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If students you teach are old enough to watch and hear the news, then they’re witness to the extreme violence of terrorist groups in our world today.  It’s important for them and all of us to try to understand this complex and dangerous phenomenon.  You’ll find video and educational resources to explore the root causes of extremism for grades 7-12 from PBS NewsHour on February 18, 2015.  These standards-aligned materials are part of PBS LearningMedia’s Daily News Story collection (more…)

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Classroom conversations about racism — often related to history, current events or literature — can be challenging when engaging students in the curriculum and eliciting their personal perceptions.  On WGBY this Monday, February 23, at 10pm, Independent Lens: American Denial uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today.  American Lens website resources include at discussion guide, and you’ll find hundreds of compelling resources (more…)

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WGBY airs American Masters: August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand on February 20 at 9pm. The first documentary about the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson includes unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new dramatic readings that bring to life his seminal 10-play cycle. Film and theater luminaries such as Viola Davis, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, and Phylicia Rashad share their life-changing stories of bringing Wilson’s theatrical voice to the stage.  You’ll find more on (more…)

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Beginning Wednesday, February 4, at 9pm, the five-part series EARTH A New Wild takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species.  Produced by National Geographic Studios and hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, a leading conservation scientist, the series features footage from striking places on Earth and encounters between wild animals and the people who live and work with them.  The content and its themes from this fresh look at humankind’s relationship to earth’s other species can span the curriculum, and PBS resources abound (more…)

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This Friday, January 30, at 9pm on WGBY, Hugh Bonneville talks with actor Ralph Fiennes about A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s enduring appeal. Bonneville, who stars in Downton Abby,  started his career as an understudy to Ralph Fiennes in one of London’s Regent’s Park productions.  The Shakespeare Uncovered collection, along with a vast number of other Shakespeare resources, (more…)

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Tonight at 10pm WGBY airs A Path Appears from the team behind the groundbreaking Half the Sky.  Independent Lens goes to locations throughout the United States as well as Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to uncover the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, and solutions being implemented to combat them.  Just as the film tries to educate oppressors, high school students can also learn (more…)

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On Tuesday, January 27, at 9pm, WGBY airs Edison: American Experience from America’s most watched history program.  Driven, intensely competitive and never more at home than at work, Thomas Alva Edison held 1,093 patents and was nearly synonymous with invention.  At PBS LearningMedia you’ll find many preK-12 engaging resources on (more…)

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