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> Subject: Annenberg Media Update October 2010
> Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 16:29:15 -0400
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> *** In the Spotlight for October ***
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> -- MacArthur "Genius" Grant Winner Featured
> in Upcoming Physics Course
> -- Preparing for Mid-Term Elections
> -- An Active Hurricane Season
> -- September 11 and Religious Controversies
> -- Two Pests Cause Illness and Annoyance
> -- Connect Learning with Special Days
> * Arts and Humanities Month
> * National Poetry Day (October 7)
> and Birthdays of Stevens, Plath, and Pound
> * Child Health Day (October 4)
> * Universal Music Day (October 9)
> * Columbus Day (October 12)
> * National Chemistry Week (October 17-23)
> * Halloween (October 31)
> -- Distance Learning
> -- News from the Annenberg Foundation
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> -- MacArthur "Genius" Grant Winner Featured in Upcoming Physics Course
> Nergis Mavalvala, a physicist at MIT, has been awarded a 2010 MacArthur Fellowship (known as the
"genius award") for her work in trying to detect gravitational waves from outer space. Mavalvala describes
her sophisticated physics research in the program "Gravity" from Annenberg's soon-to-be-released
course in modern physics, Physics for the 21st Century. See information about the course at The full site and videos will be available on
by the end of October. To order a preview DVD with the course overview and the program "Gravity" call
1-800-LEARNER (1-800-532-7637).
> -- Preparing for Mid-Term Elections
> This year's mid-term elections should be interesting on the national, state, and local levels. Help your
students better understand the U.S. political system with these classroom case studies, documentaries,
and panel discussions from the Annenberg Media collection.
> Start with our civics course for high school students, Democracy in America, which provides an
introduction to a number of issues being debated in this year's elections, including citizenship,
interpretation of the Constitution, civil rights, the role of the media, political parties, and special interest
groups. These issues are addressed by key political, legal, and media professionals in the popular
course, The Constitution: That Delicate Balance.
> In Making Civics Real, a workshop for high school teachers, program 2 on "Electoral Politics" shows a
Newark, NJ teacher engaging students in the political process by having them research and identify
community issues they want mayoral candidates to address.
> Ethics in America, unit 4, presents a timely hypothetical case study about the election of nonpartisan
judges, and ethical considerations judicial candidates face while raising funds and campaigning.
> For a historical perspective on some of this year's election issues, go to America's History in the
Making, unit 13, to explore the period after Reconstruction when America faced mass social movements
and huge economic changes, causing many citizens to turn to the Populist Party in opposition to
established interests and mainstream parties. Also,
unit 18 discusses the history of the Roosevelt administration's New Deal programs, establishing the idea
that the federal government was responsible for the well-being of its citizens.
> -- An Active Hurricane Season
> In August we saw the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and were reminded of what can happen
when one of these powerful storms makes a direct hit. Look at our science resources to help you and
your students understand these yearly weather systems, starting with Annenberg Media's Weather
interactive. This interactive helps you answer the
questions: What is the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and how are hurricanes named?
> Video program 2 in The Habitable Planet illustrates how weather patterns, including hurricanes, help
regulate global climate. The online textbook
expands on that information in section 7, which
includes an illustration of hurricane wind patterns. And finally, MIT
Professor of atmospheric science, Kerry Emanuel, explains in an interview what a hurricane is and how it
> -- September 11 and Religious Controversies
> As Americans prepared to celebrate the 9th anniversary of September 11, debates raged about a
proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero. A fundamentalist minister, author of Islam Is of the Devil,
became an international media star by threatening to publicly burn the Qu'ran, and a German economist
was forced to resign from the German Central Bank over anti-Muslim statements.
> Use Annenberg Media resources to help you and your high school students become more informed
about Islamic religion and culture and other major world religions. Begin with a global perspective from
Bridging World History, a multimedia course for high school teachers. In addition to the video and online
text, you will find a large archive of photos and maps searchable by topic, and an interactive World History Traveler, that
allows you to select topics for more readings. For example, enter "Islamic Empires." Several units present a rich collection of
resources for studying the history of Islam, starting with unit 7. "The Spread of Religions" looks at how
religions, in particular Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, have changed and created change as they
spread throughout the world.
> Unit 12, "Transmission of Traditions," focuses on Islamic Spain, Korea, and West Africa to explore oral,
written, artistic, and architectural modes of transmission.
> Unit 17, "Ideas Shape the World," traces the impact of European Enlightenment ideas on America, the
Caribbean, and South America, and the revitalization of Islam from the Arabian peninsula to Africa and
> Next, look at Art Through Time: A Global View, another multimedia course for high school teachers.
This course helps you experience the art of many cultures and historical periods, and includes hundreds
of images. Information and images about Islam and art are sprinkled throughout the course, but these
units in particular offer very useful information. Unit 5, "Cosmology and Belief," discusses how people use
art to understand their reason for being, and uses examples from several religions, including Islam. View
images of La Mezquita (Great Mosque) in Spain, and the Ka'ba in Mecca.
