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Featured Resources to Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month starts on Monday. We have some great resources for you!

There are a number of great videos for all grade levels in Safari MONTAGE. Click on the titles to view the videos in Safari MONTAGE. (Some videos are embedded below and viewable if you are signed into our Safari MONTAGE account already.)

Show Way (Grades K-4)

From the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning PBS children’s series, Reading Rainbow, this program presents the Newbery Honor book by Jacqueline Woodson. The book tells the story of how the women in Woodson’s family began creating quilts with secret maps to freedom during the years of slavery.

The Story of Rosa Parks (Grades 3-6)

This video from Mazzarella tells the story of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat, which launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the civil rights protest movement. The story is told in the context of the development of slavery and segregation in the United States. Through archival photographs and dramatic reenactments, students observe the courage and determination of Rosa Parks. Program includes a teacher’s guide.

History of Black Achievement in America Series (Grades 7-Adult)

Presented by James Avery, ”A History of Black Achievement in America” highlights the many contributions of African Americans that have influenced our culture, enriched our society and shaped the history of the United States.

Blacks Enter the Gilded Age This program examines the African-American experience from the heady days of optimism following the Civil War to the dark days of Jim Crow at the end of the 19th century.

Emergence of the Black Hero  This program examines the African-American experience during the founding of the United States and the first 60 years of the country’s existence.

A New Age  This program examines famous African Americans from the second half of the 20th century and early 21st century who rose to the top of their professions and showed that talent is not race based.

The Fight for Freedom  This program examines the fight to end slavery in the United States, and the establishment of citizenship and civil rights for African Americans.

The Barack Obama Era  This program examines the growing role of African Americans in politics, new forms of literature, information technology and film in the early 21st century.

The Foundation for Equality  This program examines the beginning of racial equality through the acceptance of African-American intellectuals, scientists, artists and heroes by white society in the early 20th century.

Settling the New World and the Founding of the United States  This program examines the African-American experience from the English colonies to the founding of the United States of America.

Depression and War  This program examines the slow progress African Americans made toward equality during the Great Depression and World War II through the achievements of outstanding individuals.

Filling the Gap: A Forgotten Chapter of American History (Grades 6-12)

The achievements of Frederick Douglass are well known, as are those of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and other heroic African-Americans during the Civil War period. Fewer people have ever heard of Robert Smalls, Phyllis Wheatley, Elizabeth Keckley, Benjamin Banneker, or countless others of African descent who helped to build the American nation. Regardless of renown or obscurity, all the aforementioned names deserve ongoing, in-depth study in U.S. history classes, and this film offers a wealth of dramatized narratives to support that crucial learning. From the remarkable story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, the African prince sold into slavery on a Mississippi plantation, to the White House meeting in which Douglass urged President Lincoln to uphold the honor and dignity of the Union’s black soldiers, each segment reenacts a pivotal moment in history—not just African-American history, but the chronicle of the country as a whole. Advancements made by black scientists, inventors, artists, and craftspeople are studied. (80 minutes)

This video is offered through our Learn360 service.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise: Out of the Shadows (Grades 9 – Adult)

In ”Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last 50 years of African-American history. The first episode of the series begins at a turning point in American history: the Selma marches and Watts riots, which marked a new phase in the African-American struggle. Gates explores the rising call for Black Power, which redefined American culture, politics and society. This program contains strong language. This is a PBS production available through Safari MONTAGE.

We also have some amazing ebooks available through Rosen Learning and OverDrive:

From Rosen Learning, the Spotlight on the Civil Rights Movement interactive ebook series includes the following titles:

  • Affirmative Action
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Freedom Riders
  • Lyndon B. Johnson and the Civil Rights Act
  • Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Sit-ins and Nonviolent Protest for Racial Equality
  • The Black Power Movement and Civil Unrest
  • The Life and Death of Malcom X
  • The Life and Death of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Little Rock Desegregation Crisis
  • The March on Washington
  • The Murder of Emmett Till

In SORA the following titles are available. Click the book covers to open it in SORA.:

 

90-Second Newbery Film Festival

Author (The Order of Odd Fish) and founder of the 90-second Newbery Film Festival, James Kennedy, is bringing his annual video contest to the Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center on February 1st!

