When we got to ancient Egypt, several of the documentaries named the big budget, big star version of "Cleopatra", and used film excerpts. Okay, then, let's watch it. And we did (after getting the principal's permission).
Have you seen the 1963 version of Cleopatra? It was pretty racy for then, and a bit still. (Beats me how it ever got the same "G" rating as Disney's Mary Poppins and Jungle Book of the same era.)
You know what's coming, right?
The day the education police came to visit our alternative school, attendance was down, including in world history. It's was just D.J., me, and Cleo... We recapped what we had watched so far, then pushed "Start".
The parade scene began, and D.J. leaned in. He scooted forward, leaned forward, and honestly, I'm pretty sure his jaw dropped. And that's when the door opened...and quickly closed.
It was all I could do to not bust out laughing when I saw the principal and visitor. And bless her heart, the principal came through.
We both got a good laugh as she told me about the visitor's reaction, and how she calmly offered to show him my lesson plans aligned to state standards. Priceless!