Why I Had to Write a Biography of Sylvia Plath
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New October 2022! Author Heather Clark used new sources, such as letters and interviews, to write Sylvia Plath’s biography.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Literature-259**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Letters and interviews are usually considered primary sources materials. Do your students consider interviews given decades after an event to be valid primary sources? Why or why not?


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.