As always, reservations are free, but they do ask that you reserve a seat in advance. The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery award-winning books in about 90 seconds. It is always a LOT of fun. This year, James will be joined on stage by Rochester’s own, Bruce Coville.

More information about the festival, and submission information, is available at: http://www.90secondnewbery.com.

The Event will be held Saturday, February 1 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

Reserve seats here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/90-second-newbery-film-festival-2020-rochester-screening-tickets-83839984651

 

Did you know that there are a whole bunch of other film and creative festivals for student filmmakers and creative types:

The All American High School Film Festival (presented by IFC Films) – https://www.hsfilmfest.com/

Austin Young Filmmakers Competition – https://austinfilmfestival.com/yfp/competition/

Boston International Kids Film Festival – https://bikff.org/

Boulder International Film Festival Teen Short Film Competition – https://biff1.com/community/teen-short-film-competition/

CineYouth – https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/cineyouth/

*LOCAL* The Digies – digies.org

Film Now Festival – https://filmnowfestival.org/

Heartland High School Film Competition – https://heartlandfilm.org/high-school-film-competition/

International Kids Film Festival (California) – https://filmfreeway.com/InternationalKidsFilmFestival

Kids Film It Festival – Rock and Roll hall of Fame – https://www.kidsfilmitfestival.com/festival-old

Kids First! Film Festival – https://www.kidsfirst.org/filmfestival/

Nashville Film Festival – https://nashvillefilmfestival.org/

National Film Festival for Talented Youth – https://www.nffty.org/

Newport Beach Film Fest Youth Film Showcase – https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/event/youth-film-showcase-2/

Seattle International Film Festival FutureWave Shorts – https://www.siff.net/education/youth/at-the-festival/futurewave-shorts-competition

Sundance Ignite – https://www.sundance.org/initiatives/ignite

Telluride City Lights – https://telluridefilmfestival.org/students/city_lights

Tribeca Film Fellows (Mentorship) – https://www.tfiny.org/pages/film_fellow_application

 

Jason Reynolds Resources

The big news in the library world last week was that author Jason Reynolds was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for the years 2020-2021.  This means he’ll be traveling around the country visiting libraries, schools, and other places where young people congregate to inspire kids to read and tell their own stories through his platform, “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story”. He will partner with StoryCorps to record interviews with students while on tour and create a true story archive of America’s children. These recordings will be housed in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Jason Reynolds  is the author of 13 books for young people including his most recent, “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks.” He is a Newbery and Prinz Honor recipient and a National Book Award finalist. He succeeds Jacqueline Woodson, and is the seventh National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is named by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book council and Every Child a Reader.

Our Monroe One BOCES SLS Overdrive Account has the following titles. Click the picture to open it in SORA:

 

Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

In the 1950s and ’60s, the civil rights movement brought sweeping reforms to nearly all facets of American life. With historical photographs and videos, Rosen Publishing’s Spotlight on the Civil Rights Movement records the 20th century’s most significant moments in the struggle for equality.

Monroe One BOCES School Library System has purchased all 13 books from this ROSEN ebook series and offers them for free to all of its school libraries.

Titles are:

  • Affirmative Action
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Freedom Riders
  • Lyndon B. Johnson and the Civil Rights Act
  • Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Sit-Ins and Nonviolent Protest for Racial Equality
  • The Black Power Movement and Civil Unrest
  • The Life and Death of Malcom X
  • The Life and Death of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The Little Rock Desegregation Crisis
  • The March on Washington
  • The Murder of Emmett Till

Each ebook includes lesson plans, inquiry and project-based learning activities, primary sources – including historical documents and photos, biographies of key individuals, correlation to national and state standards, and an easy-to-use planning guide. These are incredible resources.

If you need the access information, please contact Liesl or Katie.

 

WXXI has also made some great resources available for grades 3-7 about Martin Luther King Jr, just in time to celebrate his national annual holiday. These include a five minute video aligned to History and Civics standards, and a Lesson Plan. These are available in Spanish and are housed on PBS Learning Media, which is free for New York Educators.

Take advantage of these valuable resources today!

Featured Videos: Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up on January 20th. We have some great resources for you!

