Argo Wins Best Picture
Did you or your students watch the Oscars last night? Have you seen the Oscar winning movie Argo? Our NEW lesson plan on Jimmy Carter features a page about the true life “Canadian Caper,” the top-secret mission that allowed six Americans to exit safely from Iran. Listen to Jimmy Carter talk about Ben Affleck’s version.
“…90% of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian.” ~Jimmy Carter
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Ask your students how they feel about Hollywood movies that fictionalize history? Is it necessary to introduce elements such as high speed chases that did not take place? Is it fair to leave out important characters who are crucial to the story? Our Jimmy Carter lesson plan will give you some more ideas for talking about Argo and the true Iranian hostage crisis in class. We hope it inspires you to watch the award-winning film with your students in order to compare the true version to the fictionalized version. Here is a documentary about the escape that you may also be interested in watching with your students.
Daniel Day-Lewis wins best actor for Lincoln
We also have an American Presidents lesson plan on Abraham Lincoln. Your students may be interested in learning about this historic figure now that Daniel Day-Lewis won his third Oscar for best actor!
Tara Benwell is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry. She is the media director and head writer for ESL-Library. Her debut novel, The Proper Order of Things is available on Amazon and in the iBookstore. Website: http://www.tarabenwell.com Twitter: @tarabenwell