Teaching world conflicts


Lions for Lambs
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Objectives:

  1. To learn about international conflicts involving the USA
  2. From 9/11 to Iraq. Analyze the conflict
  3. How can you contribute?

Pre movie ativites:

  1. Watch one or both movies, clips will do if little time,  Lions for lambs.
  2. Why we fight, documentary Use this guide
  3. Watch this talk Robert Redford’s character has with his student. Interesting monologue about choices. “The decisions you make now, can’t be changed, it will take years and years of hard work to redo it. No life guard is watching you anymore, you are on your own. The decisions you make are yours alone, from here an til the end.  Discuss the role students can play in shaping their own future,
  4. America needs to do more.  The students in this movie try to get others involved.

Lesson plan:

Answer these questions on your blog:

  1. Lions for Lambs is a 2007 American drama film about the connection between a platoon of United States soldiers in Afghanistan, a U.S. senator, a reporter, and a California college professor. Explain how they are connected and what the soldiers are doing in Afghanistan?
  2. The professor asks Todd to get involved.  What can he do?
  3. Is there a connection between social conditions, the welfare state and US involvement in wars?
  4. What is the current opinion of the American people regarding US engagement in wars.
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8 replies

  1. Hi Ann!

    I’m one of the students who has tried these teaching methods, and I must say that I found them instructive, informative and fun!

    With all due respect, I’m pretty sure the movie’s name is “Lions for lambs” and not “Lambs for lions” as you wrote in your blog…:P

    It doesn’t matter, I just wanted you to know…

    Please visit my blog – which is about English Social Studies – http://englishsocialstudies.blogspot.com

  2. Hi Kristian. You are so right. I have changed it now! The significance of the title is to be found here: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/london_film_festival/article2672737.ece
    And I really like your blog. Good work!

  3. Hi Ann.

    I’m a student at Minden High School in Minden, LA.
    We were required to comment on a teacher’s page for my class. So I picked your blog. I found both of the movies very interesting. Keep up the good work!

    – Blake

  4. Hey! I am a student at Minden High in La. We are required to post a comment on a teachers blog. I
    really enjoyed your blog and the two movies!

    -Breanna!

  5. hey!

    I am from Minden High, too. I am pretty interested in the topics you’ve posted on this page.

    Hope, to read more soon. I will come back 🙂
    Viktoria

  6. Thank you students from Minden High. I’m glad you had this fun assignment to comment on a teacher’s blog, and I happy you found mine! Good luck to you all too!

  7. Hi Ann.

    I am a student at Minden High School, too, and I looked into your blog and I thought it was pretty nice. I’m doing this for a project like my other classmates have already named.

    Thank you.
    ~John~

  8. Fun for me with visitors from Minden highschool. If you are interested in getting to know students from Norway you might want to look at their blogs too. You will find them on the top right side!

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