> Unit 8 "Writing," explores how both images
and words are used as symbols of actual things as well as abstract ideas. The section on illuminated
manuscripts discusses the important role of calligraphy in world of Islam, and its close association with
the word of God in the Qur'an. View a leaf from a Qur'an manuscript.
> If you're a middle-school social studies teacher, we suggest you look at Social Studies in Action: A
Teaching Practices Library K-12. Unit 17 features a seventh grade class studying the roles that
geography and economics have played in shaping African history. Students create timelines and maps
focusing on, among other themes, the Bantu migrations, the rise of Islam, the Turkish Empire, and the
slave trade.
> Unit 21, "The Middle East Conflict," features a sixth grade class exploring the claims to land in the
Middle East from three major religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
> For high school geography teachers planning units on the Middle East, look at The Power of Place:
Geography of the 21st Century. Unit 17, "Sacred Space, Secular States" has case studies about
Jerusalem, where three major religions share the same ground, and Istanbul, where Western and Eastern
influences often collide.
> -- Two Pests Cause Illness and Annoyance
> After an absence of 65 years, dengue fever, the mosquito-born virus, re-entered the U.S. this past
summer through the Florida Keys possibly resulting from human travel between the U.S., Latin America,
and the Caribbean. Learn more about this disease and others transmitted by insects in Rediscovering
Biology, unit 5, "Emerging Infectious Diseases." The online textbook includes a section,
"Insect Vectors," and discusses malaria and dengue fever,
> and you can also view a map of the worldwide distribution of the mosquitoes responsible for dengue
> Bed bugs, or Cimex lectularius, have been with us for centuries. However, in the last decade, calls to
exterminators have nearly tripled, and several U.S. cities are now suffering from major infestations. For
years these infestations were controlled by the use of DDT and other chemicals, but their use was
banned in the 70s and 80s by the Environmental Protection Agency. Unit 6 in The Habitable Planet
provides an excellent overview of the risks we are exposed to from household pesticides and industrial
pollutants, and how they are managed.
> -- Arts and Humanities Month
> Celebrated every October, this special month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts to recognize the
importance of arts and humanities in our daily lives. You can easily search the Annenberg Media Web
site to find courses and professional development workshops at all levels in arts, foreign languages,
history and literature. And be sure to look at the Web interactives
designed for teachers and students in these same disciplines.
> -- National Poetry Day and Birthdays of Stevens, Plath, and Pound
> In many countries National Poetry Day is celebrated October 7, and three major American poets were
born in October: Wallace Stevens, October 2, 1879; Sylvia Plath, October 27, 1932; and Ezra Pound,
October 30, 1885. Our popular poetry course, Voices & Visions, will enhance your readings and
discussions of poetry in general. Watch the videos dedicated to these three poets, and learn even more
on the related Web site.
> For more about these poets look at American Passages: A Literary Survey. Unit 10, "Rhythms in
Poetry," discusses how Ezra pound influenced modernist poets by challenging them to "make it new." Unit 11, "Modernist Portraits," helps you and your
students become more familiar with literary modernism through both prose and poetry, including the
poetry of Wallace Stevens and Ezra Pound. Unit
15, "Poetry of Liberation," features, among others, poets such as Sylvia Plath who explored deeply
personal experiences including mental illness and sexuality. Don't miss the other course resources, including
detailed descriptions of each writer, and the archives, where you can view an original Ezra Pound
manuscript that reveals the influence of Chinese poetry on his work,!
> php?number=4988 as well as a letter from Ernest Hemingway to Archibald Macleish in 1943 regarding
Pound's mental health. That same year Pound was indicted for treason against the United States.
> Child Health Day, October 4
> For pre-school and kindergarten teachers, high school students, and parents, The Whole Child: A
Caregiver's Guide to the First Five Years teaches about children's physical, emotional, and cognitive
development. The programs were taped at working
childcare centers with working caregivers and the children they look after.
> Our high school and college-level psychology course, Discovering Psychology, has two programs about
children's mental health. Program 5, "The Developing Child," traces the nature vs. nurture debate; and
program 6, "Language Development," documents the study of children's use of language in social
> In the sociology course, Death: A Personal Understanding, program 7, "A Child's View of Death," looks
at children's developing understanding of death as well as growing fears of death.
> Universal Music Day, October 9
> On this fourth annual Universal Music Day, high school teachers and their students can explore musical
genres from around the globe and the various musical elements with Exploring the World of Music.
> Get the inside story on how innovative artists, like Bill Viola and the group Goat Island, include music in
their unique works in A World of Art: Works in Progress.
> For a mathematics perspective, unit 10, "Harmonius Math," in Mathematics Illuminated looks at how
Fourier analysis is used in creating electronic music. Be sure to read the related unit in the online
> The Art of Teaching the Arts: A Workshop for High School Teachers illustrates techniques in effective
music instruction. For an example, see this activity on
feedback in coaching.
