Please note:  not all films listed below may be shown, and some may only be shown in part.  Please contact Ms. Given with any questions or concerns. 

Students will also view regular news segments and programming from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, PBS and other media outlets, as well as various periodicals, such as magazine and online sources. These sources are designed to keep students informed of current developments in politics and the government.

The instructional materials used at Hollis Brookline High School represent a broad range of knowledge, viewpoints, and experiences as well as a diversity of religious, ethnic, and cultural groups.  Materials support curricular goals, stimulate academic growth, and provide students an opportunity to practice critical analysis while developing the ability to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.  We recognize that at times students and parents may object to some instructional material.  If a parent wishes to have their student exempt from the use of any material, such as a video or novel utilized in a class, they must notify the teacher within the first ten days of the course. It is strongly encouraged that the parent and student meet with the teacher to discuss the alternative material and/or any alternative assignments that coincide with the change in material.

If you have questions about the selection of course materials, please review the HBHS Cooperative School Board Policy IIA Instructional and Library Media Materials which can be found here.

Anticipated Media ~ 2015-2016 


ABC News Presents The Century with Peter Jennings. ABC Studios, 1999. DVD.

The American Experience. Dir. Eric Neudel. Prod. Eric Neudel. By Steve Fayer, Jason Robards,  and David G. McCullough. WETA-TV, 1991.

Amistad. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Perf. Anthony Hopkins. DreamWorks Pictures, 1997. DVD. 

The Atomic Cafe. Dir. Jayne Loader and Kevin Rafferty. New Yorker Films, 1982. DVD.

Cinderella Man. Prod. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Perf. Paul Giamatti, Russell Crowe.   Universal Pictures, 2005.

The Civil War. Prod. Ken Burns. Dir. Ken Burns. By Ken Burns and Ken Burns. WETA-TV, 1990. DVD.

Forrest Gump. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. By Eric Roth. Perf. Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field, and Mykelti Williamson. Paramount Pictures, 1994.

The History Channel Presents The Presidents. The History Channel, 2005. DVD.

Malcolm X. Dir. Spike Lee. Prod. Spike Lee. By Spike Lee and Arnold Perl. Perf. Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, and Al Freeman. Warner Bros., 1992.

Mississippi Burning. Dir. Alan Parker. Perf. Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe. Orion Pictures, 1988. DVD.

New Perspectives on the West. Prod. Ken Burns and Steven Ives. WETA-TV, 1996.

Saving Private Ryan. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Prod. Steven Spielberg. By Robert Rodat. Perf.  Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, and Tom Sizemore. DreamWorks Pictures, 1998. DVD.

The Untouchables. Dir. Brian De Palma. Perf. Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert DeNiro.   Paramount Pictures, 1987. DVD.

The War. Prod. Ken Burns. Dir. Lynn Novick. WETA-TV, 2007. DVD.


Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That     

    Changed America. New York: Crown, 2003. Print.

Loewen, James W. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got 

    Wrong. New York: New, 2008. Print.

Minear, Richard H., Theodor Seuss Geisel, Seuss, and Art Spiegelman. Dr. Seuss Goes to War:  the World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel. New York: New, 1999. Print.

Seuss, Dr. The Butter Battle Book. New York: Random House, 1984. Print.Dr. Seuss Goes to War

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