From Colonies to Constitution: The War for Independence
'This program traces the key events of the American
Revolutionary War from its outbreak at Lexington, Massachusetts in 1775 to the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783." This 15 minute video goes over the major points, but does not add a lot of depth to what isn't in a basic textbook. Does have good visuals where students can get a better feel for the time.
Beginnings of Revolutionary War
The causes of the war are reviewed started with British taxes. This two minute video does not go into depth, but does highlight the major differences. Ends with Shot Heard Around the World. Run time 01:41.
The Effects of the Stamp Act on Colonists and Early American History
An explaination the Stamp Act, a British tax on all printed material, from marriage licenses to playing cards, which infuriated early American colonists.The role of this video is to explain why this act helped to cause a war. A word wall is important as well as a timeline to help students place the events in correct order. Very through and great for explaining early American History (Running Time 3:52).
The Colonial Economy
Economic conditions of the 1700s were a contributing factor to the discontent felt by the American colonies towards Great Britain and were not easily overcome after independence. This is how the British used a shortage of money to their advantage. A three minute video that gives some depth to the causes of the Revolution. Well worth viewing. Shows the importance of a common currency to a nation's success.
The Continental Congress
Video accompanied by text. "In response to the Patriot’s defiant outburst and the destruction of British goods during the Boston Tea Party, Parliament enacted several laws to tighten its control over the colonies. The Coercive Acts, called the Intolerable Acts by Americans, punished primarily Bostonians but affected people in all thirteen colonies.
The legislation increased Americans’ resentment toward Britain and galvanized the Patriot resistance. In September 1774, delegates from tw
The Great Declaration
Video accompanied by text. "By the end of 1775, the military conflicts with Great Britain increased the eagerness of many Patriots to declare their independence, but many other colonists, including influential members of the Second Continental Congress, were wary about breaking completely from the Crown. The ties to England remained strong for many Americans and the thought of losing their political and commercial connections to one of the world’s most powerful nations seemed irrational to the
The Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776 marks the day that forever changed the direction of American history. On that day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates of the Second Continental Congress declared that the thirteen British colonies were a free nation by signing the Declaration of Independence. In this video, we present a detailed account of the courage and determination of such founding fathers as Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and John Adams. From the Stamp Act to the Boston Tea Party, from Paine's Common Sen
"The Boston Tea Party"- Song
In this animated video, students will be introduced to a friendly sea creature character that sings a song about what happened in 1773 when the "tea was poured to sea". Words to the song appear on screen and each word is highlighted as it is sung. It explains why this was done and how the British reacted. This is a wonderful teaching companion for a lesson/unit on the Revolution and its causes. Content is appropriate for upper elementary and early middle school students.
The Boston Tea Party
Video for high school about the Boston Tea Party. "In 1773, the British East India Tea Company faced bankruptcy. More than 17 million pounds of tea sat idle in warehouses, in part because American boycotts and smuggling damaged the English tea industry. The British government, set to lose a large amount of tax revenue if the company failed, ratified a Tea Act that allowed the company to bypass English and American wholesalers and sell directly to American merchants at reduced prices..."
Jackson and Van Buren
Video accompanied by text. "Historians are divided on President Andrew Jackson’s feelings toward Indians. Some claim he was a virulent Indian hater and cite as evidence the fact that he commanded the American troops that killed nearly 900 Creeks in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. On the other hand, Jackson led an invasion of Florida in 1818 to capture runaway slaves and punish those who aided them. There he ordered Indians, Spanish, and British alike hanged or otherwise killed. Rather th
The Mexican American War, Causes and Events
This video is accompanied by text. "The process of admitting Texas as a slave state was well under way by the time Polk became president on March 4, 1845. One plank of the Democratic platform was thus resolved. In his first annual message to Congress, Polk asserted that the American claim to the entire Oregon country was “clear and unquestionable.” The British, who had refused on several occasions to relinquish any territory north of the Columbia River, now had a change of heart. Their chief
Top Ten Poetic Devices
This is an outstanding video of the'Top Ten Poetic devices'. This video made for the Learning English through Poems and Songs workshop from British Council Hong Kong(C) EDB 2009. The video is suitable for third-grade students and older.
"Dad Don't Dance," poem by Roger Stevens
Students will smile as they watch and listen. Ron Bookless' drawings animate the poem, "Dad Don't Dance," read with a British accent by Roger Stevens from his book The Monster that Ate the Universe. This poem has rhyme, rhythm, and a little alliteration and is appropriate for elementary students. Very British. (1:23)
"A List of Words," poem by Roger Stevens
"A List of Words" is a poem featured in The Monster That Ate the Universe (Macmillan Children's Books) by Roger Stevens. Cartoons by Sarah Naylor. Read by a male adult with a British accent, the poem contains many adjectives. (1:15)
The World of Peter Rabbit And Friends: Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Pigling Bland, Part 1 of 3
Another story in this televised film series begins with a portrayal of Beatrix Potter painting on a hillside, forest creatures around her, and then running home before a rain storm. Potter goes into her cottage, talks to her rabbit, Peter, and reads aloud a story she wrote for a sick child, later published as The Tale of Pigling Bland. The animated video of this story uses Potter's illustrations and is narrated with British accents. Mus
The World of Peter Rabbit And Friends: Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Pigling Bland, Part 3 of 3
Concludes this animated story of The Tale of Pigling Bland with a nursery rhyme song, "Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son." We then see a portrayal of the British children's author, Beatrix Potter, again talking to Peter. As she walks on the cobblestone path past the blooming rose bushes to post her letter, we are treated to Miriam Stockley singing "Perfect Day." (8:40)
Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan
This video is accompanied by text. "As the perceived threat from the Soviet Union continued to grow, the West became desperate to stop the spread of communism. After WWII, the communist community grew quickly in many parts of war-ravaged Europe. England was desperately trying to stop the spread of European communism in key countries, one of which was Greece. A fear shared by the U.S. and Britain was that if Greece became communist, so would Turkey, and the Soviets would control the eastern Medit
Tom Thumb, Part 1 of 2
This live action film, made in 1958, is based on the classic Tom Thumb story from the pen of the Brothers Grimm. Entertaining for all ages, and especially for film history students, the film stars Alan Young and June Thorburn. Peter Sellers plays the part of one of the "villains." Songs by Peggy Lee. Opening credits are shown on the pages of an old-fashioned scrapbook. Male narrator with soothing British accent. Part 1 of 2 (9:15)
Little Red Riding Hood, Part 2 of 3
A Little Red Riding Hood in Eastern Indian clothing with a British accent, a tricky wolf with a French accent, Disney-like animation, music, sound effects. The wolf uses the phrase, "Shut up" at around 2 minutes into this section. Part 2 of 3 (10:00)
First Tanks in Action.
In this primary documented short video it shows one of the very first tanks in motion that the British created. It was made to be an industructible machine. Sound is very poor, best to mute it.