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Grade Range:
3-5
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
The national anthem describes an actual event in American history. In this classroom activity, students will be able to recite the first verse and paraphrase "The Star-Spangled Banner." Students will also be able to explain why Francis Scott Key wrote these words in 1814. This activity is include
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
Was Francis Scott Key a good poet? In this classroom activity, students will analyze  "The Star-Spangled Banner" for Key's use of poetic devices. They will then express the meaning of "The Star-Spangled Banner" national anthem in their own words and write their own poetry in relation to the
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
Through discussion and brainstorming, students will learn about the destructive impact of environmental factors on man-made artifacts and structures in this classroom activity. Upon completion of one or more activities, students will gain a concrete understanding of the complexity of the science
Grade Range:
6-8
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
Learning to use primary and secondary sources correctly takes practice. In this classroom activity, students will understand the difference between primary and secondary sources. After class discussion and a written assignment based on primary sources, students will also be able to explain the im
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
11/18/2008
In this online exhibition, students will explore the story of the Star-Spangled Banner by learning about the War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore; Mary Pickersgill and the making of the flag; Francis Scott Key and the song that became the national anthem; the legacy of the flag and its use as
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
11/3/2008
Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education, an online exhibition, will help students understand an historic struggle to fulfill the American dream that set in motion sweeping changes in American society, and redefined the nation's ideals. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/21/2008
On this page, students will find some of the methods historians and curators used to learn about the house at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Students will learn how to use primary source documents, photographs and architectural clues to answer questions such as: Who lived in a hous
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/21/2008
Students can learn about the Caldwell's and the anti-slavery movement by investigating a room from their house, a newspaper article from 1839, and artifacts from the period. Josiah and Lucy Caldwell believed in the moral power of home and family, and their beliefs inspired a radical mission.
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/21/2008
Students can learn about the Choate family by investigating a room from their house, a deed from 1772, and artifacts that a family like the Choate's would have owned. In the mid-1760s, Abraham Choate had a 10-room house built in Ipswich, Massachusetts, for his wife, Sarah, and their growing
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/21/2008
Students can learn about the Dodges, Chance and life at the time of the American Revolution by investigating a room from their house, a will from 1786, and artifacts from the period. By the 1770s, Abraham and Bethiah Dodge and many other Americans were willing to risk everything for independence,
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