War Horse is based on the young adult novel by Michael Morpurgo, first published in 1982. While the film is rated PG-13, it’s perfect for families with older children!
For classrooms learning about World War I, the Scholastic Teacher’s Guide could be used following Christmas break after students have had the chance to see War Horse in theaters.
Some students find history an interesting subject and love learning about events that happened decades ago. And others, like myself, need a little help to keep focused and interested in the subjects. War Horse and Scholastic have released a teacher’s guide that can be used to help start discussions and fuel history lessons on World War I.
Lesson plans include a comparison of teen life in 1914 compared to their lives today with an analysis of education, communication and transportation; a worksheet for students to create a scene dramatizing history; worksheet for students to take home and answer questions regarding memories and emotions.
DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse,” director Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set in the beautiful countryside of rural England and Europe during the First World War. “War Horse” begins with bond between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. “War Horse” will be released in theaters on December 25, 2011. “Like” WAR HORSE on Facebook.