Railway with a heart of gold, 1965

The Talyllyn Railway in Wales opened in 1866 to transport slate from the quarries inland to the coast. It went on to become the first Parliament approved passenger route using steam power.

A fun fact about this railway is that it was the basis for Rev. Awdry’s well-known Thomas the Tank Engine series.

For more information on this era check out our:

US History PowerPoints

World History PowerPoints

Classroom History Games

Published in: on November 3, 2013 at 10:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Jerky Turkey, 1945

This homefront cartoon short released in 1945 plays on several themes that would offer a great discussion in class.

Sometimes it is just fun to show students something outside of the box in order to get them engaged.

For more WWII resources check out our:

US History PowerPoints

World History PowerPoints

Classroom History Games

1960s PSAs

On weekend mornings throughout the 1960s, public service announcements were part of regular programming. We found this gem which is a collection of warnings about protecting livestock during a nuclear attack. It is particularly amusing because of the use of marionette dolls.

For more Cold War era resources check out our:

US History PowerPoints

Classroom History Games

Wartime Nutrition, 1943

This film was made by the U.S. Office of War Information in 1943 and it highlights the importance of rationing as well as eating properly.

For more resources on teaching this era check out our:

US History PowerPoints

Classroom ready History games

World History PowerPoints

Memorial Day

We all owe our veterans and current armed forces a huge thank you for all they have done and continue to do for us.

This movie, titled The Sky Soldiers, follows the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam in various situations, including protecting a rice harvest. Click this link to be taken to the movie:

http://archive.org/details/gov.dod.dimoc.30209

History and Functions of the Presidency

History and Functions of the Presidency_000090

Click here to check out this educational film on the Presidency. Not super exciting, but it gets to the point.

For more resources on teaching American Government, check out our PowerPoints:

Betty Boop for President

This adorable 1932 video depicts Betty Boop running for president against “Mr. Nobody”.

The two candidates sing their campaign promises, which provides much fodder for class discussions on elections.

There is even a scene showing the two parties in Congress disagreeing about each issue raised.

The only cautionary moment is at about the 3 minute mark when the Republican elephant calls the Democratic donkey an “ass”. Depending on the maturity of your class this may not be appropriate, unless it discussed beforehand to place it in context.

For more resources on teaching about the 1930s check out our The Great Depression and the New Deal PowerPoint.

For more resources on teaching government check out our PowerPoints:

MLK Day 2013

In honor of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are posting this short clip containing a portion of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963.

For more information on this era check out our PowerPoint presentations:

 

Pearl Harbor film

This Castle Film was shot after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It begins with a helpful map of the harbor’s location and shows the devastation on the seaplane base, destroyer USS Shaw, battleship USS Utah and the USS Arizona.

For more resources on teaching the WWII era check out our:

US History PowerPoints

World History PowerPoints

Classroom History Games

Film Collection, 1940s:  Historic Film Collection, Part 3

The Selma Story

The 1950s and 60s are filled with tragic events during the Civil Rights Movement.

The March on Selma is no exception; an event that began as a peaceful march to bring attention to the lack of African American voters in the area (less than 5% of eligible Black voters in Selma in particular) ended in violence.

The region was chosen by the SNCC and SCLC since the sheriff in Selma was notorious for violent reactions to protestors and they hoped to bring national awareness; needless to say the situation escalated.

For more resources on this era check out our US History PowerPoints:

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 462 other followers