This month, we share content for International Literacy Day through our Libraries, Literature & Learning Collection, and we remember our heroes from September 11, 2001. We explore our Hispanic Heritage, and we celebrate Constitution Day. We also take a moment to remind you of two great resources that work together to benefit South Carolina educators—LearningWhy and Knowitall—and we provide a complete list of resources that are available to SC educators in the ETV StreamlineSC Collection!
In addition, we have a new series, Meet the Helpers, that introduces helpers in every community and explains the role they play in emergency situations. See below for details!
Dates for your calendar and related Knowitall Collections
Sept. 8 - International Literacy Day – Explore our Libraries, Literature & Learning Collection
International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on September 8, shines a spotlight on global literacy needs. The International Literacy Association’s mission is literacy for everyone, everywhere. We encourage you to celebrate the power of literacy!
Sept. 11 – Remembering Our Heroes – Explore our Remembering 9/11 Collection
On September 11, 2001, over 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.
September 15 - October 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month – Explore our Hispanic Heritage Collection
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.
Sept. 17 Constitution Day – Explore our Constitution Day Collection
On September 17, 1787, members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution. Learn about the South Carolina delegates and find other resources to be utilized for teaching about Constitution Day.
And don’t forget that each month, we feature our Knowitall Factoids Collection! The September Factoids are here, and they connect these dates to content on Knowitall—to extend the learning throughout the month!
Dr. Bessie Ayers Moody-Lawrence dedicated her entire life to education and the law. A prolific advocate, Dr. Moody-Lawrence integrated herself into every facet of society she could to achieve her passions. A member or leader to countless programs and committees, her actions earned her recognition and respect across the country.
She was born on February 14, 1941 in Chester, S.C. to Robert Douglas Ayers Sr. and Bessie Lewis Ayers. Moody-Lawrence married her first husband, Lindberg Moody Sr., in 1964, and until his passing, they raised their three children. On February 9, 1991, she married the late James Earl Lawrence.
Dr. Moody-Lawrence earned her B.S. from South Carolina State University in 1962, her Master’s in Education from Winthrop University in 1971, and her Doctorate of Education from the University of South Carolina in 1981. She then served as College Marshal (1983-1997) and was the Program Coordinator of Elementary Education (1985-1988) for Winthrop. In addition to serving as a professor emeritus for Winthrop University, Dr. Moody-Lawrence was President of the S.C. Association of Teacher Educators from 1982-1983, and Vice President of the Central City Optimist of Rock Hill from 1990-1991.
As a full-time legislator, Dr. Moody-Lawrence accomplished quite a lot as a member of the House of Representatives for District 49 in York County (1993-2008). She was on the Joint Committee to Study Drug & Alcohol Abuse (1993), a Stennis Southern Women in Government Pacesetter from 1997-1998, awarded the Laney Award by the NAACP in 2000, and received the highest honor available in S.C., the Order of the Palmetto, from Governor Mark Sanford in 2008. She also served on both the 3M Committee (Medical, Military, Public & Municipal Affairs Committee) and the Joint Legislator Committee on Children & Families.
View the interstitial here. (coming soon)
View the video on Knowitall.org here.
Download the SC African American History Calendar here.
Many children have questions and can feel uneasy when emergencies occur in their communities. The Meet the Helpers toolkit is designed to introduce “helpers” and explain the role they play in emergency situations. Included in the toolkit are videos and hands-on activities that provide educators and families with developmentally appropriate resources for young children. For more information on this WUCF initiative, visit meetthehelpers.org.
Activities to Help to Prepare - Printable Documents to Complete:
Interactives now available on your mobile device!
All of the Gullah Music Interactives are now available for viewing on your mobile device. Try them out!
- Got the Blues - Go to the Interactive
- Praise House - Go to the Interactive
- Secret Code - Go to the Interactive
In addition, all three modules of RiverVenture are now available to play on your mobile device!
RiverVenture is the story of South Carolina's cultural and natural landscape as told by its rivers. RiverVenture will take you on a virtual "float-trip" across South Carolina, following the Saluda, the Congaree, the Santee, the Cooper, and the Catawba Rivers.
- Catawba River – Go to the Interactive
- The Estuary – Go to the Interactive
- The Three Rivers – Go to the Interactive
New series on the South Carolina ETV Workforce Development website at SCETV.org – Your Path, Your Journey
Your Path, Your Journey--SC Workforce PSA Series intends to address public awareness of non-degreed careers in order to supply adequately skilled workforce for continued economic growth in South Carolina. The series features nine young individuals who respectively have obtained technical certificates, are working toward associate degrees, or are in various professional training programs. From each unique perspective, they present to the audience the wide range of educational opportunities that ensure stable and lucrative careers. Their enthusiasm and passion about the paths they have chosen encourage young people to consider industrial vocations, and their personal experiences help reduce the negative stigma normally associated with manufacturing occupations.
Please note: These resources can be found under “Local” in the top navigation on the scetv.org website.
A reminder to register now for an account on LearningWhy…
Gain access to lesson plans and content available exclusively to SC educators!
- As you settle in to the new school year, we offer a reminder that we have two great resources—Knowitall and LearningWhy—that support each other with media assets and lesson plans.
- Most of the resources on Knowitall are accessible to everyone without a login, however, our ETV StreamlineSC Collection on Knowitall contains a number of videos that are available exclusively to South Carolina educators. To gain access to these password-protected resources, South Carolina educators will need to register for a FREE account on LearningWhy.
- By registering on LearningWhy, you will gain access not only to the lesson plans contained on LearningWhy but also to all of the series listed below under ETV StreamlineSC. Please note that the titles with an asterisk require an account on LearningWhy.
- There are currently over 400 lesson plans available on LearningWhy, organized by grade, subject, and correlated to curriculum standards. Learn more here!
- Check out the Learning Outcomes section in LearningWhy to see best practices of other great teachers across South Carolina and upload the fabulous things you’re doing in your classroom, too!
* Indicates the series has rights restrictions and is available only to SC educators. Please register for a free account on LearningWhy for lesson plans and access to all programs.
Magic School Bus - now available on SC State Library's Learn360
If you are interested in locating lesson plans on LearningWhy that utilize content from Knowitall, you can find them easily!
There you’ll see lesson plans for these Series and Subject Areas, and all of the media is available on Knowitall.org!
Knowitall has printable promotional materials on the About Knowitall page. Please feel free to promote Knowitall.org and its resources in schools and districts! Thank you for spreading the word to others who will be interested in the content made available on Knowitall.org!
Please visit our Knowitall Factoids to extend learning throughout the month! Be sure to visit the September Factoids!
Also, stop by and see What’s New on Knowitall! It’s an easy way to stay updated on all the content recently added to Knowitall!
If you are a teacher who is using our 3D Virtual Tours on Let’s Go!, we would love to hear about these experiences in your classrooms! Please contact us!
As always, we invite you to contact us with questions or comments.