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PBS LearningMedia offers resources to strengthen the literacy skills of students from kindergarten through high school.  A nationally popular vocabulary/reading program from the beloved PBS KIDS program Martha Speaks, sport-themed words from The Electric Company, and videos/images for The Catcher in the Rye are all designed to engage students and enhance curricula. (more…)

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imagesMany students and teachers return to classes next week — the last week of February, which is Black History Week.   Black history is a vital subject that can extend to various content within the school curriculum.  For example, the lesson plan Understanding Duke Ellington from WNET for grades 1-4 offers a chance to explore subjects like culture, music, people and their relationships.  (more…)

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pPBS3-14644308regSince February is Black History Month, we hope to post resources for you throughout the month.  Here’s one about a  very motivated person hoping to put an end to the month-long celebration through his documentary film, More Than a Month(more…)

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indexWalking in someone else’s shoes can be one of the best ways to understand another human being.  In the  lesson plan It Takes Courage to Be Weak, students begin by analyzing quotations about activism and social change and rewriting them in their own words. (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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. (more…)

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indexProduced by WGBH in Boston, Martha Speaks is a fantastic PBS Kids program that takes its name from a beloved dog, Martha, who can talk.  Why?  Because she eats alphabet soup!  And with so many letters in her head, Martha effectively teaches children new vocabulary words, some of which will astonish you.

At the start of the holiday season, children will immediately warm to the family-themed MARTHA’S THANKSGIVING, a special episode where Martha searches for her long-lost canine family as her owner, Helen, has an extended family coming together for Thanksgiving.   The program airs on WGBY this Monday, November 25, and again on Thanksgiving Day at 6:30am, a time that usually finds kids ready to start their day!

Parents and teachers don’t have to rise early to discover the great learning resources that accompany Martha Speaks.  At the Martha Speaks Parent and Teacher’s  website, you’ll find expert research and activities as well as curriculum for Martha Speaks Reading Buddies and Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club — all great resources that support students oral vocabulary growth.

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40901973-6e58-48a1-9406-51cdaa2da9b2_thumbAs a former English Language Arts teacher, I found persuasion to be one of the more demanding forms of writing for students.  The ability to state ideas clearly and back them up with proof is increasingly important, regardless of one’s profession, age or background. While new technologies such as blogs, podcasts, instant messaging, virtual social networks and email make opinionated self-expression easier and more encouraged than ever before, learning to distinguish reputable sources of information from inaccurate sources is challenging, yet important when making credible arguments.

Persuasive Writing:  Take a Stand is a resource designed to teach grades 9-12 students to learn how to recognize credible sources and use those to form opinions and support them, a skill used by everyone from sports stars and homemakers to business leaders and politicians.  I hope you find the resource helpful in teaching students to write persuasively and credibly.

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Girl WritingFor years, employers have complained about the need to spend millions of dollars in remedial writing classes in order to bring employees with poor writing skills up to an acceptable level of proficiency. More recently, the heavy use of word processing programs appears to have eroded weak writing skills even more as people rely on the software to correct unclear structure, incomplete sentences as well as errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Now a software manufacturer claims to have created a program that will improve writing skills across the grade spectrum. This begs the question:  Can the technology that contributes to the problem solve the problem? The makers of infographic claim yes.  Read a review of this product, prepared by Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor of eSchool News in their October 2nd issue by clicking here.

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hm-aside-yourvidsOn Tuesdays, from September 17 to October 1, at 8:00pm, actor Benjamin Bratt narrates the landmark six-hour series, LATINO AMERICANS.  This is the first major television documentary series to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and are now the country’s largest minority group.

Immigration is at the heart of the American experience and a central part of the long-running democratic experiment –  the United States.  The story includes expansionism, Manifest Destiny, the Wild West, multiple wars (Mexican-American, Spanish-American, World War II), the rise of organized labor, the Great Depression, the post WWII boom, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, globalization, and the effects of multiple kinds of technologies –- from the railroad and barbed wire to the internet and satellite television.  Preview.

You’ll find rich educator resources at the LATINO AMERICAN website from timelines with videos, trailers, an episode guide and even an opportunity to become part of the LATINO AMERICANS project by submitting a video that shares family traditions, celebrations of  heritage, culture, and role models.  Such resources also offer opportunities for journaling, researching family history and interviewing family members.

Of course, you’ll also want to explore PBS LearningMedia with its scores of classroom resources on Latino Americans  for grades PreK-13+, including lesson plans.

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