Learning American History Through Movies & Free Timeline
I could not find a chronological list of movies of American History so I made the one below. Join our Homeschool with Movies Facebook Group for more movie suggestions.
First I created a timeline from 1630 to 2000 into 12 eras and listed the most important people and events. (You can download a 8.5×11 printable version below. ) Then I found period movies for each time period listed below (I will continue to add to this list).
Download this Timeline at the Bottom of this Post
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Then we made a timeline on a white board
I used sticky notes to record people and events as we watched movies (the timeline is not just for movies but to record any American events we learned about during reading or other subjects). This really helped put events in chronological order when we watch science documentaries or series like “How the States Got Their Shapes” which bounce around in time periods.
Where or How to Get the Movies
Try searching your TV for shows to record on TV. Most the movies below are available through Amazon used. Most can be watched online free through Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Netflix.
AMAZON PRIME NOTE: If you have Amazon Prime and click on an Amazon Prime Movie with a price listed you just need to log in to see the movie free.
Are Movies a Lazy Way to Teach?
Is Movie Homeschooling, homeschooling? Don’t fee guilty using movies to teach. We are hardwired for stories. Jesus used stories to teach. You don’t get brownie points for teaching with dry boring textbooks. Use a movie as a jump off place for further research. When your children start asking things like “Is that why J. P. Morgan worked with Edison?” you know they are learning, thinking and remembering.
American History Overview
Free w Amazon Prime