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Subject: Social Studies (6 - 11)
Title: Out of the Darkness: The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Great Depression
Description: Learn TVA's role in the development of the Tennessee Valley during and after The Great Depression. Teach your students how a region once plagued by high unemployment, floods, disease and poor farming conditions began to thrive with the introduction of electricity. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Subject: Social Studies (6 - 11)
Title: Currents of Change: The Tennessee Valley and the War Effort
Description: What do Fontana Dam, Oak Ridge and the Tennessee Valley Authority have in common? Each one played a key role in helping the United States win World War II.  Learn the importance of TVA's work in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and how the power generated by Fontana Dam helped power the war effort. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: A Cry for Help in Alabama - 1934
Description: This lesson serves as an introduction to a study of the New Deal. It’s based on letters written by Alabama citizens in 1934 asking for help from the state government. By analyzing these letters and the brief replies sent from the governor’s office, students will gain a sense of the human toll the Great Depression took in this state, the inadequacy of state government to respond, and the need for help at the federal level. Students will then study major New Deal programs and speculate on how (and in what ways) those programs could have helped the original letter writers. They will also address the question of what the appropriate role of the federal government should be during an economic crisis (a relevant topic today). This lesson was created as a part of the Alabama History Education Initiative, funded by a generous grant from the Malone Family Foundation in 2009. Author Information: Lillie Johnson, Bullock County High School Adapted for AP by: Mary Hubbard, Advanced Placement History Teacher, Retired, Alabama History Education Initiative Consultant


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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: “Scottsboro Boys”: A Trial Which Defined an Age
Description: This lesson could be part of a unit study on the Great Depression. The students will view an introductory PowerPoint on the events leading up to the arrest and trials of the nine black teenagers accused of raping two white women on a train traveling through north Alabama. The students will conduct independent research on the trials and then meet in groups to compile the information gathered. Each group will produce a newspaper focusing on the underlying elements of the trials. This lesson was created as a part of the Alabama History Education Initiative, funded by a generous grant from the Malone Family Foundation in 2009.  Author: Antonio Harrison (Cohort 1: 2009-2010) Wetumpka High School; Elmore County School System; Wetumpka, AL Adapted by: Bonnie Shanks, Alabama History Education Initiative Consultant; Rebecca Gregory, Alabama History Education Initiative Consultant 


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: Famous Failures
Description: The students are shown a video of "Famous Failures" which provides examples of famous people who failed many times prior to becoming successful. The students are encouraged to discuss the different people in the video and are asked to think about the famous person's contributions. Was Walt Disney's impact greater than Henry Ford's? The students then (teacher facilitated) list the ten famous people they would put on a “Top 10 list." This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8 - 9), or Social Studies (11)
Title: Fried Green Tomatoes & Cultural Crossroads
Description: Having read Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, students will conduct research through an interview with an elderly person from the community (a field trip to local nursing home facility) to determine the validity of the author’s message (setting, cultural, and historical observations).  They will develop interview questions derived from observations and events from the book as a large group. Small student groups will use iPods/MP3s, laptop computers with webcams, or digital cameras to capture pictures, videos, or audio clips from their interview, as well as take notes. On their return, groups will compare facts from the book to findings during interview and collaborate to create a presentation that finds Flagg’s depiction of the Alabama of the Great Depression days credible or not.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Postwar Disillusionment and the Quest for Peace, 1921-1929     
Description: In this lesson, students examine the rise of antiwar sentiment in the United States, as well as some of the concrete measures taken during the 1920s to prevent the outbreak of future wars.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Lesson 2: NAACP's Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1930's     
Description: In this lesson students participate in a role-play activity that has them become members of a newspaper or magazine editorial board preparing a retrospective report about the NAACP's anti-lynching campaign of the 1930s.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Worth a Thousand Words: Depression-Era Photographs     
Description: The goals of this lesson, from EDSITEment, are to gain insight into New Deal programs and the experience of Depression-era Americans, to recognize the distinction between observation and inference when drawing information from documentary photographs, to recognize some ways the photographer can influence interpretation of documentary photographs, and to gain experience in critical thinking about media.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Lesson 1: NAACP s Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1920s     
Description: In this lesson students participate in a role-play activity that has them become members of a newspaper or magazine editorial board preparing a retrospective report about the NAACP's anti-lynching campaign of the 1930s.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Life in Oak Ridge
Digital Tool: Life in Oak Ridge video
Digital Tool Description: Documentary on Life in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the development of the atomic research center. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Wartime Messages: A Socratic Seminar
Digital Tool: Currents of Change Photo Gallery
Digital Tool Description: Online photo gallery of images from the Tennessee Valley Authority and the the people impacted by the TVA. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Norris Dam: To Build or Not To Build?
