Saturday, April 26, 2008


Sat., Apr. 26, 2008 - American Epic Interactives / The Margaret Garner Story

American Epic
Some of the 12 demos are entire units and some are for demonstration purposes only. Even the demos include useful introductions and timelines. Grade levels vary. Most are social studies.

For list of current online materials:

From the list:

The Margaret Garner Story
Margaret Garner was an African American slave who killed her own daughter rather than see the child returned to slavery. Her story was the inspiration for the novel Beloved by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison.

From the site:
“The attached K-12 lesson plans and activities were created by the Michigan Opera Theatre's Curriculum Committee. They can be projected in your classroom by using a computer and LCD projector, viewed individually by students in a computer lab or at home, or printed out for individual student viewing.”


Sat., April 26, 2008 - World War II Remembered

World War II Remembered
From the site:
“Relive the WW II experience through the memories of those
who survived.”

Site includes: American Home Front, Anne Frank’s Story of Courage, Attack on Pearl Harbor, and Hiroshima: A Survivor’s Story.


Sat., April 26, 2008 - Carrier: USS Nimitz

---------Forwarded Message--------
From: Thirteen/WNET
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 10:04:21 -0500 (CDT)

Subject: Carrier Premieres this Sunday on Thirteen

It's a bright May morning, and 5,000 sailors and Marines are saying
farewell to loved ones before departing aboard the nuclear aircraft
carrier USS Nimitz, deploying to the Persian Gulf for the next six
months as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Tune in beginning Sunday, April 27 at 9pm, and join these brave men
and women on an intimate, unprecedented journey as Carrier takes you
on an edge-of-your-seat, exhilarating look at the life on a nuclear
aircraft carrier at war, and the toll it takes on the daily lives of
those aboard.

Throughout the series, the "floating city" reveals emotional,
real-life drama as sailors deal with family crises, love, patriotism,
rites of passage and more while performing their dangerous jobs.
Sleeping below a runway and above a nuclear reactor does not lessen
the pressure.

Airing over five nights next week, mark your calendars now with this
episode guide:

* Sunday, April 27 - All Hands - The Nimitz pulls out: cooks
prepare 15,000 meals a day and one airman learns his girlfriend
is pregnant; Controlled Chaos - The perilous life on a carrier
is analyzed, as is the tight fraternities that form as a result.

* Monday, April 28 - Super Secrets - From nuclear reactor details
to sexual encounters, secrets aboard are plentiful; Squared Away
- Port calls allow sailor to blow off steam, but things can get
out of control.

* Tuesday, April 29 - Show of Force - The Nimitz arrives in the
Gulf: pilots battle 120° weather and six-hour missions;
Groundhog Day - After two months at war, days become
indistinguishable from one another.

* Wednesday, April 30 - Rites of Passage - Heading home, a violent
storm erupts and landing turns into a nail-biting drama; True
Believers - Faith in self, shipmates, the ship's mission and
religion are examined.

* Thursday, May 1 - Get Home-itis - A six-month absence causes
relationship stress, the Navy counsels sailors on what to expect
upon return; Full Circle - The Nimitz returns home, sailors
reflect on their journey before emotional reunions.

Get the complete Naval experience at Carrier online for series
previews, a story archive of those who have served in the Navy and the
opportunity to share your words and videos.


Sat., April 26, 2008 - PBS: NATURE: Penguins of the Antarctic / NOVA: Sinking the Supership / Escape from Auschwitz

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: April 27-May 3, 2008

Penguins of the Antarctic
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, April 27, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
Emperors and kings, chinstraps and Adélies -- the penguins of
Antarctica all make their home in one of the most unforgiving
environments on Earth. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)


Sinking the Supership
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
In April 1945, the Yamato, the pride of Japan's fleet, sailed
to a solo confrontation with the 1,500-strong United States
Navy. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: Teaching guide pasted below. Previously posted (2005). - Phyllis ]


Secrets of the Dead
Escape From Auschwitz
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
This episode tells the story of two young Slovak Jews, Rudolph
Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, who escaped Auschwitz and wrote a
detailed account of atrocities being committed by the Nazis at
the camp. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

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[NOVA Teachers] "Sinking the Supership" airs April 29, 2008

Hello Educators,

In next week's repeat broadcast of "Sinking the Supership," NOVA
draws on historical records, archeological evidence, and eyewitness
accounts to investigate the sinking of Japan's Battleship Yamato.
(Subjects covered: social studies, technology/engineering)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Sinking the Supership"
Broadcast: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
(NOVA airs on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings as
broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be used up to
one year after it is recorded off the air.)

Behind the Scenes
Learn why this film embodies the fulfillment of a lifelong
objective for producer Keiko Hagihara Bang. (Grades 9-12)

Survivor Stories
Read firsthand reports of the sinking in interviews with two of
the Yamato's survivors. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Anatomy of Yamato
Click on a diagram of the Yamato to explore its artillery,
engines, living quarters and more. (Flash plug-in required;
non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Yamato's Final Voyage
View a slide show of archival images that chronicle the sinking
of Japan's supership. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version
available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students use a viewing guide while
watching the program and discuss program themes after watching.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Program Transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Watch a Preview and Links & Books.

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