March 26 | Programming and Activities | Grades 9–12

Today, we're taking a deep dive into Korea (both North and South) and the problem with plastic, plus a healthy dose of Shakespeare for good measure.

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.

Programming Highlights

The Great American Read “Villains and Monsters”
Thursday at 9:00 a.m. PST on KCET and at 1:00 p.m. PST on KLCS
What is it about the bad guys that’s so appealing? Join some very special guests as we try to nail down how some of our favorite literary baddies help us understand how and why we behave badly.

Want to see the answer? Click hereFind more At-Home Learning questions below in the Daily Schedule.

The Plastic Problem: PBS NewsHour Presents
Thursday  at 1:00 p.m. PST on KCET
Did you know that since we discovered plastic, we’ve amassed 9 billion metric tons of the stuff. Since it doesn’t biodegrade for the most part, most of that junk is still here, so what are we doing about it?

Shakespeare Uncovered: “Julius Caesar” with Brian Cox
Thursday at 2:00 p.m. PST on KLCS
Should I trust you? Join actor Brian Cox (whom you may recognize from a little movie called “Troy” or an equally little show called “Succession”) as he analyzes Shakespeare’s work and its notion of trust, as well as what morals we should live by. Watch a preview here.

Want to see the answer? Click hereFind more At-Home Learning questions below in the Daily Schedule.

Korea: The Never-Ending War
Thursday at 4:00 p.m. PST on KLCS
Besides never-ending, this is also known as “the forgotten war.” Find out why and learn about what Korea was like before it split into North and South.

 

At-Home Learning Tips

Managing Family Anxiety
Make sure your kids feel safe by maintaining a positive environment at home. Even at a young age, children can pick up on stressful situations by observing their parents’ or older siblings’ responses. Let children know not to worry because there are plenty of people who are working hard to keep the world safe. Read more tips about how to manage family anxiety during these uncertain times.

 

Daily Programming

Thursday on KCET

9:00 a.m. The Great American Read “Villains and Monsters”
Question | Answer

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Activity
Frankenstein: Analyzing Creative Works of Fiction – Lesson Plan
The Dystopia of The Handmaid’s Tale – Interactive

10:00 a.m. Howard’s End Part 4
Question | Answer

Explore How Authors Use Symbolism – Discussion Question
Sense and Sensibility: The Proposal – Teaching Tips
11:00 a.m. The Great War: American Experience Part 2
Question | Answer

Propaganda, Public Relations and WW1 – Teaching Tips
How Art Made the World – Lesson Plan


1:00 p.m. The Plastic Problem: PBS NewsHour Presents
Question | Answer

In Pursuit of Plastic – Video
Above the Noise: Would Banning Plastics Help or Hurt the Planet? – Video
Above the Noise Viewer Guide – Document

4:00 p.m. Nova: Lethal Seas
Question | Answer

Uneven Sea Level Rise – Video
Ocean Acidification and Marine Life – Interactive
 

Thursday on KLCS

8:00 a.m. Nova: Lethal Seas
Question | Answer

Uneven Sea Level Rise – Video
Ocean Acidification and Marine Life – Interactive

9:00 a.m. History Detectives: Civil War Bridge
Question | Answer
Civil War Checklist – Document

10:00 a.m. Africa’s Great Civilizations: Cities
Question | Answer

Explore Africa’s Great Civilizations – Map
The Expansion of Islam and Trade in Africa – Discussion Questions

11:00 a.m. Genius by Stephen Hawking: Why are We Here?
Question | Answer

Your Brain and Moral Decision-Making – Lesson Plan
Magic and the Brain – Video

12:00 p.m. Nova: Lethal Seas
Question | Answer
Uneven Sea Level Rise – Video
Ocean Acidification and Marine Life – Interactive

1:00 p.m. The Great American Read “Villains and Monsters”
Question | Answer

Iago: The Ultimate Villain – Video
And Then There Were None – Discussion Questions

2:00 p.m. Shakespeare Uncovered: “Julius Caesar” with Brian Cox
Question | Answer
Rhetoric and Relevance – Discussion Guide
The Hate U Give – Activity

3:00 p.m. Shakespeare Uncovered: “The Winter’s Tale” with Simon Russell Beale
Question | Answer

Clowning Around – Lesson

4:00 p.m. Korea: The Never-Ending War
Question | Answer

Mapping the Korean Peninsula – Activity 
The Lowdown | How Did North Korea Get Like This? – Lesson Plan

 

Additional Resources

Are You a Good Recycler? Test Your Knowledge
We assume that the stuff that goes in the big blue bin gets recycled, right? it’s not that simple. Test your recycling chops and learn a little bit more about what curbside pickup actually entails.

Workers sift through recyclable material. | Still from SoCal Connected S10 E1: “Life in Plastic – California’s Recycling Woes”

“The Migrant Kitchen” Ep. 5, “Banchan: Korean Food Beyond BBQ”
If you’ve eaten kimchi, you’ve had banchan. If you haven’t, there’s no better time than the present to make a big batch, be it the traditional way, or with a more modern twist. While you’re at it, read about what banchan means to Koreans and how people they keep a tradition of hospitality alive by making and serving kimchi.

North Korea: Photos Reveal Life North of the DMZ
What happens behind North Korea’s borders is a mystery to many of us. In his book, “North Korea,” Los Angeles-based photographer Mark Edward Harris captured the lives and culture of North Korea’s citizens so we could all take a peek.

Golden Lane Bowling Alley. Pyongyang, North Korea | Mark Edward Harris