ideas and thoughts for any question
    • Discourage students from simply copying answers
    • If needed, and if time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the movie for additional analysis
  4. After completing the short answers on the movie guide, allow 5-10 minutes for each essay question at the end
  5. On average, completing this movie guide will require about 30-45 minutes in addition to the length of the movie