Saint Valentine Treats for the Classroom

tumblr_mi7t86cHcw1qd4fqho3_500On this day that celebrates, here are some lovely PBS LearningMedia resources to help you and students of all ages embrace the spirit of Saint Valentine:

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A Must-See Video for Black History Month

We have received a new DVD, just in time for Black History Month. Narrated by Denzel Washington, images documents the renowned and historic 1963 March on Washington for jobs and freedom. It was a watershed moment of the civil rights movement and brought together a huge coalition of powerful and revered civil rights organizations, labor unions, and civil rights leaders. Continue reading

Did Shakespeare Really Write Shakespeare?

pPBS3-16671508regSir Derek Jacobi leads an impressive cast featuring actress Vanessa Redgrave and actor Mark Rylance on a quest to uncover the truth behind the world’s most elusive author, William Shakespeare, and discovers a forgotten nobleman whose story could solve the mystery and rewrite history.  The video is titled Last Will & Testament.  Borrow this fascinating DVD for a month by clicking here.  You’ll also find scores of teaching and learning resources on the bard at PBS LearningMedia.

Two Videos Present New Views of Lincoln and the Civil War

pPBS3-16931518regTwo Interesting video packages arrived recently which are timely, as Lincoln’s birthday is coming up in February. The term packages is apt, because not only do these package contain a DVD, but several reproductions of maps, newspaper clippings, personal letters, etc. These documents add a new dimension to audio/visual materials. Continue reading

Genetically-Modified Food Crops

fh_primaryIn “Harvest of Fear,” FRONTLINE and NOVA explore the intensifying debate over genetically-modified (gm) food crops, interviewing scientists, farmers, biotech and food industry representatives, government regulators, and critics of biotechnology.  WGBH, producer of FRONTLINE and NOVA,  and PBS LearningMedia offer a range of resources Continue reading

Three Classics English Literature Masterpieces — DVD & More

pPBS3-14489712regAn addition to our Video Lending Library is sure to be of interest to English teachers. The Classic English Literature collection (volume 1) contains three classic stories: Great Expectations, by Dickens; Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte; Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte; and Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austin.  You can also find classroom resources Continue reading

Creative Writing for the Holidays

wlvt07_vid_beach_lWrite Now! video writing prompts for grades 6 – 12 at PBS LearningMedia are tools for educators and students to use in the classroom to encourage creative writing. The topics covered in these clips are general/social topics that challenge students to evaluate common day occurrences or items in different ways. Continue reading