Catalog of Educational Videos Titles T-U

Teaching with ME: Maine Teacher of the Year

60 min.; 9-12; Career Education; Teacher Education; MPBN

This program includes video profiles of each of the 11 finalists for Maine Teacher of the Year, highlighting the diverse stories of one of our state's most important professions. The special also focuses on Maine's Teacher of the Year and the award ceremony held at his/her high school. Support for this program was provided by Hannaford Supermarket.

Teens 'N Theatre 2

30 min.; 5-8; Alcohol & Drug Education, Communication, Guidance, Health, Fine Arts, Self Awareness, Teacher Education; Produced by: Adolescent Pregnancy Coalition (1987)

Improvisational theatre is being used nationwide in successful adolescent pregnancy and drug and alcohol prevention programs. In 1986, the Adolescent Pregnancy Coalition funded a new theatre group at Skowhegan Junior High to impact on the issues facing fifth through eighth graders. The troupe of 35 young people, under the direction of Marti Stevens, performs for schools and organizations statewide. The program explores the process by which young teens and school officials can cooperate in addressing the issues of adolescent sexuality, peer pressure, alcohol and drug abuse, self-esteem building, inter-generational communication and drop-out prevention. It also shows how teen theatre works to motivate students and to improve the overall communication climate in a school. It can serve as a framework for replication of the teen theatre concept in your school district or as background and preview before inviting TNT 2 to visit your school.

Teens @ Work: Starting Safely

12 min.; 9-12; Career Education, Health, Safety; Produced by: Maine Department of Labor (1998)

Understanding health and safety hazards young workers face on the job. Prevention issues, and rights of young workers, including child labor laws.


Theater in the Classroom: Approach to Learning

4 programs - var. lengths; 1-8; Fine Arts, Teacher Education; Produced by: Brunswick Public Schools (1991)

The following programs are designed as instructional materials for teachers who would like to use theater exercises in their classrooms to encourage students to work, discover, and learn together. A background in theater is not necessary to use these materials effectively in the classroom.

  1. Introduction & Different Parts Of The Stage (15 min.)
  2. The Warm Up & What - What (15 min.)
  3. Statues, Trust: Blind Circle & Mirrors (15 min.)
  4. Gestures, Polaroids, Machines & Graphics (30 min.)

Then It Happened

15 min.; 7-12; Environment, Forests & Forestry, Maine Studies, Safety; Distributed by: Maine Dept. of Conservation (1987)

A documentary on the 1947 forest fires in Maine with an introduction by Governor John McKernan.

True North

37 programs - 30 min. each; 7-12; Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: MPBN (1997-2001)

True North features interesting and unusual people and places in Maine, looks at some historical events, and explores some issues that don't get the headlines. True North chronicles life in Maine and the people who make it so fascinating.

  1. 301: Bar Harbor Fire/Helping Marine Animals/Jerry Cardone (Alien Artist)
  2. 302: Dream Big Conference)/Phyllis Siebert, Blaine House Cook/Dowsing for Water
  3. 303: Camp Kiev for Girls/Sneaking in Science/Lincoln's Community Band
  4. 304: Seeds of Peace/Opera Singer/Ostrich: The Other Red Meat/ Flying Fingers
  5. 305: River Driver's Bean Supper/Roxana Carter, Painter/Bert Silverman: Bert's Eyes
  6. 306: Gotta Dance: Arthur Hall/Interview with Portland Police Chief Michael Chitwood/Damariscotta Children
  7. 307: Flagstaff Remembered/Lewiston Street Kids/Blackpowder Lady
  8. 308: Spiritualist Camp/ Outdoorswoman/ John Logan
  9. 309: Maine Militia/Ann Peabody/Olive Pierce/Elmer's Barn
  10. 310: Elderly Athletes/Peter Marini/Ben Mendlowitz
  11. 311: Allagash Alliance
  12. 312: Carrabassett Valley Academy/ Rug Hook Lady/ Maine Seacoast Mission
  13. 313: Lobsterwoman
  14. 314: Challenged Kids/Cat Lady/Bunny Paradis
  15. Challenges
  16. On Safe Ground
  17. African-Americans in Maine
  18. Aroostook County
  19. Birthquake
  20. Maine Love Economy
  21. From the Sea
  22. Alternate Takes
  23. Global Ecology
  24. Performance Artists
  25. Islands Remember
  26. Getting Around
  27. Music is Magic
  28. Living History
  29. New Beginnings
  30. Marine Eyes
  31. Edutainment
  32. Franco-Americans
  33. Through the Lens
  34. Spirit of Sport
  35. Inspiration
  36. Ocean Adventure
  37. Gen-X Art

