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Aug 01, 2019 2019-08-01

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Native Stories with Native Voices

The Molly of Denali series and podcast follow the adventures of a feisty and resourceful Alaska Native girl, as she helps her parents run the Denali Trading Post in their Alaskan village. Students are introduced to the rich history and modern-day experience of family life in the heart of the Alaskan tundra through the eyes of Molly, her parents, and her friends. The series is designed to help children aged 4–8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities. In each episode, Molly’s life and adventures are enhanced, illuminated, and broadened by using and creating a variety of informational texts, including books, online resources, field guides, historical archives, indigenous knowledge from elders, maps, charts, posters, and photos. Molly also shares the information that she gathers through a vlog, offering short-form videos in which she shares aspects of her life in Alaska with children around the world. Produced by WGBH Boston, the series debuted nationwide in summer 2019 on PBS stations, the 24/7 PBS KIDS channel, and PBS KIDS digital platforms.

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