April 7 | Grades 9–12

Programming Highlights

Little Women | Masterpiece, Episodes 2 and 3
See what it was like to grow up into a young woman during the Civil War with a classic foursome of American literature, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March, as they deal with changing gender roles, sibling rivalry and even first love.

Scene from Little Women that shows 4 women wearing dresses and flower head adornments
The March sisters | Masterpiece PBS

Chasing the Moon | American Experience, Part 1
Did you know the Moon landing was basically a movie playing out every day involving political calculation, dramatic visionaries and, of course, a media spectacle? Learn more about the mission that changed everything, straight from the people who lived it, like Buzz Aldrin; Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who was first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control, and many others.

At-Home Learning Tips

Making Memories in a Difficult Time

With schools closed and all families being asked to stay at home, it’s a bit mind-boggling to think that we are actually living in a moment of unprecedented world history. Here are a few ideas that will help you and your family reflect on important events, meaningful people and special moments you have shared together in the past and present.

Daily Programming

12:30 p.m. Little Women: Part 2

Becoming a Writer – Teaching Tips
Louisa May Alcott: The Civil War – Handout

1:30 p.m. Little Women: Part 3

Defying Convention – Teaching Tips
Louisa May Alcott: Transcendentalism – Discussion Questions
Louisa May Alcott: Transcendentalism – Handout

2:30 p.m. Chasing the Moon: American Experience, Part 1

Sputnik’s Launch – Teaching Tips
Sputnik’s Impact on America – Document
Ed Dwight, First Black Astronaut Trainee – Teaching Tips

Additional Resources

Phenomenal Woman: Remembering Maya Angelou
Read and give a salute to the legacy of the American icon who did it all and continues to delight readers across generations.

Maya Angelou at the beach.

7 Surprising Facts About Little Women’s Author, Louisa May Alcott
It probably comes as no surprise that Louisa May Alcott was a feminist who didn’t think too much of marriage, but did you know that she was an abolitionist and nurse as well? Get a deeper look at the iconic American author and what her less tasteful work before “Little Women” was about.

Astronaut Snoopy’s 50-Plus Year History with NASA
Unknown to many, Snoopy has been working with NASA since the late 1950s, even before man first stepped on the moon. Space, as it turns out, is the final frontier — even for beagles. Read on to find out why NASA is so close to Snoopy.

Thomas P. Stafford petting Snoopy as Jayme Flowers Coplin holds him. | NASA

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