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The Bee's Knees | Say What?!
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Uncover the meaning and historical origins of the popular idiom “the bee’s knees” with this video from Say What?! Travel back in time and discover how people used whimsical expressions like "the bee's knees" to describe excellence during The Roaring Twenties. With this video, students will gain insight into the intriguing world of idiomatic expressions, language evolution, and the stories behind the sayings we use every day!

This resource includes teaching tips, discussion questions, vocabulary, and a "Bee's Knees Hive" activity.

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English Language Arts
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02/01/2024
Crocodile Tears | Say What?!
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Uncover the meaning and historical origins of the popular idiom “crocodile tears” with this video from Say What?! Explore the connection between crocodiles and fake crying, as well as how the idiom has been used throughout history, including in the works of the legendary playwright, William Shakespeare.

This resource includes teaching tips, discussion questions, handouts, vocabulary list, and a "Cry or Lie" activity.

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
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02/01/2024
Family and the Aftermath of War: Lesson Plan | A House Made of Splinters
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Near the frontlines in Eastern Ukraine, a safe haven provides refuge for children who have been temporarily separated from their parents. A House Made of Splinters chronicles three displaced kids who, despite the perils surrounding them, find moments of joy and friendship, with the aid of dedicated social workers who work tirelessly to protect them from harm.

In this lesson, students will explore how people define a family and a home in the aftermath of war?

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English Language Arts
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Lesson Plan
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024
The French Resistance in World War II | World on Fire
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Learn about the risks involved for members of the French Resistance and the civilian communities in which they operated, in this excerpt from World on Fire | MASTERPIECE. Pretending to be a seamstress, a French Jewish woman in the Resistance finds a way to support the movement and fight against Nazi occupation in France.

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
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02/01/2024
Headlines and High Water
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In Headlines and High Water, players take on the role of a young journalist in the fictional town of Twin Lakes, where the annual Cherry Festival is thrown into chaos by a catastrophic flood. The player is tasked with interviewing locals and writing stories to keep the town informed—all while staying safe during the town’s worst flood of the century.

Throughout the game, players build trust with the townspeople and interview a cast of quirky characters—like Birdie, the aptly-named nature conservationist, and Fred Finkler, the gardener who’ll talk your ear off. In the end, the player’s reporting will determine if Twin Lakes is still around a year from now, or if future floods wash the town right off the map.

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English Language Arts
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Game
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024
How a Translation of The Iliad into Modern-Day Language Reinforces Its Relevance | PBS NewsHour
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The Iliad is one of the foundational works of Western literature and thought. It’s an old story that continues to resonate in our time and has been given new life in a translation by distinguished classical scholar Emily Wilson. She spoke with Jeffrey Brown in Philadelphia for our arts and culture series, CANVAS.

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English Language Arts
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PBS Learning Media
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02/01/2024
Independent Journalism Today: Lesson Plan | While We Watched
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A timely depiction of a newsroom in crisis, While We Watched follows tormented journalist Ravish Kumar for two years as he battles a barrage of fake news, falling ratings and the resulting cutbacks. Are there viewers for fact-based analyses anymore? Will his show survive or become a swan song of reason – drowning out in sensationalism, misinformation, and ratings-driven editorial decisions?
In this lesson plan students will explore the relationship between an independent free press and a democracy.

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English Language Arts
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Lesson Plan
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024
It's Raining Cats and Dogs | Say What?!
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Dive into the meaning and history of the idiom “it’s raining cats and dogs” with this video from Say What?! Explore possible origins featuring Vikings, sailors, poets, straw roofs, and old English.

Support materials include teaching tips, discussion questions, vocabulary, and an activity where students create a corresponding image and caption for one of the origin stories from the video.

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024
Let the Cat Out of the Bag | Say What?!
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Explore the meaning of the idiom “let the cat out of the bag” through present day conversation examples alongside a look into the past, in this video from Say What?! With visuals and a story that takes students to “Ye Olde Marketplace,” students discover this idiom's possible origin. Huzzah!

This resource includes teaching tips, discussion questions, vocabulary, and a critical thinking activity where students practice comparing and contrasting and using descriptive language.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024
A Little Bird Told Me | Say What?!
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Trace the role of messenger birds throughout history and learn the meaning of the idiom “a little bird told me,” in this video from Say What?! From Ancient Egypt to World War I, this video combines conversational use of the idiom with written stories and legends to showcase its meaning.

