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***Google Classroom Compatible – these Microsoft Word documents can also be saved as Google Docs and used in Google or other digital classrooms


***Google Classroom Compatible – these Microsoft PowerPoint files can also be saved as Google Slides and used in Google or other digital classrooms


***Updated to also include a "fact vs. fiction" handout option for students to consider the historical accuracy of the film.


This download includes both the 4 pages of handouts (in PDF and fully editable MS WORD, AND the 25-slide PowerPoint with questions and activities related to the film)


This resource was designed to guide students in analyzing and thinking critically about the film Moana. 15 different questions and activities help students to consider the geography, science, history, influences, plot elements, metaphors, and other connections in the film. The accompanying PowerPoint slides highlight each question or activity as well, complete with directions, rich visuals, graphics, links to videos, moving GIFs and much more.


These activities could work for 3rd grade through 8th grade. Elementary grades may need to have some of the questions and activities modeled, modified, scaffolded, or given the option to select a certain number of questions to tackle (e.g. pick 10 of the 15 to answer).


Questions and activities include: geography of Hawaii, History of Polynesian voyaging, science of volcanoes forming the Hawaiian islands, learning common words and phrases in Hawaiian, analyzing character prototypes (protagonist, antagonist, anti-hero, etc.), plot elements (background, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), comparing and contrasting mentor voices in Moana's life (Venn Diagram), connections to literature (Beowulf), thinking critically about Moana's growth throughout the story, Te Fiti vs. Te Ka, understanding metaphors (the Ocean, the Heart of Te Fiti, the Hook), the "moral" of the story, entertainment versus education, Moana versus other recent Disney heroines, and much more. Pick and choose what you want your students to focus on...

MOANA MOVIE GUIDE - analyzing geography, science, history, & more (notes & PPT)

  • Grade Level:


  • Pages:

    25 slides and 4 pages of follow-along notes/graphic ogranizers
  • Subject(s):

    History, Movies, Geography, Science, Literature

  • Format(s):

    Zip with PowerPoint, Word, PDF

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