literature

Author Francine Prose Unlocks the Life & Diary of Anne Frank

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Jeffrey Brown talks with author Francine Prose about her new book, "Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife," in which she reexamines the classic diary.

Poem: I Like It When It’s Mizzly

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This video segment from Between the Lions recites a poem about the beauty of mizzly, rainy weather. The poem features many words that end with "y," and all text appears on screen. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

Poem: Tuning Up

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This video segment from Between the Lions features an animated poem about tuning instruments. Various instruments are introduced by their sounds and by how they are played. A young girl plays some of them. The words of the poem are displayed with the animation. Featured vocabulary includes: concert, tuba, bassoon, violin, cymbal, trumpet, flutist, flutes, drummer, drums, cello, and baton. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, and Phonological Awareness.

Yesterday I Had the Blues

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, a boy tells us about how colors correspond to feelings and members of his family. The boy states that yesterday he had the blues, but that today he has the greens. The boy explains that his dad claims he has the grays, Sasha has the pinks, Talia has the indigos, Gram has the yellows, and Mama has the reds. The boy wonders if tomorrow he'll have the silvers. He concludes that his family is the type of family that makes you feel like it's all golden. Featured vocabulary includes: blues, greens, grays, pinks, indigos, yellows, reds, silvers, and golden. All words appear on screen. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency and Phonological Awareness.

Stone Soup

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This video segment from Between the Lions is an original, animated story based on the popular folktale “Stone Soup.” Aliens visit a town and request food but nobody wants to share. The aliens decide to make stone soup and everybody decides to contribute ingredients for the communal meal. The video emphasizes the "s" sound and features the following words: sweeping, sidewalks, sifting, sandboxes, sorting, socks, sudden, sky, saw, spaceship, sight, sorts, secret, sorry, special, stone, soup, supper, sounds, strange, simmering, seven, seconds, salt, since, somewhere, spoon, savory, soy sauce, second, some, slurp, still, satisfied, squash, succotash, salsa, satsumas, stuff, superb, sublime, simply stupendous, succulent, superior, salad, salmon, sausage, schnitzel, stuffed, and sole. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

Little Red Riding Hood | Fairy Tales Old and New

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This video is designed for parents and learners to sit down and watch together. As you watch this updated story of Little Red Riding Hood, notice the traits, motivations, and feelings of the characters in the story.

After the video, check out the additional activities below for the classroom and for the home, and watch the “Guided Viewing” version for parents to get additional tips for helping your child understand the English Language Arts concepts in the video.

Designed to meet Grade 3 English Language Arts Standards: Reading Literature: Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

The Raven Story

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This video, adapted from material provided by the ECHO partners, presents a telling of the Tlingit myth, "How Raven Gave Light to the World." The story is told by Shirley Kendall (Eagle Moiety), originally from the Alaskan village of Hoonah. It is illustrated with video of Native dancers and Alaskan scenery, as well as with images depicting Raven.

The Emperor's New Clothes for Parents: Guided Viewing | Understanding Fairy Tales Old and New

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Sit down with Broccoli, the Emperor's loyal assistant, as he goes behind the scenes of this modern retelling of The Emperor's New Clothes and examines each character's traits and motivations. This video is designed for parents to watch without their children to learn valuable co-viewing tips and tricks such as discussion questions, pausing points, and questions to ask children during and after the fairy tale video.

Designed to meet Grade 5 English Language Arts Standards: Reading Literature: Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

Launch: Part 6 | The Great American Read

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Books that deal with the search for spiritual enlightenment are popular on our list. This section begins with Venus Williams’ favorite, The Chronicles of Narnia, and continues with George Lopez’s personal journey with Herman Hesse’s novel Siddhartha. In Albuquerque, New Mexico we meet a young Chicana woman who discovered a rare portrait of her community in Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima, and fought for it when Arizona politicians sought to ban the novel from schools. We survey other banned books, like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and end with a story of liberation: Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Also not to be missed: Diane Lane on Larry McMurtry’s bitter sweet Western, Lonesome Dove.

Aunties, by Kevin Young

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This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features poet Kevin Young reading his poem "Aunties" at the Dodge Poetry Festival. “I feel like a poem is made up of poetic and unpoetic language, or unexpected language,” says Kevin Young; “Aunties” is a good example of allusive language, colloquial language, and poetic images all brought together to describe a wonderful lived experience of family.

For a biography of poet Kevin Young, please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

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