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Improve Reading Fluency with iPods in School
Ideas and book examples to put stories on iPods, including the acceptable use forms, are in this two minute video. This is not an how to video, but the spokesperson does explain the results of using this technology.
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Vietnam War 4 (There is no number 5)
After WWII, USSR bewared of arms warfare against USA because their political viewpoints were dissimilar. America was not successful in educating the Vietnamese’ about Freedom. The lifestyles of two countries were too different - typical character of American culture is liberty, freedom, democracy; typical character of Vietnamese culture is ceremony, ritual, and conservative.  It was a civil war in Vietnam; they were just a combatant of the
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Pre-writing-A Visit to the Firestation
Before starting to write a story it is helpful to think about what to
say. One way to organize ideas is to draw pictures about what you want to write about. Watch a story about a fire station, thinking about what pictures you could draw. On their own, students are encouraged to pretend they spent a day at the fire station, draw a picture about their day and write a story to go with it.

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Pre-Writing Skills
Writers are more effective when they first develop a writing plan, such
as organizing their thoughts into main ideas and supporting details.

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Vietnam War 3
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may be disturbing.) After WWII, USSR bewared of arms warfare against USA because their political viewpoints were dissimilar. America was not successful in educating the Vietnamese’ about Freedom. The lifestyles of two countries were too different - typical character of American culture is liberty, freedom, democracy; typical character of Vietnamese culture is ceremony, ritual, and conservative.  It was a civil

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Pirates and Emperors - Song
This is a political rock cartoon about terrorist, robbers, killers and US leaders along history. There is reference to the way in which different groups fought for freedom. There is reference to the US relationship with Iraq's leaders.
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Benjamin Franklin
A video about the life of Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin was one of the most prominent of the Founders and early political figures and statesmen of the United States.
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Major Battles of the American Revolution
Video accompanied by text. "In 1774, as a response to the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament passed a series of acts, called the Coercive Acts. These acts crushed many of the chartered rights of colonial Massachusetts and infringed on the rights of the other colonies. Americans reacted with trade boycotts, and they also began to slowly unite and take political power into their own hands. Americans were not yet calling for independence, but formation of the First Continental Congress, combi
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Focus on the West - Mining
This video is accompanied by text. "Westward expansion was fueled by the prospect of fortune. Mining was a new frontier that everyone was interested in. Freedmen, ranchers, and farmers toiled alongside prospectors and commercial miners in search of a mother lode that would make them instantaneously rich..."
The mining boom got underway with the 1848 discovery of gold in California, which sparked the 1849 California gold rush. The resulting population boom led to California statehood throug

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Migration Westward after Reconstruction
This video is accompanied by text. "Prior to the Civil War, most English settlers and their descendants chose to live along the Atlantic Coast. However, the Pacific Coast was also being settled, which would lead to the development of the Great Plains as the two coasts spread toward the middle of America.
Atlantic settlers referred to the Great Plains and the Pacific Coast as the “Great West.” A less-optimistic name for this region was the “Great American Desert,” so-named because o

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Growth of the West
This video is accompanied by text. "At the close of the Civil War, Texas was only sparsely settled and large parts of Oklahoma and Kansas were designated as Indian lands. The vast and empty loneliness of Nebraska, the Dakotas, the Rocky Mountains, and beyond seemed remote and forbidding. For these areas to be developed, the government had to promote settlement and provide transportation that would allow movement of people and goods in a less arduous, dangerous, time-consuming, and expensive mann
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The End of the Frontier
This video is accompanied by text. "In 1890, the Census Bureau announced the end of the frontier, meaning there was no longer a discernible frontier line in the west, nor any large tracts of land yet unbroken by settlement. This news had a terrific psychological impact on many Americans. For the first time in history, America was without a frontier. The frontier was a part of American national identity. The ideal of an ever-pioneering spirit with eternally new wildernesses to conquer was the Ame
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Words of Abraham Lincoln
This video presents some of the ideas of Abraham Lincoln against Blacks' rights and the issue of slavery. (no narration - music included). (1:09)
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The Elections of 1860
The video is accompanied by text. "The decades between 1840 and 1860 marked an exciting yet tumultuous time for America. Slavery, westward expansion, transcontinental transportation, and evolving political parties united some groups and divided others. Ideals closely held by Northerners often clashed with those maintained by Southerners. Many disgruntled Southerners grew weary of what they believed were attempts by Northerners to disrupt their principles and limit their freedom. As the president
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Military Strategy in US Civil War
This video is accompanied by text. "When the Civil War began, there were fewer than 20,000 soldiers in the national army, and thousands of those troops soon moved south to fight for the Confederacy. In April 1861, after Union troops at Fort Sumter were forced to surrender, President Lincoln quickly called for northern states to send 75,000 volunteers to join the Union army. The Confederacy did not have an established army or navy and also turned to militia groups from the southern states to supp
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Reconstruction Begins- Social Issues
This video is accompanied by text. "While Southerners were mourning the loss of their financially lucrative labor source, more than four million former slaves were trying to find their way as freedmen. The majority of the emancipated blacks were illiterate, with limited skills and financial resources..."
The one factor that connected most former slaves was a thirst for religion. Many masters had allowed their slaves to worship beside them, but with the Emancipation Proclamation former sla

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Presidential Reconstruction
This video is accompanied by text. "In the spring of 1865, the Civil War came to an end, leaving over 620,000 dead and a devastating path of destruction throughout the south. The North now faced the task of reconstructing the ravaged and indignant Confederate states. There were many important questions that needed to be answered as the nation faced the challenges of peace:
Who would direct the process of Reconstruction? The South itself, Congress, or the President?
Should the Confede

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The Black Codes
This video is accompanied by text. "When Congress convened in December 1865, the legislative members from the newly reconstituted southern states presented themselves at the Capitol. Among them were Alexander H. Stephens--who was the ex-vice-president of the Confederacy--four Confederate generals, five colonels, and several other rebels. After four bloody years of war, the presence of these Confederates infuriated the Congressional Republicans, who immediately denied seats to all members from th
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Congressional Reconstruction
This video is accompanied by text. "A clash between President Johnson and Congress over Reconstruction was now inevitable. By the end of 1865, Radical Republican views had gained a majority in Congress, and the decisive year of 1866 saw a gradual diminishing of President Johnson’s power..."  (Professionally produced material with scholarly ideas and arguments.)
In June of 1866, the Joint Committee on Reconstruction determined that, by seceding, the southern states had forfeited “a

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The End of Reconstruction - Impeachment of Johnson
This video is accompanied by text. "In 1867, the political battle between President Johnson and Congress over southern Reconstruction came to a confrontation. The Radical Republicans in Congress were not content with curbing Johnson’s authority by overriding his vetoes--they wanted to remove him altogether. Under the laws of the time, removing Johnson meant that Ben Wade, the president pro tempore of the Senate, would become president.
While many considered Johnson to be an inadequate pr

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