Good Night, and Good Luck. Movie Guide (PG – 2005)
This Good Night, and Good Luck. Movie Guide challenges students to think deeply about the power and responsibility of journalism and media. Engage students in discussions about the historical context of the McCarthy era and the ethical choices made by journalists like Edward Murrow. Encourage them to step into the director’s shoes and explore the impact of using real footage in the movie. Spark conversations about the social responsibilities of media outlets and how they’ve evolved or not, as per Edward Murrow’s warnings. Explore Shakespearean lines used in the film and their significance in the movie, today’s society, and in their original context. Discussthemes of integrity, power, and social responsibility.
This resource is meant to supplement the viewing of Good Night, and Good Luck., see the IMDb listing here.
Check the thumbnails for high resolution sample questions to see if this movie guide is suitable for your students. This resource consists of 12 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 (6 pages)
- An answer key (6 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)
- 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.
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Here are my tips for using Good Night, and Good Luck. Movie Guide in your classroom:
- Print one, double-sided movie guide for each student
- Preview each question on the movie guide as you come to it before resuming the movie
- 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
- After completing the short answers on the movie guide, allow 5-10 minutes for each essay question at the end
- On average, completing this movie guide will require about 30-45 minutes in addition to the length of the movie
Google Classroom | Google Slide | Tips:
- Click on the link included in the PDF titled “Google Slides Version” and save a copy of the file to your Google Drive/Classroom
- Create an assignment for your students
- 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 and then create assignments
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