History through Literature Series
Platform: Mac/Win CD.
Publisher: Clearvue/eav, Chicago, IL; 800-253-2788; www.clearvue.com.
Emphasis: History and Literature. Grade Level: 9-12.
Retail Price: Individual CD, $75; pack of 5, $225; lab packs, $900.
Clearvue's History Through Literature series explores historical periods ranging from Ancient Greek Civilization, Colonialism, and the Renaissance to the present day, in an uncomplicated and engaging format that will appeal to sophisticated 14-18-year-olds. Short on gimmicks and flashy art work, the series looks at history through a literary lens, incorporating rich video segments, text, audio, narration, and visual timelines.
In the 20th century CD, World Wars and the Quest for Order: The Early 20th Century, poets read limited hut well-chosen excerpts from notable period authors, including James Joyce and T.S. Elliot. On video, selected scholars interpret the texts, explaining how the sociopolitical events of the time influenced their authors. The program's users will learn that the writing of the author, Langston Hughes, was influenced by the Harlem Renaissance, whereas John Steinbeck's novels were shaped by the events of the Great Depression. …