I used PBS LearningMedia to enhance a unit that a social studies teacher was doing on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Before, the unit was just him talking about it, maybe showing a couple of pictures, and moving on to the next thing, but showing the video really helped it hit home for the students.
They got to see pictures of the girls who worked there. They got to hear about the afternoon before the fire happened and then they saw the aftermath. They saw the burned building. They saw, unfortunately, the pictures of the bodies that amassed after the fire and it helped them see what a tragedy it truly was and how it sparked a change in New York and in labor and building safety they got to see how the public reacted and it really made an impact for them and showed them how things actually were.
Resource used: “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Disaster” video segment from the documentary The Jewish Americans