Television History Teacher Resources
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Mom, Where Do TV's Come From?
Students explore the history of television using the lifetime achievements of Milton Berle as a springboard for studying social and technological advances in American entertainment. They, in groups, examine the role of television through the decades.
On the Air
Students explore the issue of race in television since the 1950's, focusing specifically on African-American entertainers. After researching important issues, events, and television personalities of specific decades, students create TV guide issues.
History of Television
Students investigate the history of Television by using the Internet. In this timeline lesson, students discuss and take notes on the 10 main events in Television history and create a timeline through education software. Students utilize Clip Art to highlight the specific moments in broadcasting history that need to be marked.
'Me Fail English? That's Unpossible' : Studying Literature with "The Simpsons"
Does your class love The Simpsons? It might seem dated, but with reruns constantly popping up on television, this show still holds the attention of most of your learners. Play the opening sequence of an episode, and brainstorm any associations with your class. Then, read the related post (provided) and discuss the five questions posted. Now comes the fun part! Find and select an episode to use along with a unit you've been teaching. A list of novels commonly taught in middle and high school are aligned with episodes to use! How awesome!
Television Goes Digital
Students explore the difference between analog and digital televisions. They examine how the technology works and the impact of television through history. They also compare older television sets to ones found today.
Questions of War and Peace: Using Case Studies to Teach the History of American Foreign Policy
Students read three case studies to focus on how the United States dealt with foreign policy issues. In groups, they read about the decision to drop the atomic bomb, the commitment of troops to Vietnam and wwhether to send troops to Somalia. They discuss the variables involved when dealing with foreign policy issues and write a paper to end the lesson.
Vietnam Once Again
Students share what they know about the Vietnam War before examining how the war was viewed and by people who lived during that period. They write essays expressing opinions on why it is still difficult for Americans to discuss the war.
The Preamble to the Constitution
Students discuss key phrases from the Preamble of the Constitution, find ways to relate the values stated in the Preamble to their daily lives, and explore possible changes needed in the Constitution by future generations of citizens.
Test Review Sheet: Irony, Comma Rules, and Sentence Variety,
Covering vocabulary, literary analysis, and grammar, this worksheet would be a great study guide or homework assignment for an eighth-grade Language Arts class. Though the five stories by Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, and Oscar Wilde are very specific, a teacher could work their own material into this format. A section on the different types of irony as they relate to the stories is especially helpful, as well as grammar questions about different phrases and sentence types.
A study of how public perception is both reflected and influenced by film and television, this lesson helps students develop an awareness of audience as well as a critical view of media. Depictions of police in television and film over the past 80 years is the subject of this lesson. Your class begins by completing a Cinema Cop Profile based on images of police they have seen independently. Then, after a class discussion, groups research and complete a Cinema Cop Scavenger Hunt.
1968: Year of Social Change and Turning Point in Vietnam and the United States
Eleventh graders examine the year 1968 in Vietnam and the United States. They work together to research events which they create a timeline. They also read primary source documents of veterans of the Vietnam War.
A Creole Cinderella
Learners engage in shared verbal and written reflections about ethnic traditions. They study fairy tales of the Caribbean and the repeating patterns or themes used in folktales and fairy tales. They discuss similarities and differences among the various versions read prior to this lesson plan.
Tel-ing It Like It Is?
Students explore how television has changed over the last fifty years, focusing on how world events and societal trends affect (and are affected by) television.
Transitional Words and Phrases
What are transitional words, and how does one use them in writing? Designed for high schoolers, this lesson encourages practice using transitional words in writing. Learners receive a handout of transitional words (which is really just a bare list of transitional words), and they read and identify the transitional words in a paragraph provided.
How the Vietnam War Transformed California?
Eleventh graders examine the effect of the Vietnam War on California. They work together to research social movements that occured during this period and its outcomes. They also interview veterans to better understand the impact of the war.
The Invasion of Iraq
Young scholars explore the war in Iraq. They use videos, newspapers, and other media to examine the circumstances leading up to the invasion, the war's major battles, and the post-war situation on the ground. Students read letters from Iraq to view the war through the eyes of a U.S. soldier.