Looking forward to a great year of great reading? The Big Read is ready for you. Follow this link to an insightful guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, with historical information about the novel’s Jazz Age setting, an author biography, and access to a radio program (audio plus transcript) of excerpts from the novel and analysis of its characters and themes [29 mins, 12 secs]. Extras for teachers include a ten-lesson unit of study with activities, homework assignments, project ideas, and essay topics.
The first in a four-part PBS series, hour-long video defines “strength” of materials, with examples ranging from steel cables to mollusk shells. Insight from research and experts offers a look into the process of “re-engineering” nature’s materials “to create the next generation of strong stuff.” Other videos in the Making Stuff series focus on making materials smaller, cleaner, and smarter. Includes an activity guide with customizable handouts, PowerPoint presentations, demonstrations, and a toolkit.