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Use Newsreel Videos for Background and Analysis

posted: 7.29.09 by Traci Gardner

If you’re looking for historical videos to use in the classroom, HBO Archives has a great new resource available for you — all you’ll need to do is create a free login. The ASCD community blog explains:

The March of Time newsreel series, produced from 1935 to 1967 by Time Inc., is now online in its entirely, courtesy of the HBO Archives. All films are free, but registration is required. They were first shown in movie theaters and on television and were more long-form than typical Hollywood-produced newsreels.

The newsreels, primarily dating from the 1930s, include historical events, cultural happenings, and biographical profiles. Each one holds possibilities for the classroom. Here are some examples and suggestions for their use:

There are dozens of videos on the site, and no matter which newsreel you choose, you’ll find a snapshot of life in America or around the world. It’s a handy collection with limitless possibilities for composition and rhetoric teachers.

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