True North Classroom Videos

8 programs - 7-10 min. each; 7-12; Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: MPBN

The Maine PBS True North series is offering individual video segments, approximately 7 minutes in length, for classroom use and companion lesson plans, along with suggested classroom activities. The tapes and the lesson plans are appropriate for grades 8 through 12. Support for this project provided by MBNA's Excellence in Education Grant. The video segments will include the following topics:

  1. Rock Climbing: Take students on an adventure to Mount Desert Island where they will see a sport that is not usually associated with the Island ... rock climbing. Watch as first-time hikers test their new skills on picturesque Otter Cliffs. See first hand how challenging, exhilarating and rewarding the sport of rock climbing can be. And it's right here in Maine!
  2. Cambodian Dance: The Center for Cultural Exchange played host to a Master dancer hailing from Cambodia where the Khmer Rouge had banned the traditional forms of dance. Rather than let the traditions die, this Master now travels to perform and keep alive these ancient traditions. Students will learn how Maine has provided a welcome and safe haven.
  3. Lloyd George: True North will introduce students to Lloyd George, a 64-year-old native of Bangor who is an African American. Lloyd became a builder, like his father, and had his own business for many years doing a wide variety of construction work. Lloyd is proud of his heritage but feels it hasn't gotten the attention it deserves. "... Black people came from Canada to Maine to work on the log drives and they stayed to build the state. This hasn't been recorded or archived and it should be. More people should know of our part in Maine's history."
  4. Acadian Heritage: Students can travel to the St. John Valley in Fort Kent where they will have the opportunity to look at what it was like to live there 60 to 70 years ago. How did the Acadians survive the harsh winters and remote location of their settlements? One way was to knit. You knitted for yourself and family but you might have also knitted for profit. Listen to the story of the Acadian women in The Valley and how their strength, determination and powerful will to survive became focused, in one aspect, on their ability to knit.
  5. Birthquake: What is a birthquake? Dr. Tammi Fowles can tell you. Dr. Fowles, a native of Maine, has designed a program to help people cope with and learn from a life-changing event. We'll also meet John Morrill. At one time, John was diagnosed with a life threatening disease and was told he probably wouldn't survive. But he did survive and came out as a changed person. Dr. Fowles will discuss the idea of birthquakes and his own experiences.
  6. Maine State Society: It's time for a class field trip to Washington D.C. where a group called the Maine State Society takes part in an annual event at Arlington National Cemetery. We'll meet a special group of people who care for and maintain national grave sites of Maine heros. Students will also be introduced to people right here in Maine who donate time and materials to help remember those so far from home.
  7. The Phyllis A.: Take students out to sea in the oldest working ship ever built in Maine. The Phyllis A., now operating out of Massachusetts, will be retiring very soon. Learn the history of this tenacious boat, the people who own and skipper her and what lies just over the horizon for this most experienced of Maine ships.
  8. Maine's Poet Laureate: Did you know Maine has a Poet Laureate? Her name is Kate Barnes. We'll learn what inspires her and the influence that her parents, nature, and the state of Maine has had on her life and her writing. Kate says she writes to amuse people. She will read a few examples of her work.

Turkeys in the Wild

20 min.; 4-12; Fisheries & Wildlife, Maine Studies; Produced by: Ursus Productions (1999)

This story portrays the entire life cycle of the wild turkey, one great success story for Maine wildlife? Learn more about turkeys in the wild, from breeding, rearing young, food gathering and winter survival, the wild turkey is a wildlife restoration success symbol. (Includes the introduction: Your Stewards of Maine's Fish and Wildlife)


30 - 30 min. programs; 9-12; Career/Vocational Education, Health/Wellness, Language Arts, Mathematics

TV411 is an exciting 30-part video series for adult learners that uses real-life topics to teach pre-GED-level basic skills. This indispensable learning tool is packed with expert advice and proven tips to promote active learning. The program content focuses on parenting, money matters, and health; specific subjects include reading comprehension, research how-to's, writing to others, filling out forms, calculating percentages, using fractions, taking tests, and more.

