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America Inside Out: Discussion Guide for National Geographic's The Race Issue
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Race affects the everyday lives of all students in this country; it is at the heart of human identity, human conflict, and human healing. As educators, we can facilitate safe, open conversations, and move young people toward a better future. Through multiple sources, varying perspectives, and the analysis of facts, we must provide opportunities for students to learn, address our own implicit biases, and allow for deeper thought and cross-cultural understanding to emerge. This discussion guide, based on National Geographic's Special Issue on Race, will guide educators in promoting open discussion. Dedication Message. A Note to Educators A Color Wheel of Humanity A Place of Their Own The Things That Divide Us Streets in His Name The Muslim Next Door Skin Deep The Many Colors of Matrimony The Stop The Rising Anxiety of White America Re-Righting History Additional Resources Download the discussion guide from https://journeysinfilm.org/product/america-inside-out/.

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Anthropology
Ethnic Studies
Social Science
Sociology
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Journeys in Film
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America Inside Out: National Geographic's The Race Issue
Author:
Jamor Gaffney
Lorraine Hanley Martinez
Date Added:
11/02/2018
Big Sonia Curriculum Guide (Complete)
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This is a curriculum guide to the film Big Sonia, a remarkable documentary about a woman now in her 90s, who survived the Holocaust in Poland as a girl. Now living the in the United States, she continues to work, give talks in schools and prisons, and dole out advice to friends and family. This curriculum guide contains five interdisciplinary lessons using the film. Lessons contain background information, CCSS Standards, step-by-step procedures, copy-ready handouts, and more. Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Holocaust in Poland (Social Studies) Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Real Sonia (English Language Arts, Film Literacy) Lesson 3: Learning from the Past: An Oral History Assignment (Social Studies, English Language Arts) Lesson 4: Viewing a Documentary Film (Social Studies, Film Literacy) Lesson 5: Maladaptive Stress Response and Intergenerational Trauma (Psychology, Human Development) Download the guide from https://journeysinfilm.org/product/big-sonia/

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Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
Film and Music Production
History
Psychology
Social Science
U.S. History
World History
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Journeys in Film
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Big Sonia
Author:
Candice Vacin
James Clarke
Jamor Gaffney
Kate Fitzgerald
Mary Anne Kovacs
Sara Vacin
Date Added:
11/02/2018
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Curriculum Guide (Complete)
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When his village in Malawi is suffering from alternating floods and droughts, teenage William uses found materials to invent a windmill to provide power. He then connects it to a pump, saving his family and village from starvation. Lessons contain background information, CCSS Standards, step-by-step procedures, copy-ready handouts, and more. Lesson 1: The Environmental Crisis (Environmental Science) Lesson 2: Wind Power: History and Engineering (Engineering, World History) Lesson 3: Generating Electricity: Dollar Store Physics (Physics) Lesson 4: The Character of William Kamkwamba (English Language Arts) Lesson 5: Film as Literature: Understanding Tone (English Language Arts, Film Studies) Lesson 6: Helping the Children of Malawi (Economics, Social Studies, Service Learning) Download all lessons from https://journeysinfilm.org/product/the-boy-who-harnessed-the-wind/

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Applied Science
Economics
Engineering
English Language Arts
Environmental Science
History
Physical Science
Physics
Social Science
World History
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Author:
Glenn Klakring
James Monack
Lara Tukarski
Mary Anne Kovacs
Patricia Lawson
Richard Levergood
Tonya Montgomery
Date Added:
11/02/2019
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Discussion Guide
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When his village in Malawi is suffering from alternating floods and droughts, teenage William uses found materials to invent a windmill to provide power. He then connects it to a pump, saving his family and village from starvation. This discussion guide helps students understand the film about his invention, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Discussion guide topics include: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Meeting William What about You? Getting Involved Download the discussion guide at https://journeysinfilm.org/product/the-boy-who-harnessed-the-wind/.

