For Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Childhood Through the Looking-Glass

    Created October 7, 2010
    Childhood Through the Looking-Glass

    Students explore Lewis Carroll’s imaginative visions of childhood, captured in his photography and in the words and art of his Alice in Wonderland stories. Students also compare and contrast Carroll’s Victorian view of childhood to that of Romantic poet and printer William Blake.

  • The First Amendment: What's Fair in a Free Country?

    Created September 28, 2010
    The First Amendment: Constitution

    After completing the lessons in this unit, students will be able to summarize the contents of the First Amendment and give examples of speech that is protected by the Constitution and speech that is not protected by the Constitution.

  • Kennewick Man: Science and Sacred Rights

    Created September 27, 2010
    Kennewick Man: Tlingit girl in ceremonial costume

    Explore the controversy sparked by the discovery of a prehistoric skeleton in Washington State.

  • Galileo and the Inevitability of Ideas

    Created September 26, 2010
    Persian Astrolabe

    Test the arguments on both sides in the case that shook the foundations of faith and science.

  • Declare the Causes: The Declaration of Independence

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

    Help your students understand the development of the Declaration as both a historical process and a compositional 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.