  1. #101 Question Man uses a thesaurus to find synonyms, while Stephen Colman illustrates the use of synonyms and antonyms in slam poetry. Laverne helps a coworker figure out how much of her pay is taken out in taxes, job seekers create dossiers to help in their job hunts, a Nashville mechanic shares his experiences, and Michael Franti of Spearhead explains how he writes songs.
  2. #102 Members of the Dallas Cowboys use football to illustrate examples of decimals and percentages; Agent Know How shows how to get a library card; poet Jimmy Santiago Baca tells how he discovered the power of language while serving time in prison, then leads a writing seminar; and Question Man explains when to use apostrophes.
  3. #103 Job seekers prepare for filling out applications by creating personal data sheets, and singer/songwriter Phoebe Snow talks about music and the composing process. A mother creates a medical "bible" in order to document and track her chronically ill child's medical history.
  4. #104 Actress Kathy Bates talks about books that have been made into movies, a woman from Pittsburgh tells how she reached her goal of becoming a travel agent, the book club reads Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate, and Malik Yoba shares tips on how to keep a journal.
  5. #105 The book club reads I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Agent Know How goes looking for information at the library, and Laverne helps a new father of triplets multiply his shopping list. The Lifelines segment shows how to prepare for a visit to the doctor.
  6. #106 Question Man shows how to take a phone message, Laverne helps shoppers get the best deals on television sets, and pop/rock band BETTY teaches about homonyms. Job seekers learn how to write résumés, and an Indiana woman talks about going back to school as an adult so she could become a nurse.
  7. #107 Olympic track star Florence Griffith Joyner introduces a segment in which skaters Tai Babalonia and Randy Gardner calculate an average. An animated segment shows how to look up a word in a dictionary, and New York artist Esperanza Cortez shares her battle with dyslexia.
  8. #108 Job seekers work on writing cover letters for applications, Laverne helps a shopper with diabetes get nutritional information from food labels, and "Dictionary Cinema" shows how to look up a word you don't know how to spell.
  9. #109 Agent Know How tries out the library computer to find a book, and a father shares tips on reading to children. The book club members read Angela's Ashes and meet author Frank McCourt.
  10. #110 A young couple gets advice on getting their finances under control from a credit counselor, and John Fugelsang hosts a look at the fine print on "too-good-to-be-true" credit card offers. The "Rip Off" segment looks critically at a TV ad, and author Studs Terkel reads from his book Working.
  11. #111 Salsa musician Rubén Blades performs some of his songs and talks about his writing process. An El Paso mother enters the Even Start program and learns ways to bring her family closer together through reading and writing. Then Question Man shares tips on taking tests.
  12. #112 Laverne helps a young man write a card to his girlfriend, parents choose a school for their child, and bluegrass singer/songwriter Hazel Dickens shares some of her music.
  13. #113 Professional women basketball players explain applications of fractions and percentages in their sport, new immigrants get advice on applying for citizenship, and Laverne helps a customer fill out an application for store credit. An Oakland woman shares how writing a letter can generate change in a community.
  14. #114 A son writes an emotional letter to his estranged father, and Dictionary Cinema shows how foreign words are listed. An adult learner talks to his boss about his continuing education. LaPhonso Ellis and Alan Henderson of the NBA demonstrate how to figure out time and distance on a map when planning a trip. Also, tips on highlighting text, a pop quiz about word origins, and an explanation of the word reconcile.
  15. #115 Question Man goes to the library for books on parenting, and Laverne explains how to use a glossary to read a health insurance plan. Street Beat offers advice on figuring the tip in a restaurant, and a mother and daughter create a daily schedule. Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca shows a group of adult learners how to keep a journal. Other topics include energy consumption of appliances and the word stereotype.
  16. #116 Question Man looks at the economics of rent-to-own deals, basketball pro Olympia Scott-Richardson shows how she uses her day planner to stay organized, and actor Dennis Franz gives a tip on reading the newspaper. Laverne helps a painting contractor figure the cost of a job, and singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon writes a song on the spot. Other topics include credit card debt and the word analogy.
  17. #117 A couple of first-time home buyers learn how to read a mortgage chart, Question Man works on understanding his utility bill, and Street Beat shows how to evaluate written information. Four students from California, calling themselves the Freedom Writers, use pen and paper to fight prejudice and intolerance. Also: how to use a thesaurus, a pop quiz about volunteering, and the word anomaly.
