Classroom

Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey

For Grades 6-12. Six classroom resources on PBS LearningMedia use video from Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey, discussion questions, activities, and handouts to examine Guerrero’s career, political beliefs, and life experience growing up as a Mexican-American in Arizona.

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

For Grades 9-12. Seven classroom resources on PBS LearningMedia explore the life and work of playwright, August Wilson. Using video from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, discussion questions, teaching activities and additional classroom support materials further examine his renowned dramas The Piano Lesson and Fences and the influence of the Black Arts Movement and blues music on his writing.

Harper Lee: Hey, Boo

For Grades 9-12. Five classroom resources on PBS LearningMedia explore the famous Harper Lee novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The comprehensive teaching guide, videos from Harper Lee: Hey, Boo and accompanying educational support materials closely examine the novel’s characters, plot, setting and relevance.

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

For Grades 7-12. Four classroom resources on PBS LearningMedia showcase the life and work of documentary photographer Dorothea Lange. Use her photographs, videos from Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, teaching tips, discussion questions and handouts to explore the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and Japanese American internment during WWII.

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

For Grades 9-12. Three classroom resources on PBS LearningMedia use video from Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, discussion questions and teaching tips to examine Walker’s childhood and its influence on her writing and her novel The Color Purple.

Arthur Miller: None Without Sin

For Grades 9-12. Three classroom resources on PBS LearningMedia use video from Arthur Miller: None Without Sin, texts, text-dependent questions and classroom activities to better understand the public investigation of Communist activity in the US during the Cold War and the inspiration for and reception of The Crucible during the Hollywood Blacklist.

Salinger

For Grades 9-12. Nine classroom resources on PBS LearningMedia explore the life, work, and enormous cultural impact of J.D. Salinger. Using video from Salinger, discussion questions, activities, a poster, and handouts to further learn about his renowned novel, The Catcher in the Rye and how his life and experiences influenced his writing.

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

For Grades 9-12. Four classroom resources on PBS LearningMedia explore the life and work of renowned novelist and activist James Baldwin. Using video from James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket and accompanying educational support materials to learn how Baldwin became known as an articulate spokesman for the pain of black Americans and advocate for the brotherhood of man.

Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea

For Grades 9-12. Classroom resources on PBS LearningMedia use video from Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea, text, text-dependent questions, interactive vocabulary flashcards and teaching activities to examine author Ernest Hemingway’s life and impact on American literature.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

For Grades 9-12. Four classroom resources on PBS LearningMedia use video from The Day Carl Sandburg Died and educational support materials to explore his life, well known poems “Chicago” and “The People, Yes” and his biography of Abraham Lincoln. His work still captures the attention of readers and is as relevant today as it was in the early 20th century.