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November 24, 2004
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The History Channel is pleased to bring you this weekís educational programming update: Modern Marvels: Washington Monument, Wednesday, December 1st at 8PM/7c

Special Presentation: Ben Franklin, Sunday, December 5th at 9 PM/8c

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Modern Marvels: Washington Monument Wednesday, December 1st at 8PM/7c The United States capital boasts more monuments and memorials than most cities in the world. But few are more visible or have a more intriguing history than the monument erected to the first American president. Once the worldís tallest structure, the Washington Monument is over 55 stories high and weighs over 90,000 tons. One hundred years from concept to completion, the monumentís history is full of mystery, ceremony, conflict, grandeur, and debate. This episode in the Modern Marvels series traces the construction of the Washington Monument and the fascinating stories behind this engineering feat. Proposed in the late 1700s by a group of prominent Washington DC citizens and finished in the late 1800s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington Monument was an enormous physical and political undertaking. This program introduces students to both the stories behind the building of the monument and the task of building it. Through the discovery of the materials used to build the monument and the methods necessary to maintain its structure, students will examine the architectural design behind this fascinating project. Modern Marvels:The Washington Monument will give students an in-depth look at this centerpiece of American history and on-going tribute to the man it celebrates.

Curriculum Links: Modern Marvels: The Washington Monument would be useful for classes on American History, American Culture, Government, and Civics courses. It is appropriate for middle school and high school students. It fulfills the following standards as outlined by the National Council for History Education: Civilization, Cultural Diffusion and Innovation, and Human Interaction with the Environment.

Discussion Questions: 1. What do you think is the main reason it took so long to build the Washington Monument
2. How is the monument maintained and preserved?
3. If you had to design your own monument to George Washington, what would it look like?
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Special Presentation: Ben Franklin Sunday, December 5th at 9 PM/8c Benjamin Franklin was an American Renaissance manóhe was the architect of the Revolutionary era and beyond and was arguably the most visionary of our Founding Fathers. Most of us are familiar with the grandfatherly visage that graces the hundred dollar bill. Inventor, politician, writer, businessman, scientist, diplomat Ö these are the things we automatically think about when we remember Franklin. That, of course, is the mythic, legendary Ben Franklin - but itís not the only Ben Franklin. This special presentation will introduce students to the more human side of Franklin, revealing the contradictions which made up the life of this brilliant writer and statesman. This two hour special presentation features the commentary of some of the foremost experts on Franklinís life and legacy. Together with archival images and narrative quotations from Franklinís writings and letters, this compelling program will engage students with its vivid portrayal of Franklinís early life, his travels, and his critical contribution to the creation of the republic. Ben Franklin will immerse students in the world of this remarkable man, giving them new insights into his political and intellectual preoccupations, his many inventions, and his fascinating personal life. As an early abolitionist, Ben Franklinís legacy spanned the 19th century and beyond. Through this exceptional look Franklinís life, students will be able to grasp the profound ways this one individual helped build our nation, and the ways his footprints extend throughout our contemporary world.

Curriculum Links: Ben Franklin would be useful for classes on American History, American Culture, Government, and Civics courses. Due to some more sophisticated and mature content involving Franklinís personal life, we recommend it for 8th grade and above. We suggest that teachers view this program before recommending it or screening it for students. It fulfills the following standards as outlined by the National Council for History Education: Civilization, Cultural Diffusion and Innovation, and Patterns of Social and Political Interaction.
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