April 2020 on Knowitall

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This Month on Knowitall.org

  • At-Home Learning resources and instructional materials are available from South Carolina ETV and the SC Department of Education. Find more information and links below. 
  • For School Library Month and National Poetry Month, literacy, storytelling, poetry and journalism resources abound in our Libraries, Literature & Learning Collection!  Please see the list of specific dates to keep in mind all through April! 
  • Try out our resources for National Public Health Week and World Health Day. We hope you will not only view them but also act on them!
  • View our resources for International Day of Human Space Flight, Earth Day, Yom HaShoah, International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day, Dance Day, International Jazz Day and many more!
  • Dates and resources for additional subject areas are listed below our Libraries, Literature and Learning resources. Scroll down to Dates for Your Calendar and Knowitall Resources In Other Subject Areas.


At-Home Learning

At-Home Learning programming content is available from South Carolina ETV and the SC Department of Education.

View current programming schedule at: scetv.org/athomelearning

In addition to the TV schedule, many of these video resources are also available for viewing on Knowitall.org. View and download resources and instructional materials here: https://www.knowitall.org/home-learning-instructional-materials



Four New Programs on Coronavirus are now available for parents and young children from our Meet the Helpers series:  


South Carolina African American History Calendar

April Honoree – Judge Richard E. Fields

Judge Richard E. Fields was born and raised in Charleston, S.C. He attended high school at the Avery Institute, graduated from West Virginia State College in 1944, and earned his law degree in 1947 from the Howard University School of Law. He was one of the first African Americans to open a law office in Charleston since the early 1900s. Judge Fields’ private and professional endeavors have included many religious, civic, and political activities, acquiring leadership positions in each area.

When Judge Fields returned to Charleston after law school, he resumed his membership at the historic Centenary Methodist Church. He was elected treasurer of that congregation around 1950 and retains that position to this date. Judge Fields served as the church’s delegate to the South Carolina Annual Conference for more than 50 years and was a member of the Merger Committee in South Carolina when the white and black conferences of the United Methodist Church merged in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In 1950, along with several other black citizens, Judge Fields formed the Charleston County Political Action Committee (PAC) for the purpose of organizing black voters and educating them in the power of the ballot, and for the additional purpose of electing blacks to political office. This group, through its screening committee, was able to influence elections in Charleston for a decade. Judge Fields also conducted legal work on behalf of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In 1952, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of Claflin College in Orangeburg. He also represented the university as its attorney and served on many of its committees during his almost fifty years on the board. In 1992, a scholarship was established in his name to provide financial assistance to students of merit.

Judge Fields’ leadership in the South Carolina legal community continued when he was selected as a Municipal Judge for the City of Charleston in 1969. He served in that position until becoming a Family Court judge in 1975. In 1980, Judge Fields was elected as a judge of the Circuit Court of South Carolina until his retirement in 1992. His portrait hangs on the fourth floor of the Charleston County Judicial Center and in one of the United States Post Offices in Charleston which is officially named after him.

Judge Fields and his wife, the late Myrtle T. Evans, have two children, Mary Diane Fields-Reed and Richard E. Fields Jr.

Presented through a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Education and South Carolina ETV

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Download the SC African American History Calendar here

Video produced by Andrew Davis. ​



School Library Month & National Poetry Month 


Visit our Libraries, Literature and Learning Collection!

  • The list below features resources from our Libraries, Literature and Learning Collection on reading, storytelling, poetry and journalism
  • Dates and resources in other subject areas are listed below our literacy resources. See “More Dates for your Calendar and Knowitall Resources.”

April 2: Children’s Book Day



April 10: Encourage a Young Writer Day

  • View our collection “For Young Writers” in the Libraries, Literature and Learning Collection.

Topics in this collection include:

April 16: National Support Teen Literature Day

April 18: National Columnists Day

April 19-25: National Library Week

April 21: National Library Workers’ Day

April 22: National Bookmobile Day

April 23: World Book Day

April 23: Shakespeare’s Birthday

April 27: National Tell a Story Day

April 28: Great Poetry Reading Day

More Poets!