This resource includes teaching tips, discussion questions, vocabulary, and a research and writing activity that prompts students to reimagine the “messenger bird.”

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
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02/01/2024
Nancy Protects Oliver | Oliver Twist
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Examine how Nancy, who serves as a mother figure to Oliver, contradicts 19th-century England’s conventional thinking that the poor are morally corrupt, in this excerpt from Oliver Twist | MASTERPIECE. Dickens created a complex character in Nancy, who is a victim of circumstance. She cannot escape criminal ways and an abusive partner, yet her care and concern for Oliver reveal the complexities of her character.

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
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02/01/2024
Oliver Asks for More | Oliver Twist
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Examine the social inequities that existed between the wealthy and the poor through Dickens’s use of irony, in this excerpt from Oliver Twist | MASTERPIECE. Like the title character, poor and orphaned children who ended up in workhouses during 19th-century England were at the mercy of parish officials. These officials, who assumed moral superiority and blamed the impoverished for their problems, provided the needy with inadequate food, shelter, and care.

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English Language Arts
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PBS Learning Media
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02/01/2024
Oliver's Journey to London | Oliver Twist
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Analyze how sights and sounds in a film adaptation of Oliver Twist symbolize Oliver’s inner thoughts and feelings as well as help establish the setting, in this excerpt from Oliver Twist | MASTERPIECE. As Oliver escapes the mistreatment of his life in the country, he journeys toward London with hopes for a better future in the city. Without dialogue in this scene, information about Oliver is conveyed through visuals, perspective, movement, and sound.

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024
Popular Words Invented by Authors | Otherwords
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When authors create words for a one-time usage, they’re known as nonce words: words to be used only once. It can be very difficult to discern why some nonce words have survived and spread while others didn’t. A single writer can coin a word, but they can’t make it popular. All of us, collectively, through our behavior and interactions, get to decide what becomes a real word.

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024
Pronouns: Little Words That Say a Lot | Otherwords
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Pronouns serve one main role in society: to replace nouns so that we don’t have to repeat the same words or phrases that may be long and unwieldy over and over and over again. And while there are lots of different kinds of pronouns, there’s one type in particular that people tend to care about the most: the personal pronoun. But that’s just scratching the personal pronoun surface. In this episode, we dig deeper!

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English Language Arts
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024
Red Herring | Say What?!
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Learn about the idiom "red herring" in this video from Say What?! that explains how the phrase signifies something that diverts attention from what's truly important. Students will explore its historical origins among British fishermen and its integration into storytelling and popular culture.

This resource includes teaching tips, discussion questions, vocabulary, and a critical thinking activity where students must identify “red herrings” that are a distraction from the main goal.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024
S is for Shoes Off in the House | ABC's of AAPIs
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This lesson plan encourages classroom discussions and reflections on cultural norms, mores, and folkways and uses the coloring sheet and poem: "S is for Shoes Off in the House" to propel critical thinking about students' own cultures in relation to others and how we can show respect, tolerance, and acceptance.

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English Language Arts
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Lesson Plan
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PBS Learning Media
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02/01/2024
Straight from the Horse's Mouth | Say What?!
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Learn about the idiom “straight from the horse’s mouth” and how it means getting the most accurate information from someone who knows it best, or firsthand, in this video from Say What?! Students will explore its origin and importance through animated stories about the past and its use today.

This resource includes teaching tips, discussion questions, and a critical thinking activity where students must identify which source of information would be considered the most accurate or “straight from the horse’s mouth.”

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024
Team Working Session #2: Interview Prep and Scripting
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Students prepare for interviews by reviewing what they know about the sources, conducting pre-interviews, creating a list of questions for the recorded interviews, and making a shot list. They will also identify locations for the interviews and decide which members of the group will conduct the interviews.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024
When Pigs Fly | Say What?!
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Uncover the meaning and historical origins of the popular idiom “when pigs fly” with this video from Say What?! Through engaging animations, students will learn about this quirky expression that is often used to convey something that is highly unlikely to happen. The video explores similar idioms that are used in different languages and cultures, providing insight into the creative ways people express the idea of impossibility. The video also delves into the history of the idiom, tracing its origins back over 400 years!

This resource includes teaching tips, discussion questions, vocabulary, and a critical thinking activity in which students brainstorm possible "when pigs fly" scenarios.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
02/01/2024