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The Santa Claus Rock!

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This is a teacher's handbook which corresponds to the music cd The Santa Claus Rock! CD. Book includes sheet music for The Santa Claus Rock! song.

Christmas Sing-Along

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This is a teacher's handbook which corresponds to the music cd Christmas Sing-Along CD. Book includes sheet music for Christmas Sing-Along song.

Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

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Copies: 7

Armed with a one-way ticket to New York City, small-town theater geek Nate is off to start rehearsals for E.T.: The Musical. It's everything he ever practiced his autograph for! But as thrilling as Broadway is, rehearsals—full of intimidating child stars, cutthroat understudies, and a director who can't even remember Nate's name—are nothing like Nate expects.

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Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

How the Beatles Changed the World

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Fifty years after the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, it remains the most-watched television event in history. When the Beatles burst onto the scene, they charmed the public with their mop-top haircuts, their playful wit, and their sweetly romantic rock songs—igniting Beatlemania, an intense fandom unlike any before.

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1160L
How the Beatles Changed the World

Half a Chance

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Lucy's family has just moved to an old house on a New Hampshire lake, and her dad, a famous photographer, is already leaving on another business trip.

Maybe it's because she misses him. Maybe it's because she wants to show him that she's talented too. So when Lucy discovers that her dad is judging a photography contest, she decides to enter. Is her eye for photography really something special? Now, at last, she might find out.

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690L
Half a Chance

The Story of Buildings

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We spend most of our lives in buildings. We make our homes in them, go to school in them, and work in them. We're surrounded by buildings practically every moment of our lives! But why and how did people start making buildings? How did they learn to make them stronger, bigger, and more comfortable? And why did they start to decorate them in different ways?

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1060L
The Story of Buildings

Throne of Blood

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The greatest screen adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth is arguably Akira Kurosawa's visceral Throne of Blood (Kumonosu jô), starring Toshiro Mifune and Isuzu Yamada as the ambitious warrior and ruthless wife who try to murder their way to power and glory. Featuring some of the Japanese master's most unforgettable, hallucinatory imagery, and inspired by Noh theater as much as the classical source, this is Kurosawa at his atmospheric best.

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01:49
Throne of Blood

In Search of Shakespeare

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PBS resource for teaching Shakespeare in the Classroom.

The Folger Shakespeare Library

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Web site for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

The Hudsucker Proxy

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Mailroom clerk Norville Barnes is a rube, a schmoe, a grade-A ding-dong - just what Hudsucker Industries wants in a president! With him at the top, the stock will hit bottom… and the fat cats on the board can take over. But Norville (Tim Robbins) has his own spiffy little plan. And if a snoopy reporter (Jennifer Jason Leigh) doesn’t put the kibosh on the Hudsucker flimflam and finagling big cheese Sidney J. Mussburger (Paul Newman) doesn’t squash him, Norville’s idea will put a smile on the hips of all America!

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High
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01:51
The Hudsucker Proxy

Roger & Me (1989)

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In 1989, Michael Moore, winner of 2002’s Best Documentary Feature Academy Award* and Cannes Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Bowling for Columbine, triumphantly burst upon the American moviemaking scene with Roger & Me, a hilarious, penetrating forerunner of the independent film movement.

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High
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01:30
Roger & Me

Art Through Time: Converging Cultures

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Throughout history, economic needs, material desires, and political ambitions have brought people from different cultures and communities into contact, sometimes across great distances. Whether clashes or cooperative endeavors, these convergences have brought about the exchange of knowledge and ideas. In the visual arts, they have led to creative juxtapositions, hybrid styles, innovative forms, and the reinterpretation of traditional signs and symbols.

Art Through Time: Dreams and Visions

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Art, of course, is about seeing. But it is not always about representing the world as it exists, and sometimes it can allow us to see with more than our eyes. From Aboriginal artists who paint the unseen forces of the universe to Surrealists who looked into the recesses of the unconscious mind for inspiration, people have found many ways to record ephemeral feelings, unknowable mysteries, personal fantasies, and inner visions. At the same time, art has been used as a tool to inspire and guide dreams and visions, both secular and spiritual.

Art Through Time: History and Memory

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Art has been a medium through which people have not only documented, but also shaped history—both past and future. Periodically, individuals, groups, and societies have also drawn on or appropriated artistic forms of the past to make statements in and about the present. Art can commemorate existence, achievements, and failures, and it can be used to record and create communal as well as personal memories.

Art Through Time: Ceremony and Society

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People across the world engage in a wide range of ceremonial rites and spectacles. Some of these are religious, others political or social. Through these practices and the arts that accompany them—costumes, masks, vessels, ancestor figurines, altarpieces, staffs, and other objects and images—people across cultures define identity, build community, express belief, negotiate power, and attend to the physical and spiritual well-being of both individuals and societies.

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