Arts & Culture

  • Trombone Shorty Inspires a New Generation of Musicians | PBS NewsHour

    Musician Troy Andrews, known as “Trombone Shorty,” started playing the trombone on the streets of New Orleans when he was four. Now 31, Trombone Shorty plays his music for audiences around the world, and was the closing act in the 2017 New Orleans’ Jazz Fest. Trombone Shorty grew up in Treme, one of the oldest black neighborhoods in America, which remains an important center of the city’s African-American and Creole culture. He comes from a famous musical family, and was mentored by music legends like Wynton Marsalis and the Neville Brothers. Trombone Shorty describes his music as “Supafunkrock,” a blend of rock, pop, jazz, funk, and hip hop and says its important for young people to learn different kinds of music.

    October 20, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How American Artists Captured the Great War Up Close | PBS NewsHour

    This April marks 100 years since the United States joined the Allies in World War I. The Great War was a world-shattering and world-shaping event. Artists grappled with the conflict by producing visceral works that bring the war down to a human level, and express either dissent, support for the efforts, or more generally set out to depict what was at stake by fighting. Today, we can revisit the human effects of World War I through an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, which showcases iconic artistic reactions to the conflict. 

    March 2, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How One Female Ice Hockey Player from the United Arab Emirates Is Living Her Dream | PBS NewsHour

    The National Hockey League celebrated "Hockey is for Everyone" in February, as a time for promoting inclusiveness and a positive environment for all–including both men and women. Fatima Al Ali, a 27-year-old United Arab Emirates native who plays for the UAE’s women’s national team, joined the festivities this year when former Washington Capitals star Peter Bondra surprised her with a trip to Washington, D.C.

    March 15, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Harriet Tubman’s Home Designated as National Park | PBS NewsHour

    The National Park Service recently made Harriet Tubman's home in Auburn, New York a national park. Tubman became famous by acting as the conductor of the Underground Railroad. She was born into slavery around 1820 in Maryland, and eventually escaped to Pennsylvania at the age of 27. Following her own escape, Tubman returned to the South frequently to lead other slaves to freedom and to leave instructions for others seeking escape, earning the nickname “Moses.”

    March 6, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • 2014 World Cup Resources from the PBS NewsHour

    Use these resources from the PBS NewsHour to immerse your students in the 2014 World Cup. This collection includes videos, an article and a student guide.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Poetry Brings Happiness to Troubled Teens

    Help students explore the power of poetry with this PBS NewsHour video from June 3, 2014. The Pongo Teen Writing Project has been working with troubled teens in detention centers, mental health facilities and homeless centers for nearly two decades, taking their stories and turning them into poetry.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Arts Program Inspires Students to Strive for Success

    Show students how the arts can contribute to academic success with this PBS NewsHour video and educational guide from May 22, 2014. The National Dance Institute of New Mexico instills the values of persistence, discipline and pride through dance lessons. This year, NDI taught nearly 8,000 students - a majority from low-income families - across the state, and academic performance has improved across the board.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Making sure young brains get the benefits of music training

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on January 6th, 2014

    A music program for inner-city kids in Los Angeles partners with a neurobiologist to study the impact of music training on the learning skills of poor children.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Why Some Schools Still Insist on Teaching Cursive Writing

    Starting in the 1970s, and under the recent implementation of the Common Core, a former pillar of elementary education has been largely forgotten. But there's a feeling that learning cursive still has value, even in the age of typing and texting. Let your students weigh in on the cursive handwriting debate with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resources from May 9, 2014. For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text in Support Materials.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Chicago Youth Tackle Difficult Issues through Theater

    In Chicago, young people are using theatre as a way to deal with tough issues in their lives and share their experiences with others. Share the story with your students through this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from August, 21 2013. 

    Grades: 7-12
  • Micro-Apartments Hope to Ease Living Costs for Young City Residents

    Let students explore a new trend in housing with this PBS NewsHour video and education materials from September 23, 2013. In order to create affordable housing options for young people living by themselves, some big cities are loosening housing restrictions to allow for miniature “micro-apartments”.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Picasso, Matisse Masterpieces Uncovered in Munich after 70 Years in Hiding

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 7th, 2013.

    A trove of art valued at $1.4 billion were recovered after being hidden in a Munich apartment for more than 70 years. 

    Grades: 7-12