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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Movement and Migration: The Gold Nugget That Launched the Gold Rush

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source
Date Posted: 11/10/2009

This teacher's resource challenges students to think about the gold nugget that began the California gold rush as a valuable resource for understanding westward expansion and the idea of Manifest Destiny. It includes a ...


National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 2/5/2014

Civil rights legend Robert Moses, Marshall Ganz, activist and professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, students, and others participated in a panel discussion about Freedom Summer, the 1964 youth-led effort to end the p...


National Youth Summit: Abolition

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 45 Minutes
Date Posted: 2/11/2013

In this webcast, a historian of 19th century slavery and slave literature, the Ambassador of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the US Department of State, the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, and a high sc...


National Youth Summit: Dust Bowl

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 10/17/2012

In this archived webcast related to Ken Burns’s film The Dust Bowl , thousands of high school students joined in a national dialogue regarding the Dust Bowl’s legacy on both the environment and the culture of the United S...


National Youth Summit: Freedom Rides

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Interactives & Media
Duration: 98 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/1/2011

In this webcast, students will hear from Freedom Rides veterans Congressman John Lewis, Jim Zwerg, Rev. James Lawson, and Diane Nash, and view clips from the PBS American Experience documentary Freedom Riders.  The site includes a teachers gu...


Oral History Activity with Jazz Great John Levy

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source
Date Posted: 3/27/2013

In this lesson, students will learn about the Jim Crow era in American history through an oral history interview with jazz legend John Levy. The resource set includes photographs and newspaper clippings in addition to the oral history excerpts,&nb...


Podcast: Brad Brewer Animates the Inanimate

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Duration: 23 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/7/2008

In this podcast, Brad Brewer of The Brewery Troupe, an African-American puppet company, brings an inventor's history to life with puppets.


Preparing for the Oath: Courts

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 5 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/1/2012

Learn more about the judicial branch of the government through short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The four questions included in this segment co...


Preparing for the Oath: Writing the Constitution

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 6 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/1/2012

Explore Constitutional history through short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The six questions included in this segment cover topics such as the Co...


Preparing for the Oath: A Growing Nation

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 8 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/1/2012

Explore the history of the peopling of America through short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The eight questions included in this segment cover top...

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Ella Fitzgerald Record

Over the course of her 60-year career, Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) became known to fans and colleagues as "The First Lady of Song." Her rise to international fame as a jazz...