We just finished lesson 9 in All American History Jr Volume 2. The lessons plans suggested we watch The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band.
I had never heard of this movie but am so glad we rented it from Netflix. Especially after this past presidential election, it provided a humorous look at politics.
The setting of the movie is 1888 and Grover Cleveland is running against Benjamin Harrison for president.
Here are some tips to use when watching it.
Play I Spy Musical Instruments
In the opening act the family is rehearsing, try to identify the instruments that each member is playing.
These are the instruments we identified:
drum, cymbals, piccolo, tuba, trumpet, recorder, trombone, banjo, flute, and shakers. If some of these instruments are new to your student try researching them before watching the movie.
Make sure your students understand the Electoral College and popular vote. This will help to understand how Cleveland received the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College.
In many of the songs the family sings about a lot of historical events: Valley Forge, Lincoln and the Civil War,
Patrick Henry’s famous speech, Nathan Hale, and Paul Revere. It was a great review of what we have learned in American history up to this point.
Only 38 states were in the Union when the election happened. Identify those states. These states were NOT states yet: Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
Locate the Black Hills of South Dakota on a map. This is the area that Joe Carder wanted Republicans to move to.
Do you know what soft shoe tapping is? The father does a nice skit of soft shoe tapping. Maybe you would like to try a dance skit of your own.
1) Does music really cross all boundaries? The father explains that even through he is a Republican he feels he can sing a song about electing a Democrat.
2) Should a Republican sing at the Democratic Convention?
3) Would you move your family to a new area for political reasons?
4) Do you think a president should win the popular vote and the Electoral College to become president?
*Warning a feisty brawl breaks out when Harrison is elected by the Electoral College after losing the popular vote. There are men drinking beer at the party.
I added this post as a PDF The-One-and-Only
If you stop by 7sistershomeschool they have a post on making White Christmas into a fun study. I have never seen it so on the list it goes.