Digital Tool: Norris Dam Video
Digital Tool Description: This video documentary examines the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and its decision to build the Norris Dam.  This is part of the Currents of Change educational program. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Tennessee Valley Stories
Digital Tool: Tennessee Valley Stories Videos
Digital Tool Description: A collection of video documentaries available as ALEX podcasts that tell the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, this collection is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: The Norris Dam Bill
Digital Tool: Senator George Norris Reenactment Video
Digital Tool Description: Senator George Norris of Nebraska is known as "The Father of TVA." He had the idea for creating TVA to help people in the Tennessee Valley. Norris worked with President Franklin Roosevelt to create the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933. Senator Norris often visited the Tennessee Valley and Norris Dam is named for him. David Landis, a former State Senator from Nebraska, looks a lot like Senator Norris did when TVA was created. This video shows Landis portraying Senator Norris as he tells the story of TVA. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: The Greater Good?
Digital Tool: Eminent Domain Acitivity
Digital Tool Description: When does the nation's "greater good" take precedence over the private property rights of an individual? Eminent domain is a complex legal concept that allows the government to compulsorily purchase privately owned land from landowners to meet a public need. This activity will help students explore real world examples of eminent domain and evaluate the effects of it. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Electricity's Impact
Digital Tool: Leo Cobb Oral History Videos
Digital Tool Description: An interview with Tennessee Valley resident and TVA employee Leo Cobb on the coming of TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water. In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity. In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age. This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley. A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Out of the Darkness Photos: Socratic Seminar
Digital Tool: Currents of Change Photo Gallery
Digital Tool Description: Online gallery of historic photographs from around the Tennessee Valley that help tell the story of the people and places that impacted and were impacted by the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Title: Out of the Darkness: Socioeconomic Changes
Digital Tool: Currents of Change Photo Gallery
Digital Tool Description: Online gallery of historic photographs from around the Tennessee Valley that help tell the story of the people and places that impacted and were impacted by the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


ALEX Podcasts


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Norris Dam (Extended Version)
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The extended version of a documentary on the building of Norris Dam. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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The Tennessee Valley Before TVA 
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This documentary explores the area of the Tennessee Valley in the years prior to the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Norris Dam (Abbreviated) 
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The abreviated version of a documentary on the building of Norris Dam. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Senator George Norris Reenactment
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Senator George Norris of Nebraska is known as "The Father of TVA."  He had the idea for creating TVA to help people in the Tennessee Valley. Norris worked with President Franklin Roosevelt to create the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933.  Senator Norris often visited the Tennessee Valley and Norris Dam is named for him. David Landis, a former State Senator from Nebraska, looks a lot like Senator Norris did when TVA was created.  This video shows Landis portraying Senator Norris as he tells the story of TVA. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Electricity's Impact: Interview with Leo Cobb- Part 1
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An interview with Tennessee Valley resident and TVA employee Leo Cobb on the coming of TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/. Go to Part 2


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Electricity's Impact: Interview with Leo Cobb - Part 2
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An interview with Tennessee Valley resident and TVA employee Leo Cobb on the coming of TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Bill Willis: Electricity's Impact
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Interview with Bill Willis, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Carlock Stooksbury: Life Before Electricity in t
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Interview with Carlock Stooksbury, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water. In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity. In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age. This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley. A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, David Riden: Early Fears 
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Interview with David Riden, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Dick Swisher: Life Improvement
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Interview with Dick Swisher, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water. In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity. In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age. This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley. A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program. For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Harry Scheinert: Construction
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Interview with Harry Scheinert, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Harvey Welch: WWII and Fontana
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Interview with Harvey Welch, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, John Rice Irwin: Early Years o
