This is the last of my suggested YouTube Video series. This final section will cover the early 1900s to the Present Day. I hope that I have provided a wide variety of suggestions for your classroom. These videos could be shown when there is a teacher in the room or a substitute teacher in the classroom.
Lost Liners - YouTube
This documentary features Bob Ballard exploring his career as an oceanographer. He discusses the Titanic and Lusitania and learns about the Empress of Ireland. He talks about the Titanic’s discovery and the problems it caused. Then he talks about the mystery of Lusitania’s sinking. Finally, he visits the Empress of Ireland as his last ocean liner. He visits the Empress of Ireland with a descendant of one of the passengers. *Highly recommended for a middle school and high school classroom. This documentary can be broken up into sections.*
Waking the Titanic - YouTube
Fourteen young people from one small town in Ireland made their way to America, on board the Titanic. They traveled together in a group to keep each other safe. Only 3 survived the trip. The deaths of 11 young people deeply scarred the town they grew up in. Narrated by the actor who played Branson on Downton Abbey. This docu-drama offers a different perspective on the Titanic by sharing the story of ordinary people. *Highly recommended for an elementary school, middle school, and high school classroom. Recommended for a substitute teacher to show.*
Women Who Made History - Sophie Scholl - YouTube
Sophie School was a resistance fighter during World War II. Initially, she had joined the Hitler Youth. Her father was not pleased with this. She loved music, boys, dancing, and alcohol. Sophie and her siblings were arrested for listening to music. Sophie was surprised that the government would arrest and imprison children. This is a German-produced documentary with English voiceovers. *Highly recommend for middle school and high school classrooms.*
Anne Frank & Eva Schloss: Tale of Two Sisters - YouTube
Holocaust documentary, this documentary is about Anne Frank and her step-sister Eva Schloss. Their stories ran parallel to each other, their families both fled Germany when Hitler came to power, both settled in the Netherlands, they met each other young, both ended up in concentration camps. Anne died, Eva survived. Eva shares the story of the diary and her memories of the Holocaust. *Recommended for a high school classroom. Recommended for an independent study student.*
World's Deadliest Sea Disaster - YouTube
The Wilhelm Gustloff was a ship that was sunk in the Baltic towards the end of World War II, taking with her 10,000+ souls. It was the deadliest shipwreck in history. The survivors come together to tell their survival story. This can also be used in a computer science class as they determined the number of people who died in the wreck by using computer simulations. *Recommended for a history classroom as well as for research purposes.*
*Wartime Farm: YouTube
Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn, and Alex Langladas as well as new team member Henry live as farmers facing the conditions of World War II. Goodman, Ginn, and Langladas startup with setting up the farm for war conditions, planting the fields, and trying their hand at recycling. They deal with rationing. They also take in war refugees, participate in home defense and welcome the Americans. *Highly recommended for both middle school and high school history and agricultural classrooms. Highly recommend it for independent study students and clips.*
Chernobyl: 35 Years After - YouTube
The disaster at Chernobyl happened on April 26, 1986. It was the worse nuclear disaster in world history. It still haunts the Ukrainian people to this day. This documentary is about a group of survivors who returned to Prypiat. They discuss their experiences and their feelings about the disaster. Some have broken their silence for the first time. This documentary is German-produced with English translations. *Highly recommend for both high school and middle school classrooms and independent study students.*
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