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Biographies

The Choice 2000
Using this dual biography of presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore, students will explore U.S. political history, voter turnout, political parties and the presidential selection process. (Original airdate: Oct. 2, 2000)

The Choice 2004
These teaching activities are designed to help students become more familiar with the candidates in the 2004 presidential contest and to explore the political cultures that shaped their careers and support their candidacies. (Original airdate: Oct. 12, 2004)

The Choice '96
Using this dual biography of presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, students will learn how to prepare for debates, and assess a candidate's fitness for public office. (Original airdate: Oct. 8, 1996)

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
With this guide, students will study the history of Christianity and the Roman Empire, what it takes to be a "founder," the nature of oral versus written storytelling, and role of religion in society. (Original airdate: April 6, 1998)

Jefferson's Blood
This film and guide look at Thomas Jefferson's historical legacy in light of revelations about his relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings. Students will explore Jefferson's life and times, and examine his role as philosopher and politician. (Original airdate: May 2, 2000)

The Jesus Factor
Students will explore the intersection of faith and government by examining the First Amendment and the idea of "separation of church and state." (Original Airdate: April 29, 2004)

Karl Rove -- The Architect
Students will use this profile of Karl Rove to explore the intersection of policy and political strategy for the purpose of marketing social security policy to select audiences. (Original airdate: April 12, 2006)

The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela
Students will use this biography of Nelson Mandela to explore issues of leadership, diversity, social justice, and conflict resolution. (Original airdate: May 11, 1999)

The Lost American
This guide uses the life story of humanitarian aid worker Fred Cuny to explore the tradeoffs decision-makers must address when considering U.S. humanitarian involvement. (Original airdate: Oct. 14, 1997)

Much Ado About Something
This film and guide examine the question of whether William Shakespeare was the true author of all his works. Students will explore political and literary ramifications of the authorship question, as well as the nature of Shakespeare's language. (Original airdate: Jan. 2, 2003)

Pope John Paul II: The Millennial Pope
Students will use this biography of Pope John Paul II to study leadership characteristics and the relationships between individuals and institutions. (Original airdate: Sept. 28, 1999)

The Roots of Terror
This teacher's guide uses a series of four documentaries produced by FRONTLINE in the wake of Sept. 11 to explore the roots of terrorism and the complex evolution of U.S. policy and Islamic fundamentalism. Includes exercises related to "Hunting bin Laden," FRONTLINE's 1998 profile of Osama bin Laden.

Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?
Using this guide, students will explore the character and motivations of President Kennedy's assassin. They will learn about how conspiracy theories are formed by thinking about a country's search for meaning behind a national trauma, and also examining how authors and filmmakers express "truth" using facts and/or fiction.

 

Business/Economy

The Alternative Fix
Using this guide, students can explore the popularity of alternative medicine, research the development of the Federal Drug Administration and examine how literature and media influence public policy. (Original airdate: Nov. 6, 2003)

Can You Afford to Retire?
Students will become familiar with how a 401(k) plan works and the risks and ramifications of retirement planning. (Original airdate: May 16, 2006)

China in the Red
Students will learn about globalization and economic reforms in China and explore the country's unique blend of socialism and capitalism, and its effects on its citizens. (Original airdate: Feb. 13, 2003)

Is Wal-Mart Good for America?
Students will examine the costs and benefits of outsourcing for consumers, manufacturers, retailers and workers in the United States. (Original airdate: Nov. 16, 2003)

Merchants of Cool
This film and guide trace the tactics, techniques, and cultural ramifications of the marketing of mass culture to teenagers. Students will develop media literacy skills by exploring corporate marketing techniques and analyzing media sources. (Original airdate: Feb. 27, 2001)

The Meth Epidemic
Using this guide, students will understand how and why meth use has spread across the U.S., and learn about the dangers of meth addiction. (Original airdate: Feb. 27, 2001)

The Other Drug War
This guide will help students consider the debate over prescription drug pricing, the government's role in regulating drug prices, concepts of media literacy and the role of these concepts in pharmaceutical advertising. (Original airdate: June 19, 2003)

The Persuaders
This guide allows students to explore the role of advertising, marketing, and branding in both the topics they are studying and their communities. (Original airdate: November 9, 2004)

The Secret History of the Credit Card
Students will learn about how the credit industry has evolved over the past 30 years and become more familiar with the consequences of debt. (Original airdate: November 23, 2004)

