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PBS Teacher Previews: December 21-28, 2003
Welcome to PBS Teacher Previews, the weekly newsletter from PBS designed
specifically for preK-12 educators.

To change your local PBS station, please visit your "My Profile" area on
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The resources listed below are grouped into subject areas that correlate
with those found on PBS TeacherSource (,
PBS's Web site for preK-12 educators. Grade level, resource type and
extended taping rights codes are also indicated for each listing.

To make the most effective use of this publication, please consult the
"Teacher Code Key" at the end of this document.

Note: Please always check with your local PBS station for a complete
schedule of exact dates and times for PBS television programs. PBS television
schedules are created at the local level, so some national programs may not be
available in your area. All PBS programs listed in this newsletter allow for
  taping and subsequent classroom usage of one year or more. For complete
details, please visit the TV For Teachers section of PBS TeacherSource

Exxonmobil Masterpiece Theatre
"The Forsyte Saga" (part one of seven)
High School
Sunday, December 21, 2003
9:00 - 11:00 PM
Thirty-three years after PBS viewers thrilled to the lust and
lucre of the Forsyte clan, John Galsworthy&rsquo;s sprawling epic
returns in an all-new version. Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers)
stars as acquisitive Soames Forsyte, with Gina McKee (Notting
Hill) as his trophy bride, Irene. Also appearing in an
adaptation that brings 21st-century production values to
late-Victorian London are Ioan Gruffudd, Rupert Graves, Amanda
Root and Corin Redgrave. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

At the companion Web site, print out the Forsyte family tree to
help you follow along with the broadcast. Find out how a novel
is translated into a script and then interpreted as a film
scene. And discover how a chance meeting with Joseph Conrad
("Heart of Darkness") convinced "Forsyte Saga" author John
Galsworthy to give up law and become a writer.

Antiques Roadshow
"Indianapolis" (part two)
Middle / High School
Join the Roadshow on a visit to the largest children&rsquo;s museum
in the world, the Indianapolis Children&rsquo;s Museum. Back at the
Indianapolis Convention Center, appraisers examine a variety of
prized possessions, including a 1920s-era Little Orphan Annie
Halloween costume, an Empire-style marble-top table handcrafted
in Italy and a rare portrait of a dog that could fetch $4,000
to $6,000. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Start your own treasure hunt at the companion site. Increase
your antiques vocabulary, step backstage to see how the
Roadshow is produced, meet the appraisers and much more. Plus,
submit your own stories of trash and treasure!

Great Performances
"Andrea Bocelli: Sacred Arias"
Middle / High School
Tenor sensation Andrea Bocelli makes a pilgrimage to Rome, the
Eternal City, for a holiday concert featuring a selection of
carols and sacred arias. Beneath the gilt, statuary and
flickering candles of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, a Roman
basilica, Bocelli lifts his voice to new inspirational heights.
(CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Log onto the companion Web site to read an interview with
Andrea Bocelli and conductor Myung-Whun Chung. Learn about the
history of the sacred songs and Christmas carols included in
the program. Plus take a look at Bocelli's life and work.

Great Performances
"Elton John at the Royal Opera House"
Middle / High School
The Royal Academy of Music&rsquo;s most famous alumnus, Sir Elton
John, remembered his alma mater last December with a benefit
concert that had the Rocket Man as buoyant as the black-tie
audience itself. Joining the singer-pianist and his five-piece
band at Britain&rsquo;s venerable Royal Opera House are the 90-member
Royal Academy of Music Orchestra and 30-voice choir, all of
whom are students at the academy. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

The companion Web site includes a biography of Elton John, a
collection of related Web sites and video clips of some of
Elton John's most famous performances.

