Thinkport Newsletter: It's Back to School Time: Ready, Set, Go!

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August 30, 2018

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Labor Day signifies the end of summer and the start of a new school yet it originated from a dark moment in history following years of strikes and protests of poor working conditions. Today it is recognized as a public holiday and day of honoring working people. So while we are out and about celebrating, we can also turn it into a meaningful learning experience. 

Labor Movement and Progress

Labor Activists and Action 

Learn about labor issues with MPT’s online inquiry kit “Chicago's Wild Mobs:” Industrialization and Anarchy. Through the analysis of primary source documents from the Library of Congress, students will explore the Haymarket Riot in Chicago where factory workers protested poor working conditions. This pivotal time in history led to changes in the labor movement. 


Back to School Time: Ready, Set Go


Web Smart and Savvy
With the start of a new school year, students will be surfing the web to conduct research, complete homework assignments and explore new subjects. It’s important that they know how to access and find credible websites and sources. You can help them learn the right way to search the web with two interactive websites from MPT.

Students get web smart as they learn how to evaluate the credibility of online sources.

Researching with Reliable Web Sources
Students learn the essential skills needed to research a topic, evaluate a source, and synthesize information.

Get Organized: Great Tools for the Start of School

Discover a variety of downloadable graphic organizers to integrate into activities and lesson plans. Organizers include everything from character and concept maps to plot diagrams and sequence of events charts. 


Create Innovative Lessons and Quizzes

Access a suite of ready-to-use tools to create engaging assignments, personalize learning and track student progress. 


Get Back to School with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood 

Going back to school or starting school can bring about some concerns in young children. This Back to School collection from PBS LearningMedia provides teachers with resources that address specific as well as more general concerns that tend to arise this time of year.  


Maryland Public Television: Special Programs and Events


The National Book Festival 
Saturday, September 1, Washington, D.C.
Event: 9:00 am-7:30 pm
Live Stream Coverage: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Book lovers unite! Attend the annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and book fans for talks, panel discussions, book signings and more. PBS Books will be on hand interviewing a terrific line-up of guests and authors including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Meg Wolitzer.

Can't attend in person? No worries! PBS Books will live stream the event so you don't have to miss a thing! 

> Watch Live on Facebook  


Mark Twain
Airs Tuesday, September 4, 8:00 pm on MPT

Join MPT on a journey through Sam Clemens' (Mark Twain) early days along the Mississippi River, to the small river town of Hannibal, Missouri. See how he grows up stumbling from adventure to adventure to evolve into Mark Twain, the humorist and writer who revolutionized the way Americans viewed themselves and their language. 

Classroom Resources and Videos
Extend learning into the classroom or at home! Dive deeper into the life and works of Mark Twain with videos, an interactive timeline and classroom resources.


MPT Flea Market & Bazaar
Saturday, September 8
8:00 am - 2:00 pm at MPT

Come out and play, shop and mingle at MPT's Flea Market & Bazaar! You can find everything from books, CDs and DVDs to handmade clothes and original art.  
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