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

    Created November 9, 2012
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    Electoral College

    The Constitution provides for the president to be selected by an Electoral College, not by direct popular vote. Yet the Electoral College is one of the least understood aspects of the original Constitution.

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    Poinsettias, Posadas, Piñatas, Pathways of Light! Holiday Traditions from Mexico

    This holiday season learn about different cultural traditions of Mexico! Attend a fiesta, break a piñata, make a traditional feast, sing popular songs, and decorate with poinsettias, a flower prized by Congress and the Aztec nobility.

    Plimoth Plantation

    This living history museum offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Wampanoag People and the Colonial English community in the 1600s.  Multi-media references include interactive, You are the Historian, and a teacher’s guide to discover what really happened at the First Thanksgiving.

    Pledge of Allegiance first recited in many U.S. public schools, marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage

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    October 12, 1892
    1935 drawing of Steinbeck by James Fitzgerald. National Portrait Gallery.

    John Steinbeck: A Voice for a Region, A Voice for America

    This National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers held at the Steinbeck Institute, San Jose State University, contains a rich collection of scholarly essays, lesson plans, maps, and images covering Steinbeck's work and his world.

    1935 drawing of Steinbeck by James Fitzgerald. National Portrait Gallery.

    John Steinbeck: A Voice for a Region, A Voice for America

    This National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers held at the Steinbeck Institute, San Jose State University, contains a rich collection of scholarly essays, lesson plans, maps, and images covering Steinbeck's work and his world.

    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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