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Grade Level: 7-12

Great Hearts of Courage Series (7 Programs)

Great Hearts of Courage Series (7 Programs)

DVD Item#: 24582
Program: 30 Minutes
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This series celebrates the lives and achievements of seven courageous figures that changed the course of History. Each faced adversity with strength of character and hearts of courage, shaping the lives of millions.
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Item# 24575, $49.00
Billy Graham
Reverend Billy Graham (1918 - present) has preached live to more than 210 million people in more than 185 countries. Graham opposed segregation during the 1960s and refused to speak to segregated auditoriums, saying "there is no scriptural basis for segregation." Friend to 11 American Presidents and pastor to most, he has been called the greatest religious figure in modern history.

Item# 24576, $49.00
Mother Teresa
On the streets of Calcutta, Albanian Mother Teresa (1910-97) ministered to the sick, destitute, and abandoned and was dubbed "Saint of the Gutters." Today, the missions she founded have more than 4,000 nuns operating in over 450 orphanages, AIDS hospices, and service centers in 123 countries. She continued to serve the poor until her death at 87.

Item# 24577, $49.00
Elie Wiesel
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel (1928-present) is an acclaimed writer, professor, activist, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The author has penned more than 50 books in various genres, including memoirs of the horrors witnessed during the Holocaust. Elie continues his work toward ending repression, racism, and violent hatred across the globe.

Item# 24578, $49.00
Martin Luther King Jr.
Preacher and activist Dr. King (1929-68) led the pivotal protests of the Civil Rights movement, including the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1963 March on Washington, and the 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery. The youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (at age 35), Dr. King is a human rights icon and one of the greatest speakers in American history.

Item# 24579, $49.00
C.S. Lewis
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was a preeminent novelist, Christian apologist, and literary critic of the 20th century. His close friendship with Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkein greatly influenced his work. His life story was portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins in the Oscar- nominated film, Shadowlands (1993). Lewis' works have been translated into over 30 different languages; none of his 38 books have ever been out of print. In the 21st century, his legacy lives on in print and via the blockbuster adapted film series, THe Chronicles of Narnia.

Item# 24580, $49.00
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
An artillery officer in the Soviet army in WWII, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was sentenced to serve eight years in labor camps, and three additional years in enforced exile, for sending a personal letter containing "disrespectful remarks about Stalin." Solzhenitsyn believed it was his mandate to expose the totalitarian nature of the Soviet regime. His nightmarish novel informed by his experience in the Soviet prison camps earned Solzhenitsyn the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Item# 24581, $49.00
Nelson Mandela
The road to becoming the first black president of South Africa came at a heavy price for Nelson Mandela (1918-present). After serving 27 years of a lifetime sentence as a fighter against apartheid, Mandela provided a beacon for justice leading to a worldwide rallying call for his release. Mandela continues to speak out of the conviction in his heart as an advocate for many social and human rights causes.
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Great Hearts of Courage Series (7 Programs)

Social Studies     U.S. History     World History     Language Arts

The Great Hearts of Courage series celebrates the lives and achievements of seven courageous figures that changed the course of History in the second half of the 20th century.  Five of them won the Nobel Prize for their contribution to humanity. Each faced adversity with strength of character and hearts of courage, shaping the lives of millions. This series combines archival footage with dramatizations of seminal turning points in their personal histories. In the end, we see how each embodied courage of the heart and why they continue to inspire us today.


Key Benefits:

  • Biography topics correlates to most state-provincial curriculum standards in Social Studies/Sciences & Language Arts/English, across all grade ranges (Calif. and Texas correlate in both Social Studies/Sciences & Language Arts/English, Florida in Language Arts/English)
  • Biographies of some of the seven will appear in textbooks about World History (King, Mandela, Mother Teresa, Solzhenitsyn, Wiesel), others in US History (King, Graham) and others in Literature-English textbooks (Lewis, Solzhenitsyn, Wiesel); several are found in more than one subject
  • Comprehensive archival-documentary footage is combined with insightful interviews complemented by dramatic historical re-creations
  • Authoritatively researched scripts focus on the key elements in the actions, thoughts, and character of each figure
  • Nobel Prize has been awarded to five of the seven for their contributions to humanity
  • Inspirational stories about how each person faced and overcame the challenges of their lives will grab students' attention and motivate them through examples of great courage