StationBreak November 2014

Honoring Our Veterans

November is National Military Family Month, and, along with Veterans Day, the month also includes several other national observances honoring military service. In this edition of StationBreak, we highlight many great resources for teaching about the various ways in which veterans have served and sacrificed for our country.

Featured resources this month include professional development courses from the Arkansas History and Social Studies libraries, such as African American History in Arkansas: African Americans in the Military and The Edge of Conflict: Arkansas in the Civil War; relevant AETN programming, such as the Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip series and the "Salute to the Troops" performance at the White House; and relevant AETN PBS LearningMedia resource collections, which include lesson plans, media galleries, and videos you can use in your classroom.

Nov. 10 - United States Marine Corps Day

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day

Nov. 19 - Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

To all of our veterans and military family members, thank you for your service.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, and don't forget to "fall back" on Sunday, Nov. 2!

StationBreak informs you about upcoming AETN programming, professional development opportunities from ArkansasIDEAS, and educational resources from AETN and PBS LearningMedia.

News from ArkansasIDEAS

IDEAS - African American History in Arkansas: Episodes 2 and 3 -African Americans in the Military
These two courses delve into the history of African American military service in the United States. Episode two focuses on the American Revolution through World War I, exploring the contributions of African American soldiers, their struggles in earning the right to fight, and the greater issues surrounding these struggles. Episode three focuses on African American military service from World War II until the present day and examines desegregation, the turmoil during the Vietnam Conflict, and diversity in the military today.

AETN - The Edge of Conflict: Arkansas in the Civil War
This Arkansas History course explores Arkansas through the years 1860-1865 and includes a detailed history of Arkansas's involvement in the United States Civil War. For maximum comprehension, the three lessons included in this course should be watched in numerical order.

AETN - Arkansas's First People: Episode 4 - Warriors
While trying to survive during the conflict of the Union and the Confederacy, Indian militias were formed to fight in Civil War battles such as Pea Ridge. Little is said in textbooks about this involvement, but, in times of military combat, native people have always been at the forefront of volunteering for the United States military regardless of past aggression.

IDEAS - Echoes and Reflections: A Resource Guide for Teaching About the Holocaust
Echoes and Reflections equips educators with the tools they need to help today's students study the Holocaust as a significant event in human history, recognize the complexity of individual choices, and define the roles and responsibilities of the individual in upholding the principles of a democracy. This workshop introduces educators to the components of the program, which include a resource guide, visual history testimonies, a website, and collaborative learning activities. It features Marcie Shaugnessey, program facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League, who led this training on Nov. 14, 2013, at the AETN studios in Conway, Arkansas.

Upon successful completion of this course, educators may obtain the physical Echoes and Reflections resource guide, which includes a copy of the DVD. Please refer to LESSON: IDEAS - Echoes and Reflections: A Resource Guide for Teaching About the Holocaust - Post Training Order Form for details.

"Bayou Bartholomew Educator's Guide" Now Available
Based on the original AETN documentary, "Bayou Bartholomew World's Longest Bayou" this guide goes along with the partnering professional development course available from ArkansasIDEAS.

These professional development resources and more can be found at

AETN Programing

The Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Series
Since 1995, Colonial Williamsburg has produced award-winning educational programs, known as electronic field trips, which combine live broadcasts with online classroom resources. This is a very popular and free viewing experience that is also available via live stream. Additionally, a number of related downloadable PDFs and other documents are available on the website for classroom use.

The electronic field trip series airs monthly on AETN from October to April at 9 a.m. and noon. This month's episode, "The American Revolution on the Frontier," will air on Nov. 6. Download the 2014-2015 Broadcast/Live Stream Schedule (pdf).

The extensive library of history resources created for the electronic field trips are also available for on-demand, year-round access by subscription to HERO, the paid subscription service for Colonial Williamsburg's online multimedia library and e-learning environment for teachers and students. It features video, student web activities, and lesson planning resources aimed at grades 4 to 8. Additional opportunities for exclusive interaction are also available to HERO subscribers.

Salute to the Troops - In Performance at the White House
Airs Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 8, at 1 a.m.; and Monday, Nov. 10, at 2 a.m.

