Teacher's Guide: Suggestions for Classroom Activities
To help students think of what use they might want to make of the time machine, you might have them think of tragic events in U.S. history they might want to try to prevent (like an assassination), positive events they might want to witness (like the end of a war), or persons they might want to meet (such as a favorite writer).
Students may want to review this 1966 article by Edward Jay Epstein, which outlines a number of the conspiracy theories.
To help students understand how the Cold War might have affected Americans' reaction to the Kennedy assassination, you might ask the class how Americans might react today if a high-level public official were assassinated. Might many Americans suspect that international terrorists were involved even if there were little or no evidence to support this theory?
As an example of the kinds of questions raised by the 9/11 terrorist attacks that require a better understanding of world affairs, you may want to cite President Bush's statement shortly after the attacks: "Americans are asking, why do they hate us?"
Students may want to explore the 9-11 Commission's official Web site in their research. To open the discussion of whether Americans today are as willing to accept the judgments of "wise men" as they were in the 1960s, you might want to read this statement by journalist Edward Jay Epstein (quoted in the film): "When the Warren Report came out in September of 1964 it was universally accepted by the establishment media. If one reads LIFE magazine or what Dan Rather, reporter, said on CBS, it was taken as almost as a Biblical pronouncement." Was the same thing true when the 9/11 Commission issued its report?