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Women’s History Month PBS LearningMedia Resources

Looking for resources for Women’s History Month? Try out this collection from WNET Education on everyone from Jane Goodall to Gloria Steinem.

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Explore the power of words and the life of Dr. Maya Angelou in this collection of resources from American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. Using video, discussion questions, and teaching tips, students assess the persuasiveness of Maya Angelou’s argument that words have power as well as examine the lasting impact she has had on American Culture.

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Women on the Court: Billy Jean King to Rebecca Lobo – Finding Your Roots
Students examine two influential figures in women’s sports in this media gallery from Finding Your Roots. By examining the lives of tennis great Billie Jean King and basketball star Rebecca Lobo, students will learn about the pioneering accomplishments of these women.

 

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American Masters: Alice Walker
Alice Walker shares stories that highlight the strong female figures in her family, particularly her mother, who insisted on an education for her children. Students use discussion questions to examine how these experiences inform her views on what it means to be a Southern black writer.

 

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Women War and Peace
Women, War, and Peace is a bold five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. In these resources from PBS LearningMedia, students examine the varied and critical roles women play in times of war.

 

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How Jane Goodall Changed the Study of Animal Behavior
With discussion questions and handouts, this resource helps students examine how Jane Goodall pioneered contemporary field biology as well as the criticism her work received using a video from NATURE. The accompanying video also raises the question of whether wild creatures can really experience and communicate emotions like joy, devotion, and love.

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Migrant Mother: Dorthea Lange
Dorthea Lange’s iconic “Migrant Mother” photograph, taken during the dust bowl of the 1930s, is highlighted in a video segment from the American Masters film Dorthea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning. Students use the resource discussion questions to examine the thoughts and processes of shooting this image and the longevity of its impact.

 

 

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Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God
The video from the American Masters film zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God examines the author and her famous novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. In this resource students delve into the novel’s title, Hurston’s writing process, the literary devices used, and more.

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Women on Women: Gloria Steinem on Marilyn Monroe
Using animated video from In Their Own Words: American Masters Digital Archive, students examine the life of Marilyn Monroe through the eyes of feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Using this resource from PBS LearningMedia, students discuss societal pressures and the performance of femininity.

 

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Mercy Street
Students learn about the women who fought in the Civil War in this collection from Mercy Street and PBS LearningMedia. Using video, informational texts and primary sources, students analyze the role women played, the hardships they faced and their motivations.

 

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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow: Barbara Johns of Farmville, Virginia
In this video segment and resources from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, students will examine the struggle to desegregate schools in the era of Jim Crow through the work of student activist Barbara Johns. Her work to organize a strike in her school gave the NAACP additional examples and cause in their fight against Jim Crow.