Dying to Tell the Story

Dan Eldon heads to a famine-ridden region in Africa, where he hopes to document the struggle and heartbreak of those experiencing the war-torn conditions. The photojournalist leaves behind his comfortable life in London. This narrative film follows Dan’s life story.


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This curriculum was originally designed to correspond with the documentary film about Dan Eldon’s life, Dying to Tell the Story, available on Youtube.  The guide corresponds equally well with The Journey is the Destination, a narrative film that tells the powerful story of Dan Eldon’s life. You could also use the lessons without either film, drawing on the background information on Eldon’s life provided in the guide.

Film runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Film rating: Not rated. Includes graphic images of war violence. The lessons in this guide were created for High School students.

These materials could also be used in college classrooms, with adult learning groups, community organizations, and religious groups seeking to discuss the film.

Dying to Tell the Story Curriculum Guide

Lesson 1: Characterizing a Legacy (English Language Arts, Visual Literacy)
Lesson 2: Making an Illustrated Journal (Visual Arts)
Lesson 3: Photojournalism as a Career (Career Studies)
Lesson 4: Somalia: A Case Study (World History)
Lesson 5: Bosnia: A Case Study (World History)
Lesson 6: A Hungry Planet (Economics)
Lesson 7: What is PTSD? (Social Studies, Health, Psychology)
Lesson 8: Photographs That Changed History (Social Studies, Photography)

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Sustainable Development Goals

Journeys in Film supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

This curriculum guide connects to the following United Nations SDGs. Learn more about teaching with SDGs: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education/sdgs/material.

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Royal blue background with white 16 in the upper left hand corner. Text beside it, white, reads: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Central image, all white, is a dove with an olive branch in its beak, legs resting on a gavel.

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