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The Holocaust can be a difficult subject to teach. This Life is Beautiful movie study with discussion questions and lessons plans is great for teaching the Holocaust in an age-appropriate and insightful way.
Life is Beautiful is one of my all time favorite movies. It is poignant story of love, sacrifice, and hope set during the Holocaust. The first half is a romantic-comedy, centered around a poor Jewish-Italian waiter wanting to open a bookstore. Along the way, he uses his charm to sweep a young woman off of her feet (quite literally).
In the second half, he uses that same witty spirit and optimism to shield his son from the horrors of a concentration camp. Heartwarming and heart-wrenching, Life is Beautiful is one of those movies that will have you laughing and crying through the whole thing. The movie’s themes including the Holocaust, resilience, triumph of the human spirit, hope, and love.
At the Academy Awards, Life is Beautiful won 3 categories including Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, and were nominated for several others, including Best Picture.
This pack has six pages filled with worksheets, discussion questions, and lesson plans. This movie study is aimed at grades 7-12, and was designed to grow critical thinking skills as well as knowledge about the Holocaust. Discussion questions and other questions can be answered on notebook paper. These sheets are designed to be fluff-free, for going through as much or as little material as you’d like.
- About the Movie
- Discussion Questions (aimed at grades 7-12)
- Who is Guido? character study
- Humor in Tragedy (discussion questions and a compare and contrast of Life is Beautiful with Schindler’s List)
- Themes in Life is Beautiful
- The Holocaust