• Perspective on the Slave Narrative

    Created October 5, 2010
    Perspective on the Slave Narrative

    Trace the elements of history, literature, polemic, and autobiography in the 1847 Narrative of William W. Brown, An American Slave.

  • Launchpad: Perspectives on the Slave Narrative

    Created October 5, 2010
  • Learning the Blues

    Created September 30, 2010
    Learning the Blues: Blues

    Take a virtual field trip to Memphis, Tennessee, and explore the history of the blues.

  • Lincoln Goes to War

    Created September 29, 2010
    Lincoln Goes to War: Lincoln

    Relive the decisions that led to the attack on Fort Sumter to determine whether Lincoln aimed to preserve peace or provoke the hostilities that led to the Civil War.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Power of Nonviolence

    Created September 29, 2010
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Students learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy of nonviolence and the teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi that influenced King's views.

  • Stories in Quilts

    Created September 27, 2010
    Stories in Quilts: Story Quilt

    Quilts can be works of art as well as stories through pictures. They also tell a story about their creators and about the historical and cultural context of their creation through the choices made in design, material, and content.

  • Scripting the Past: Exploring Women's History Through Film

    Created September 27, 2010
    Scripting the Past: scripting.jpg

    Students employ the screenwriter's craft to gain a fresh perspective on notable women in American history.

  • Davy Crockett, Tall Tales, and History

    Created September 25, 2010
    Davy Crockett: Portrait

    Using the life of Davy Crockett as a model, students learn the characteristics of tall tales and how these stories reflect their historical moment. The lesson culminates with students writing a tall tale of their own.

  • Ordinary People, Ordinary Places: The Civil Rights Movement

    Created September 24, 2010
    Ordinary People, Ordinary Places Little Rock High School

    By researching these "ordinary" people and the now historic places where they brought about change, students will discover how the simple act of sitting at a lunch counter in North Carolina could be considered revolutionary, and how, combined with countless other acts of nonviolent protest across the nation, it could lead to major legislation in the area of civil rights for African Americans.

  • 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.