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PBS Teacher Previews: January 25 - February 1, 2004
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The resources listed below are grouped into subject areas that correlate
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PBS's Web site for preK-12 educators. Grade level, resource type and
extended taping rights codes are also indicated for each listing.

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In Search of Shakespeare
Middle / High School

"In Search of Shakespeare" premieres on PBS on February 4,
2004. Before then, log onto the companion Web site and read an
exclusive interview with the film's writer Michael Wood. Plus,
become an Elizabethan playwright and see if you can achieve
success that will ensure that your work survives history or if
your choices lead you to failure, disgrace and obscurity.
Educators can access professional development tools and lesson
plans for language arts and social studies.


Exxonmobil Masterpiece Theatre
"The Forsyte Saga" (part six of seven)
High School
Sunday, January 25, 2004
9:00 - 10:00 PM
Soames pays a surprise visit to Irene and makes another futile
attempt to win her back. She leaves for Paris to escape his
harassment. Young Jolyon follows her, but so does a private
detective hired by Soames to gather evidence of infidelity.
Meanwhile, Dartie returns from South America, promising to
reform. Winifred forgives him. Less reconcilable to dishonor is
Jolly who is shocked to discover his sister's attachment to
Val. The two combative cousins taunt each other into enlisting
in the Boer War. (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
"San Francisco" (part one)
Middle / High School
Monday, January 26, 2004
7:00 - 8:00 PM
The "Roadshow" begins its sojourn in San Francisco. At the
Asian Art Museum and in the shops of Chinatown host Lara
Spencer gets a lesson from expert Lark Mason in identifying
Chinese porcelain. At the Moscone Center, discoveries run the
gamut from an impressive collection of American military
campaign medals, to a valuable 18th-century hand painted herbal
book to a startlingly naturalistic 19th-century French
Pallisyware platter. (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! Log onto the
washingtonpost.com on Tuesday, January 27 at 11 am, ET and find
out about what's coming up this season in an online chat with
host Lara Spencer.


Independent Lens
"Why Can't We Be Family Again?" and "Downpour Resurfacing"
High School
Raised by their grandmother, young Raymond and Danny continue
to hold out hope for their mother's recovery from drug
addiction -- even after she's given up hope herself. This
Academy Award-nominated film explores the strength and love
that bring together two brothers who long to be reunited with
their mother. Next, join "Independent Lens" for a showing of
"Downpour Resurfacing," which chronicles how one man
transformed a childhood of abuse into a life of confidence and
strength. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Go behind-the-scenes and learn more about the filmmakers and
the family featured in this film at the companion Web site.


Live From Lincoln Center
"New York Philharmonic: Mozart, Muti and Quasthoff"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Riccardo Muti returns as guest conductor of the New York
Philharmonic. The evening's soloist will be acclaimed
bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, who will join Maestro Muti and
the Philharmonic to perform some rarely heard Mozart concert
arias. Schubert's Rosamunde Overture and Brahms' Second
Symphony complete the program for a very special broadcast from
Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Learn more about the New York Philharmonic and the music
featured in the broadcast at the companion Web site. Plus, read
Martin Bookspan's "TV Notes." Educators, check out the
"Learning Center" to access classroom questions based on the


Great Performances
"Dance in America: Acts of Ardor: Two Dances by Paul Taylor"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
9:00 - 10:00 PM
The Paul Taylor Dance Company returns with a bravura one-hour
program featuring two contrasting works. Inspired by the Great
Depression, "Black Tuesday" recalls an era when Hollywood
movies and popular music offered a glamorous antidote to the
hard times facing America. "Promethean Fire" has been greeted
with rave reviews and audience ovations, with some critics
conjecturing that the piece represents Taylor's response to
September 11. "It has grandeur, majesty and a spiritual
dimension...quite simply one of the best dance works
choreographed by Paul Taylor," wrote the New York Times. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)

Exxonmobil Masterpiece Theatre
"The Forsyte Saga" (part seven of seven)
High School
Sunday, February 01, 2004
9:00 - 10:00 PM
Holly and June train as nurses and ship out to South Africa,
where Jolly is ill with typhoid fever. Wedding bells ring for
Val and Holly, who emigrate to South Africa; and for Young
Jolyon and Irene. Soames and Annette are expecting, resulting
in a harrowing delivery during which Annette nearly dies after
Soames tells the doctor to do everything to save the baby, not
the mother. (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.