  18. #118 Question Man reads the newspaper, ABC News anchor Antonio Mora hosts a report on multiple intelligences, tennis pro Zina Garrison explains percentiles and rankings, and Jimmy Santiago Baca shows a group of adult learners how to summarize a poem. Street Beat covers looking up government listings in the phone book, while other segments introduce facts about the United States Census and the word dynamics.
  19. #119 Tips on how to summarize almost anything, a pop quiz about adults in college, and the word marginalized. ABC News anchor Antonio Mora reports on different learning styles, a Maryland steel worker studies for his GED, Laverne explains how to use unit price labels on store shelves, and poet Jimmy Santiago Baca talks about how he discovered the joy of language.
  20. #120 While reading a pamphlet on breast cancer, Laverne explains the basics of probability and odds. Elizabeth Daniels Squire, a novelist who is also dyslexic, talks about her work, and Antonio Mora of ABC News reports on dyslexia. Also: different meanings for the same word, how to learn and remember new words, a quiz about water and the human body, and the word genetics.
  21. #121 Body Works - Olympic medalist Marian Jones demonstrates the concept of rate, and two math-savvy Calculating Women take charge of an overweight friend's calorie counting. "Lifelines" explores smart ways to manage multiple medications, mind mentor Michael Gelb shares an innovative technique for brainstorming and retaining ideas, and Michael Beech of Third Watch offers tips for handling an emergency.
  22. #122 Personal Finances - Question Man gets financial advice from a millionaire, a teenage father gets help starting up a small lollipop business as he pursues his GED, the Calculating Women estimate and calculate their way to the perfect cell phone plan, and a federal official reveals the math behind common money scams.
  23. #123 The Learning Journey - Strategies for reading comprehension on the GED test, ratios in the kitchen with TV chef Curtis Aikens, the story of how one man left prison and low literacy behind, and a look at what happened when an entire Midwestern town read the same novel.
  24. #124 On the Job - Question Man figures out how to decipher legalese, an Appalachian man tells how he succeeded in changing careers after the end of his coal-mining days, and the Calculating Women explore strategies for building up retirement savings. "Math Behind the Arts" features a New York City subway tile artist.
  25. #125 Navigating the System - Tips on how to avoid credit card debt from the Calculating Women; a profile of a New York man who, despite a reading disability, teaches others how to pass written driver's license exams; and advice from Laverne on over-the-counter medicine labels and prescription dosages. Three Harlem Globetrotters demonstrate how to read a world map.
  26. #126 Family Matters - An African immigrant struggles to learn to read and raise a family in America, Laverne helps a young mother child-proof her home, and an African-American woman researches her family roots over the Internet and in the field. Hip-hop star Doug E. Fresh teaches parents and children how to rap while they read.
  27. #127 Writing - Question Man tackles sentence fragments in a grammatically correct dream, poet Jimmy Baca conducts a dynamic writing workshop with steelworkers, and Laverne helps a co-worker create an outline for a GED essay on disciplining children. A peek behind the scenes at the popular Bernie Mac Show looks in on a professional brainstorming session.
  28. #128 Express Yourself - Newly minted writer Kathi Wellington tells stories from her days as a female steelworker, and origami artist June Sakamoto gives a geometry lesson. Parents and children interpret art and symbolism at the Philadelphia Museum, and Broadway performers from Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam demonstrate that writing poetry can be both literary and exuberant.
  29. #129 Math for Life - A drummer and the chorus line of Forty-Second Street demonstrate fractions in action, a carpenter shows how math is critical to her work, Mets pitcher Al Leiter illustrates the perimeter of a baseball diamond, and Laverne explains percentages and multiple markdowns for bargain hunters.
  30. #130 Media - Question Man gets the scoop from a reporter on how to read between the lines, and "Straight to the Source" looks over the shoulder of political cartoonist Don Margolies as he creates his caricatures. DC United soccer star Nick Rimando shows how he uses computers and the Internet while he's on the road, and the book club visits a special class in New York where workers learn about the history of the Depression through Dorothea Lange's celebrated photographs.


6 programs - var. lengths; 7-12; Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1991)

1) Cosmic Background: Explorer Cobe (13 min.) 2) Space Telescope: An Observatory in Space (15 min.) 3) Changing Universe (15 min.) 4) Universe (28 min.) 5) HEAO: The New Universe (20 min.) 6) Who's Out There? (28 min.)