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Teaching the Film RADIOACTIVE: Marie Curie's Life and Legacy

Teaching the Film RADIOACTIVE: Marie Curie's Life and Legacy
August 6, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
1 hour
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Grade Level Grades 9-12, Professional Development


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Join the Director of Radioactive, Marjane Strapi, the American Federation of Teachers, Amazon Studios, and Blueshift Education for a webinar on Amazon Studios' newest movie, Radioactive.

Radioactive is a biopic full-length film based on the life of Marie Curie. Awarded two Nobel Prizes, the first in physics (1903) for the discovery of the phenomenon of radioactivity, and the second in chemistry (1911) for the discovery of the radioactive elements polonium and radium, Marie Curie remains one of the most formidable and accomplished scientists of our time. Her body of scientific work gave birth to the idea of particle physics, changed our perception of matter and the universe, and led to monumental developments ranging from nuclear energy to treatments for cancer.

To inform and inspire future generations of students, Amazon Studios and Blueshift Education have developed three unique lessons for upper middle and high school educators on how to use Radioactive in their classrooms. These inquiry-based lessons can be incorporated into units on the history of science, the history of women in science, and the process of scientific discovery. The lessons can also be a tool for strengthening critical media literacy using film, and for thoughtful reflection and connection to the legacy of Marie Curie’s work today. Each lesson includes curated short film clips, primary and secondary source material, and inquiry-based activities to help students delve deeply into these lesson topics.

NOTE: Radioactive is a biopic of Marie Curie’s life. A biopic is a dramatization of the real-life events of a person’s life, and the writer, director, and actors use artistic license to interpret Marie Curie’s story - including the timeline, events, and characterizations of people represented in the film.

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On Demand version is available in closed captioning in English and Spanish.

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is now a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements and an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved Professional Development provider.



SLIDES for AFT_v1.pdf

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RADIOACTIVE - Main Trailer - Starring Rosamund Pike
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3 Reviews
Excellent presentation. I'll definetly use it to teach my student. Thank you.
August 07, 2020
August 06, 2020
Very well done. Direct tie to what I teach.
Edward McEleney
August 06, 2020
Sharon Dwyer-Singh
August 06, 2020