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Applied Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
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Homework/Assignment
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Journeys in Film
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Author:
Eileen Mattingly
Date Added:
11/02/2019
Curriculum Guide for Beat the Drum (Complete)
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Beat the Drum is a contemporary South African film about the devastation of HIV/AIDS. It follows a young boy, Musa, who is orphaned after his parents die of the disease. To help his grandmother, he leaves his village to find his uncle in Johannesburg. As Musa makes the journey from his remote village to the city, the film follows his emotional quest for survival, understanding, and community.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Cultural Geography
Health, Medicine, and Nursing
Social Science
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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Journeys in Film
Provider Set:
Beat the Drum
Author:
Andrew Colley
Anne C. Chambers
Bengt Johnson
Don Link
Eder Williams
Laura Wood
Laura Zlatos
Lauren Wright
Serena Williams
Date Added:
01/12/2007
Curriculum Guide for Children of Heaven (Complete)
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When young Ali accidentally loses the only pair of shoes his little sister Zahra owns, the siblings attempt to hide the bad news from their poverty-stricken father and ill mother. They devise a scheme to share Ali’s own pair of worn sneakers until they can find a new pair of shoes for Zahra. The film showcases both modern and tradition Tehran and portrays a loving family trying to do their best.

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Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
Cultural Geography
Economics
English Language Arts
Film and Music Production
Gender Studies
Geology
History
Mathematics
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Religious Studies
Social Science
Visual Arts
World Cultures
World History
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Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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Journeys in Film
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Children of Heaven
Author:
Dede Sinclair
Deenah Dunkelman Mollin
Eileen Mattingly
John Egbert
Mari Haas
Pat McCarthy
Sarah Rainsberger
Date Added:
01/12/2005
Curriculum Guide for Defiant Requiem (Complete)
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Rafael Schächter, a brilliant Czech conductor, was arrested and sent to the concentration camp of Theresienstadt (Terezin) in 1941. This documentary explores a unique chapter in Holocaust history when prisoners used music and the arts to sustain their spirits and resist Nazi oppression of the. Soaring concert footage, survivor recollections, cinematic dramatizations, and animation bring this story to life.

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Art History
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
Composition and Rhetoric
English Language Arts
Film and Music Production
History
Musicology
Performing Arts
Political Science
Psychology
Social Science
Speaking and Listening
Visual Arts
World History
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Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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Journeys in Film
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Defiant Requiem
Author:
Jack Burton
Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge
Martin Kushner
Marybeth Duckett
Matthew McCormick
Tamara Freeman
Date Added:
01/12/2013
Curriculum Guide for Dying to Tell the Story (Complete)
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This documentary studies the motivations of journalists dedicated enough to risk their lives for a story. Amy Eldon searches for meaning in the death of her older brother, Reuters photographer Dan Eldon, one of five journalists attacked by a mob during the Somali famine in 1993. In the film, she interviews other journalists and the sole surviving witness to Dan’s death and considers the importance of journalism.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Business and Communication
Economics
Health, Medicine, and Nursing
History
Journalism
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Psychology
Social Science
Visual Arts
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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Journeys in Film
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Dying to Tell the Story
Author:
Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge
Laura Zlatos
Martin Kushner
Marybeth Duckett
Ryan Chamberlain
Sarah Franey
Date Added:
01/12/2014
Curriculum Guide for Happy (Complete)
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Happy is a documentary that leads viewers on a journey across five continents in search of the keys to happiness. Through cutting-edge science and through remarkable human stories from Namibia, Brazil, Bhutan, Kolkata, Louisiana, and more, the film leads us to a deeper understanding of why and how we can pursue more fulfilling, healthier, and happier lives.

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Arts and Humanities
Psychology
Social Science
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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Journeys in Film
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Happy
Author:
Leslie Comnes
Date Added:
01/12/2014
Curriculum Guide for He Named Me Malala (Complete)
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When 11-year-old blogger Malala Yousafzai began detailing her experiences in the Swat Valley of Pakistan for the BBC, she had no idea what momentous changes were coming in her life. Her father, Ziauddin, a school founder and dedicated teacher, was outspoken in his belief that girls, including his beloved daughter, had a right to an education. As they continued to speak out against restrictions imposed by extremists, Ziauddin received constant death threats, so many that he began to sleep in different places. But it was Malala who was almost killed, shot in the head by a gunman on her way home from school. Her survival and recovery have been little short of miraculous. She has continued her work for girls' education since her recovery.

