Lesson Plans: These in-depth, multidisciplinary lessons help students explore the broader themes of the series: the impact of political and historic events on personal lives; the alienation felt by minorities living in an America still coming to grips with diversity; the ever-blurring boundaries of geography, race, ethnicity, and identity; and the changing definition of "home."
Media Literacy Workshop: Can the media help us come to grips with the past and present of the America we live in? How does the media help perpetuate or challenge long-held beliefs, prejudices, and stereotypes? This section helps students to become more critical media users and to better understand media messages. It also prepares them to use the power of the media to produce their own multimedia essays about what it means to be an American.
America, My Home Essay Contest: Once students completed the media literacy workshop, they created multimedia essays on the theme America, My Home. Each essay revealed a personal story about the student's experience as an American or the personal journey he or she took on the way to becoming an American. The essays, in audio, video, or print media, reflected one or more of the documentary's overarching themes. Student entries were submitted to local PBS stations and posted on each station's My Journey Home Web site. Stations then submitted the essays to WETA, where a committee of outreach, media literacy, and production specialists judged them. Three winning entries were selected: Best Video Essay, Best Audio Essay, and Best Written Essay. The winning written essays and runners-up were posted to the national project Web site; the video essay was streamed on the Web site; and the audio essay was broadcast on WETA-FM and streamed on the Web site. Each winning student received a plaque in recognition of his or her achievement, and runners-up were awarded certificates.
Video Preproduction Checklist: This section provides a quick checklist of procedures and terms to assist students in producing a high-quality video.
Media Literacy Glossary: This short glossary of production terms provides background for the Media Literacy workshop and video and audio essays.
Your Journey Home
Visitors to the Web site can add stories about their own "journey home" or read what others are saying on this discussion board hosted by PBS.
This section includes show descriptions and background information about the producers.