The Tank Man
Using this guide, students will become familiar with what happened at Tiananmen Square in June 1989, as well as the overall social, economic and political reforms that China has undergone over the past thirty years, and the impact of censorship on the dissemination of information. (Original airdate: April 11, 2006)

 

Diversity

Assault on Gay America (Viewer's Guide)
This guide explores the roots of homophobia in the U.S. and its intersection with gender, religion, science and popular culture. (Original airdate: Feb. 15, 2000)

A Class Divided
Using this guide, which recounts the classic "brown eyes/blue eyes" exercise originally conducted by Iowa teacher Jane Elliot following Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, students will explore the historical role of racism in the United States, as well as prejudice and stereotypes in their own lives. (Original airdate: March 26, 1985)

Jefferson's Blood
This film and guide look at Thomas Jefferson's historical legacy in light of revelations about his relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings. Students will explore Jefferson's life and times, and examine his role as philosopher and politician. (Original airdate: May 2, 2000)

The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela
Students will use this biography of Nelson Mandela to explore issues of leadership, diversity, social justice, and conflict resolution. (Original airdate: May 11, 1999)

Muslims
Students will use this guide to explore the myths and stereotypes surrounding the Muslim faith and its worldwide adherents. They will also learn to analyze media sources for bias by comparing analysis of an event from both Muslim and non-Muslim sources. (Original airdate: May 9, 2002)

The O.J. Verdict
Using this guide, students will explore the role of race in the Simpson jury's verdict, and in the media and contemporary society. (Original airdate: Oct. 4, 2006)

Secrets of the SAT
Using this guide, students will explore the controversy surrounding the use of the SAT in the college admissions process, including issues of diversity and meritocracy. (Original airdate: Oct. 5, 1999)

Shtetl
"Shtetl" tells the homecoming story of two elderly Polish-American Jews who return to Bransk, Poland seeking their family history. Students will use this guide to learn how to create oral histories and explore the issues around forming a community. (Original airdate: April 17, 1996)

 

Foreign Affairs/Defense

Al Qaeda's New Front
Students prepare presentations for a "summit meeting" in which they will address ways for the U.S., European governments, and Muslims living in Europe to work together and face the growing threat of Islamic fundamentalism in Europe. (Original airdate: Jan. 25, 2006)

Ambush in Mogadishu
In examining the disastrous 1993 U.S. intervention in Somalia, students will develop military, humanitarian, or political criteria about when and where to intervene in a humanitarian crisis. (Original airdate: Sept. 29, 1998)

China in the Red
Students will learn about globalization and economic reforms in China and explore the country's unique blend of socialism and capitalism, and its effects on its citizens. (Original airdate: Feb. 13, 2003)

Dangerous Straits
This film and guide offer the historical context to understand U.S.-Chinese relations. Students will learn about the art and practice of diplomacy and prepare policy briefs for their U.S. representatives. (Original airdate: Oct. 18, 2001)

The Enemy Within
Students will examine the domestic response to the attack on Pearl Harbor and develop a plan on how the U.S. might best respond to terrorism and fears of terrorism.

Ghosts of Rwanda
This guide offers classroom teachers an array of opportunities to teach history and to explore the notion of individual and collective responsibility. (Original airdate: April 1, 2004)

The Gulf War
Using this guide, students will examine the decision-making behind the 1991 Gulf War and explore media coverage of the conflict. (Original airdate: Jan. 9, 1996)

House of Saud
Using this teaching guide, students will examine the power of the fatwa in Saudi Arabia and analyze the impact of other forms of political speech. (Original airdate: Feb. 8, 2006)

In Search of Al Qaeda
Students will use this film -- a reporter's personal journey to the Middle East to understand what happened to Al Qaeda in the months after the war in Afghanistan -- to explore issues of media literacy and how public opinion was formed on both sides of the conflict. (Original airdate: Nov. 21, 2002)

The Insurgency
Using this guide, students will be exposed to arguments for and against the continued occupation of Iraq and will conduct a policy debate on exit strategies. (Original airdate: Feb. 21, 2006)

The Invasion of Iraq
This film and guide examines the 2003 war in Iraq through the eyes of the war's strategists and combatants. Students will evaluate the campaign's successes and failures and look at the war through the eyes of U.S. soldiers. (Original airdate: Feb. 26, 2004)

Kim's Nuclear Gamble
Using the nuclear tensions between the U.S. and North Korea as a basis, students will study the effects of nuclear proliferation and learn to develop effective negotiating strategies. (Original airdate: April 10, 2003)

The Lost American
This guide uses the life story of humanitarian aid worker Fred Cuny to explore the tradeoffs decision-makers must address when considering U.S. humanitarian involvement. (Original airdate: Oct. 14, 1997)

The Lost Year in Iraq
Students will examine and compare three models for postwar reconstruction and evaluate their effectiveness.