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Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
Cultural Geography
Economics
English Language Arts
Film and Music Production
Gender Studies
Health, Medicine, and Nursing
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Social Science
Sociology
Speaking and Listening
World Cultures
World History
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Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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Journeys in Film
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He Named Me Malala
Author:
Anne Crossman Engles
Eileen Mattingly
Jack Burton
Kathryn Fitzgerald
Marty Kushner
Mary Anne Kovacs
Marybeth Duckett
Matt McCormick
Ryan Cunningham
Date Added:
01/12/2015
Curriculum Guide for Just Mercy (Complete)
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Just Mercy is a film centered around themes of empathy, equity, hope, and resilience. It is a story that uplifts marginalized voices who are typically unheard, unacknowledged, or deemed undeserving of mercy in the criminal justice system. The story follows Harvard Law School graduate Bryan Stevenson’s move to Alabama where he recognizes an urgent need to provide free legal assistance to minorities who have been unfairly sentenced.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Civics
Criminal Justice
English Language Arts
History
Law
Legal History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Journeys in Film
Provider Set:
Just Mercy
Author:
Anthony Whitten
Hershawna Frison
Élise Randall
Date Added:
01/12/2020
Curriculum Guide for Khalil Gibran's The Prophet (Complete)
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Poet and artist Mustafa continues his writing and painting under house arrest for many years. His housekeeper’s troubled, silent young daughter Almitra forms an unlikely friendship with him. When the authoritarian government orders him into exile, she trails along. On the way, Mustafa passes by a village wedding, an outdoor cafe?, and a marketplace and at each place, shares his wisdom with the townspeople.

Subject:
Art History
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
Film and Music Production
Philosophy
Social Science
Speaking and Listening
World Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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Journeys in Film
Provider Set:
Khalil Gibran's The Prophet
Author:
Anne Crossman Engles
Bengt Johnson
Jack Burton
Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge
Kathryn Fitzgerald
Laura Zlatos
Matt McCormick
Date Added:
01/12/2015
Curriculum Guide for Like Stars on Earth (Complete)
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Young Ishaa lives in an imaginative world of wonders like colors, fish, dogs, and kites, but the adults in his life are more interested in things like homework, grades, and neatness. When he gets into more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school. There an art teacher shares his joy and enthusiasm with the children and, with patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaa find himself.

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Anatomy/Physiology
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
Cultural Geography
Film and Music Production
Life Science
Mathematics
Performing Arts
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Psychology
Religious Studies
Social Science
Visual Arts
World Cultures
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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Journeys in Film
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Like Stars on Earth
Author:
Brad Woodward
Eileen Mattingly
Emily Mawhinney
Jennifer Malachowski
Jill Woodward
Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge
Laura Zlatos
Tiara Booker-Dwyer
Travia Fuller
Date Added:
01/12/2010
Curriculum Guide for Please Vote for Me (Complete)
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In a third-grade class at an elementary school in the city of Wuhan in central China, the teacher tries to teach about democracy by staging an election for class monitor. Three children vie for the office, indulging in all the low blows and character assassination of a typical Western-style election. Parents, living under the one-child policy, are drawn into the electoral fray.

Subject:
Agriculture
Arts and Humanities
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Cultural Geography
Film and Music Production
History
Languages
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Social Science
Visual Arts
World Cultures
World History
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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Journeys in Film
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Please Vote for Me
Author:
Anna Rutins
Brad Woodward
Eileen Mattingly
Jennifer Malachowski
Kathryn Fitzgerald
Lara Tukarski
Laura Zlatos
Date Added:
01/12/2012
Curriculum Guide for The Cup (Complete)
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Two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery in exile in India. Its serene atmosphere is disrupted by soccer fever, the chief instigator being a young student, the soccer enthusiast Orgyen. Determined to see the finals of the World Cup, he sets out to organize the rental of a TV set for the monastery. The enterprise becomes a test of solidarity, resourcefulness, and friendship for the students and monks.