April 30: Dia! Diversity in Action Day/El Dia de los Niños

A celebration of children, families and reading, emphasizing literacy for children of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds.



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Ask an Author

Knowitall has produced Q&A video profiles with national authors and illustrators who visit South Carolina. These interview opportunities are provided by partners like the South Carolina State Library.


Baker’s Dozen

Storytelling should be a part of a student’s educational experience because it is a literary activity, a listening activity, a means of transmitting values, and a means of appreciating cultural diversity.


The storytellers in the Baker’s Dozen lessons were influenced by Augusta Baker, a well-known librarian and storyteller who worked in the New York Public Library for many years and taught storytelling at colleges across the country. These thirteen, renowned national and local storytellers were taped in the studios of SCETV as they told their stories in front of elementary-age students who asked the storyteller questions about their story and the art of storytelling.


Be a Media Critic | Artopia

Take a closer look at types of media like photography, radio, film, and television. Record your answers to the Write About It questions in a notebook or a digital document.


Club Write

This series serves as a comprehensive contextualized support for developing writing skills in preparation for high school. Episodes can be used within and across curriculum areas to support many different applications of writing, from lyrics to persuasion to technical reports. In each program, students are challenged to approach a writing assignment in different ways. Strategies for organizing information and structuring personal schedules to complete assignments are depicted. Real-life settings where different writing styles are employed are carefully woven into the stories. Cooperative learning is emphasized. The new CLUB WRITE KIDS is a prequel to this series. Club Write is distributed by AIT (Agency for Instructional Technology). (From our StreamlineSC collection)


Conversations with S.C. Writers

SCETV brings into the studio well-known South Carolina writers to share a little about their careers, writing process and more!


Grammar Pitfalls | Standard Deviants TV

The Standard Deviants clear away confusion and identify the most common grammatical errors. (From our StreamlineSC Collection)


Gullah Tales

Native Islanders share their folklore and history through storytelling and singing. 


Idella Bodie’s Ghost Tour: A Writer’s Guide

Offers students and teachers a personal view of the writing process.


Inside Storytelling

South Carolina and national storytellers perform interesting stories and talk about the craft of storytelling.


Letter TV I

Letter TV II

Letter TV III

This series primarily teaches letter recognition and sound association to young children. In addition to teaching the common sounds associated with the letters of the alphabet, programs also help children sight-read common words and build confidence and excitement for reading. Every episode introduces some important cross-curricular content that can be developed into a broader learning activity in class. Other lessons focusing on letter combinations and reading rules can be found in LETTER TV II and LETTER TV III. Letter TV is distributed by AIT (Agency for Instructional Technology). (From our StreamlineSC collection)


Literary Tour of South Carolina

Students meet nationally recognized authors who call South Carolina home. They learn about the writing process, making characters come alive on the page, creating the plot, and how important research is to any story, both fiction and non-fiction. 

Mama Phonics

Produced by the S.C. Department of Education in conjunction with ETV, this phonetic series is designed as a review of decoding skills. Mama Phonics and her consonant and vowel children present phonetic rules in a fairy-tale manner. They meet "Detective WordFinder" and help him pronounce words. (From our StreamlineSC collection)


Mary Boykin Chesnut | Idella Bodie’s SC Women

Mary Boykin Chesnut kept a diary during the Civil War. Events dramatized in this film were extracted straight from her diary. 


National Book Month | Periscope

This collection celebrates books! 

National Poetry Month: A World of Poetry | Periscope

Poetry is a language spoken around the world. Although you may not regularly sit down and read poetry, chances are you are exposed to some form of it every day. 


On the Other Hand

Designed to teach sign language to teachers and parents of deaf children, this innovative series can also teach signing to classroom students. Through animation, real-life segments, and direct instruction by the series’ hosts, students can learn the fundamentals of this language in order to communicate with friends and classmates who use signing as their primary means of communication. (From our StreamlineSC collection)


Punct Rock

Standard Deviants TV: Punct Rock covers the apostrophe, the dash, the hyphen, and answers the question, "What's Punctuation?" (From our StreamlineSC collection)


Pulitzer Prize Winners in South Carolina

Three programs that feature Pulitzer Prize honorees from South Carolina, including:

Celebrating Pulitzer Commentary with Kathleen Parker and Jim Hoagland, moderated by Charles Bierbauer.

