Videos

Here you will find videos shown in Mr. Dresel's class.  Click on the link of the video you wish to watch.  If you need the video questions or the video grid that goes with each video, click on the link provided or you can find them in the Document Locker under the "Resources" menu item at the top of the page. Warning: All of these videos are password protected. Get the username and password "For Media Access" on the large label on the inside cover of your Binder Reminder or send me an e-mail and I will send them to you.

Iceman

Iceman

In September of 1991when a couple of hikers came upon a body while hiking in the Alps, they had no idea that they had made the archeological find of the century. This program produced by NOVA is one of the first to be made following the discovery.

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Roman City by David Macaulay

Roman City

If cities largely define civilization, Western cities have been defined by the city planners and civic engineers of ancient Rome. As the empire expanded, these engineers planned and built cities throughout three continents that had logic, that had ample water by way of aqueducts, that had water distribution systems, sewers, paved streets with curbs and devices to slow traffic, public baths and public toilets, buildings devoted to culture and entertainment, warehouses, shops, homes and tenements. When the empire fell apart, it took 1,400 years for Western civilization to meet the challenges of urban living which the Romans had met.  This is the first in a series of excellent  videos from David Macaulay.

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Connections - Faith in Numbers

Connections

As the Sherlock Holmes of science, James Burke tracks through 12,000 years of history for the clues that lead us to eight great life changing inventions-the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television. Burke postulates that such changes occur in response to factors he calls triggers, some of them seemingly unrelated. These have their own triggering effects, causing change in totally unrelated fields as well. And so the connections begin…

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Castle by David Macaulay

Castle

Host David Macaulay leads you on a tour of a 13th century Welsh castle, explaining its cultural significance and unique architectural features (including a "murder hole" used to repel intruders). Colorful, detailed animation shows how the castle was built and portrays the lifestyle of its early inhabitants. This program was a Red Ribbon-winner at the American Film and Video Festival and received a Cine Golden Eagle Award.

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Cathedral by David Macaulay

Cathedral

A wonderful and dramatic telling of the most famous French cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Not only do we learn about the marvels of this architecture in standard documentary style through David Macaulay's narration, but we are also treated to an animated story of the building of the fictional (but representative) Notre Dame de Beaulieu.

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The Leper of St. Giles - Brother Cadfael

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Sir Derek Jacobi stars as Brother Cadfael, a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of St. Peter & St. Paul in 12th century Shrewsbury. But Cadfael is no ordinary monk, and these are no ordinary times. England is in turmoil and the normally tranquil life of the abbey is unsettled by the feuding and treachery of the outside world. Using forensic skills learned in his past life as a soldier in the Crusades, Cadfael turns detective to track down criminals and bring justice and order to Shrewsbury.

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One Corpse Too Many - Brother Cadfael (Encore Performance)

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Sir Derek Jacobi stars as Brother Cadfael, a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of St. Peter & St. Paul in 12th century Shrewsbury. But Cadfael is no ordinary monk, and these are no ordinary times. England is in turmoil and the normally tranquil life of the abbey is unsettled by the feuding and treachery of the outside world. Using forensic skills learned in his past life as a soldier in the Crusades, Cadfael turns detective to track down criminals and bring justice and order to Shrewsbury. If you are interested, there are a number of other videos in this series.  They can be checked out from the Public Library.

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

Robin Hood movie

When King Richard the Lionheart is captured, his scheming brother Prince John (Claude Rains) plots to reach the throne, to the outrage of Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn), the bandit king of Sherwood Forest. Rounding up his band of men and eventually winning the support of the lovely Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland), Robin accuses Prince John of treachery and, when the escaped Richard returns covertly to England, joins forces with the king to prevent Prince John from taking the crown.

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The Renaissance for Students - The History of the Renaissance

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What was the Renaissance? How did it begin and why? A History of the Renaissance answers these questions and more as it investigates the driving forces behind this brilliant period of artistic and scientific achievement. Discover how humanists like Petrarch pioneered the rediscovery of ancient Greek and Roman culture and ideas, sparking an explosion of creativity and innovation. Changes abounded not only in the arts and sciences, but also in politics and religion. Learn more about the lasting implications of Renaissance monarchs’ attempts to strengthen and unify their nations, along with Martin Luther’s quest to reform the church. Part of the multivolume The Renaissance for Students DVD Series.

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The Renaissance for Students - Everyday Life in the Renaissance

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What was it like to live during the Renaissance? Everyday Life in the Renaissance explores typical homes, diets and clothing during this period. Thanks to a surging economy and increased trade, many people had more money to spend on improved lifestyles, which included new household amenities, exotic foods and spices, and extravagant wardrobes. Witness the changing roles of work, education, religion, art and entertainment in family life over three centuries across Europe, and discover the realities of Renaissance city life.

