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Altered Lives: Stories From the Medina Tragedy | The Children

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Learn how the shootout in Medina, North Dakota, on February 13, 1983, affected the children of the families involved.

How Hackers Are Making the World Safer | The Good Stuff

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Is hacking good or bad? Can hackers make us safer? In this episode, we talk to two good hackers who find the flaws in products before the bad guys do.

League of Denial Update | NFL Player Quits over Concussion Concerns

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Learn about NFL player Chris Borland, who retired after just one season due to his concern about concussions, and why his decision prompted one media outlet to call him “the most dangerous man in football,” in this video from FRONTLINE. Borland left professional football, the game he loved since childhood, after reading about the effects of repeated head contact on the brain and speaking with a leading brain scientist. In response to the young star’s headline-making retirement decision, NFL commissioner Goodell stated the game was safer than ever. Estimates from actuaries hired by the NFL state that three out of ten NFL players will have brain damage in their lifetimes. For background, watch Introduction to CTE and review How CTE Affects the Brain. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.

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POV | Up Heartbreak Hill: Factors in a Successful College Experience - Lesson Plan

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In this lesson from POV, students will watch video clips that provide glimpses into the lives of two high school seniors who live in New Mexico on the Navajo reservation. They will then analyze a current issue that Native Americans face (college completion) and will consider factors that might contribute to their own decisions either to enter or to complete college. Students will then explore different strategies that might be used to address this problem. The clips used in this lesson are from the film Up Heartbreak Hill, a documentary that follows two Navajo high school students during their senior year as they struggle with forming their identities, managing family relationships and making decisions about their futures.

Darlene's Story: Teen Parenting | The Graduates Film Module

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The film module spotlights Darlene's story and the educational opportunities and challenges for young parents and their children. This film module may be used with The Graduates Youth Action Guide lesson on teen parenting.

Tough Love | Putting Life Back Together

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Patrick attends Family Treatment Court.

The documentary film Tough Love chronicles the separate journeys of Patrick Brown, a single, white father in Seattle, and Hasna "Hannah" Siddique, a newly married Bangladeshi-born mother of two in New York City, as they fight to make their families whole again after their children were taken from them due to neglect. Through intimate, vérité footage, we witness firsthand the complex bureaucracy of America's child welfare system and the powerful role that poverty and other challenges play in keeping parents and children apart.

Disease! | Crash Course World History

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Join host John Green to learn about disease and the effects that disease has had on human history. Disease has been with man since the beginning, and it has shaped the way humans operate in a lot of ways. John will teach you about the Black Death, the Great Dying, and the modern medical revolution that has changed the world.

An Israeli Arab’s Experience | Shadya Film Module

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In this module, students meet 17-year-old Shadya Zoabi, an Israeli Arab karate champion who is fiercely independent despite growing up in a male-dominated, Muslim culture. At the same time, Shadya grapples with the challenges that Muslims face as citizens of Israel. Her internal conflicts intensify when she meets the Palestinian team at a karate competition.

Stonewall Uprising: "Curing" Homosexuality

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In the decades leading up to the 1969 Stonewall riots, doctors would “treat” people to reduce their homosexual urges. These treatments ranged from aversive conditioning to lobotomies to insitutionalization. Video from American Experience: “Stonewall Uprising.”

Stonewall Uprising: The "Dangers" of Homosexuality

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A 1966 news story featured Detective John Sorenson, Dade County Morals and Juvenile Squad, as he lectures Florida teenagers on how homosexuality can ruin your life. Video from American Experience: “Stonewall Uprising.”

Cyntoia's Story: Portraits of Girls in the Criminal Justice System | Film Module

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This module takes a look at a teen girl currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system; she is serving a life sentence in an adult state prison in Tennessee. Viewers get snapshots of her childhood and family and some of the adversity she faced in her life.

League of Denial: The NFL Plays Defense

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Discover the strategies that the National Football League used to avoid admitting that playing professional football can cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in this media gallery from FRONTLINE: League of Denial. After a study commissioned by the NFL showed a higher-than-expected prevalence of brain disorders among football players, the league’s spokesman claimed that the study’s design was flawed, and its commissioner would not acknowledge before Congress that concussions hurt pro football players. And even after a large financial settlement awarded former NFL players hundreds of millions of dollars, the league made no admission of guilt. For background, watch Introduction to CTE and review How CTE Affects the Brain. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.

James Baldwin

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Learn about James Baldwin, the man, writer, culture critic, and activist, in this video from First Person. In the accompanying activities, students use archival footage, speeches, and passages from his most famous works to learn about the intersectionality that defined and influenced Baldwin’s career.

For more resources like this, see the rest of the Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators collection.

Out in the Night - The Second Telling: The News

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This clip focuses on the way various media sources reported the events on the night of the arrest in 2006.

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