Friday, December 14, 2007

The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe - A&E Channel

This one hour program tells the story of the
uncontested master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe.
Poe's haunting poems and chilling stories established
him as one of the most important men of American
letters. But behind his popularity and artistic
success was a personal life defined by broken hopes
and failures. The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe explores
the bouts of depression and that tormented
the man and gave birth to his dark and brilliant art.
This extraordinary program tells Poe's complete story,
from the death of his parents when he was three, to
his tragic collapse on the street at age 40.

Highlighting his major poems, The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe is an
excellent introduction to his life and work and a prime example of
how biography can be used as a teaching tool to
explore topics in history and literature.

Curriculum Links:
The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe would be useful for
Literature, American History, and
American Culture courses. It is appropriate for middle
school and high school students.

Teacher's Guide Available:
biography.com/classroom/study-guides/the_mystery_of_edgar_allan_poe.jsp

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Prayers for the Las Vegas Bus Stop Shooting Victims

It's been a busy news week, with the church shootings and now the Las Vegas school children that were shot at a bus stop. It's terrible to know that many people feel this is the way to deal with their pain, instead of giving it over to the Lord.

This morning, I will take time in my prayers to include the victims, their families and the shooters.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Monday Menu Plan - December 10

We're busy these days. Who isn't? Marcus has started increasing time with our church youth group. They have some terrific youth leaders. And it's great that he has a standing engagement on Saturdays, Teen Night.

I'm planning on signing up for the upcoming Ladies Bible Study, next month. "Stepping Up" by Beth Moore, A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent is the choice and I'm looking forward to it. I've seen her on TV a few times and she's always left me with plenty to ponder.

And just to make my days and nights even busier I've volunteered to work on the local2008 Homeschool Convenion. Something I've never done but are definitely up to the challenge.

Well, onto this week's menu plan. And if you would like to join in, stop by Organizing Junkie's blog.

Pinto Beans with Ham

Ham, Macaroni and Cheese and Salad

Spicy Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew

Chicken Enchildas

Fish, Brown Rice and Brocolli

Sunday, December 09, 2007

The History Channel Special Presentation: 1968 With Tom Brokaw Tonight at 9PM/8Central

The year 1968 is considered one of the most turbulent,
and pivotal, twelve month periods in American history.
This single year was a flashpoint for many of the social,
political, and cultural transformations for which the overall
decade of the 1960s is known. During these years, the United
States became entrenched in an unpopular war in Vietnam
abroad. Meanwhile, unrest, experimentation, violence, and
outspokenness raged throughout the nation. The Civil Rights
Movement gained momentum,sit-ins and riots became commonplace,
several beloved leaders were assassinated at critical junctures
in their careers. These years also marked cultural shifts as
nonconformity became prized by many young people and social
experimentation and psychedelic music became the rage in San
Francisco and elsewhere. Many consider these years divisive,
others shameful. Yet the transformations unleashed during these
years galvanized changes in American society that continue to
reverberate today.

1968 with Tom Brokaw is a two-hour special presentation featuring
extensive video footage and mesmerizing new interviews. This
documentary is based on the veteran news anchor's new book entitled
Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and
Today. Brokaw, a young journalist in 1968, takes us through the year's
most important events, aided by testimonies from those closest to the
action. Brokaw speaks to key leaders and participants in these events
including Andrew Young-- the former Mayor of Atlanta who was standing
next to Martin Luther King when he was assassinated and Rafer
Johnson—a close friend of Robert Kennedy who tackled the senator's
assassin in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel. Brokaw also speaks
with musicians Bruce Springsteen, Arlo Guthrie, and James Taylor.
Together, their insights help capture this dynamic and fascinating
year in history, bringing viewers a fresh and incisive view of 1968,
and what it all means today. Covering the political and personal, the
cultural and scientific, 1968 with Tom Brokaw explores and deciphers
this critical year in American History.

Curriculum Links:
1968 with Tom Brokaw would be an excellent addition American
History,20th Century History, Journalism, Current Events,
or Politics courses. Note: This documentary includes some
sensitive content, and is therefore recommended only for
mature high school students and college students. Teachers
should view this program before screening it to students.
This documentary fulfills the following standards as outlined
by the National Council for History Education: (1) Civilization,
cultural diffusion and innovation, (2) Human interaction with
the environment, (3) Values, beliefs, political ideas and
institutions, (4) Patterns of social and politica interaction,
and (5) Conflict and cooperation.

Teacher's Guide Available:
history.com/classroom

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