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Paul McCartney Teaches Bass

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Paul McCartney teaches us how to play the baseline from one of his songs in this quick excerpt. It is designed for people who already know how to play the bass, but it is still fun to watch Paul jam for those of us who don’t.

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Berlin Wall Erected

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Did you ever wonder how a city could be cut in two? Filled with great footage from 1961, this video shows the first sections of the wall being laid with brick and mortar. There would be many modifications to the wall over the next 28 years, but this is how it started.

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A GPS Berlin Wall

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Are you planning a trip to Berlin? Since very little of the Berlin wall is still standing, this GPS guided tour is a neat way to see exactly where the wall stood.

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Walled In!

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A second wall, erected in 1962, ran parallel to the original Berlin Wall and created what is known as the Death Strip. Using computer generated graphics, this video reviews the tactics used by East Germany to prevent citizens from fleeing to West Germany.

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History Of The Berlin Wall

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This very informative World History class project tells the story of the Berlin Wall from the beginning to the end.

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What Is the Declaration of Independence?

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A quick review of the events and people that created the Declaration of Independence. Great for young learners and educators, this video is a great starting place for those interested in learning more about American History.

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National Archives: Declaration of Independence

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The original Declaration of Independence is on display in the Rotunda of the National Archives. In this Inside the Vaults video short, we learn about the efforts to conserve it as well as a fun history mystery ‘printed’ on the lower left corner.

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Teaching History: Declaration of Independence

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This video is for educators. It is an interview with Cliff Gold about a lesson plan for teaching the Declaration of Independence to eighth graders. He discusses some strategies and overall goals for the lesson that you can use when creating your own educational material.

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Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

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Take a hit song, give it some historical lyrics and you’ve got yourself a fun, creative way to learn history. This video takes ‘Apologize’ by OneRepublic and turns it into a quick lesson about the Declaration of Independence.

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Breaking Through The Clouds

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This quick video promotes Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby, a documentary about the 20 women who flew in the 1929 race across the United States. They flew from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland, Ohio. Amelia Earhart was one of the contestants, finishing in third place.

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