The Reel History of the World: History & Film

National Council for the Social Studies

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In today’s society, film is a part of popular culture and is relevant to students’ everyday lives. The purpose of this article is to provide teachers with a rationale and model for teaching world history with film. This article will also provide teachers with a filmography that can be used to help teach world history. For more resources from the National Council for the Social Studies, visit

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June 2017
An incredible resource with general tips for teaching history with film as well as specific film recommendations with guidance. Outstanding.