The temperature is supposed to reach 104 degree this afternoon and there is no sign of it cooling down soon. So if you are sitting at home thinking of things to do to keep cool, why not come in and check-out a DVD. We have just received several new additions to our collection. Here are a few to preview:
The Trail of Tears
The trail of tears –explores America’s darkest period: President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in 1838. Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee National died during the Trail of Tears, arriving in Indian Territory with few elders and even fewer children. Presented by Wes Studi and narrated by James Earl Jones.
We Shall Remain
“They were charismatic and forward thinking, imaginative and courageous, compassionate and resolute, and, at times, arrogant, vengeful and reckless. For hundreds of years, Native American leaders from Massasoit, Tecumseh, and Tenskwatawa, to Major Ridge, Geronimo, and Fools Crow valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture. Sometimes, their strategies were militaristic, but more often they were diplomatic, spiritual, legal and political … These five documentaries spanning almost four hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, upending two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land”
As You Like It
Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), is raised at the court of Duke Frederick (who is younger brother to Duke Senior and took over his dukedom), with her cousin Celia (daughter to Duke Frederick). She falls in love with a young man named Orlando, but before she can even think twice about it, she is banished by Duke Frederick, who threatens death if she comes near the court again. Celia, being Rosalind’s best friend, goes with Rosalind (who is disguised as a boy, Ganymede) and Touchstone, the court’s fool, to the Forest of Arden. Upon their arrival in the forest, they happen upon Orlando and his manservant, who are fleeing the wrath of Orlando’s eldest brother. What follows is an elaborate scheme devised by the cross-dressing Rosalind to find out the verity of Orlando’s supposed passion for her, and to further capture his heart, through the witty and mischievous façade of Ganymede.
Wood started in Berlin where some artifacts from Troy remained after the devastation of World War II. From there he traveled to the Mediterranean, Turkey, and Wales to explore how much truth was in the oral story told by Homer in the Iliad. Even for non-archeology buffs, Wood brings to life the heartbreak and duplicity of Schliemann, the first to excavate (and possibly destroy portions of) Troy. This is followed by Wilhelm Dörpfeld, Schliemann’s heir, who explored further around the site, exposing what might be the Troy described by Homer. Thirdly discussed is the influential Britan, Arthur Evans, who unearthed Minos at Minos at Knossos. Lastly, we learn about Carl Blagan, an American who extracted further evidence from Troy.
Podcasting in the Classroom
Kids are especially heavy users of this technology. They love to hear their favorite songs everywhere they go. So if kids are already using the technology needed for Podcasting, why not use it to help students learn better? There are a lot of ways podcasts can be used to help improve learning in, and outside of the classroom. This title discusses the various ways in which podcasting can be used by educators to make learning more fun and relevant to students. It includes several strategies and techniques that will help improve literacy, verbal and social abilities, and creativity.
Blogging in the Classroom
In today’s technology-laden world, the public has an opportunity to respond to news and world events through the use of the internet, but also create news themselves. This can be done easily and at no cost through the use of blogs. Blogs are like internet newspapers or journals that we can update any time and post our thoughts about the world. But blogs are so much more than just newspapers. This title discusses the various ways in which blogging can be used by educators to make learning more fun and relevant to students. It includes several strategies and techniques that will help improve literacy, verbal and social abilities, and creativity.
A Class Divided
This PBS program looks at how discrimination affects both those who are treated unfairly and those who try to take advantage of people they do not feel deserve their respect. Shortly after Martin Luther King Jr., was killed, a teacher in Iowa decided to run an experiment to help her students learn more about how discrimination negatively affects everyone. She chose to treat some of her students far better than others, based solely on physical traits. This show looks at what this experiment taught the children and how they continue to be affected by it years later. The program received an Emmy Award, a Sidney Hillman Prize Award, and other honors for how it explored this unique lesson in ethics and humanity.
Brown eyes, Blue Eyes
The Facilitator Guide prepares you to handle the emotionally charged group dynamics that necessarily surface with the topic of biases, stereotypes, and assumptions. While the videos are powerful and informative, they are only the starting point. It is the discussion among participants before and after the video that solidifies learning and transfers new knowledge and insights back to the workplace. With twelve workshop options, a wealth of information on workplace diversity, tips on managing group dynamics, a full-color slide show and participant guides, this product is both flexible and comprehensive.
Rudy (Eric Schweig) and Mogie (Graham Greene) are two brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Located in the poorest county in the United States, joblessness and alcoholism are all-too-common facts of life in Pine Ridge, and Rudy and Mogie represent opposite ends of the scale of fortune. Mogie, a Vietnam veteran who came home emotionally scarred by the war, has a severe drinking problem and can’t relate to his teenage son Herbie (Noah Watts), while Mogie’s younger brother Rudy has struggled to better himself, and as a law enforcement officer is a respected member of the Pine Ridge community. But while Rudy is determined to do something positive for his town, he feels there’s only so much he can do as a lawman, and in his off-hours he’s become a vigilante, roughing up people whom he believes are helping to bring down Pine Ridge, and plotting to blow up a nearby liquor store that profits from the widespread alcoholism that has destroyed the lives of so many of his people, including his brother.
The Good German
Berlin, July, 1945. Journalist Jake Geismer arrives to cover the Potsdam conference, issued a captain’s uniform for easier passage. He also wants to find Lena, an old flame who’s now a prostitute desperate to get out of Berlin. He discovers that the driver he’s assigned, a cheerful down-home sadist named Corporal Tully, is Lena’s keeper. When the body of a murdered man washes up in Potsdam (within the Russian sector), Jake may be the only person who wants to solve the crime: U.S. personnel are busy finding Nazis to bring to trial, the Russians and the Americans are looking for German rocket scientists, and Lena has her own secrets.
Posted by Pamela Louderback