Teacher’s Guides

Liberating a Continent

John Paul II and the Fall of Communism

Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism vividly recounts one of history's greatest examples of the triumph of spiritual power over violence and oppression. This film poignantly captures the intricate role played by Pope St. John Paul II in the fall of communism and the liberation of central and Eastern Europe. Narrated by Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ and Person of Interest), learn the incredible story of one man's unwavering faith born of deep personal suffering, his steadfast defense of the dignity of the human person amidst the horrors of Nazi and Soviet Occupation, and his unyielding belief in the spiritual unity of Europe.Liberating a Continent powerfully reveals how these convictions toppled an evil empire — and how they remain today the moral foundations for a prosperous and free Europe. Click here to receive a FREE electronic copy of this Teacher's Guide. This Teacher's Guide comes with a free DVD of the Knights of Columbus documentary, Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism, and contains 12 lessons to use with high school and middle school students. You may use each lesson to accompany a screening of the whole film, or a shorter section. 

Each lesson features:

  • Time-stamps for the part of the movie the lesson focuses on

  • A pre-viewing activity and post-viewing activity. 

  • Handous at two reading levels, where appropriate

  • All handouts and materials

  • A complete answer key

The Viewing Guide appendix contains fill-in-the-blank questions that students can answer as they watch the video, or afterwards. You may assign some, all, or none of these questions for each lesson. The Key Terms appendix provides basic definitions of vocabulary words important to lessons. The Historical Figures appendix provides short biographies of individuals important in the film and the story of Pope St. John Paul II. Click here to receive a FREE electronic copy of this Teacher's Guide. Click here to stream the documentary.

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