Celebrating Pulitzer Novelist Julia Peterkin.

Celebrating Pulitzer Public Service Journalism with the Charleston Post and Courier.


Reading, Safety & Internet Safety Minutes

Two of these short programs provide a fun, unique way to encourage middle and high school students to read for fun as well as for information. The other four attention-getting vignettes are designed to help students understand how to be safe at school, at home and online. School Resources Officers talk about what is the safe behavior in each situation. (From our StreamlineSC collection)


Scholastic Children’s Stories

Scholastic Children's Stories are grouped into six collections: Families, Feelings & FriendshipFantasy & ImaginationFavorite Animal Stories,Folk Tales & FablesMulticultural, and Seasons & Nature. (From our StreamlineSC collection)


Shakespeare | Standard Deviants TV

The Standard Deviants get up-close and personal with Shakespeare's famous plays, Hamlet and Macbeth. (From our StreamlineSC collection)


Tune Up to Literacy

Recommended for preK-3, Tune Up to Literacy encourages literacy using original songs by composer/lyricist/educator Dr. Al Balkin, composer who wrote music for The Hobbit, and several off-Broadway children’s musicals. The programs musically introduce and reinforce concepts such as punctuation and sentence construction.


Writer’s Workshop

Please note: This content was created as part of a college-level course. Some of the content may contain adult themes or language not suitable for all audiences.

For this workshop series, 15 major talents in contemporary literature met in a forum with well-known author William Price Fox and USC creative writing students. Each writer discussed personal writing methods, furnishing insights into the highly individualized process of literary creation. Featured writers include George Plimpton, James Dickey, James McPherson, John Gardner, John Hawkes, John irving, Kurt Vonnegut, Nora Ephron, Pauline Kael, Reynolds Price, Stephen Spender, Susan Sontag, Tom Wolfe, William Price Fox, and William Styron.  


Writers from the South Carolina Hall of Fame

South Carolina Hall of Fame honors and recognizes contemporary and past citizens who have made outstanding contributions to South Carolina’s history and progress. Writers Include Elizabeth Coker, Mary Simms Oliphant, Pat Conroy, Robert Bass, and Walter Edgar.



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Poets Laureate Collection from All Series

More Poets!


Dates for Your Calendar and Knowitall Resources In Other Subject Areas

April 1: National Walking Day


April 2: Love Your Produce Manager Day


April 5: Education and Sharing Day


April 6-12: National Public Health Week

April 7: World Health Day

Health resources for students and families!



April 9: National Unicorn Day

Have you ever seen a Unicorn Beetle? Now you can!


April 9: National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day


April 9: Winston Churchill Day


April 12: International Day of Human Space Flight

April 13: National Peach Cobbler Day

View our South Carolina Symbols collection under Topics in the Explore South Carolina collection!


April 14: National Dolphin Day


April 16: National Orchid Day


April 17: Ellis Island Family History Day


April 17: International Haiku Poetry Day


April 18: World Heritage Day – International Day for Monuments and Sites


April 20-21: Yom HaShoah

Holocaust Remembrance Collection

  • Seared Souls: South Carolina Voices of the Holocaust: Trace the events of the Holocaust through the testimony of survivors who settled in South Carolina. Interviews are combined with dramatic archival footage for a powerful and moving record of the inhumanity that was experienced during the Holocaust.
  • S.C. Voices: Lessons from the HolocaustFull interviews with South Carolinians who survived the Holocaust and those who liberated the concentration camps or witnessed the atrocities that took place. 

April 22: Earth Day



You might be surprised at the wide assortment of topics in this collection, such as these!

View a few at a time or view them all! Choose a topic that interests you or one that you’re curious about!

There are too many available to list! Consider making recommendations to friends to view the ones you haven’t gotten to yet!

Toward the end of the alphabetical list are these assets that you won’t want to miss! Be sure to come back and explore them all! 


April 26: International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day


April 29: International Dance Day


April 30: International Jazz Day

Jazz Collection


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