For Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Declare the Causes: The Declaration of Independence

    Created September 25, 2010
    Declare the Causes: Committee Preparing the Declaration

    Help your students see the development of the Declaration as both an historical process and a writing process through the use of role play and creative writing.

  • I Hear the Locomotives: The Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad

    Created September 24, 2010
    I Hear the Locomotives: train

    Students analyze archival material such as photos, documents, and posters, to understand the phenomenon of the Transcontinental Railroad.

  • A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery 'Alice'

    Created September 24, 2010
    A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery 'Alice'

    This lesson explores elements of wonder, distortion, fantasy, and whimsy in Lewis Carroll's adaptation for younger readers of his beloved classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

  • Poems that Tell a Story: Narrative and Persona in the Poetry of Robert Frost

    Created September 24, 2010
    Poems that Tell a Story: Narrative and Persona in the Poetry of Robert Frost

    Behind many of the apparently simple stories of Robert Frost's poems are unexpected questions and mysteries. In this lesson, students analyze what speakers include or omit from their narrative accounts, make inferences about speakers' motivations, and find evidence for their inferences in the words of the poem.

  • Depression-Era Photographs: Worth a Thousand Words

    Created September 23, 2010
    Depression-Era Photographs: Woman at sowing machine

    Spend a day with a model American family and the photographer who molded our view of their lives.

  • Anne Frank: Writer

    Created September 23, 2010
    Anne Frank

    This lesson concentrates on Anne Frank as a writer. After a look at Anne Frank the adolescent, and a consideration of how the experiences of growing up shaped her composition of the Diary, students explore some of the writing techniques Anne invented for herself and practice those techniques with material drawn from their own lives.

  • Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands

    Created September 23, 2010
    Anne Frank

    Drawing upon the online archives of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, this lesson helps students to put the events described by Anne Frank into historical perspective, and also serves as a broad overview of the Nazi conquest of Europe during World War II. After surveying the experiences of various countries under Nazi occupation, the lesson ends with activities related specifically to the Netherlands and Anne Frank.

    James Madison, The First Amendment, and The Bill of Rights

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    "All power in human hands is liable to be abused." — James Madison

    The Bill of Rights

    “The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”