Memory of the Camps
This guide provides suggestions for tactful and productive discussion following the viewing of the disturbing, powerful film footage from the liberation of several Nazi concentration camps at the conclusion of World War II. (Original airdate: May 7, 1985)

Return of the Taliban
The lesson plan examines the growth of lawlessness in the tribal regions of Pakistan and asks students to propose solutions to this problem.

The Roots of Terror
This teacher's guide uses a series of four documentaries produced by FRONTLINE in the wake of Sept. 11 to explore the roots of terrorism and the complex evolution of U.S. policy and Islamic fundamentalism.

The Tank Man
Using this guide, students will become familiar with what happened at Tiananmen Square in June 1989, as well as the overall social, economic and political reforms that China has undergone over the past thirty years, and the impact of censorship on the dissemination of information. (Original airdate: April 11, 2006)

The Triumph of Evil
This site examines historical background behind the 1994 Rwandan genocide and offers information explaining why the West lacked the will to intervene. (Original airdate: Jan. 26, 1999)

The Torture Question
Students will learn to analyze the limits of interrogation techniques in accordance with the Geneva Conventions and international law. (Original airdate: Oct. 18. 2005)

Truth, War and Consequences
These teaching activities are designed to help students understand the roots of the current crisis in Iraq, the decision to go to war without United Nations support and the challenges facing post-war Iraq. Students will study the individuals and entities involved in the decision-making, and the possibility for a democratic Iraq. (Original airdate: Oct. 9, 2003)

 

Government/Public Policy

The Alternative Fix
Using this guide, students can explore the popularity of alternative medicine, research the development of the Federal Drug Administration and examine how literature and media influence public policy. (Original airdate: Nov. 6, 2003)

The Choice 2000
Using this dual biography of presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore, students will explore U.S. political history, voter turnout, political parties and the presidential selection process. (Original airdate: Oct. 2, 2000)

The Choice 2004
These teaching activities are designed to help students become more familiar with the candidates in the 2004 presidential contest and to explore the political cultures that shaped their careers and support their candidacies. (Original airdate: Oct. 12, 2004)

The Choice '96
Using this dual biography of presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, students will learn how to prepare for debates, and assess a candidate's fitness for public office. (Original airdate: Oct. 8, 1996)

Drug Wars
This guide reexamines the 30-year history of U.S. drug policy. Students will compare the various approaches -- including treatment, education, prevention, prohibition and punishment -- and study the effects the war on drugs have had on issues of social justice and civil liberties. (Original airdates: Oct. 9 & 10, 2000)

Hot Politics
Students will hold a Congressional Hearing on Global Warming and Climate Change. They will learn the issues surrounding global warming and the difficulty of finding a political solution. (Original Airdate: April 24, 2007)

The Insurgency
Using this guide, students will be exposed to arguments for and against the continued occupation of Iraq and will conduct a policy debate on exit strategies. (Original airdate: Feb. 21, 2006)

The Jesus Factor
Students will explore the intersection of faith and government by examining the First Amendment and the idea of "separation of church and state." (Original Airdate: April 29, 2004)

Justice for Sale
Students will explore the issue of judicial campaign financing through two lenses: the first reflecting the influence of campaign spending and the second reflecting the impact of special interests on judicial decisions. (Original airdate: Nov. 23, 1999)

Karl Rove -- The Architect
Students will use this profile of Karl Rove to explore the intersection of policy and political strategy for the purpose of marketing social security policy to select audiences. (Original airdate: April 12, 2006)

The Last Abortion Clinic
Students will look at the Supreme Court history that established abortion law and asses the appropriate role of federal and state government in deciding when and how to regulate the procedure. (Original airdate: Nov. 8, 2006)

News War
These writing activities will familiarize students with the First Amendment, the relationship of a free press to democracy, and the reasons for and against granting journalists the right to keep sources confidential. (Original Airdate: Feb. 13, 2007)

The O.J. Verdict
Using this guide, students will explore the role of race in the Simpson jury's verdict, and in the media and contemporary society. (Original airdate: Oct. 4, 2006)