"Curing Cancer" (part four of five)
Middle / High School
Sunday, January 25, 2004
10:00 - 11:00 PM
Someone dies from cancer every second. The fourth episode tells
the story of the DNA scientists who have created a new ray of
hope by unraveling the mystery of cancer. The program describes
the effects of Gleevec, the first of a new generation of highly
sophisticated cancer drugs that work because scientists now
understand that cancer is the result of DNA gone wrong --
damaged genes. The final work for DNA scientists is to identify
them. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Log onto the companion Web site and take a tour of the history
of DNA, including images, illustrations and video clips from
the series. Check out a 3D model of the double helix, with the
ability to rotate and zoom. Plus, learn more about the chemical
components of DNA.


"Pandora's Box" (part five of five)
Middle / High School
Sunday, February 01, 2004
10:00 - 11:00 PM
Jim Watson believes DNA science should be used to change the
human race, a view that is both extraordinary and
controversial. Watson argues for a new kind of eugenics --
parents allowed to choose the DNA of their children to make
them healthier, more intelligent, even better looking. This is
a program with which many will disagree and that some may find
upsetting. It is a journey into the future with the man who
started it all -- a look into Pandora's box with the person who
opened it. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Log onto the companion Web site and take a tour of the history
of DNA, including images, illustrations and video clips from
the series. Check out a 3D model of the double helix, with the
ability to rotate and zoom. Plus, learn more about the chemical
components of DNA.


PBS Mathline
Lesson: "Tower of Hanoi"
Elementary / Middle School

In this lesson students use an ancient puzzle to explore
patterns and problem solving.


This Week's PBS Video for Educators
Standard Deviants: Pre-Algebra
Middle / High School

For seventh graders and up, this is an engaging presentation on
pre-algebra basics - integer exponents, square roots,
factorization, number lines and more. Watch those crazy
characters, the Standard Deviants, cruise through the vital
concepts students need to understand before they encounter the
formidable x of algebraic equations. The fun includes segments
on basic and advanced algebra as well as graphic displays. To
purchase a copy of the video, see:


"Polar Bear Invasion"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Sunday, January 25, 2004
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Join "Nature" as they investigate what happens when every year,
as the first ice forms around the village of Churchill on the
edge of Hudson's Bay, the polar bears end their summer fast and
head into town. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Discover what researchers are finding out from polar bears at
the companion Web site. Learn more about one Canadian town's
unique relationship with polar bears. Plus, check out an
extensive list of Web sites and books about polar bears.


"Lost King of Maya"
Middle / High School
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
7:00 - 8:00 PM
In 1999, NOVA's cameras were there to capture archaeologist
Bill Fash's excavation of the burial site of the legendary
ancestral king and original founder of Copan's dynasty. It was
a stunning find, deep in a crypt beneath a pyramid. The royal
burial also provided evidence of the historical reality behind
the Maya's recently deciphered inscriptions, demonstrating that
the Maya's rule was militaristic and war-like. (CC, Stereo, 1
year, DVI)

At the companion Web site, see if you can interpret some
classic Maya hieroglyphs. Explore the Maya world in the online
map and learn more about 15 of the chief cities. Plus, download
lesson plans for classroom activities.


"The Urban Elephant"
Middle / High School
Sunday, February 01, 2004
8:00 - 9:00 PM
This week, "Nature" takes a close look at "The Urban Elephant",
traveling from Bangkok's crowded streets to the quiet forested
hills of Tennessee to examine the close and often complicated
relationships people have forged with these giant creatures. It
tells the bittersweet stories of a few of the thousands of
Asian elephants that live out their lives in captivity; in
circuses, zoos, farms and isolated forest logging camps.(CC,
Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Learn more about a sanctuary for once-captive elephants at the
companion Web site. Find out more about the lives of elephants
in Bangkok. Plus, download a screensaver to bring the elephants


American Experience
"John Brown's Holy War"
Middle / High School
Martyr, madman, murderer, hero: John Brown remains one of
history's most controversial and misunderstood figures. In the
1850s, he and his ragtag guerrilla group embarked on a
righteous crusade against slavery that was based on religious
faith -- yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution
at Harpers Ferry sparked a chain of events that led to the
Civil War. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

At the companion Web site, take a virtual reality tour of the
farmhouse where John Brown's army gathered before the raid on
Harpers Ferry. Explore an interactive map that lets you follow
John Brown as he criss-crosses the country. Plus, access the
teacher's guide with discussion ideas and suggested activities
on themes such as law, slavery, Civil War, music, religion and


Mixed Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana
High School
This documentary examination of architecture and urbanism in
the border region of San Diego/Tijuana touches on the cultural
conversation between new immigrant groups and the culture they
are replacing. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Flashpoints USA With Bryant Gumbel And Gwen Ifill
"God and Country"
Middle / High School
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
8:00 - 9:00 PM
The confluence of religion and politics often presents a moral
and philosophical conflict. From the Pledge of Allegiance to
monuments to the Ten Commandments, from abortion to civil
unions to the administration's faith-based initiatives,
religion is prominent in our public discourse. Hosts Gumbel and
Ifill travel to Independence Hall in Philadelphia to examine
these and other issues. (CC, Stereo, DVI)

Continue the conversation online at the companion Web site.

