Pocahontas, From Fiction to Fact: Using Disney’s Film to Teach the True Story
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As a wrap-up to this unit, ask the students to consider the three films that they have seen and to decide the true facts of Pocahontas’ life. Have them rate the three movies and weigh the good and bad points of each. Have them decide which has the greatest entertainment value and which has the greatest factual value. Determine whether this study has changed their opinions of Indians in general and Pocahontas in particular. It is at this point that the children will be asked to extend the conclusions reached here t o other films and videos that they view. It is hoped that they will be able to begin to make such leaps after comparing the three versions of the story.