Teacher Review For PBS LearningMedia

Contemporary and classic footage interspersed for compelling short videos

Amy K.
Classroom teacher
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, PA
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
This 5-part series is a compelling way to teach about the March on Washington. It features primary footage mixed with an interesting narrator and contemporary perspectives on the March. It can be used in whole or in part. It also works for a flipped classroom, or as an extended learning or support activity for students to explore on their own.
My Take
Even the most important historical footage can come off as dry or boring to students who are used to fast-paced, slick media that they can consume on their various devices at the drop of a hat. This video series does a good job of taking that historical footage, and cutting it with modern interviews and narration in a way that both respects the historical importance and draws in the modern teenage viewer. The content is both informative and thought provoking, and the segments can be used all at once, spread out, or used in part. All five parts are compelling and focus on different aspects of the March, and their contemporary state. For instance, one segment focuses on jobs. I appreciate this because many people remember the part about a dream, but forget about the jobs and housing equality. This video series does a great job of giving a comprehensive look at the focus of the March on Washington, and doesn't reduce it to one (albeit important) line.