For Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • The Preamble to the Constitution: A Close Reading Lesson

    Created July 8, 2014
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    The Preamble is the introduction to the United States Constitution and like all good introductions it serves several purposes. First of all, it states the source from which the Constitution gets its authority: the sovereign people of the United States. Second, it sets forth the great objects or ends that the Constitution and the government that it establishes are meant to serve.

  • The Argument of the Declaration of Independence

    Created June 23, 2014
    The Argument of the Declaration of Independence

    Long before the first shot was fired, the American Revolution began as a series of written complaints to colonial governors and representatives in England over the rights of the colonists.

  • Chronicling America: Uncovering a World at War

    Created June 10, 2014
    Devastation

    This lesson provides students with tools to analyze primary source newspaper articles about the Great War (1914–1917) in order to understand public opinion regarding the U.S. entry  into the war from multiple perspectives.

  • In the Time of Butterflies: Violence against Women, New CCSS Model

    Created May 12, 2014
    Julia Alvarez In the Time of the Butterflies

    Have students analyze a speech, a nonfiction primary source that delivers a factual account of the historical events depicted in the novel.

    Questions for a Close Reading of “Connecting the Humanities and the Sciences”

    Delivered by Walter Isaacson, The Jefferson Lecture, National Endowment for the Humanities, May 12, 2014*

    Full Text | 1. Think Different | 2. Turing vs. Lovelace | 3. The Partnership | 4.

  • “Twelve Years a Slave”: Was the Case of Solomon Northup Exceptional?

    Created March 27, 2014
    Solomon Northup
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    U.S. National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program Education Services

    Exhibition Program Education Services develops digital standards-aligned resources for elementary through higher education in the disciplines of health education, history, literature, science, social studies, and technology that enhance their online exhibitions. The Services also provide onsite exhibition tours, school field trips, and professional development programs for K-12 educators.

  • “Twelve Years a Slave”: Analyzing Slave Narratives

    Created February 21, 2014
    Solomon Northup

    The corrupting influence of slavery on marriage and the family is a predominant theme in Solomon Northup’s narrative Twelve Years a Slave.  In this lesson, students are asked to identify and analyze narrative passages that provide evidence for how slavery undermined and perverted these social institutions. Northup collaborated with a white ghostwriter, David Wilson. Students will read the preface and identify and analyze statements Wilson makes to prove the narrative is true.

    What is Chronicling America?

    Advice from the Experts for Your National History Day Project

    Teachers and students ask real questions and hear advice from experts in the fields of documentary filmmaking, websites, exhibitions, performance, and research papers in these engaging one-hour Hangouts led by National History Day, NEH, Smithsonian, and Newseum staff.

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