Idioms In ASL - If the Shoe Fits Wear It!
English idioms are presented in American Sign Language through skits that demonstrate the meaning of the idiom. A project from Kentucky School for the Deaf. *Open captioned for hearing students.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Emily Greenhouse in ASL
Student-Created Video- Dr. Seuss' children's Christmas classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is interpreted in American Sign Language. No voice, text or illustrations are used in the story.
Alice In Wonderland- In ASL
Student-Created Video- The classic tale of, Alice in Wonderland, is retold in American Sign Language as part of an ASL 1 class. No voice, text or illustrations are used in the story.
Love You Forever- In ASL
Student-Created Video-The popular children's story, Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch in American Sign Language. The story is voiced while being signed but no text or illustrations are used.
"A, You're Adorable" Song-Alphabet Recognition & Self-Esteem
In this cute animated video, each letter of the alphabet is presented with a word that begins with that letter and that can be used to refer to a person in a positive way. "A" you're Adorable, "B" you are beautiful. Words to the song appear on the screen and each word is highlighted as it is sung. This is a wonderful teaching companion for introducing alphabet letters in the early childhood classroom. It would also be beneficial for a teachable moment in the elementary classroom and/or for a cou
Baroque Music - Corelli, Concerti Grossi, Opus 6/9 in F
Baroque music is characterized by its non-stop pace. Seventeenth-century composer Arcangelo Corelli, who achieved the type of status a rock-star has today, wrote a much-loved example. It is called Concerti Grossi, Opus 6, No. 9.
Early Childhood Home School Geography
A teacher and home school authority talks about early childhood home school geography. She tells how she teaches geometry to early elementary students and how to form relationships on the map to where they have been personally many other ways to develop geographical literacy.
Exploring Borderland-Unit 2
Chicana writer Gloria Anzaldúa tells us that the border is "una herida
abierta [an open wound] where the lifeblood of two worlds is merging to form a third country — a border culture." This program explores the literature of the Chicano borderlands and its beginnings in the
literature of Spanish colonization. Learning activities that go with this lesson can be found at: http://www.learner.org/amerpass/unit02/index.html
Puritan and Quaker Utopian Visions, 1620-1750-Unit 3
When British colonists landed in the Americas they created communities that they hoped would serve as a "light onto the nations." But what role would the native inhabitants play in this new model community? This Unit compares the answers of three important groups, the Puritans, Quakers, and Native Americans, and exposes the lasting influence they had upon American identity.
Declaring Independence, 1710-1850-Unit 4
The Enlightenment brought new ideals and a new notion of selfhood to the American colonies. This program begins with an examination of the importance of the trope of the self-made man in Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, and then turns to the development of this concept in the writings of Romanticist Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Masculine Heros-American Expansion, 1820-1900-Unit 5
In 1898, Frederick Jackson Turner declared the frontier the defining
feature of American culture, but American authors had uncovered its
significance much earlier. This program turns to three key writers of
the early national period (James Fenimore Cooper, John Rollin Ridge, and Walt Whitman) and examines the influential visions of American manhood offered by each author.
Gothic Undercurrents-Unit 6
What was haunting the American nation in the 1850s? The three writers treated in this program ‹ Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson ‹ use poetry and prose to explore the dark side of nineteenth-century America.
Race and Identity in Antebellum America-Unit 7
How has slavery shaped the American llterary imagination and American identity? This episode turns to the classic slave narratives of Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass, and the fiction of Harriet Beecher Stowe. What rhetorical strategies do their works use to construct an authentic and authoritative American self?
Regional Realism Depicting the Local in American Literature, 1865-1900-Unit 8
Set in the antebellum American South, but written after Emancipation,
Mark Twain's novel The Adventure's of Huckleberry Finn remains a
classic of American Literature. This episode compares Twain's depiction of Southern vernacular culture to that of Charles Chestnutt and Kate Chopin, and in doing so, introduces the hallmarks of American Realism.
Social Realism-Class Consciousness in American Literature, 1875-1920-Unit 9
This program presents the authors of the American Gilded Age, such as Edith Wharton, and juxtaposes them with social realists like Anzia
Yezierska. These writers expose the double world that made up
turn-of-the-century New York: that of the elite and that of the poorest
of the poor. Which of these realities is the more truly American?
Antebellum Reform Unit 8
As a response to increasing social ills, the nineteenth century
generated reform movements: temperance, abolition, school and prison reform, as well as others. This unit traces the emergence of reform movements instigated by the Second Great Awakening and the impact these movements had on American culture. (This unit includes a facilitator guide, video, and online text chapter.)
A Growing Global Power Unit 16
Fueled by patriotism, capitalism, and religion, the U.S. extended its
reach beyond national borders. New partnerships between government and big business drove an evolving diplomacy that would set the tone for American foreign policy in the twentieth century.
Global America Unit 21
As the turn of the century approached, the pendulum of American politics and social structures began to swing back toward conservativism. With immigration from Asia and the Americas on the rise, the face of America changed rapidly. This unit examines the competing forces of ethnic and American identity in a world dominated by globalization and one remaining “superpower.
The Amistad Case
Gary Fisher is a teacher at Timilty Middle School in the urban community of Roxbury, Massachusetts, part of the greater Boston area. In his eighth–grade U.S. history class, Mr. Fisher examines the history of African American slavery through a dramatic mock trial based on the Amistad case in 1839. Serving as the defense, prosecution, judges, and other historical characters in the trial, students develop their cases and present them in a formal court setting created in their classroom. In his cl
Landmark Supreme Court Cases
Wendy Ewbank teaches seventh and eighth grade at Madrona School in Bellevue, Washington. In a civics lesson on landmark Supreme Court cases, the students focus on the tension between the rights of the individual and the good of society. In the lesson, students work in
groups, presenting various cases to the class in the form of a press
conference. Key issues include the right to privacy, equal protection,
and the First Amendment. On day two, students hold a town meeting to d