On Stage at the Kennedy Center
A Holiday Concert for the Troops with Marvin Hamlisch
Middle / High School
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Capture the spirit of the season with a joyous holiday concert
featuring Santa Claus as you&rsquo;ve never seen -- or heard -- him
before. Marvin Hamlisch, the National Symphony Orchestra POPS
and a colorful assortment of performers present a program of
festive songs and time-honored classics. This program repeats
on December 25 at 5 pm, ET. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Christmas At Baylor
Middle / High School
The performing ensembles of Baylor University present a
celebration of the holiday with some of America&rsquo;s favorite
Christmas selections. This program repeats on December 25 at 10
pm, ET. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Great Performances
"The Nutcracker From the Royal Ballet"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
8:00 - 10:00 PM
Since its first production in St. Petersburg more than a
century ago, "The Nutcracker&rsquo;s" charming story, dazzling
choreography and magnificent score have combined to make it one
of the most popular and enduring ballets the world over. Join
"Great Performances" for a unique version of this perennially
beloved tale of holiday enchantment. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Check out the related lesson plan for middle school students at
the companion Web site. Plus, print a set of character cutouts
from "The Nutcracker," which can then be colored and assembled
in order to stage your own version of the ballet!

Christmas at Belmont
Elementary / Middle / High School
Thursday, December 25, 2003
1:00 - 2:00 AM
When it&rsquo;s Yuletide in Nashville, concert-goers look forward to
&ldquo;Christmas at Belmont&rdquo; and the annual holiday concert on famed
&ldquo;Music Row&rdquo; at Belmont University. This holiday special is
hosted by country and rock &lsquo;n&rsquo; roll legend Brenda Lee and
features holiday performances ranging from full orchestra and
choir to jazz, bluegrass and the Nashville Children&rsquo;s Chorus.
(CC, Stereo, 1 year)

NOW with Bill Moyers
Lesson: "Rising Costs of Health Care"
High School

High school students learn about the causes and impact of the
rising costs of health care in this lesson.

In the Mix
Lesson: "The Best Birthday Present Ever"
Middle / High School

In this lesson, students gather basic facts about tobacco
addiction, including cigarette ingredients, physical effects,
tobacco advertising and how to quit. They use their
understanding of these facts to compose a letter to someone
they love, asking them to quit smoking.

Parents and Teachers Site
Elementary School

Every parent knows that encouraging children to read at home is
key to reading success at school &ndash; and in life. But what about
math? "Cyberchase" is all about showing kids that math is fun
and it&rsquo;s all around us. This new Web site gives parents and
teachers concrete tips to make math come alive. Plus, teachers
can find links to teacher guides.

PBS Mathline
Lesson: "Creature Features"
Elementary School

Students collect, organize and analyze a set of data related to
types of animals in a temperate forest.

The Living Edens, A Special Presentation Of Nature
"Arctic Oasis: Canada?s Southampton Island"
Middle / High School
Sunday, December 21, 2003
8:00 - 9:00 PM
During the Arctic spring and summer, one of the earth&rsquo;s most
dazzling displays of rejuvenation takes place in Canada&rsquo;s far
north. A brief season of light and plenty brings great
migrations of bowhead and beluga whales, harp seals, caribou
and polar bears. It also brings an Inuit hunter whose aim is to
teach his 13-year-old son the traditional survival skills of
his ancient people. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

At the companion Web site, take a journey with the "Eco
Explorer" and explore Southampton Island. Learn about the
animals of the Arctic and how the Inuit depend on them. Read
what the producer of this film has to say about the making of
this unique documentary.

Great Projects: The Building of America
"Bridging New York"
Middle / High School
Eleven major bridges unite the islands that make up New York
City and connect the great metropolis to the rest of the
nation. One engineer was responsible for more than half of
them, but all that commemorates his accomplishments is a modest
bust in a bus terminal at the east end of the George Washington
Bridge. Tune into this episode of "Great Projects" to find out
why. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

At the companion Web site, take a tour of the Great Projects,
test your knowledge of the projects and learn about resources
and organizations that can help aspiring engineers start down
that path.

"Lost World of the Holy Land"
Middle / High School
Sunday, December 28, 2003
8:00 - 9:00 PM
More than a hundred animals are identified in the Old
Testament, many with unfamiliar names. Some are extinct, while
others are facing extinction. But a few that disappeared from
the wilds of the Holy Land have been restored there as the
result of tireless dedication by both Israeli and Arab
conservationists, who are struggling to prevent any further
wildlife extinctions. This film explores their remarkable
efforts and also conveys the hope that one kind of cooperation
may help open the door to another. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

At the companion Web site find out if Noah's Ark could have
existed, explore a refuge for threatened wildlife and learn
more about the Holy Land's animals.

