Hollywood or History?

Engaging Secondary Students With US History

What and Why?

Teaching and learning through Hollywood movies is anything but a new approach and has been something of a mainstay in the classroom for nearly a century. However, purposeful and effective instruction through film is not problem-free and there are many challenges that accompany classroom applications of Hollywood motion pictures. In response to the problems and possibilities associated with teaching through film, Dr. Scott L. Roberts of Central Michigan University has developed a collection of practical, classroom-ready lesson ideas that might bridge gaps between theory and practice and assist teachers endeavoring to make effective use of film in their classrooms based on a inquiry-focused strategy called Hollywood or History?


The use of film can serve as a powerful tool in the social studies classroom and, where appropriately utilized, foster critical thinking and civic mindedness. In addition to a focus on film, Dr. Roberts will also discuss The NCSS College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) framework and offer multiple resources and strategies for bring inquiry into your history classroom.

Attendees will receive:

  • Effective instructional practices for using film in the classroom
  • Dr. Roberts' edited book Hollywood or History?: An Inquiry-based Strategy for Using Film to Teach US History
  • 23 lesson plans
  • 4 additional Hollywood or History? U.S. History lesson plans not included in the book,
  • Guided development of their own Hollywood or History? lesson plans
  • Lunch on the first day and dinner remaining 3 days
  • Up to 16.75 SCECHs

One Full Day and Three Evening Sessions

Thursday, Aug. 8th, 8am-3pm

2413 West Maple Avenue

Flint, MI

All Session will take place in Room ABCD

Cost is $150 with 30 participants minimum


Evening Sessions


  • Monday, September 30, 2019 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Monday, October 28, 2019 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

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