Interactives & Media

A complete listing of all the standards-based educational resources that includes audio, video, and interactive resources. Many of these resources are designed to be used by the learner without help from a teacher or parent.


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The Brass Letters of Citizenship: Lincoln, African Americans and Military Service

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 90 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/31/2010

Delve into the issue of military segregation with this archived panel discussion. In this video recording, experts discuss the African American military experience in the Civil War and the mid-19 th century. Then, take the issue into the...


The Diary of a Civil War Nurse Homepage

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Reference Materials, Primary Source
Date Posted: 5/11/2012

This website features the diary of Civil War nurse, Amanda Akin. In April 1863, Akin left her home in Quaker Hill, NY, to serve as a nurse at Armory Square Hospital in Washington, D.C. During her 15 months at Armory Square, Akin wrote long letters...


The Gold Nugget and the California Gold Rush

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/7/2009

This object-based learning activity revolves around the gold nugget that began the California gold rush. In this resource, students will learn how examining the gold nugget can help them understand the story of the gold rush and its importanc...


The Greensboro Lunch Counter and the Civil Rights Movement

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/8/2009

This object-based learning activity revolves around the Greensboro, North Carolina lunch counter that was the site of a sit-in strike by four African-American students in 1960. Students will learn how the sit-in strike at th...


The Invention of the Electric Guitar

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 11/1/2009

In this online resource, students will learn how the need for louder guitars led to the invention and proliferation of the electric guitar and how the emergence and popularity of rock and roll led to the guitar's commercial ...


The Jefferson Desk and the Declaration of Independence

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/11/2009

This object-based learning activity revolves around the desk on which Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. Students will learn how the Jefferson desk can help them understand the meaning of the Declarati...


The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: Her Music

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 5/11/2012

This resource offers audio samples of Cruz's music and video clips of her life and performances. In addition to salsa, Celia Cruz performed many genres of Afro-Caribbean songs, including the Cuban son, Puerto Rican bomba and plena, the Dominican m...


The Lincoln-Keckley Dress: Slavery, Women's History, and Race

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/8/2009

This object-based learning activity revolves around a dress that connects the lives of Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley, a popular African-American dressmaker who lived in Washington, D.C at the time of the Civil War. Students will lea...


The Object of History

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 11/2/2009

This resource includes an introductory essay entitled Looking at Artifacts, Thinking about History , 6 sections that each focus on an object from the collections of the Museum, an archive of curator commentary, and an onlin...


The PQ.17 Tragedy: Alan Harvie, Engineer, and John “Sarge” Ransome, Deck Department

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 20 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/6/2012

Alan Harvie and John “Sarge” Ransome served about the SS Honomu sailing the Murmansk Run to the Soviet Union.  Listen to their story, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource ...

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