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Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
Cultural Geography
Economics
English Language Arts
Film and Music Production
Mathematics
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Religious Studies
Social Science
Visual Arts
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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Journeys in Film
Provider Set:
The Cup
Author:
Dede Sinclair
Deenah Dunkelman Mollin
Eileen Mattingly
John Egbert
Mari Haas
Pat McCarthy
Sarah Rainsberger
Date Added:
01/12/2005
Curriculum Guide for The Dhamma Brothers (Complete)
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The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates at Donaldson Correctional Facility as they enter into the arduous and intensive program known as Vipassana meditation. This film has the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Composition and Rhetoric
Criminal Justice
English Language Arts
History
Life Science
Psychology
Religious Studies
Social Science
Sociology
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Journeys in Film
Provider Set:
The Dhamma Brothers
Author:
Bengt Johnson
Eileen Mattingly
Jenny Phillips
Jim Hopper
Marybeth Duckett
Stacey Gibson
Date Added:
01/12/2013
Curriculum Guide for The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (Complete)
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Morgan Freeman traveled almost 100,000 miles to trace the origins of the great world religions. He visits sacred sites—a Mayan temple in Guatemala, the ghats of India, Vatican City in Rome, the pyramids of Egypt, and more. He interviews monks and monsignors, imams and rabbis, scientists, and scholars. The film sheds a brilliant light on the remarkable and unmistakable similarities among different faiths. Lessons contain background information, CCSS Standards, step-by-step procedures, copy-ready handouts, and more. Lesson One: Hinduism Lesson Two: Buddhism Lesson Three: Judaism Lesson Four: Christianity Lesson Five: Islam Download all lessons from https://journeysinfilm.org/product/the-story-of-god/.

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Arts and Humanities
History
Religious Studies
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Journeys in Film
Provider Set:
The Story of God With Morgan Freeman
Author:
Bengt Johnson
Marty Kushner
Mary Anne Kovacs
Molly S. Lord-Garrettson
Ryan Chamberlain
Date Added:
11/02/2016
Curriculum Guide for The Way Home (Complete)
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Little Sang-woo doesn’t want to leave Seoul to live with his mute grandmother in the countryside, but his mother leaves him there while she looks for a new job. Fractious and ill-mannered, Sang-woo ignores and taunts his grandmother. When she won’t buy batteries for his toy, he even steals from her. But over time, and in the face of her unquestioning love, he learns to admire and respect her.

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Anatomy/Physiology
Arts and Humanities
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Cultural Geography
Economics
English Language Arts
Film and Music Production
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Physics
Social Science
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Journeys in Film
Provider Set:
The Way Home
Author:
Bengt Johnson
Brad Woodward
Dede Sinclair
Deenah Dunkelman Mollin
Eileen Mattingly
Jill Woodward
Jon Egbert
Laura Zlatos
Pat McCarthy
Sarah Rainsberger
Date Added:
01/12/2006
Curriculum Guide for Walden: A Game (Complete)
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Walden, A Game is a first-person simulation of the life of American philosopher Henry David Thoreau during his experiment in self-reliant living at Walden Pond in 1845. Players must survive by building a cabin and finding food and fuel. At the same time, in the beauty of the woods and the Pond, players experience reflective play as they experience living in nature over the course of a New England year. Lessons contain background information, CCSS Standards, step-by-step procedures, copy-ready handouts, and more. Lesson 1: Playing a Serious Game (Media Literacy) Lesson 2: Henry David Thoreau: A Life in Context (United States History, Environmental Science) Lesson 3: The Hudson River Painters (Visual Arts, Art History) Lesson 4: Modern Writing about Nature (English Language Arts) Lesson 5: A Wild Lens: Learning to Record Nature (Science, Language Arts, Art, Math) Download all lessons from https://journeysinfilm.org/product/walden/.

Subject:
American Literature
American Studies
Applied Science
Art History
Arts and Humanities
Composition and Rhetoric
English Language Arts
Environmental Science
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Game
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Journeys in Film
Provider Set:
Walden: A Game
Author:
Kate Fitzgerald
Lara Tukarski
Laura Zlatos
Mary Anne Kovacs
Date Added:
11/02/2018
Curriculum Guide for Whale Rider (Complete)
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A Maori village faces a crisis when the heir to the chiefdom dies at birth and is survived only by his twin sister, Pai. Disregarded by her grandfather, twelve-year-old Pai remains certain of her calling and trains herself in the ways and customs of her people. With remarkable grace and courage, she summons the strength to challenge and embrace a thousand years of tradition in order to fulfill her destiny.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Biology
Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
Film and Music Production
Gender Studies
History
Life Science
Mathematics
Political Science
Social Science
Visual Arts
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Journeys in Film
Provider Set:
Whale Rider
Author:
Bengt Johnson
Brad Woodward
Dede Sinclair
Deenah Dunkelman Mollin
Eileen Mattingly
Laura Zlatos
Pat McCarthy
Sarah Rainsberger
Date Added:
01/12/2006