Social Studies

ELA (X) - Social Studies (X) - High (X) - Middle (X)

Jamestown: The Beginning

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This drama presents a historical overview of America's first permenent English settlement, including the Jamestown settler's origins in England and the first quarter century of the colony's existence.

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Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:17
Jamestown: The Beginning

Pioneer Life in Revolutionary America

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The free but difficult life of the first wave of American settlers to cross the Appalachian Mountains is colofully re-created in this program. The impact of the westward-moving frontier on American values is made clear. The program explores the roles and relationships that existed in Colonial times.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:16
Pioneer Life in Revolutionary America

Social Class in Revolutionary America

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Even though the availability of land gave American colonists more self-determination than their European cousins, there were still class divisions. How these differences were overcome as the Revolution approached is explore in this enlightening program. 

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:19
Social Class in Revolutionary America

Family & Work in Revolutionary America

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The relationships of children and parents and of husbands and wives in colonial America are depicted in this engaging program, which clearly shows the role each person played. The program explores the roles and relationships that existed in Colonial times.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:19
Family & Work in Revolutionary America

Roanoke: The Lost Colony

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This live-action program features realistic sixteenth-century reenactments in both Elizabethan England and America at the beginning of European settlement in the New World. Strong acting combined with accurate historical costumes and sets convey the drama of the Roanoke colony's disappearance.

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Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:27
Roanoke: The Lost Colony

Values in Revolutionary America

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The importance of family, social class, religion, and self-government in the American colonies created a unique set of values. This informative program uses historical vignettes to deptict those values on the eve of the Revolution.

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Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:19
Values in Revolutionary America

Iroquois: Indians of the Northeast

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Five warring Native American tribes, also known as the "Five Nations", the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Onondaga, the Cayuga, and the Seneca, negotiated the Great Law of Peace or the League of the Iroquois, which influenced American political thinkers. Nonetheless, the American Revolution split the confederation, pitting old friends against each other and signaling the decline of their power.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:17
Iroquois: Indians of the Northeast

Minoans: Public Peace & Ritual Violence

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The Minoans, a prosperous, peaceful island people in the Mediterranean region, influenced the Greeks, as seen in the Greek Minotaur and Theseus myth. Minoan art suggests a peaceful life without war, with violence sublimated in their bull-worship rituals. Females seem to have been more influential here than anywhere else in the Ancient World.

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Middle
High
Length: 
00:15
Minoans: Public Peace & Ritual Violence

Sports (2005)

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Perfect for high school science and social studies classes, this 13-part series includes interviews with leading experts and shows students how to analyze facts before forming opinions.

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Middle
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00:24
Sports

Stop the Train!

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On March 23, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison signed a proclamation opening two million acres of Oklahoma land to settlement. A month later, with a teeming crush of pioneers, the Oklahoma Land Rush was on.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (Unabridged)

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More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995.

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09:56
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (Unabridged)

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (Unabridged)

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In the summer of 1849, Lucy Whipple's mother packs up her household and her two young children, and leaves their home in Massachusetts for the gold fields of California.

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Lexile: 
1030L
Length: 
04:56
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (Unabridged)

My Brother Sam Is Dead (Unabridged)

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This young adult novel, which successfully captures the pain of the Revolutionary War, is a fine example of historical fiction. The American Revolution was a war that divided families (English loyalists versus eager Patriots) and one of the families being torn apart is the Meeker family.

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Lexile: 
770L
Length: 
04:31
My Brother Sam Is Dead (Unabridged)

The Book Thief

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Based on the beloved best-selling book comes an "extremely moving" (Leonard Maltin, Indiewire) story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II Germany. When her mother can no longer care for her, Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) is adopted by a German couple (OSCAR® Winner Geoffrey Rush and OSCAR® Nominee Emily Watson). Although she arrives illiterate, Liesel is encouraged to learn to read by her adoptive father. When the couple then takes in Max (Ben Schnetzer), a Jew hiding from Hitler's army, Liesel befriends him.

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Middle
High
Length: 
02:11
The Book Thief

With All Deliberate Speed: A look at the landmark Brown vs. The Board of Education (2005)

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History Ignored is History Repeated

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education that the concept of "separate but equal" school segregation was unconstitutional. But in this landmark ruling, the Justices used a four-word phrase that many believe has delayed the process of change for over 50 years: "With All Deliberate Speed."

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Middle
High
Length: 
01:51
With All Deliberate Speed: A look at the landmark Brown vs. The Board of Education

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