World War II - Desert War: "Tobruk"
Throughout the long struggle against Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps, British and Australian troops were at the heart of the action, at a moment when the Nazis were rampant, the Allies were in crisis, and the outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance. This is the gripping story of one of the greatest military legends in British and Australian history. Made to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein in November 2012, Desert War contains new, headline-grabbing revelations about the greatest Allied intelligence blunder of the war. Airs Sunday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.

Quilts of Valor
"Quilts of Valor" is a new special about the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF). Since 2003, the QOVF has awarded nearly 60,000 quilts to America's wounded veterans. Airs Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 2 a.m.

Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story
Premiering on Veterans Day, this program recounts the ticking-clock missions of the "Commandoes of the Deep" through firsthand accounts - including that of a D-Day demolition team member - and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementos. Admirals, master chiefs, clandestine operators, demolitioneers and snipers reveal how U.S. Navy SEALs morphed into the world's most admired commandoes. Airs Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 1 a.m.; and Friday, Nov. 14, at 2 a.m.

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival
Veterans from across America perform in a live stage show at the 2013 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Reno, Nevada. The variety show features vocal and instrumental music, choral selections, and dance and drama acts performed by veterans who are receiving or have received treatment at Veterans Affairs medical facilities nationwide. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary sponsor the festival. Airs Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 10 p.m.

World War II - Desert War: "Alamein"
This program was made to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein in November of 2012. Desert War contains new, headline-grabbing revelations about the greatest Allied intelligence blunder of the war. Airs Sunday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.

Cold War Roadshow: American Experience
Revisit one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history - the unprecedented barnstorming across America by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of Communism and America's arch-nemesis, during 13 days in 1959. Airs Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 9 p.m.

Date and Time   Program
Sundays: 6 p.m.   Globe Trekker
Mondays: 6:30 p.m.   Exploring Arkansas
Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m.   Cooking on the Wild Side
Wednesdays: 7 p.m.   Nature
Wednesdays: 8 p.m.   NOVA
Thursday, Nov. 6: 9 a.m. & Noon   Colonial Williamsburg
Sunday, Nov. 30: 1 p.m.   Agri Arkansas


News from AETN PBS LearningMedia

AETN PBS LearningMedia has been updated with a new interface featuring a new student learning portal and a suite of productivity tools for teachers. Be sure to check it out!

Voices of Veterans - Video
Veterans help make history come alive each year at North Warren Regional School District with their Voices of Veterans program in this episode of NJEA's Classroom Close-Up. Students invite veterans into their school to learn about what it means to serve in the military. Teachers and school staff then share their own personal connections with veterans that are particularly close to their hearts, helping students make connections with the information they read about in history books.

Soldiers, Veterans and War in American Life - Collection
This collection features four clips edited for AETN PBS LearningMedia from the PBS series Coming Back With Wes Moore, which premiered May 13, 2014. Students can explore these stories in AETN PBS LearningMedia to hear firsthand accounts from veterans who have returned home from war.

These videos, images, and media-rich lesson plans allow you to bring stories from the battlefront into American history, world history, and health classrooms. Explore the similarities and differences in veterans' memories of World War II and Vietnam to uncover how these wars shaped American culture. Analyze artifacts and oral histories that reveal important experiences of our nation during times of conflict. Use recent veterans' personal stories to engage in a discussion on how the choice to serve as a soldier relates to one's personal values and goals.

Vietnam Veteran Memorial - Video
In this short Building Block video clip, the camera tilts down to show a black granite panel engraved with the names of fallen soldiers. GRADES: ALL

A Veteran's Story - Video
Bradley Snyder, paralympic swimmer, lost his sight in an IED explosion in Afghanistan a year before the Games. Explore his journey in this video from Medal Quest. GRADES: 6-12

The Greatest Sacrifice - A Lesson Plan for Veterans Day - Document
Use this PBS NewsHour Extra lesson plan to help students explore the challenges facing our nation's veterans today including long wait times for medical treatment and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. GRADES: 7-12

Veterans' Stories: The Veterans History Project - Media Gallery
The VHP, which is a special project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, is the largest archive of oral histories about U.S. military service. The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. GRADES: 8-12

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