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Emma Goldman: Radical Activist
Anarchist Emma Goldman, once named the most dangerous woman in America by the FBI, left behind a complicated legacy. But who was this young radical and what did she believe in?
Anna May Wong: The First Chinese-American Hollywood Star
Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first Chinese-American leading lady, broke through racial barriers to change the face of cinema forever.
Dorothy Bolden: Unionizing Domestic Workers
Civil rights activist Dorothy Bolden made it her mission to empower America’s working class. Her activism empowered domestic workers across the nation – and created noticeable change in the workplace for thousands of Black women.
Edith Maude Eaton: Fostering Cultural Understanding Through Writing
In a time when Chinese immigrants in America faced discrimination in all walks of life – simply because of their race – author Edith Maude Eaton channeled the power of the pen to help make positive change.
Mary McLeod Bethune: Fighting for Equality in the Classroom and Beyond
Mary McLeod Bethune, an influential educator activist, recognized that going to school could be a form of activism. Her groundbreaking work helped change America for the better.
Pauli Murray: Breaking Barriers of Race and Gender
As a queer Black lawyer, poet and civil rights activist, Pauli Murray understood how our different identities can overlap to create multiple levels of discrimination. Her groundbreaking work in championing equality for all helped change America for the better.
Patsy Mink: Groundbreaking Congresswoman
What do you think of when you picture Title IX? Inequality has plagued America’s youth for generations. Patsy Mink, a then young Japanese-American, vowed to change the system forever.
Katherine Johnson: Trailblazing NASA Mathematician
At a time when American space exploration was dominated by men, mathematician Katherine Johnson broke through gender and racial barriers to help change our understanding of the cosmos forever.
Picture Possibilities
As the population grows and land becomes increasingly valuable, for sale signs invite conversations about the possible uses of fields and farms. Decisions about land use impact communities for a long time, so visualizing the future is important. In this video, an orchard is for sale. The children consider possible future uses for this land, visualize three possibilities, and encourage viewers to come up with ideas of their own.
What Makes The Jungle Book a Classic?
The stories in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book are set deep in the Indian jungle, in a dangerous world without parents - and with few rules. First published as a collection in 1894, the book's themes of belonging and identity are still relevant today.
My Busy Pace And Quiet Place
A child’s self-awareness of what helps them relax and regroup can be increased when they plan a quiet space where they can observe, connect with their inner thoughts, and reinvigorate their energy. In this video, children create a visual model that juxtaposes their busy pace and quiet spaces, with attention to the sounds, looks, and feeling of quiet spaces.
What Makes The Odyssey a Classic?
Homer's The Odyssey is the ancient Greek tale of one man's epic journey home from war. Full of vengeful gods and deadly sea monsters, its influence can be seen in countless books, comics and movies today.
What Makes The War of the Worlds a Classic?
In H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, a brutal alien army descends on Earth, intent on colonising the planet for its own ends. First published as a novel in 1898, the story tapped into fears that advances in technology would herald a new age of warfare.
What Makes The Importance of Being Earnest a Classic?
Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest was first performed in February 1895, just weeks before Wilde's career was destroyed by scandal. With themes of deception and double meaning, it lampoons Victorian ideas of class and morality.
Harvey Milk: Leading the Way
Harvey Milk, America’s first openly gay elected official, was assassinated in 1978. His pioneering campaign for LGBTQ+ rights paved the way for more members of the community to serve in government.
Shots Fired! Why Being President is a Deadly Job
Of all the Presidents who have held office since the foundation of the United States, four were gunned down by assassins. This is their story.
The Civil War Battle for Bread
When the women of Richmond, Virginia couldn’t afford to buy bread during the American Civil War, they incited the largest civil disturbance the Confederacy had ever seen.
Louis Brandeis: The First Jewish Supreme Court Justice
Louis Brandeis was the first Jewish associate justice to serve on the US Supreme Court. His appointment changed the legal landscape forever.
The Unusual Presidency of William Taft
One-term Presidents are often overlooked – but what makes William Taft’s time in office memorable is the fact that it was defined by a series of unusual firsts.
Listen To All Sides
In this video, the children analyze a dispute to identify the problem, listen to all sides, develop a solution, and then develop a broader set of “rules” based on listening to all sides. They demonstrate how to collaboratively create a Rules Poster that they vote on and illustrate.
