June 5 | Programming and Activities | Grades 9–12

As we ask "What is art good for?" and "Why do we keep creating?" we meet Kara Walker and other artists to help us find the answers. We're also taking a look at the birth of theater in ancient Greece.

At-Home Learning: PBS SoCal and KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming with digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum. Download this week’s schedule.

Friday on KCET

9:00 a.m. The Great American Read: Grand Finale (World Lit)

The Symbolism of Sunflower Seeds in Ghost – Interactive
Primary Source Set: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Interactive
The Legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird: Continuing Atticus’s Fight for Justice – Lesson Plan
The Legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird: Continuing Atticus’s Fight for Justice – Video


10:00 a.m. Secrets of the Six Wives: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived (World History)

Inside the Court of Henry VIII: Nobility and Satus – Video
Crash Course World History: Luther and the Protestant Reformation – Video


11:00 a.m. Civilizations: What is Art (Good For)?  (World History)

Culture Shock – Interactive
Abstract Expressionism – Background Reading
The Art Assignment: The Case for Jackson Pollack – Video
The Perpetual Act of Making – Article

Artist Kara Walker stands in front of a large, abstract black and white painting
Artist Kara Walker and “Rift of the Medusa,” 2017 | Photo by Nutopia Ltd/PBS.org

12:00 p.m. Country Music: The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953) (US History)

The Hillbilly Shakespeare: Hank Williams – Video and Support Materials
Contrafact – One Melody, Many Songs – Media Gallery and Support Materials


2:00 p.m. NOVA: Mystery Beneath the Ice (Science)

Mystery Beneath the Ice – Video and Support Materials
Antarctic Food Web Game – Interactive

Friday on KLCS

1:00 p.m. The Greeks: Chasing Greatness (World History)

History of Theater – Video and Support Materials
Greek Guide to Greatness: Entertainment – Video
Greek Theater: Oedipus Rex – Video and Support Materials
Greek Guide to Greatness: Philosophy – Video

The Greek masks of comedy and tragedy
The Greek masks of comedy and tragedy. | Still from “History of Theater” PBS LearningMedia

2:00 p.m. Margaret Mitchell: American Masters (American Literature)

American Masters: Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize Night – Video
The Great American Read: Scarlett O’Hara’s True Love in Gone with the Wind – Video
The Great American Read: Scarlett O’Hara’s True Love in Gone with the Wind – Activity
The Great American Read: Scarlett O’Hara’s True Love in Gone with the Wind – Discussion Questions


3:00 p.m. Civilizations: The Cult of Progress (World History)

Art Detectives: Derby
Khan Academy: Orientalism – Article
The Industrial Revolution in the United States – Media Gallery
KQED Art School: Art for Change – Collections
Painting a Future for Wildlife with Jane Kim and Ink Dwell – Video 


4:00 p.m. Chasing the Moon: American Experience, Magnificent Desolation (US History)

Apollo 11 and Beyond / Space Chase USA – Video
Economic Boom / Space Chase USA – Video
We Choose to Go to the Moon / STEM in 30 – Media Gallery
Moonwalk – Media Gallery