(Available January 27, 2004)

By the People
Middle / High School
"By the People" returns, this time focused on the comments and
ideas of Americans meeting in 10 U.S. cities simultaneously to
consider crucial questions about their country's role in global
affairs. This program will focus on themes of prosperity and
security and feature excerpts of citizen deliberations. It will
also offer the results of deliberative polls about nationally
important and locally germane foreign policy issues held the
same day in January all over the country. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

"Chasing the Sleeper Cell"
Middle / High School
Thursday, January 29, 2004
8:00 - 9:00 PM
What is the real story behind the group that U.S. intelligence
called "the most dangerous terrorist cell in America?"
"Frontline" and the New York Times join forces to investigate
the battle against terrorism here at home. The documentary is
the first in-depth examination of a major, ongoing domestic
terrorism case involving al Qaeda operatives and American
citizens they trained. Questions are also raised about the
effectiveness of the FBI and the CIA and whether or not the new
tools they have are the right ones to contain the threat at
home. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

At the companion Web site, take a closer look at the
controversial sections of the Patriot Act and the efforts made
in Washington and beyond to defend, revise, repeal or fend off
its legislation. Learn more about the U.S. intelligence
agencies and to which department each reports in an online flow
chart. Plus, read about the Lackawanna group's activities and
the events leading up to their arrest.


Conquistadors with Michael Wood
"All the World is Human"
Middle / High School
Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca arrived in Florida in 1528 to begin
the exploration and conquest of what is now the southern United
States. His experience living among the Indians was to spark
the debate over the morality of the conquistadors' deeds. Wood
tracks their progress northward toward Tallahassee, where,
fleeing hostile Indians, the conquistadors built boats in the
hope of reaching Mexico. Shipwrecked off the coast of Texas,
most were never seen again. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

This Web site features an online learning adventure, an
innovative educational resource for middle and high school
classrooms to learn about the Spanish Conquistadors in the New
World -- and the legacy of their contact with Native Americans.
There are extensive lesson plans for teachers and in-depth
online content for students available in both English and


Online NewsHour EXTRA
"Who Should Pay for Health Care?"
Middle / High School

Check out this online publication from the NewsHour that brings
current events into the classroom with a fresh perspective.
This week EXTRA examines who should pay the bill when you go to
the doctor.


NOW With Bill Moyers
Middle / High School
Friday, January 30, 2004
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)

The Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Color
"Triumph" (part four of four)
High School
The series concludes by covering America's efforts to win the
war in the Pacific. Among the many scenes captured in color are
U.S. troops staging a dawn landing on tiny but strategically
important Tarawa; the raising of the American flag on Iwo
Jima's Mount Suribachi; the funeral procession for President
Roosevelt; the devastation wrought on Hiroshima by the atomic
bomb; the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri; and
celebrations in the streets of New York marking the end of the
war. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Check out the companion Web site and explore the events of
World War II in an interactive timeline. Learn about the
dramatic changes WWII caused in America. Plus, download lesson
plans designed to teach high school students about social
studies, communication arts and psychology.


Prairie Public Television
Middle / High School

It might come as a surprise but tourism is the second largest
industry in North Dakota. How do you explain that in a state
without a single giant roller coaster, mega-mall, or theme
park? It's called Eco-tourism and it's the fastest growing kind
of tourism in the country. Log onto this Web site and learn
more about adventure vacations in North Dakota.


 >From the Start: A Ready to Learn Resource for PreK-2 Educators
"Guiding Young Children Toward Kindergarten: A Primer on Early Learning
Preschool / Elementary School

Learn more about school readiness including the physical,
social and cognitive skills needed to start kindergarten.


PBS KIDS: Share a Story
"Make Your Own 2004 Booklist"
Preschool / Elementary School

This printable activity encourages children to think about
reading and sharing stories in the new year. Kids can draw the
covers or write the books' titles and draw pictures or write
names of those they want to share the books with.


Teaching Tolerance Grant Program
Elementary / Middle / High School

The Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law
Center offers grants of up to $2,000 to K-12 classroom teachers
for implementing tolerance and youth activism projects in their
schools and communities. Proposals from other educators such as
community organizations and churches will be considered on the
basis of direct student impact. Proposal deadline: ongoing.


Engineer Girl
Elementary / Middle / High School

The National Academy of Engineering hosts a site to encourage
girls to become engineers, specifically in the areas of space,
medicine, the environment and communications. The site includes
career information, profiles of women engineers, great
achievements in engineering and what classes to take if you are
interested in engineering. There are also puzzles, games and
pointers to contests.




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