Team Doodle
In this video, the children identify some objects or experiences as they might evolve in the future. They doodle the outlines of their ideas based on observation, exploration, and imagination. They contribute individually to a collaborative art presentation, where they invite the audience to join the doodle experience. Through this experience they gain skill in using the arts elements of line, shape, color, and pattern to demonstrate a forward-thinking growth mindset, express their curiosity, and develop collaboration skills.
A Mistake Is A Gift
When a mistake is made, it is a moment of decision: toss away what was started or find a creative way to revise what was being created. Children in this video use their handwriting mistakes as opportunities to design something different and create interesting illustrations and playful flaps/windows that get woven into and around the words they write. An "oops" provides the gift of taking a new path and using creative thinking, a skill that prepares children for the future.
Ways I Make A Difference
There are many ways that children’s individual actions make a difference and can address big concerns. In this video, the children choose the issue of water conservation. They explore uses for water and identify where there is waste. They use their observation/investigation tool to look closely for signs of the impact water has on the environment. Then they present their observations and recommendations for conserving water and gather others’ ideas.
Reflect on Today's Stories
In this video children create time capsules to store their original writing. The young authors will individually determine what genre they will use to write about an interesting or significant, timely event or experience. Then, in a future month or year, they will open the time capsules and reflect upon how their thoughts and feelings might have changed.
Improv Art
In this video, children work in pairs to improvise spoken and sketched dialogue, using visual and verbal prompts to build the capacity they need to react quickly to situations, prepare for unexpected events and build future-ready skills.
Connect a Main Idea
In this video, children learn a writing technique for organizing their ideas into an overarching main idea, which becomes foundational for pulling an entire story together. Working collaboratively, they write and sketch their interests on individual cards that they decorate as train cars. Collectively the group of children discusses which ideas could be combined with others and connected to create a main idea for their writing.
This or That? Make Choices
Children often take classes offered through community organizations or clubs. Sometimes they must make a choice between two desirable options, such as music and dance. Those decisions are based on how they envision their strengths or their dreams for their future. In this video, children make choices for the classes they’ll take at the Kids’ Club. Based on which class they take, an artifact is created that they share with friends when they demonstrate what they learned. After that presentation, they have an epiphany that the music and dance classes are truly connected and their artifacts can be used to enrich each other’s classes too!
Same Plan, Different Results
A recipe or set of directions is a plan that someone follows to create something. Recipes are excellent for practicing reading and writing skills, following directions, and noticing patterns, sequences, and results that come from imaginative variations! This video shows how differences can occur, and why they might happen.
Consider Ways to Solve it
Big problems have more than one potential solution. Considering many possible solutions is a future ready skill. In this video, children learn that bees are disappearing. They conduct research to learn more about the situation and sketch different solutions.
Freeze the Past, Present, And Future
In this video, children engage in story creation and visual storytelling through images, drama, and then freeze into tableaux, which are human statues. After they interpret and perform the other groups’ story, they will compare various teams’ interpretations to see if the performances were aligned with the artists’ intent. These experiences build children’s future ready skills of visual communication, dramatic self-expression, and team collaboration.
Fabric of the Future
An invention is the creation of something new, usually to solve a problem or improve circumstances. In this video, characters will explore how fabrics were used by ancient peoples for clothing, warmth, shelter, and protection. Then they’ll see how innovators have modified fabrics to make them better and imagine new sustainable fabrics for the future. Finally, they design and present clothing designs for the future using these innovative fabrics.
What Makes Emma a Classic?
Jane Austen's Emma is the story of a wealthy heiress who meddles relentlessly in the love lives of others, but has no interest in marriage herself. First published anonymously in 1815, the novel reveals the restricted role of women in the 19th century.
Forecasting the Future
The children in this video are challenged to forecast the future needs of their community to recommend features that will expand the reach and effectiveness of their current library into a futuristic Media Center. They demonstrate ways to conduct research, connect with community members and anticipate future needs. The children lead an exciting process for forecasting the future and designing a community learning hub.
Maria Tallchief: America's First Prima Ballerina
In a world dominated by mainly caucasian dancers, Native American Maria Tallchief overcame discrimination to become the United States’ first prima ballerina.
The Secrets of the Zimmermann Telegram
The Zimmermann Telegram, a secret message from Germany to Mexico during the First World War, ended the United States’ neutrality and sealed the fate of the Central Powers.