Resources for Freedom Summer 1964

This recollection from one of our most beloved singer/storytellers is among many riveting moments from American Experience’s Freedom Summer, airing on WGBY on June 24 at 9p.  The film documents 10 memorable weeks in 1964 when more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.  For educator resources Continue reading

The Great Gatsby Curve Lesson Plan

Whether The Great Gatsby or economics are part of your curriculum, students can benefit from this video and the lesson from which it’s taken.  The lesson introduces a new economic theory to students through the classic novel and its latest film version.  Additionally, it provides a simulation where resources are not equally distributed and students have an authentic opportunity to experience inequality. Continue reading

New PBS LearningMedia Content from D-Day 360

We are happy to unveil new PBS LearningMedia content from D-Day 360, a documentary premiering TONIGHT, 5/27 on PBS that commemorates the 70th Anniversary of D-Day (6/6/2014). PBS LearningMedia not only has the full program available, but it is also broken down by chapters and video clips for easy use in the classroom. Continue reading

Students Create Mini-documentaries — No Media Experience Required!

SudansSecretSide2Teachers and students can use a free online video editor and professional footage from a public television series to edit and publish their own 1-3 minute docs about North Africa.  Lessons materials allow students to learn about current, global issues and create products in an innovative, hands-on multimedia learning environment, with each of six topics aligning to Common Core Standards. Continue reading

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

This week PBS LearningMedia supports Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month by highlighting the artists, craftsmen and other creative thinkers whose lives have been shaped by their cultural heritage. Featured resources align with social studies and language arts curriculum and encourage students to explore their own cultural identity. Continue reading

Appreciating Teachers Every Day

While we value and support teachers every day of the year, during Teacher Appreciation Week we extend a special “thank you” to all teachers who work every day to educate and enrich students’ lives and futures.  We hope you appreciate yourselves every day, but this week you might want to treat yourself to that mocha latte or to take more time for exercising or curling up with a favorite book, preferably both!  Continue reading

Live, Interactive Webcast on April 10 Engages Students in Dynamic Democracy

indexProject C:  Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement is a three-year series of free electronic field trips taking place throughout the civil rights fiftieth anniversary years of 2013-2015.  Project C, which also provides a Teacher Resource Guide, focuses on the role of citizenship in a democracy through the study of historical events and the past to teach the importance of civic engagement in a humane, civil and just society.  Archived electronic field trips with classroom resources are also available. Continue reading

For The Gettysburg Address – A Film, Advanced Screenings and A Packaged DVD

pPBS3-16931518dtOn April 15 at 9pm, WGBY airs “The Address,” a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns that tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, where each year students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.  WGBY is also hosting an advanced screening of the film in our area this Sunday, April 6.   And, from WGBY’s Lending Library, you can borrow Gettysburg and the Civil War (I.D. 2407), a package containing a documentary film plus photos, documents, maps and other memorabilia relating to that epic event.   Continue reading

New Classroom Content for The Story of the Jews

Tonight at 8:oo WGBY debuts The Story of the Jews.  The story follows noted historian, author and critic Simon Schama as he explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day in this epic five-part series.  PBS LearningMedia is proud to unveil its collection of classroom-ready videos and articles from the series, now live on the service.

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