There are a number of great videos for all grade levels in Safari MONTAGE. Click on the titles to view the videos in Safari MONTAGE. (Some videos are embedded below and viewable if you are signed into our Safari MONTAGE account already.)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Song (Grades K-4)

This video from NUMBEROCK presents a song about the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. This video is hosted on YouTube and offered through Safari MONTAGE.

Martin Luther King, Jr: Our top 5 fun facts (Grades 3-8)

This video from Educational Videos for Students presents a brief biography of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. and five facts about him that you may have never heard before. This video is hosted on YouTube and offered through Safari MONTAGE.

History Kids: From Selma to Montgomery-Marching with Martin Luther King Jr. (Grades 5-8)

By watching this program, students will discover what led to the civil rights protests in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. What were the events of Bloody Sunday? What did Martin Luther King Jr. do in its aftermath? How did the official march from Selma to Montgomery on March 21, 1965, unfold? What were the effects of this march? The answers to all of this are covered in depth with detailed graphics, diagrams, and historic video. On-screen multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment reinforce important concepts. This video is offered through our Learn360 service.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Dream (Grades 9-12)

The video, embedded below and linked in the title, opens with a clip from his most famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and moves into the nation’s reaction and the aftermath of his death. It is a thorough examination of Dr. King’s legacy. This video is offered through our Learn360 service.

King in the Wilderness (Grades 9 – Adult)

From award-winning director/producer Peter Kunhardt, King in the Wilderness follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the volatile last three years of his life, from the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to his assassination in April 1968. Drawing on revelatory stories from his inner circle of friends, the film provides a clear window into the civil rights leader’s character, showing him to be a man with an unshakeable commitment to peaceful protest in the face of an increasingly unstable country. Illuminating and poignant, the documentary – which is tied to the 50th anniversary of King’s death – reveals a conflicted leader whose successes were punctuated in his final years by an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum, whether the Black Power movement, who saw his nonviolence as weakness, or President Lyndon B. Johnson, who viewed his anti-Vietnam War speeches as irresponsible. With compassion and clarity, King in the Wilderness unearths a stirring new perspective into Dr. King’s character, his radical doctrine of nonviolence, and his internal philosophical struggles prior to his death, inviting a sense of penetrating intimacy and insight into one of the most profound thinkers of our time.

This is An HBO Production offered through our Learn360 service.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise: Out of the Shadows (Grades 9 – Adult)

In ”Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last 50 years of African-American history. The first episode of the series begins at a turning point in American history: the Selma marches and Watts riots, which marked a new phase in the African-American struggle. Gates explores the rising call for Black Power, which redefined American culture, politics and society. This program contains strong language. This is a PBS production available through Safari MONTAGE.

 

13 Books for Tweens (by SLJ)

Last month, School Library Journal published an article titled 13 Books for Tweens by Kathy Hershberger (November 1, 2019). You can find it here, and read Kathy’s reviews. It turns out we have 9 out of the 13 featured books in our Student Overdrive Reading App.

To help you find them faster, we’ve compiled the titles that we own in our Overdrive account already linked to the records in SORA:

Summerlost (ebook) by Ally Condie

New Kid (ebook) by Jerry Craft

Blended (ebook) by Sharon Draper

Blended (audiobook) by Sharon Draper

Ghost (ebook) by Jason Reynolds

Ghost (audiobook)  by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down (ebook) by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down (audiobook) by Jason Reynolds

Steelheart (ebook) by Brandon Sanderson

Unwind (ebook) by Neal Shusterman

Guts (ebook) by Raina Telgemeier

Front Desk (audiobook) by Kelly Yang

Enjoy your reading!

New Titles in Learn360

Learn360 updates its content on an ongoing basis. About once a month, we import these new titles into our Safari MONTAGE catalog.

