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Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
3/15/2018
Through a set of three classroom videos, examine the actions taken by suffragists in 1917 as they fought to win the right to vote. Students will meet Rebecca, a historical character from Takoma Park, Maryland, who
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
3/1/2018
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History presents a filmed version of its on-the-floor program, The Suffragist.  This set of three classroom videos examines the actions taken by suffragists in 1917 as they fought to win the right to vote. Students meet Rebecca, a histo
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
5/17/2016
Students will gain historical reasoning skills by studying primary sources and comparing them to secondary sources. They will become more familiar with the conditions in Japanese American concentration camps through the personal writings of Stanley Hayami, a high school student who was incarcer
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
5/1/2018
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith traces the unfolding of America’s experiment with government “of, by, and for the people” and illustrates the fact that democracy involves civic engagement and participation. This exhibition and its 
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
2/1/2017
In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable desk of his own design. It features a hinged writing board and a locking drawer for papers, pens, and inkwell. By the summer of 1776 members of the Second Continental Congress prepared to declare thei
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
6/19/2015
Abraham Lincoln is typically portrayed as a gaunt, bearded man, both thoughtful and troubled. The story that goes along with this image is as familiar to Americans as any children’s fable. He was born in a log cabin. He became the 16th president. He freed the slaves and saved the Union. He was
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources
Date Posted:
4/4/2014
The story of America includes the history of those who have lived through extraordinary circumstances. One such person was Camilla Gottlieb, whose ordinary life in Vienna suddenly became endangered when the Germans invaded and annexed Austria in 1938. As a Jew, she confronted devastating cha
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
11/20/2013
This game show template demonstrates the importance of examining multiple sources in historical interpretation and shows the type of information that can be gleaned from different types of sources. The game is based on the show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and can be updated to reflect any tim
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
11/14/2013
Historical research starts with a question about the past. However, piecing together an accurate answer to these questions is not as straightforward as it may seem. Primary sources can—and often do—conflict with one another, as do secondary sources.  That said, sources can also
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
10/25/2013
This activity is designed to encourage students to practice their critical reading and historical comprehension skills by reading about the primary source document entitled the “Development of Freedom Summer.” Key questions are posed after the reading to gauge students’ understanding of the
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