What I didn't know until recently, however, is that John Green and his brother host a series of educational videos on their Youtube Channel, Crash Course. Thanks to PBS Learning Media, I discovered this impressive collection of free, beautifully illustrated, and attention-grabbing videos, and they are some of the best resources out there, particularly for providing background knowledge on a topic. And John Green doesn't limit his videos to literature-related topics--although there are plenty of those, to be sure. I was impressed with the breadth of topics covered: world history, science, psychology--even human reproduction (which, to be honest, I would much rather let John Green explain to my students).
I have several videos that would be perfect for my classroom. Yes, I have some literature-related videos selected (a crash course in Homer's The Odyssey), but I also have some other topics that have piqued my interest (a video on sleep and dreams will fit nicely with my Macbeth unit, especially when combined with a nonfiction text). If you haven't explored the Crash Course videos by John Green yet, what are you waiting for? Go find some multimedia sources to amp up your curriculum!