The Other Drug War
This guide will help students consider the debate over prescription drug pricing, the government's role in regulating drug prices, concepts of media literacy and the role of these concepts in pharmaceutical advertising. (Original airdate: June 19, 2003)

The Storm
Examining the federal, state, and local response to Hurricane Katrina. (Original airdate: Nov. 22, 2006)

The Tank Man
Using this guide, students will become familiar with what happened at Tiananmen Square in June 1989, as well as the overall social, economic and political reforms that China has undergone over the past thirty years, and the impact of censorship on the dissemination of information. (Original airdate: April 11, 2006)

Testing Our Schools (Parents' Guide)
This guide offers background on the controversy over standardized testing and the "Leave No Child Behind Act," as well as information on what these tests do and do not measure. (Original airdate: March 28, 2002)

Truth, War and Consequences
These teaching activities are designed to help students understand the roots of the current crisis in Iraq, the decision to go to war without United Nations support and the challenges facing post-war Iraq. Students will study the individuals and entities involved in the decision-making, and the possibility for a democratic Iraq. (Original airdate: Oct. 9, 2003)

Waco: The Inside Story
Using the standoff at the Branch Davidian compound to explore the fundamental questions surrounding the relationship between the federal government and its citizens, this guide is intended to make students aware of the tensions that can grow and the difficulties faced by each side in maintaining a democracy. (Original airdate: Oct. 17, 1995)

Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?
Using this guide, students will explore the character and motivations of President Kennedy's assassin. They will learn about how conspiracy theories are formed by thinking about a country's search for meaning behind a national trauma, and also examining how authors and filmmakers express "truth" using facts and/or fiction.

 

Health/Science/Technology

The Alternative Fix
Using this guide, students can explore the popularity of alternative medicine, research the development of the Federal Drug Administration and examine how literature and media influence public policy. (Original airdate: Nov. 6, 2003)

Diet Wars
Students will learn about the USDA food pyramid, evaluate their own food consumption and examine their school lunch program for nutrition and health purposes. (Original airdate: April 8, 2004)

Drug Wars
This guide reexamines the 30-year history of U.S. drug policy. Students will compare the various approaches -- including treatment, education, prevention, prohibition and punishment -- and study the effects the war on drugs have had on issues of social justice and civil liberties. (Original airdates: Oct. 9 & 10, 2000)

Fat
Students will learn about the causes and health implications of obesity, and explore how media and cultural ideals as well as biology and genetics influence our relationship with food. (Original airdate: Nov. 3, 1998)

Harvest of Fear
In this guide, FRONTLINE and NOVA join forces to explore the scientific and political debates over genetically modified foods. Students will debate the safety of genetically modified foods, as well as the claims that these foods could help reduce starvation and improve nutrition in developing nations. (Original airdate: April 24, 2001)

Inside the Teenage Brain (Parents' Guide)
This guide, based upon new understandings of how the teenage brain works, offers exercises and resources for parents and teens to help improve mutual understanding and communication. (Original airdate: Jan. 31, 2002)

The Last Abortion Clinic
Students will look at the Supreme Court history that established abortion law and asses the appropriate role of federal and state government in deciding when and how to regulate the procedure. (Original airdate: Nov. 8, 2006)

The Lost Children of Rockdale County
This guide uses the incident of a syphilis outbreak in suburban Georgia as a basis to explore issues of teen sexuality. Students will debate the social issues involved and study how infectious diseases spread. (Original airdate: Oct. 9, 1999)

Medicating Kids (Viewers/Parents Guide)
This guide presents some of the most frequently asked questions about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and points readers to online resources and interviews with experts from various backgrounds that address these questions. (Original airdate: April 10, 2001)

The Meth Epidemic
Using this guide, students will understand how and why meth use has spread across the U.S., and learn about the dangers of meth addiction. (Original airdate: Feb. 27, 2001)

The Other Drug War
This guide will help students consider the debate over prescription drug pricing, the government's role in regulating drug prices, concepts of media literacy and the role of these concepts in pharmaceutical advertising. (Original airdate: June 19, 2003)

What's Up With the Weather?
Developed by NOVA, in collaboration with FRONTLINE, this guide looks at the complex scientific, ethical, and political issues surrounding possible human-induced global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels. (Original Airdate: April 18, 2000)

 

Media Literacy

Fat
Students will learn about the causes and health implications of obesity, and explore how media and cultural ideals as well as biology and genetics influence our relationship with food. (Original airdate: Nov. 3, 1998)