Here, we will highlight some of these new titles for you. This month, Learn360 added almost 350 new titles from eight different publishers. We’ve created some playlists to help you better navigate these titles:

Featured Playlists at the High School Level:

Applied Pyschology

Behind the Scenes of Respectful Relationships

Working in the Hospitality Industry

BBC WorldWide Learning (Middle/High School Level)

 

Featured Playlists at the Elementary Level:

Hooked on Phonics Level 2

Hooked on Phonics Level 3

Hooked on Phonics Level 4

Hooked on Phonics Level 5

Hooked on Phonics Level 6

Hooked on Phonics Level 7

Hooked on Phonics Level 8

 

Featured Professional Playlists:

Inside Writing Communities

 

Resources through SLS

Did you know that Monroe One BOCES School Library System offers librarians a chance to try out different learning kits?

We offer these through a program called We Buy It, You Try It. Over the course of the next few days/weeks, we’ll use this blog platform to highlight some of our learning kits and show you how to borrow them.

*Some of these may require training in advance, so be sure you contact Liesl to schedule some time together, or attend one of our regularly held workshops if available.

A list of kits is available in our SLS LibGuide on a page called “Physical Library” under the Home tab. This page lists our kits, as well as the kits available through the Model Schools service.

Some things to know:

  • All of our districts are able to borrow the Model Schools kits. These are available to teachers and librarians alike, as Model Schools serves all educators in the building.
  • Our SLS kits are only available to school librarians. We purchase these for research and development purposes specifically for librarians. We lend these so that librarians can test out a kit before deciding to spend their library budget on it. We also hope that it will encourage collaboration between teachers and librarians.
  • Instructions for borrowing these kits are at the bottom of the LibGuide page.
  • If you have something you’d like to try that we don’t have, let us know. While we can’t promise, we may be able to purchase it.
  • If you have any technical difficulties, contact Liesl or Sally.

UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is the annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Proclaimed in 1992, the goal of this day is to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in society.

For more information, see the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities website: https://www.un.org/en/observances/day-of-persons-with-disabilities

Share these videos with your students:

NOVA scienceNOW: Marine Geologist Sang-Mook Lee

Sang-Mook Lee, a professor of marine geology and geophysics at Seoul National University, is paralyzed from the neck down. But that hasn’t stopped him: he continues to teach and pursue his research on tectonic plates and the formation of the world’s oceans. Outside his academic work, he also has launched a new career teaching others with disabilities and advocating for the rights of disabled people.

Helen Keller

(1880 – 1968) A severe illness as an infant left Helen Keller blind and deaf, but she refused to let these disabilities prevent her from making her mark and becoming one of the most remarkable women in history. She proved to the world that strength, determination and patience can make any obstacle surmountable, and her success as a scholar and lecturer inspired many. Part of the American Women of Achievement Video Collection, paying tribute to the lives and accomplishments of American women, past and present.

Exploring Our Nation: Equal Protection and Extending Rights

”Exploring Our Nation” discusses topics in United States history related to the founding of the country, the U.S. government and the U.S. Constitution. This clip features a discussion of equal protection in the United States from Reconstruction to the present.

Extraordinary Women: Maria Montessori

In a remarkable life spanning eight decades, Maria Montessori challenged convention to pioneer a radical new system of education that focused on the child as an independent learner and spread to all corners of the world, affecting the schooling of millions. As a young woman in 19th-century Italy, Montessori defied social convention to study medicine and become one of Europe’s first female doctors. She campaigned tirelessly for the rights of women, children and the disadvantaged. In the 1930s, Montessori was forced to flee her homeland when she dared confront Mussolini. Her works were later burned by Hitler and she became a nomad, traveling the world and spreading a message of peace through education. Featuring archival footage, interviews and dramatic re-enactments, ”Extraordinary Women” reveals the stories of exceptional women who overcame all adversities to emerge as icons of the 20th century.

PBS NEWSHOUR Daily News Story

You should already know that PBS and WXXI have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers to use with their classes. All of these are housed at www.pbslearningmedia.org.

Now, thanks to PBS NewsHour, you can explore lesson plans to tie current events into every subject with the PBS NewsHour Daily News Story.

Directed at grade levels 6-12, the media in this collection is gathered to educate students about the latest top news stories, and designed to make them think about how they may be impacted by what is going on in the wider world. The latest in the collection includes lessons on Greta Thunberg and Climate Change, Gun Rights and Gun Massacres in America, the College Admissions Scandal, the Mueller Report, and more.

Down the left side of the page, you will find a filter list so you can narrow your topic.