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Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
9/21/2010
In this lesson, students will examine primary sources to understand John Brown’s actions in Harpers Ferry and will develop a creative project on his legacy. This resource was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, by the Smithsonian’s Nat
Grade Range:
6-9
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Primary Sources
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
5/3/2010
Use primary sources as the inspiration for comparing and contrasting the soldiers on either side of the Civil War. After examining uniforms and viewing two short video clips, students will develop questions and perform short research projects to uncover the motivations behind the Civil War and th
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
9/21/2010
In this lesson plan students will examine primary sources to determine the level of threat caused by the buildup of Soviet nuclear missiles and weapons sites in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis and will analyze President Kennedy’s response.  This resource was produced to accompany the
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
60 minutes
Date Posted:
2/25/2020
Are the tactics used by suffragists to fight for political power still effective?  Suffrage and the passage of the 19th Amendment marked an important moment in the progression of women’s participation in our democracy and civic life. Yet it was an imperf
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
60 minutes
Date Posted:
9/4/2020
We will host a panel discussion connecting stories of teenagers in the past fighting to address systemic injustice to those of the present. This year's summit will be centered on the case study of Claudette Colvin—a 15-year-old Black student in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. Colvin refused to give
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
60 minutes
Date Posted:
5/27/2016
During World War II, the United States government forcibly removed over 120,000 Japanese Americans from the Pacific Coast. These individuals, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were sent to ten camps built throughout the western interior of the United States. Many would spend the next three years
Grade Range:
2-6
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
This lesson will help students become aware of, and sensitive to, the Japanese American internment camp experience. By creating a list of things that are important and familiar to them and then choosing what they will take and leave behind, students will develop a sense of empathy by simulating s
Grade Range:
7-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
6/10/2008
This lesson will help students identify with the experiences of camp internees during World War II. Students will be divided into four-member "family" groups that are to be relocated to an internment camp. They will then read two sections of the online exhibition entitled A More Perfect Union
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
In this classroom activity, students will identify the purpose and goals of education in American society and explain why African Americans chose to challenge segregated education in their quest for equality.  This lesson is part of the online exhibition entitled
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
5/6/2010
Use a video clip and primary sources to develop an understanding of the challenges facing the ground troops during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, then take on the role of one of those soldiers and write a letter home. This lesson plan (which includes background information and full-color p
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