• Launchpad: “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” by Mark Twain

    Created December 4, 2012

    Launchpad: “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” by Mark Twain

    Book cover of The Man that Corrupted HadleyburgDirections: This Launchpad, adapted from http://www.whatsoproudlywehail.org/, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Mark Twain’s short story “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg.” After reading the story, you can click on the

    Washington Crossing the Delaware, Emanuel Leutze (1816–1868), 1851

    Emanuel Leutze’s Symbolic Scene of Washington Crossing the Delaware

    On Christmas Night 1776, Washington crossed the Delaware River to attack Britain’s Hessian army at Trenton.

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    Picturing Hawai'i

    Picturing Hawai'i is a new curriculum from the Honolulu Museum of Art. The comprehensive Teachers Resource Book and accompanying six images show how to use works from the museum's collection to supplement lessons in history, fine arts, language arts, math, and science.

    How Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

    Related EDSITEment Lesson Plans and other Content for Dust Bowl

    Florence Thompson and her children in pea pickers campConnect to the Dust Bowl through these peer-reviewed lessons and websites from EDSITEment.

  • 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.