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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:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
In these electronic field trips produced by the National Museum of American History, viewers are given a 20 minute tour by the curators of the exhibition Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education, followed by a 30 minute videotaped question and answer session about the Brown v. Board of
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:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
In this classroom activity, students will examine both the integrationist and segregationist arguments from Brown v. Board of Education through role play and begin to explore the impact of the Supreme Court's decision through a primary source photographic analysis activity.  This lesson acco
Grade Range:
3-5
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
11/19/2008
In the classroom activity, students will be able to explain the difference between primary and secondary sources, and explain how the value of using primary sources is important to history. By using primary sources to answer a series of questions, they will see that, much like detectives, histori
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
In this classroom activity, students will analyze political cartoons and letters to the editor in order to identify and analyze the range of reactions to the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision, and the ways in which the Court's mandates were enacted or blocked. Students will also be able to co
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
50 minutes
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
In this classroom activity, students will create posters that will help them identify the role of Howard University as an African American cultural center, the emergence of black lawyers as civil rights leaders, the importance of the NAACP and the roles of Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Ma
Grade Range:
5-8
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
12/17/2012
Explore the American presidency and elections in these four activities from Smithsonian Education’s Art to Zoo. Each of the four activities focuses on a different skill in social studies: examining maps, using timelines, studying collections, and using primary sources. The activiti
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
Grade Range:
2-6
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
45 minutes
Date Posted:
4/30/2010
Use artifacts and a historical letter to discuss George Washington’s leadership during the War of Independence and the qualities of great leaders. This lesson plan, which includes background information, full color primary sources, and a transcript of a letter about George Washington, was produ
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