American Masters, public television’s award-winning biography series, brings unique originality and perspective to exploring the lives and illuminating the creative journeys of our most enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists and filmmakers – those who have left an indelible impression on our nation’s cultural landscape. This collection offers you access to classroom-ready videos and articles drawn from the Series broadcasts and website. Essential resources in exploring the writing of Salinger, Wilson, Baldwin, Arthur Miller, Harper Lee and more American classics.
The acclaimed PBS series MASTERPIECE, renowned for its superb adaptations of classic literature, is a trusted source for both teachers and students. Presenting a treasure trove of video segments from MASTERPIECE, supported by essays and teacher tips, this collection offers innovative ways to access, understand, and analyze complex literary texts. Watching these pivotal moments from award-winning shows also helps to provide a deeper appreciation of the power of film dramatization—and the importance of becoming a critical media consumer. These can eb essential resources in exploring the writings of Austen, Bronte, Christie, Dickens, Doyle, Hardy, Wilder.
Crash Course Literature
From balancing chemical reactions to analyzing famous literature, never before has one collection offered such a range of content. Since 2011, brothers John and Hank Green have pioneered digital education with their series Crash Course on YouTube.
Finding Your Roots
Discover lesson plans, clips, and resources from Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Explore historical events as experienced by the ancestors of season three guests including Azar Nafisi, Bill Hader, Bill O'Reilly, Frank Gehry, Gloria Steinem, John McCain, Maya Rudolph, Mia Farrow, Sean Combs, and Ty Burrell. Travel through time and around the world, from the Russian Empire in 1721 to the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Learn about war heroes, survivors, homesteaders, slaves who fought for freedom, civil rights activists, and more using this collection.
The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare's History Plays
The Hollow Crown is a Great Performances series showcasing four filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays: Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V.The interactive and video resources in this collection are designed to aid teachers in exploring these complex plays with their students. Use the viewing guide, supplemental teaching tips, discussion questions, background essays, and activities to analyze and compare the films with Shakespeare’s original text, discover major themes, and delve deeper into the stories’ historical backgrounds.
Inspiring Middle School Literacy
These online self-paced lessons for blended learning, funded by the Walmart Foundation, are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8. Each lesson uses videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts topic.
Anne Frank Resources
From Masterpiece excerpt to News Hour reporting, here are several Anne Frank resources found in PBS LearningMedia.