History

The intersection between the historical past and the general public is an interesting one. The presentation of the past to the present often requires research and, depending on the medium, artistic interpretation. This assignment will require each student to engage with this dynamic on a topic of their choosing. submission will include a PowerPoint presentation, which will include all parts outlined below in the Format section.

Requirements

1. Select one movie that focuses on a historical event or person. The movie selection is completely up to you but see below for a list of suggestions:

Troy

Patriot

300

Cleopatra

Spartacus

Glory

Ben-Hur

Gladiator

12 Years a Slave

Braveheart

Schlender’s List

JFK

Cold Mountain

Lincoln

Hacksaw Ridge

The King’s Speech 

Dunkirk 

2. Research the event or person depicted in your movie selection. Do enough research to ensure you have a good working historical understanding of the subject. Ask yourself the standard Ws (Who, What, When, Where, and most importantly Why).

3. Watch the movie.

4. Compose a PowerPoint Slide presentation that incorporates the information listed below.

Format: Your submission should contain these parts:

A title slide with an Informative title and credit information (10 points): Your title slide should be short, sweet, and informative and include your title, your name, and the title of your movie.

Historical Background (40 points): In the next series of slides, provide a historical commentary of the subject. Answer the Ws (Who, What, When, Where, and most importantly Why is this subject important).

Movie Synopsis (30 points): In the next series of slides, describe the movie. What’s the plot, what major events transpired, and who are the main characters?

Interpretation (30 points): In the next series of slides, answer the following question with specific examples: Was this movie a historically accurate depiction of the event or person?

Critique (40 points):  In the next series of slides, answer the following question with specific examples: In your opinion, was the movie successful along the lines of raising historical awareness of the person or event in an entertaining way?

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