America: The Story of the US – Rebels E01 – Movie Guide | (TVPG – 2010)


This E01 Rebels | America: The Story of Us | Documentary | Video Guide challenges students to compare early settlers’ expectations to reality once they reached America. Asks students to think like a director and also analyze Paul Revere’s poem The Bloody Massacre. Reflect on how the episode portrays America’s identity and to what extent it holds true today. Finally, discuss and debate the key factors, as presented in the documentary, that led to the colonies early success.

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This resource is meant to supplement the viewing of the History Channel’s Documentary Series:
America: The Story of the US – Rebels – Episode 1 see the listing here on IMDb.

This resource consists of 9 high-level, short answer reflection and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.

This product .zip file includes:

  • A student movie guide, PDF print version (4 pages)
  • An answer key, PDF (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 Slides Version of the Movie Guide (A PDF with a link to make a copy of the guide to your Google Drive)
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Here are my tips for using America: The Story of the US – Rebels E01 – Movie Guide | (TVPG – 2010) 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 throughout the episode 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. On average, completing this video guide will require about 6o minutes.

Google Classroom | Google Slide | Tips:

    1. Click on the link included in the PDF titled “Google Slides Version” and save a copy of the file to your Google Drive/Classroom
    2. Create an assignment for your students
    3. If you are using this resource for multiple classes and want to separate responses by class, create multiple copies of the Google Slides version with file names such as [Title]ClassPeriod[2] and then create assignments

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