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The Power of Expression | Girls on the Wall Film Module

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This module takes a look at a drama therapy program at a juvenile detention center for girls in Illinois. Viewers watch as the girls struggle to make sense of their own stories and how they can be used collectively to tell a transformative narrative.

Chastity's Story: Homelessness

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This film module spotlights Chastity’s story and building a support system for students struggling with poverty.

Seizing Their Stories | Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story Film Module

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In this module, we hear Cyntoia analyze and reflect on her past sexual history and victimization as well as one step she recently took in prison in response to that past.

Seizing Their Stories: Rosa | Girls on the Wall Film Module

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In this module, viewers reexamine Rosa’s snapshot from "Rosa's Story: Portraits of Girls in the Criminal Justice System" with an eye to examples of her resiliency.

Rosa'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 short sentence in an Illinois juvenile detention center. Viewers get snapshots of her childhood and family and some of the adversity she faced in her life.

Cyntoia Reflects: Role Models and Mentors | Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story Film Module

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In this module, viewers examine the ways that individuals, even under difficult circumstances, can inspire others. We see a teen girl serving a life sentence who reflects on her choices.

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.

World War II: Activity Pack | History Detectives

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World War II was fought in the form of physical battles as well as psychological warfare. The surviving artifacts from the front lines of these struggles provide a window onto how World War II was waged. These lesson plans and videos are based on History Detectives episodes that examine how several objects played a key role in World War II, particularly the role of Japan and the Japanese in the war. They offer students opportunities to research and write about Japanese internment camps, the air war, and propaganda.

Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool? | PBS Idea Channel

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Video games, like Minecraft, may be good for more than just fun. Some experts have brought Minecraft into the classroom, allowing teachers to customize lessons and students to engage with concepts in new ways. Minecraft has some unique advantages that could usher in a new direction in education. In the future, students across the world may spend their class time punching trees.

Children’s Emigration Project | Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

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This lesson delves into Martha Sharp’s project to bring refugee children from wartime France to the United States in 1940, and it invites students to consider how one person can make a difference in the lives of many. The lesson combines analysis of historical documents with emotional engagement, perspective taking, and personal reflection. It begins with a moving letter from Martha to her eight-year-old son, explaining why she chose to stay in France rather than returning home to be with her own children. Students watch an excerpt from the film that tells, in the voices of those she rescued, the story of Martha’s efforts; then they analyze historical correspondence from the Sharps’ archive to understand how Martha was able to succeed in her mission. Finally, students discuss the legacies of Martha’s work and its significance for us today.