20th Century World History Video Guides
These guides are meant to help students record and reflect upon the important points made in the corresponding documentaries. It is my hope over the coming weeks and months to add to this section considerably. If there are any requests for specific documentaries I can consider doing those quickly.
This docudrama combines archival footage with re-inactiments to create a concise telling of one of the most complicated and far-reaching events of the 20th century. The Treaty of Versailles in 1919 that brought an official end to World War I laid the foundation for the majority of the conflicts of the 20th century despite the intentions of its architects. The worksheets that the students use while watching this video include both simple questions that they can answer while viewing and more in-depth, discussion style questions where the teacher would pause the video to engage the class.
• Produced By: NFB
• Initial Release: 2009
• Handouts: Fill in notes and discussion questions
• Length: ~90 minutes
Apocalypse: The Second World War
This captivating documentary series takes an in-depth look at the Second World War through the eyes of those who lived through it: the soldiers, the victims, and the political and military leaders. Using archival footage – most of it previously unseen and now colorized – this series provides an intimate and breath-taking examination of history’s most devastating war. This is a six-part series with a worksheet for each episode. There is an optional assignment that goes along with this series that the students will complete after watching all six episodes.
• Produced By: CC&C ECPAD
• Initial Release: 2009
• Handouts: Fill in notes for each episode with a final assignment
• Length: Six parts each ~52 minutes
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War
This four-part series examines the power of propaganda during the era of the Cold War. It covers the entire era from the wend of WWII to the fall of the U.S.S.R. This is an excellent series for any high school class studying the Cold War as it is narrated in an engaging manner with poignant images and film. There is a worksheet of questions for each episode that the students can answer as they watch or simply take jot-notes to use to answer fully afterwards.
• Produced By: CBC
• Initial Release: 2011
• Handouts: Fill in notes & questions
• Length: Four parts each ~44 minutes