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Interview with John Rice Irwin, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Marilou Awiakta: Inspired by t
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Interview with Marilou Awiakta, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Valley Stories: Reflections from the Past, Paul Nichols: Electricity Brin
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Interview with Paul Nichols, Tennessee Valley resident, on the coming of the TVA. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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The Tennessee Valley and the War Effort
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Documentary on the TVA and it's contributions during World War II. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Fontana Dam
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Documentary on the development of TVA's Fontana Dam. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Life in Oak Ridge
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Documentary on Life in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the development of the atomic research center. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Oak Ridge
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Documentary on the development of Oak Ridge as an Atomic Research Center. In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Built for the People: The Story of the TVA (Abbreviated)
Overview:
In a land ravaged by flood, the people of the Tennessee Valley found their salvation in water.  In the depths of the Depression, they built a foundation for prosperity.  In the shadow of the past, they ushered in the Atomic Age.  This is the story of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), that has touched the lives of so many people- and generations to come. Told through the eyes and experience of the people themselves, Built for the People is the story of a grand vision for the Valley.  A vision made possible by a region of people who gave their souls to make that vision a reality. Today, the Valley as we know it- all its magnificence, all its vitality and all its prosperity- stands as a testament to what can be achieved when men and women dedicate their lives to change the course of history. This is part of the Currents of Change program.  For additional resources, search ALEX for "Currents of Change" or go to http://currentsofchange.net/.


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Reflections on My Life in Alabama History
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ArchiTreats: Food for Thought celebrates the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. Join us as Wayne Flynt presents Reflections on My Life in Alabama History. This presentation was held at the Alabama Department of Archives and His tory. Wayne Flynt perhaps is Alabama’s best‐known living historian. While many people know him through his teaching and writing, few are aware that he was a minister before he became a historian. Living in Alabama for more than half of the twentieth century, Flynt viewed and studied events through a ‘double vision’ of historian and minister. In this presentation, Flynt will reflect upon and suggest an ethical vision for the long sweep of Alabama history. He will examine how the state failed to fulfill its own moral vision, and how that failure crippled the state. At the same time he will suggest positive aspects of the e. state, focusing on its attachment to tradition, community, family, honor, and endurance. Wayne Flynt has lived in Alabama most of his life, growing up in Birmingham, Dothan and Anniston. He holds degrees from Samford University (formerly Howard College) and Florida State University. Flynt is Professor Emeritus, having served as chairman of the History Department at Auburn University. He is the author of eleven books, including Alabama in the Twentieth Century and the Pulitzer Prize‐nominated Poor but Proud: Alabama’s Poor Whites. He is co‐author of Alabama: A History of a Deep South State, which also was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He also serves as the editor‐in‐chief of the o nline Encyclopedia of Alabama. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353‐4726.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange     
Description: During the Great Depression, government photographer Dorothea Lange took this picture at a migrant farmworkers' camp near Nipomo, California. Lange's brief caption recorded her impressions of the family's plight: "Destitute pea pickers ... a 32-year-old mother of seven children." First published in a San Francisco newspaper, this poignant image became one of the most famous photographs of the Depression era, emblematic of the hardships suffered by poor migrant families. The "migrant mother," anonymous for many years, was later identified as Oklahoma native Florence Thompson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: United Farmworkers Poster     
Description: Cesar Estrada Chavez, the founder of the United Farm Workers of America, is one of the most recognized Latino civil rights leaders in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: SmithsonianJazz.org     
Description: Explore jazz through listening activities, interviews with musicians, and background information on SmithsonianJazz.org. Prominently featured on this site are two suites of learning activities: one focusing on Duke Ellington for elementary students and one focusing on Louis Armstrong for middle and high school students. Students can also hone their skills at analyzing oral histories with a collection of over fifty recordings of jazz composers, arrangers, and performers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Pismo Beach, California, 1 Dollar, 1933 (clamshell)     
Description: When the Depression and resulting banking crisis hit their community, the residents of the coastal town of Pismo Beach, California picked an unusual but logical medium of exchange. Perhaps with tongue in cheek, the merchants and officials of Pismo Beach decided to make the best of a bad situation, and to make the humble clam shell into an object of trade.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 1970s-2000 Global Economy Classroom Activity Guide     