Colonial House
Middle / High School

Think colonial life was all about pious Pilgrims, powdered wigs
and freedom for all? Think again! Two dozen modern-day time
travelers find out the hard way what early American colonial
life was really like when they take up residence in "Colonial
House," airing Spring 2004 on PBS. Log onto the companion site
to take a tour of the colony, meet the colonists and learn more
about colonial history.

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire
Middle / High School

"Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire" premieres on PBS in May
2004. In the meantime, log on to the site and discover an
ancient kingdom where warriors, scientists, artists and
tradesmen created an isolated civilization that would shape the
modern world. Explore the interactive timeline, color your own
woodblock prints and mix the sounds of Japanese musical

Wisconsin WWII Stories
Wisconsin Public Television
Station> WWW>
Middle / High School

Hear Wisconsin's veterans tell the greatest stories of their
lives. Explore their stories through their letters and oral
histories. Plus, check out the online photo exhibition that
honors Wisconsin veterans who served in the Allied war effort.

Independent Lens
"Get the Fire! Young Mormon Missionaries Abroad"
High School
At age 19, young Mormon men are expected to put their daily
lives on hold and devote two years to spreading their faith
throughout the world. They go in pairs to live in different
towns and countries, with one task: to talk about God to
everyone they meet. "Get the Fire!" follows three young
missionaries from the time they receive their mission calls
until they finish their 22-month missions in Germany. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)

Get an overview of the Mormon Church&rsquo;s structure and beliefs at
the companion Web site. Find out what a typical day in the life
of a missionary is like. Plus, learn more about the
missionaries featured in the film -- what have they been doing
since their return -- and would they do it over again? Plus,
get resources for PBS Program Clubs, or find out how to start
one of your own.

NOW With Bill Moyers
Middle / High School
Friday, December 26, 2003
8:00 - 9:00 PM
Anchored by journalist Bill Moyers and drawing on the editorial
resources of NPR News, this news magazine features documentary
reporting, in-depth interviews and articulate commentary on
issues at home and abroad. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Online NewsHour EXTRA
Middle / High School

Check out this online publication from the NewsHour that brings
current events into the classroom with a fresh perspective.

Shop PBS for Teachers: "Secrets of the Pharaohs "
High School

For nearly 3,000 years, ancient Egypt was the greatest
civilization on Earth. But what the modern world knows about
ancient Egyptian culture has been pieced together from
surprisingly little hard information. Many mysteries remain. In
the last few years, it has become possible to decipher a vast
source of information the Egyptian dead. Thanks to new
scientific techniques, Egyptian mummies have begun revealing
secrets of their lost world. Purchase a copy of this 3 part
series on VHS at:

"Arthur's Perfect Christmas"
Preschool / Elementary School
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
8 - 9:00 pm
Plans are under way in Elwood City for the best holidays ever!
Arthur, D.W., their friends and family make preparations for
perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions
for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. But, just as in real life,
perfection cannot last and things begin to fall apart. Arthur
learns that the joy in Christmas isn&rsquo;t found in an artificial
vision of the perfect holiday season, but in the wonderfully
messy, imperfect world he lives in. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Between the Lions
Preschool / Elementary School

Log onto this site and sing-along with your favorite "Between
the Lions" characters.

PBS TeacherSource -- From the Start
"Language Arts: Ready, Set, Write"
Preschool / Elementary School

Use this lesson to teach students that stories have three parts
by paralleling the introduction, the body and the conclusion to
the life of an athlete competing in the Winter Games.

The Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award
Elementary / Middle / High School

The Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award was created to honor the
vision and leadership of Alec Dickson, whose legacy in service
and service learning continues to influence young people,
teachers, agencies, schools and communities. This award
commends leaders who have had the courage, compassion and
creativity to overcome barriers and positively impact the lives
of young people. Recipients are named and honored every year at
the National Service-Learning Conference. Nomination deadline:
February 2, 2004.

First Amendment Handbook
Middle / High School

The First Amendment, in part, guarantees the right to freedom
of speech and of the press. This handbook first published in
1986 by The Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press
provides a basic primer on the laws affecting reporters' rights
to gather and disseminate news.



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