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Hollywood or History

Teaching and learning through Hollywood, or commercial, film productions is anything but a new approach and has been something of a mainstay in the classroom for nearly a century. Purposeful and effective instruction through film, however, is not problem-free and there are many challenges that accompany classroom applications of Hollywood motion pictures. In response to the problems and possibilities associated with teaching through film, we have developed the Hollywood or History? book series. The series consists of a collection of collaboratively developed practical, and classroom-ready lesson plans that might assists K-12 history/social studies teachers endeavoring to make effective use of film in their classrooms. Using the Hollywood or History? strategy, each lesson plan offers teachers an inquiry-based approach which allows students to analyze motion pictures, television shows, documentaries, and cartoons using multiple sources.