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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.
This movie opens an opportunity to ask your children about other “historical” events portrayed in popular media. Some questions you may want to ask include:
What is the movie industry’s primary goal—to educate or entertain?
Is it possible for movies based on historical facts to create misunderstandings or confusion?
Where might you find reputable information?
For The King and I, here are two Internet suggestions:
First, go to the source—in this case Thailand—where you can find a page of information about His Majesty King Mongkut located at: www.kmitnb.ac.th/KingMongkut/kingmke.html
At the Smithsonian Magazine website, a page describes (and shows) a bust of Mongkut that was commissioned by his son eight years after his death. It was first exhibited at the U.S. Centennial Exposition in 1876. The accompanying article provides a concise history of Mongkut along with information about Leonowens. It can be found at: