Oppenheimer Movie Guide (R – 2023)


This Oppenheimer Movie Guide (R – 2023) challenges students to analyze Oppenheimer’s interpretation of scientific responsibilities amidst war. Explore his struggle balancing personal ethics with the demands of the Manhattan Project. Debate his decisions and their impact on the development of the atomic bomb. Reflect on the complex relationship between science and politics. Discuss the portrayal of scientific integrity in the face of governmental pressure. Finally, examine Oppenheimer’s character development through the moral challenges he faces.

This resource is meant to supplement the viewing of Oppenheimer, 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 16 high-level, short answer reflection and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.

Note: Teacher’s may want to skip the following scenes:
23:10 to 24:50 to avoid a sex scene where in the middle of it is revealed that Oppenheimer and Jean Tatlock both have a wide range of books and interests.
1:14:45 to 1:17:15 to avoid nudity in a scene where Jean asks him why he left and Kitty imagines Jean on top of him during the interview. He never sees her again and its foreshadowed that Jean committs suicide in the bathtub.

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, Admin Request, Permission Slip (2 page PDF – 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.
  • Need a generic movie guide permission slip? Download it free here.

Here are my tips for using Oppenheimer Movie Guide (R – 2023) 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

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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Get a feel for these movie guides and see if this resource is right for you. I ask questions that require students to ‘live’ on the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

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