6-8U.S. History Kentucky

Disney’s Pocahontas

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the Disney effect, and how it affects how we view the world, including prominent historical figures like Pocahontas. Students will investigate historic accounts of Pocahontas’s life from the point of view of both Natives and English as well as direct clips from the Disney movies one and two. By comparing and contrasting both of these accounts, students are able to investigate deeper into how Disney altered the life of a historical figure for a movie. Students are expected to learn that history is not always ‘simple,’ ‘safe,’ or ‘Disneyfied.’