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Saving Syrian Culture Under Siege

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Learn about efforts to protect Syria's cultural heritage with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 19, 2015.

MN Original | Musicians The Ericksons

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Sisters, the Ericksons, started to play music together after experiencing a loss in the family. Learn about their musical collaboration and how inspiration can be drawn from difficult experiences and times of change. 

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Combinatory Play: Pablo Helguera | The Art Assignment

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This week we meet Pablo Helguera, an artist, museum educator, and writer, at the Indianapolis stop of his Spanish language bookstore Librería Donceles. His assignment challenges you to give old books new lives through combinatory play.

Our Town 2: Love and Marriage

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Students examine the meaning of marriage and the role it plays in civilization in this scene from the MASTERPIECE 2003 production of the play, Our Town. The Stage Manager (played by Paul Newman) delivers a brief sermon just before the marriage of Emily and George, the two youthful protagonists of the play. The Stage Manager acknowledges that marriage is considered a sacrament by some, yet it can also cause confusion and uncertainty. See Teaching Tips for how to use the video in the classroom. This resource, aimed at ELA and drama teachers, is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection and accompanies other resources from Our Town: The Way We Were and A Good Rest.

Macbeth | The Metropolitan Opera

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Macbeth is a tale of power, superstition, and political intrigue driven by the title character and his scheming wife, whose fascinating, highly charged relationship finds rich depiction in Verdi’s ominous score. The opera highlights the ferocious royal couple’s ruthlessness in sinuously menacing music and also contains some of Verdi’s most stirring choral writing. Macbeth is Verdi’s first Shakespearean adaptation, which he wrote early in his career but returned to revise almost 20 years later, a clear indication that even at the height of his success and artistic powers, the composer considered this score to be an essential part of his oeuvre.

The Operatic Moods of Lady Macbeth | The Metropolitan Opera

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This excerpt from Verdi’s Macbeth presents the character of Lady Macbeth as she manipulates her husband and reflects to herself when she is alone with her thoughts. Students will study characters’ moods and attitudes as they are represented by their text and music. Explore the support materials below for additional background, discussion questions, teaching tips, and a student handout.

The Inner Life: Soliloquies and Arias in Shakespeare and Gounod | The Metropolitan Opera

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This excerpt from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette presents Gounod’s version of Shakespeare’s Balcony Scene. By comparing this scene to Shakespeare’s text, students will explore the nature of operatic communication and how composers convey characters’ innermost thoughts. Explore the support materials below for additional background, discussion questions, teaching tips, and a student handout.

The Boo Hag | A World of Stories

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North Carolina-based storyteller Donna Washington tells a scary tale from the Gullah culture about a man and his beautiful wife—who is not what she seems to be. The story explains the Gullah tradition of painting doors and windows blue to keep witches away

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories collection.

Johnny Cash: Personal Narratives Inspired by Johnny Cash

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This lesson plan is designed to be used with the 1969 documentary, Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music, which shows a collection of scenes from Cash's life and a number of concert performances. Since Cash's songs frequently reflected his life experiences, classrooms can use his music to inspire personal narratives.

Is Dubstep the New Musical Avant-Garde? | PBS Idea Channel

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While some people may hear noise, some hear amazing musical genius in the creativity of Dubstep. There is a long history of avant-garde musicians and thinkers promoting the concept of noise and non-instrumental sounds as music, much to the horror of their audience. But over the past century, changes in technology and music genres may have changed attitudes to accept these once-fringe music genres.

Graffiti Artists Take to the Streets of Brazil to Combat Violence Against Women

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Brazilian street artists used the spotlight of the World Cup to highlight a problem close to home - domestic abuse. Use this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource to let your students explore this story from July 15, 2014.

70 Years Later, Holocaust Victim’s Dress Designs Come Back to Life

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Find out how 70-year-old dress designs from the Holocaust resurfaced with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from November 15, 2014.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare as Musical Theatre | Shakespeare in the Schools

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Each fall, Shakespeare in the Schools performs in about 50 schools throughout Montana. These productions feature a professional company performing a 75-minute production of a Shakespearean play, complete with ornate costumes and scenery, followed by a Q&A session between the actors and students and a full complement of workshops. A Midsummer Night's Dream was the 2014 presentation and was captured on video by a student at the annual Elise Event fundraiser. PBS is using that student's work to provide a similar opportunity for other schools, including resources for four workshops.

How Virtual Reality Hacks the Brain

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Step inside the world of virtual reality with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from January 27, 2015.

Jay Leno's Acceptance Speech | Mark Twain Prize

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Jay Leno thanks his audience at the 2014 Mark Twain Prize. He recounts many of his past experiences leading up to his successful career as a comedian and host of the Tonight Show.

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