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
Using this guide, students will study the history of Christianity and the Roman Empire, what it takes to be a "founder," the nature of oral versus written storytelling, and role of religion in society. (Original airdate: April 6, 1998)

The Gulf War
Using this guide, students will examine the decision-making behind the 1991 Gulf War and explore media coverage of the conflict. (Original airdate: Jan. 9, 1996)

A Hidden Life
Students will explore the guiding ethical principles of professional journalists and evaluate hypothetical dilemmas to determine if a story should "go to press." (Original airdate: November 14, 2006)

In Search of Al Qaeda
Students will use this film -- a reporter's personal journey to the Middle East to understand what happened to Al Qaeda in the months after the war in Afghanistan -- to explore issues of media literacy and how public opinion was formed on both sides of the conflict. (Original airdate: Nov. 21, 2002)

Merchants of Cool
This film and guide trace the tactics, techniques, and cultural ramifications of the marketing of mass culture to teenagers. Students will develop media literacy skills by exploring corporate marketing techniques and analyzing media sources. (Original airdate: Feb. 27, 2001)

Much Ado About Something
This film and guide examine the question of whether William Shakespeare was the true author of all his work. Students will explore political and literary ramifications of the authorship question, as well as the nature of Shakespeare's language. (Original airdate: Jan. 2, 2003)

Muslims
Students will use this guide to explore the myths and stereotypes surrounding the Muslim faith and its worldwide adherents. They will also learn to analyze media sources for bias by comparing analysis of an event from both Muslim and non-Muslim sources. (Original airdate: May 9, 2002)

News War
These writing activities will familiarize students with the First Amendment, the relationship of a free press to democracy, and the reasons for and against granting journalists the right to keep sources confidential. (Original Airdate: Feb. 13, 2007)

The O.J. Verdict
Using this guide, students will explore the role of race in the Simpson jury's verdict, and in the media and contemporary society. (Original airdate: Oct. 4, 2006)

The Persuaders
This guide allows students to explore the role of advertising, marketing, and branding in both the topics they are studying and their communities. (Original airdate: November 9, 2004)

The Roots of Terror
This teacher's guide uses a series of four documentaries produced by FRONTLINE in the wake of Sept. 11 to explore the roots of terrorism and the complex evolution of U.S. policy and Islamic fundamentalism. Includes media literacy activities.

When Kids Get Life
Challenges students to understand the power of the media to shape public opinion about the justice or injustice of criminal laws. (Original Airdate: May 8, 2007)

Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?
Using this guide, students will explore the character and motivations of President Kennedy's assassin. They will learn about how conspiracy theories are formed by thinking about a country's search for meaning behind a national trauma, and also examining how authors and filmmakers express "truth" using facts and/or fiction.

 

Religion

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
With this guide, students will study the history of Christianity and the Roman Empire, what it takes to be a "founder," the nature of oral versus written storytelling, and role of religion in society. (Original airdate: April 6, 1998)

The Insurgency
Using this guide, students will be exposed to arguments for and against the continued occupation of Iraq and will conduct a policy debate on exit strategies. (Original airdate: Feb. 21, 2006)

The Mormons
Students will learn about the constitutionality of religious tests for office and they will evaluate their own comfort level about the role of religion in U.S. elections. (Original Airdate: April 30, 2007)

The Jesus Factor
Students will explore the intersection of faith and government by examining the First Amendment and the idea of "separation of church and state." (Original Airdate: April 29, 2004)

Muslims
Students will use this guide to explore the myths and stereotypes surrounding the Muslim faith and its worldwide adherents. They will also learn to analyze media sources for bias by comparing analysis of an event from both Muslim and non-Muslim sources. (Original airdate: May 9, 2002)

Pope John Paul II: The Millennial Pope
Students will use this biography of Pope John Paul II to study leadership characteristics and the relationships between individuals and institutions. (Original airdate: Sept. 28, 1999)

The Roots of Terror
This teacher's guide uses a series of four documentaries produced by FRONTLINE in the wake of Sept. 11 to explore the roots of terrorism and the complex evolution of U.S. policy and Islamic fundamentalism.

Shtetl
"Shtetl" tells the homecoming story of two elderly Polish-American Jews who return to Bransk, Poland seeking their family history. Students will use this guide to learn how to create oral histories and explore the issues around forming a community. (Original airdate: April 17, 1996)