Student Voice: Here’s how to make history come alive: Watch movies in class

The film has taught me a lot about the history of the United States and the world. It was a “scary story to tell in the dark” that taught me about the real-life impact of military drafts during the Vietnam War. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” taught me how Germans and Jews lived in Nazi Germany. The film “The Impossible” showed me the devastating effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Southeast Asia.

I grew up in a culture that celebrates motion pictures but fails to establish their power in the classroom. By including films in history classes, teachers can accommodate students of different learning styles, increase engagement, and create a welcoming environment.

During the epidemic lockdown, I watched the movie “Spotlight”, which details The Boston Globe’s investigation into Boston priests accused of child sexual abuse. I was immediately impressed by the film’s ability to highlight the history of journalism and the power of the media. The actors draw national attention to their character experiences and let viewers like me know about this investigation for the first time.

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