13th Documentary Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (TVMA – 2016)


The 13th Documentary Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (TVMA – 2016) challenges students to digest and analyze the incredible story this films tells about the 13th amendment, the war on drugs, mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex. Explore the impact that Nixon, Reagan and Clinton had on the war on drugs and how companies profited off legislation which ALEC had a part in introducing. Ask students to ponder how technology like camera phones are affecting the Black Lives Matters movement and what it means for all citizens. Finally, ask students to come up with their own solutions to some of the problems outlined in the film.

This resource consists of 13 high-level, short answer and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information. See the thumbnail images for sample questions.

This product .zip file includes:

  • A student movie guide, PDF digital fillable form version (5 pages)
  • A student movie guide, PDF print version  (5 pages)
  • An answer key (4 pages) is included, however, some answers will vary as students are encouraged to construct their own meaning throughout the film and many questions are open-ended.
  • A Google Forms & Slides Version of the Movie Guide
  • A generic movie guide permission slip (1 page)
  • CCSS alignment indicating standards met, PDF (1 page – see also preview image)
    • CCSS Note: I’ve taken the liberty of aligning certain reading standards with the act of consuming content via the movie instead. Although students aren’t reading they are asked to perform the same cognitive functions on the content that they consumed from the movie.

Distance Learning Tips:

    1. Distribute the digital PDF file or the google forms version to each student
    2. Use the screen sharing tool on your group call software to play the movie
    3. Pause the movie at each question to give students time to write/discuss

Here are my tips for using this 13th Documentary Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (TVMA – 2016) 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

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Digital PDF Version Tips

  • It is intended for a paperless, 1:1 tablet/iPad classroom
  • Ask students to download a PDF editor app if they don’t already have one. It needs to have a save function as well. I used Foxit PDF.
  • Host the file. I used google drive to share a folder with students.
  • When complete, ask students to save the file in a designated google drive folder using a naming convention. (I use LastnameFirstnameMovieGuide.pdf)
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