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Fiddler on the Roof Hollywood vs. History Unit



Fiddler on the Roof has been a top-ranked musical film since it was released in 1971.  This timeless classic centers around a traditional Jewish family living in Ukraine until pogroms force them to immigrate to the United States.  It is ideal viewing for any student studying tsarist pogroms and the build-up to the Russian Revolution (World History) as well as the "push factors" that led to American immigration at the turn of the last century (United States History).


Fiddler is still performed regularly throughout the United States.  Because the story is the same in both the stage and movie versions, you can use this workbook with a viewing of either.


Our ten-page booklet is designed to accompany a viewing of this program.  It includes a word search "pre-viewing" activity, to introduce some of the vocabulary students will encounter in the film.  The "viewing" activity involves taking notes on each major character (listed in alphabetical order) and answering twenty questions (in chronological order).  The "post-viewing" activity involves three critical thinking essay questions.


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What is the "Hollywood vs. History" series?

We absolutely love it when we find the perfect video to fit into a lesson.  But finding the perfect video can be hard.  Common questions include:  Is this movie historically accurate?  Is this movie appropriate to show to kids?  Is this movie merely entertaining, or is it truly educative?

This series is designed to integrate quality video into the classroom.  Video engages students on the audio-visual level of learning, and provides insight into time and place that text alone cannot give.  After all, "a picture is worth a thousand words." 

We start by carefully selecting educative and entertaining movies and documentary films that fit a particular historical period.  We then create an educational unit around each video.  Instead of passively watching a video, our Hollywood vs. History series engages learners.  Vocabulary is introduced and used.  Recall and critical thinking questions reinforce the lesson.

  • Students learn the history of a time period on a deeper, more meaningful level.

  • Visual learners are actively engaged in the learning process.

  • Students control the learning experience.  Educators simply need to provide the video (available at the local library) and workbook.  No other materials are needed.

  • This unit can be part of a larger historical study, or can be used as a stand-alone lesson plan.

  • Appropriate for any student aged 12 and up.


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November 22nd, 2011
Fiddler on the Roof has always been a family favorite in our household. I was so excited when I saw the "Fiddler on the Roof": Hollywood vs. History Unit, I knew this would be an excellent way to use to film as an educational tool. The histor [...]
November 4th, 2011
We loved this activity!! I could have never come up with these questions on my own. It helped my son follow the story!! They loved the movie and I think it is because of the help of the questions!! I would recommend it for anyone that has children that [...]
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