Description: In these classroom activities, developed for the exhibition America on the Move , students will use visual, analytical, and interpretive skills to examine primary sources including a historical map and answer questions about them to learn more about global consumption, production, and transportation and the impact of globalization in their own communities. The activities provide opportunities for historical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, analyzing cause/effect relationships, understanding multiple points of view, performing original research, debating and persuasive writing will help students develop and strengthen map-reading skills and identify issues and problems in the past and connect the past to the present.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 1930s and 1940s Highways Classroom Activity Guide     
Description: In these classroom activities, developed for the exhibition America on the Move , students will use visual, analytical, and interpretive skills to examine primary sources including a historical map and photography by Dorothea Lange and answer questions about them to learn more about road travel and the role highways played in 1930s. Students will also conduct research and answer questions about the impact of the Great Depression, WPA and CCC on their own communities. The activities provide opportunities for historical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, analyzing cause/effect relationships, understanding multiple points of view, performing original research, debating and persuasive writing and helps students develop and strengthen map-reading skills. Students also will employ research skills to obtain historical data, analyze and make decisions, identify issues and problems in the past and connect the past to the present.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Religion,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Encyclopedia of Alabama     
Description: A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Alabama; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 1920s Industrial America Classroom Activity Guide     
Description: In these classroom activities developed for the exhibition America on the Move , students will use visual, analytical, and interpretive skills to examine primary sources including historical maps and answer questions about them to learn more about railroads, transportation, racism, Jim Crow, travel in industrial America in the 1920s, as well as the impact of the Great Migration (1915-1940) and changes in transportation had on their own communities. The activities helps students develop and strengthen map-reading skills, provide opportunities for historical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, analyzing cause/effect relationships, understanding multiple points of view, performing original research, debating and persuasive writing, and help students identify issues and problems in the past and connect the past to the present.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: E Pluribus Unum     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from Assumption College, focuses on three key decades during which Americans found it challenging to determine the meaning of the country's defining concept of '' e pluribus unum'' -- '' one from many.'' In addition to being arranged by period (the 1770s, the 1850s and the 1920s), resources on this site are also arranged in topical clusters. The site includes introductory essays, resources (including e-texts, digitized artifacts, and links) to facilitate online research, sample student exhibits and questions for discussion, writing and research.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Homepage     
Description: This online exhibition explores the role of transportation in American history. Students will learn about communities wrestling with the changes that new transportation networks brought; how cities change, suburbs expand, and farms and factories become part of regional, national and international economies; and hear the stories of people who travel for work and pleasure, and move to new homes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Transportation in America Classroom Activity Guide     
Description: This activity guide accompanies the exhibition America on the Move . It delivers a variety of historical primary source materials from the exhibition directly to your classroom. Through these documents and activities, students can build a deeper understanding of how transportation shaped American commerce, communities, landscapes, and population migrations. It is one of the many resources connected to the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , which focuses on transportation in US history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Story Behind the Song: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?     
Description: When Americans were humbled by the Great Depression, this song gave voice to their fears and feelings of loss.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Exploring Ancient World Cultures     
Description: This site, from the University of Evansville, presents a collection of essays, images, and primary and secondary sources focusing on the ancient world. It includes chapter-length histories for each of the eight '' cultures'' represented: The Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Early Islam and Medieval Europe.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: NBC "Fireside Chat'' Microphone     
Description: On March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of about thirty informal "Fireside Chat'' addresses over the radio. His ability to communicate over this new medium directly and personally, addressing each listener as a respected friend, gave FDR a powerful tool to shape public opinion.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Be a Movie Director     
Description: In this interactive game, students develop research skills and explore the Museum's collections as they create a movie using images from an online image database. This interactive is included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move, which focuses on transportation in US history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Preparing for the Oath: The 1900s     
Description: Use short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions to explore American history from the 1900s in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The nine questions included in this segment cover topics such as World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and September 11, 2001.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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