Showing posts with label American Experience. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Experience. Show all posts

Monday, February 27, 2017

Nixon's Visit to China - Documents and Video

Last week the National Archives Today's Document feed featured two artifacts from President Nixon's landmark visit to China in 1972. The first document was actually a photography of Air Force One arriving in China. The second document was the menu from one of the dinners in Peking. Looking at these documents reminded me of some other resources that I've used when teaching students about evolution of relations between the United States and China.

The Nixon Presidential Library's website has a section about Nixon's visit to China. In this section you can listen to recordings of Nixon discussing the rationale for the trip and his post-trip reflections. You can also listen to Mrs. Nixon discuss the arrival of two Pandas at the National Zoo.

The PBS American Experience website has a map of Nixon's visit to China. The map highlights the places that Nixon visited during his seven day visit in February 1972. The map and the rest of the website are designed as companions to the PBS American Experience film "Nixon's China Game."

And you can learn even more about President Nixon in the three hour American Experience documentary about him. That video can be watched here or as embedded below. 



Monday, September 3, 2012

Video - Surviving the Dust Bowl

As some readers know, I don't have a television at home so all of my "leisure" screen time comes through the web in the forms of Netflix, Hulu, Google Play movies, and occasionally PBS Video. Last night I was browsing through PBS Video when I came across an American Experience episode that I often use parts of when teaching about the Great Depression.

Surviving the Dust Bowl is an hour-long documentary of the stories of people who survived the Dust Bowl. I have found that the first-person accounts and archival footage captivated some of my students. Toward the beginning of the video there is one story of a family that refused government aid that really speaks to the resolve of some of the Dust Bowl survivors. 

Watch Surviving the Dust Bowl on PBS. See more from American Experience.

Applications for Education
If your students read The Grapes of Wrath, Surviving the Dust Bowl is a good companion resource that  tells "the rest of the story" so to speak. In fact, a six years ago an American Literature teacher and I teamed together and we did use The Grapes of Wrath and Surviving the Dust Bowl together.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Custer's Last Stand - Video, Timeline, and Map

As some of you know, I don't have a television at home. Instead, my screen entertainment comes through whatever I find to stream online. This evening I was browsing the American Experience website when I found the full-length video of Custer's Last Stand. If you're a teacher of U.S. History, this is a resource that you should bookmark.

Watch Custer's Last Stand on PBS. See more from American Experience.
Applications for Education
In addition to the full-length video, American Experience offers a teacher's guide complete with twenty discussion questions and seven offline lesson plans. To accompany those lesson plans you will find a timeline of Custer's Black Hills Expedition and a Google Map about Custer's Black Hills Expedition.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Watch Freedom Riders Online for Free

The American Experience documentary Freedom Riders recently popped-up in my Netflix suggestions. That suggestion made me wonder if Freedom Riders is available for full-length viewing on the American Experience website. It turns out that it is. You can watch the nearly two-hour story of civil rights activists who in 1961 banded together to challenge segregation laws and practices in the south.

Watch Freedom Riders on PBS. See more from American Experience.

Applications for Education
If you do not have the time to show the entire documentary in your classroom, the American Experience/ Freedom Riders website has many excerpts that you can watch. American Experience offers an extensive viewing guide for teachers to use with their students.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Building the Panama Canal - Lesson Plans & Video

One of my favorite television programs is American Experience. And one of my favorite US Presidents to read about is Theodore Roosevelt. The construction of the Panama Canal was one of the projects that Roosevelt pursued with vigor. Therefore, I was excited when I discovered that American Experience has a ninety minute program about the building of the Panama Canal. I recently enjoyed watching the program (in chunks because I never seem to have 90 uninterrupted minutes these days) and exploring some of American Experience's related resources. I've embedded the beginning of the program below, click here to watch the whole program.

Watch The Panama Canal on PBS. See more from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.


Applications for Education
American Experience has some nice resources to support a teacher's use of the Panama Canal documentary in the classroom. The Interactive Panama Canal Map allows viewers to click on different parts of the canal and explore the challenges faced in building the canal and the technology used to construct it. The Timeline of the Panama Canal doesn't have any interactive elements but it does offer a great overview of the history of the canal. And as usual American Experience has some good lesson plan suggestions connected to the video. My favorite of their suggestions is their suggestion and inclusion of editorial cartoons about the construction of the Panama Canal.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Forrest Gump and Videos on Ping Pong Diplomacy

This morning I eavesdropped on one of my US History students telling another that he had recently watched Forrest Gump on television. As both students were commenting on how unreal some of the scenarios in the film were I interjected with, "some of those scenarios are based on real events in US History." That's how we got on the topic of ping pong diplomacy. To give them a quick, unplanned, lesson about ping pong diplomacy I jumped on YouTube, did a search and quickly found this NBC Nightly News clip from the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing. You can watch that clip below.



The longer clip that is mentioned at the end of the one above can be found here and is embedded below.


On a related note, the American Experience movie about Nixon is available to view in its entirety through PBS Video. I've embedded the video below and you can also find it here.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

American Experience - Nixon Visits China

Yesterday, while planning a unit about China-US relations for my global studies class I rediscovered the American Experience videos about Richard Nixon. Through PBS Video it is possible to watch the whole series or just a segment of the series. I'm planning to use the seven minute segment about Nixon's trip to China in 1972. You can watch the segment below.


Applications for Education
American Experience suggests a simple scrapbooking activity as a follow-up to watching this video. While that activity is probably good for middle school students, it's a little too simplistic for my high school juniors and seniors. I'm currently developing an activity in which we'll be watching the segment then analyzing and comparing its influence in Cold War relations with that of post Cold War diplomatic relations.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Buffalo Bill Cody - Video, Documents, and Lessons

Buffalo Bill Cody is one of the most iconic figures of the American West. American Experience, produced by PBS, has an excellent one hour program about Buffalo Bill. You can view the entire program for free on the PBS video website. In true PBS form, there are some excellent lesson plans for teachers to use in conjunction with the video. To provide student with context of where Buffalo Bill Cody fits in with the history of the American West, check out the American Frontiers interactive timeline.

What prompted me to share this resource (which I used in class last year) about Buffalo Bill Cody is this document from the National Archives that appeared last week in their daily document RSS feed. This document is the Land Entry Permit filed by Buffalo Bill Cody. The permit details the costs incurred by Cody.

Applications for Education
In general American Experience is a great resource for high school and middle school US History teachers. For most of the episodes in the series, PBS provides excellent free lesson plans.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

American Experience - The Crash of 1929

Today marks the 80th anniversary of Black Tuesday. CNN Student News had a short segment about it today. Watching the CNN segment reminded me that the PBS series American Experience has an hour long video about the stock market crash of 1929. PBS does not provide embed codes for their videos, but you can watch the entire video on the PBS video site. You can watch American Experience: The Crash of 1929 by clicking here.

Applications for Education
PBS has a series of eight lesson plans designed for use in conjunction with a classroom viewing of American Experience: The Crash of 1929. The lesson plans are separated into four categories; history, economics, civics, and geography.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
From Common Craft - Stock Markets in Plain English
Interactive Timeline of the 08/09 Financial Crisis
Financial Glossary for Students