Abraham Lincoln bust, Saint Gaudens, Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

The Civil War in Art

The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning through Chicago Collections from the Terra Foundation for American Art is designed for teachers and students to learn about the Civil War and connect to the issues, events, and people of the era through works of art. Included is an image gallery, classroom projects, a glossary, and more...

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iCivics

iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st-century citizens by offering free and innovative educational materials in a game format with rich teaching materials and a comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum.

Thanksgiving Day

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photo of a 19th-century honey peddler reading a newspaper

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America enhances access to America's regional, historic newspapers. This site allows the visitor to search, view, clip, and save pages from 1836 through 1922, as well as find newspapers published between 1620 and the present. Learn more about using Chronicling America in the classroom with EDSITEment's Chronicling America special feature.

John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” published

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Launchpad: “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Kurt VonnegutDirections: This Launchpad, adapted from http://www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s short story “Harrison Bergeron.” After reading the story, you can click on the videos to hear editors Amy A. Kass, Leon R.

B.F. Liezelt, engraver. View of Salem, ca. 1770-1780. Library of Congressp

Picturing Early America: People, Places, and Events 1770–1870

A resource developed from NEH Summer Institutes held at Salem State University exploring early American art and culture. The website assists teachers of American history, literature, art, geography, social studies, American studies, and other fields who wish to incorporate American art into their classrooms. It includes podcasts, unit plans, and print and electronic bibliographies.

  • Steinbeck’s Use of Nonfiction Sources in "The Grapes of Wrath"

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    Steinbeck image (women washing clothes)

    John Steinbeck’s use of nonfiction sources in writing The Grapes of Wrath is examined to illustrate how they affect the reader’s perception of a novel.

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    Pompeii and the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

    Use this feature to understand the lives of people in Southern Italy before, during, and after the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE, as well as learn how it inspired Neoclassicism.

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    Sophocles, Socrates, and the Greek Polis

    This feature guides students through Ancient Greek civics as told by philosopher Socrates and playwright Sophocles.