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Pre-Viewing Lesson Plan
  • The Era That Shaped Oswald
  • Student Handout: Part One: What Do You Know About JFK?
  • Student Handout: Part Two: Checking Your Answers

  • Viewing Lesson Plan
  • Student Viewing Guide
  • Student Handout: Student Viewing Guide

  • Post-Viewing Lesson Plan
  • The "Trial" of Lee Harvey Oswald

  • Extending the Lesson
  • Trying to Make Sense of the World
  • "Truth" and "Fiction"

  • Internet Resources

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    » Viewing Lesson Plan

    Student Viewing Activity:
     "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?"


    » Lesson Objectives:

    In this lesson, students will:

    • Watch the documentary, "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?"

    • Practice critical observation and thinking skills as they view the documentary and take notes

    • Follow and take notes on the character, expert, or people they have been assigned. This will allow students to become "specialists" on one aspect of this film and then, through the Post-Viewing Activity, to share their knowledge with their classmates

    » Materials Needed:

    » Time Needed:

    Three hours for viewing the documentary (Note: This could be an extra credit assignment for out-of-school viewing.)

    » Procedure:

    1. Give students the viewing guide, and assign them a "character," "expert," or "other people" to follow. Depending on the size of your class, you may assign more than one student to each person.

    2. Inform them that Oswald's story is a complex one. If students completed the Pre-Viewing Activity, "The Era That Shaped Oswald," their notes will help them as they follow Oswald's life and actions.

    3. Inform students that, after viewing the film, they will be using their viewing notes to "testify" on behalf of the person they are following in the trial Oswald might have had if he had not been shot by Jack Ruby.

    » Method of Assessment

    Students should be prepared to submit the notes they took during the film.

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