The indispensable Ken Burns has a new initiative: A one-stop online resource for teachers

By Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post

Ken Burns, the indispensable maker of award-winning documentaries who uses archival footage and photographs to tell uniquely American stories, has a new enterprise.

Burns — the maker of “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” “The War,” “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” “Prohibition,” “The Roosevelts” and “The Vietnam War” — launched a new research site for educators on Tuesday called “Ken Burns in the Classroom” on PBS LearningMedia — an online destination for free teaching and learning resources inspired by his documentaries.

Created for sixth- to 12th-grade educators, the new one-stop destination houses a full library of classroom-ready content — aligned to state and national standards — about historical events and issues that Burns has highlighted in his films.

“Ken Burns in the Classroom” includes hundreds of video clips, lesson plans, activity suggestions, discussion questions, handouts and interactives to help educators integrate the films into their classroom instruction.

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