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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Material and Symbol: The Lincoln-Keckley Dress

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 Lincoln-Keckley as an object that has multiple symbolic meanings. It includes a preliminary activity intended to introduce students to doing history with objects and 3 lesson plan...


Middle Passage: Olaudah Equiano, Enslaved African Man

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 12 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/2/2012

Olaudah Equiano’s first-person account recalls his terrifying journey as an 11-year-old captive aboard a slave ship from Africa to Barbados in 1756. Listen to a dramatic reading of his narrative, and then study the supporting primary sources...


Modern Maritime America 1950-Present

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 6/1/2009

Maritime activity is as important as ever, and it affects the lives of people everywhere.  The importance of shipping to today's global economy and the types of ships that transport goods throughout the world are the focus of this section of ...


Money Makers

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials
Date Posted: 3/31/2014

Although many Americans are turning more and more to credit cards to buy the things they want, most Americans still handle paper money and coins on a regular basis.  It is important for children (and adults!) to be comfortable counting and ha...


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...

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