Unit Studies Based on Popular Movies

Unit Studies Based on Popular Movies

Unit Studies Based on Popular Movies is a freebie to help your homeschoolers have a change of pace in their learning adventures.

Movies offer a fun way to create unit studies that the entire family can enjoy. Movie-based unit studies are marvelous tools for:

  • Starting a new topic of study
  • Taking a break from the usual studies
  • Fun educational experiences

Here are links to posts on 7SistersHomeschool.com where we share unit studies we have created with our families, based on movies we love.


Movies Based on Fairy Tales for Unit Study


Tall Tale Unit Study based on Movies


  • To be used with 7Sisters Tall Tale Writing Guide


Christmas Movies:

What are your favorite movies? You can probably find ways to create a quick and inspiring unit study for your homeschoolers.

After you finish these unit studies, take a look at Cinema Studies for Literature Learning (not a part of this freebie)

When your homeschool high schoolers are ready to delve into some serious movie-based studies, why not take a full year and for your teens’ literature credit do: Cinema Studies for Literature Learning.

  • Cinema Studies for Literature Learning is a series of study guides that can be done one at a time or as a full-year high school course for literature learning using the medium of movies.
  • This course is a true Literature credit because movies as part of the work that earns that credit if they practice analysis skills like the ones explored in this guide.

Cinema Studies for Literature Learning curriculum is geared to the visual learner in high school, to those who are reluctant readers or for whom reading is very time-consuming, and to those who love movies!

Good movies tell good stories, and good storytelling requires the use of traditionally respected literary devices and techniques. With a little help from a study guide, many movies introduce the viewer to excellent literature that is being presented in a visual medium.

This format for literature study is a great option for high school students who become overwhelmed with a demanding reading list. Can you REALLY use movies as literature? While reading books is still a necessary part of a teen’s high school education, placing the ANALYSIS of literature primarily in the arena of movies is a good option for some students.

As with all curriculum from 7Sisters, we aim for no-busywork and no-overkill, instead offering teens a chance to build critical thinking skills while earning high school credit.

What people are saying:

“We did our first movie last week. All four of my teens LOVED it. It’s a great fit for my family.” -A.M.

Here’s how Sabrina Justison’s Cinema Studies for Literature Learning guides work.

  • Each study guide asks the student to read the introductory material, watch the movie once (answering questions as they go, occasionally pausing the video), and then take a week to think a bit about the ideas and the literary devices they observed. Ideally, students should discuss their answers with someone else to enhance the learning process.
  • Students then watch the movie a second time after the questions and ideas have had some time to take root, then write in response to the suggested assignment at the end of the study guide. Writing assignments assume a certain degree of basic understanding on the part of the student regarding paragraph structure and essay form. (If your teen has not practiced essay writing, we recommend that you look into a writing guide like Introductory Guide to High School Essay Writing by Marilyn Groop, available in the ebookstore here.)
  • Here’s a fun post with ways to use these movies and the book that goes with them.

A full-year high school course in ebook .pdf format including study guides for the following movies:

You can click to view an excerpt from each of the included guides when you view their individual product descriptions. Click a title above, or navigate here to choose the individual title you would like to explore! Each title includes an excerpt you can view near the bottom of the guide’s description.

Elements of Literature brought into focus in Cinema Studies for Literature Learning include:

  • Theme
  • Universal and Personal Symbolism
  • Satire
  • Archetype
  • Motivation
  • Internal and External Conflict
  • Static and Dynamic Characters
  • Extended Metaphor
  • Father and Son Stories
  • Fiction as Social Commentary
  • Suspension of Disbelief
  • Dramatic Foils
  • The Nature of Heroism
  • Irony
  • Foreshadowing
  • Composite Characters
  • Classic 3-Act Plot Structure
  • Sub-plot
  • Deus Ex Machina
  • Farce
  • Bildungsroman (Coming of Age Story)
  • Fairy Tales, Legends, Myths, and Allegories
  • Juxtaposition
  • Allusion

Cinema Studies for Literature Learning curriculum explores the important IDEAS of story-telling and the power stories have to shape individuals, groups of people, and even entire cultures using the visual medium of movies…all while earning Level 2 Average credit in literature toward the core English/Language Arts credit that must be recorded on the transcript each year in high school.

May your movie-watching be fun (and sometimes educational)!

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