Until very recently, I thought of C-SPAN as merely a government cable channel, a place to see the ongoing proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. So: ho hum. Not my favorite channel. But it turns out that the mission of C-SPAN includes more, so much more!!!
If you go to C-SPAN’s Website, brace yourself for a thrilling ride. Seriously, this Website has SO MUCH CONTENT, it is like trying to eat an elephant while riding your bike. I must now give a LOUD SHOUT-OUT to my father, who was doing some research of his own, discovered the vast riches of C-SPAN, and showed me what he found. Thanks, Dad!!!
If you are an English teacher, check out the series called “American Writers,” which provides extensive information and video clips about writers ranging from William Bradford (born 1590) and Abraham Lincoln to Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, plus dozens more. If you’re a Hemingway fan like me, there’s a two-hour show about his life here. The BookTV series In Depth offers “a comprehensive, live three-hour look at one author’s work, with questions from viewers via phone, e-mail, and social media,” featuring interviews with many well-known authors.
If you teach social studies: O.M.G. Let’s start with the section on The Supreme Court, which includes transcripts and video clips about landmark cases. And the series American History TV is too overstuffed to describe. If you’re looking for transcripts of important documents or video clips to complement your instruction, this Website is PHENOMENAL.
I know there’s a lot on the Internet, so it is easy to miss some things. But this C-SPAN Website is not to be missed!