> Learn about the healing power of music -- how music can transcend tragedy and help individuals
overcome the force of racism -- with Teaching The Children of Willesden Lane, for middle and high school teachers. Click on Musical Selections to
listen to the performances of classical pianist Mona Golabek, author of the book on which the series is
> Connecting With the Arts: A Teaching Practices Library, 6-8 shows the role of music in arts integration
at the middle school level.
> See how two teachers approach music at the elementary level in The Arts in Every Classroom: A Video
Library, K-5 The left-hand links
include further information, materials, and video.
> Columbus Day, October 12
> The year 1492 is viewed as the start of globalization in "Mapping Initial Encounters," the second unit of
America's History in the Making, a course for middle and high school teachers. The program looks at how
Africans, Native People, and Europeans first began to interact.
> Christopher Columbus, as a construct of collective memory, is considered in Bridging World History,
program 2, "History and Memory." arget="_blank"
> "New World Encounters," the first program of A Biography of America, offers an historian's account of
the impact of Christopher Columbus.
> The American Passages archive contains items connected with Columbus. The first unit of the series,
"Native Voices" may also be of interest.
> National Chemistry Week, October 17-23
> The 2010 theme for National Chemistry Week is "Behind the Scenes with Chemistry." Our popular high
school course, The World of Chemistry, provides a sound overview of major chemistry concepts.
> The Reactions in Chemistry workshop shows high school teachers engaging their students in hands-on
lessons, such as distilling the components of a soda pop, that elucidate concepts and raise student
interest in the subject.
> Teaching High School Science, program 3, "Chemical Reactions," features science teacher Barbara
Doherty and her ninth-grade students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School in Cambridge, Mass.,
who explore what happens when calcium chloride and sodium bicarbonate combine.
> Science K-5: Investigating Classrooms, shows how teachers are incorporating genuine inquiry into their
classes. Watch program 2, "Food for Thought," which features a fifth-grade class exploring food
chemistry. Then look at program 5 for a conversation among teachers and science education
professionals about the issues raised in "Food for Thought."
> Elementary teachers can review chemical properties of matter with Essential Science for Teachers:
Physical Science. See session 4, "Chemical Changes and Conservation of Matter."
> Halloween, October 31
> For high school teachers, find out what was "haunting" America in the 1850s, by watching "Gothic
Undercurrents", program 6 of American Passages: A Literary Survey. Be sure to read the related article, "The Spirit Is Willing:
The Occult and Women in the Nineteenth Century."
> In Art Through Time, unit 6, "Death," illustrates how people have expressed their attitudes toward death
in art, some of which are universal, while others are cultural specific. One piece featured in this unit, "La
Calavera de la Catrina," is an icon for the Mexican Day of the Dead which, like Halloween, is related to
the Catholic celebration of All Saint's and All Soul's Day.
> Draw on the ideas presented in "Teaching Visual Art," program 6 of The Arts in Every Classroom: A
Video Library, K-5 to connect your Halloween mask-making activity with the deeper dimensions of
emotion, culture, artistic expression -- and even a little math.
> In Teaching Foreign Languages: A Library of Classroom Practices watch Margita Haberlen's third grade
German lesson comparing Halloween to the German celebration of Fasching in program 7, "Holidays and
Seasons." Also, visit the series Web site for
coordinated materials.
> *** Distance Learning ***
> REMINDER: Our distance learning video options have expanded to include our Professional
Development collection. We now have over 200 courses and workshops and 2,400 individual programs
for use within your course.
> Enrollment and Licensing Requests and Reminder:
> Due now: Fall 2010
> Email Nancy at with your report.
> Video DVD sets for students enrolled in a distance learning course are $35 per part per set plus S&H
and may be ordered and sold through your bookstore. In addition, students may view the video stream
through our Web site for no fee.
> Coming soon! We are working to transfer our courseware content to include digital file format as an
additional purchase option through our shopping cart, and will include closed captioning on all available
> Coming late fall 2010: Destinos Web site! Stay tuned for our expanded Destinos Web site to include
student interactives and glossaries for enhanced learning of Spanish.
> SPECIAL OFFER: From now through December 31, 2010, receive a 15% discount on Physics for the
21st Century and pre-orders on Invitation to World Literature. In addition, we are offering a 10% discount
on format upgrades from VHS to DVD on any series in our collection.
> Upcoming Conferences. Please stop by to visit or attend our session:
> Sloan-C, November 3-5, 2010, Orlando, FL,
> NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), November 18-21, Orlando, FL,
> ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, November 19-21, Boston, MA,
> Joanne Grason,
> Nancy Williams,
> *** News from the Annenberg Foundation ***
> -- Extreme Exposure Exhibition at The Annenberg Space for Photography
> What's it like to dive into the icy water of the Arctic alongside polar bears? To find yourself suddenly
beside a herd of elephants, 800 strong? To explore the subtropical world of the Florida Everglades? To
live your life as a "volcano chaser?" The five talented photographers featured in the new Extreme
Exposure exhibition at The Annenberg Space for Photography know exactly what it's like. They all work
on the edge of wildlife, climate and environment to capture arresting images from the most extreme
environments in the world. Check out Extreme Exposure at the Space from October 23, 2010 through
April 17, 2011.

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