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The Renaissance for Students - Art, Music & Literature

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The Renaissance was a brilliant period of artistic achievement and innovation, reflected in the art, literature and music of this time. Renaissance artists were in great demand by wealthy patrons seeking original paintings, sculptures, poetry, plays, music and more. Renaissance Art, Music & Literature explores the newly discovered uses of realism, mathematics and perspective in art; the introduction of new musical instruments and changes in musical style; and how literature flourished thanks to the invention of the printing press. Explore the lives and masterpieces of Renaissance legends, including Leonardo, Machiavelli and Shakespeare, whose works continue to be admired and emulated today.

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The Renaissance for Students - Science & Invention

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Journey to an age of adventure and exploration, invention and artistic achievement, and amazing changes in everyday life -- the Renaissance! On assignment to create an exciting video series about the Renaissance, an enthusiastic producer travels across Europe in search of the real story on the people, places and thinking behind Renaissance developments and discoveries. Complete with fascinating facts, historical reenactments and dramatic footage, The Renaissance for Students explores a time when great thinkers challenged established beliefs and principles -- sparking a rebirth of the ideas of ancient Greece and Rome, and an interest in achieving greatness in everything from art to mathematics to travel. Learn how these achievements not only transformed the lives of people during the Renaissance, but also continue to influence our world today.

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The Renaissance for Students - Travel, Trade & Exploration

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During the Renaissance, sailors set off into uncharted waters around the globe in search of new trade routes and lucrative luxury goods. Advancements and innovations in navigational tools, including lateen sails and the astrolabe, as well as improvements in shipbuilding, aided explorers such as Columbus, Magellan and da Gama on their amazing journeys. Renaissance Travel, Trade & Exploration delves into the struggle for trade dominance in the Mediterranean between the Ottoman Empire and Europeans, the emerging role of the wealthy merchant class and the worldwide effects of expanded trade on people living during the Renaissance.

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Ancient Aztec Empire

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Who were the Aztecs and how did they live? What happened to them and what did they leave behind? In this riveting program, viewers travel from present-day Mexico City to over 500 years into the past to learn about the amazing Aztec Empire. The Aztecs were a warlike people with their own religion, language and cultural rituals. Archaeological excavations that reveal the remnants of grand Aztec temples and statues provide a starting point for an exploration of this wealthy and highly organized society. Through colorful, historical re-creations and vivid graphic illustrations, students can easily imagine the Aztec island city of Tenochtitlan and what everyday life may have been like for Aztec people.

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Ancient Mayan Civilization

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The "mysterious Maya" were an impressive civilization, one of the earliest to settle in the Americas. Although historians don't know why the civilization failed, they do know that it spanned 3,000 years and had a population of about 15 million people. Established in what is now part of Mexico and Central America, the Maya built great cities, temples and pyramids, and were quite advanced in engineering and astronomy. Students will learn about Mayan religious beliefs, hieroglyphs, inventions, the people, food and culture.

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Ancient Inca

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The Incan empire was built in the 15th century and lasted less than 100 years. Amazingly, in that short time, the Inca created an incredibly organized and productive society. Located in what is now part of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, the Inca were excellent farmers, builders and craftsmen. Students will visit the ruins of the lost city of Machu Picchu, a remarkably well-preserved example of an Incan city. Artifacts like pottery fragments, pieces of cloth, old toys and stone tools help archeologists piece together a picture of the daily life of the Inca. What happened to the Inca? When the Spanish explorers arrived in 1532, they found the empire in turmoil. In addition, the Spanish brought new diseases, killing people by the thousands. In the end, the Spanish conquered the Inca, destroying their way of life and religion.

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America's Stone Age Explorers

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Who were the first Americans and where did they come from? The conventional view is that they arrived here around 13,500 years ago, but startling new archaeological discoveries suggest it may have been long before that. And experts are testing contentious theories regarding how they got here, including the idea of a dangerous canoe-born voyage from Asia down the west coat of the Americas, or even across the Atlantic from Europe.

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Islam - Part 1

Islam

What is Islam? Who is Muhammad? This is a documentary narrated by Ben Kingsley about Islam and attempts to answer these questions. The first part deals with the life of the Prophet Muhammad, his early life, his encounter with God Almighty and the birth of the Islam.

Part 1 - Prophet Muhammad and the Rise of Islam. Islam would become the revitalizing force of a barbaric Arabia, returning people to God and bringing back the monotheistic message of Christianity and Judaism in its most powerful way. Islam Women were given rights over there husbands, racism was annihilated and the rich were made equal to the poor.

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