This series provides insight into the major historical events of the 20th century. Each program blends archival footage and interviews to give students a unique look at the momentous occurrences of the period.
Grade Levels: 7-12
Resource Types: Video and Teacher’s Guide
A captivating musical montage of graphics and archival film footage gives students an overview of the first mission to land men on the moon, from blast-off to splashdown. Extensive insight is provided by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon.
Chernobyl: Lessons Learned
A brief history of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and an explanation of how people continue to be affected today.
JFK Assassination: Transfer of Power
The role played by the death of President John F. Kennedy in modifying the U.S. Constitution, clarifying the transfer of presidential power, and tightening security procedures around the president.
Lessons of the Holocaust
Examines the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany and demonstrates that the ideas and opinions of that time are still prevalent in our society today.
Martin Luther King: Civil Rights Movement
Excerpts from some of King’s most stirring speeches are put into context by the recollections of people who knew him well and worked in the civil rights movement.
Return to Vietnam
A history of the conflict in Vietnam: what led up to it, how the United States became involved, and what happened before the North Vietnamese invasion of Saigon.
Conversation with Rosa Parks
An intimate conversation with Rosa Parks, who sparked the Montgomery (AL) bus boycott, a watershed events in the civil rights movement, shows students the importance of knowing your own heritage and standing up for what you believe in.
Return to Auschwitz
Auschwitz was the most notorious Nazi death camp of World War II. After returning there for the first time in more than 50 years, several Holocaust survivors tell the stories of their forced incarceration and the horrors they endured.
This guide includes resources for each program including summaries, before viewing activities, focus questions, glossaries, discussion questions, and activities for interdisciplinary connections.