• Women in the White House

    Created September 29, 2010
    Women in the White House: First Ladies

    Explore the role and impact of recent First Ladies through research and family interviews.

  • 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.

  • Lions, Dragons, and Nian: Animals of the Chinese New Year

    Created September 28, 2010
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    In this lesson, the students study the differences between eastern and western dragons and discover why the eastern dragons are associated with the Chinese New Year. They learn about the dragon dancers and lion dancers in the New Years parade and discover that firecrackers are set off to drive off evil spirits, particularly one called Nian.

  • 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.

  • The Statue of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol

    Created September 27, 2010
    The Statue of Liberty

    Help clarify the nature of symbols for your students as they study the Statue of Liberty, complete research on a national symbol, and use their research to communicate a message of their own.

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

    Created September 27, 2010
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    Students employ the screenwriter's craft to gain a fresh perspective on notable women in American history.

  • Remember the Ladies: The First Ladies

    Created September 27, 2010
    Remember the Ladies: Abigail Adams

    Explore the ways in which First Ladies were able to shape the world while dealing with the expectations placed on them as women and as partners of powerful men.

  • 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.

  • On the Oregon Trail

    Created September 24, 2010
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    Work with primary documents and latter-day photographs to recapture the experience of traveling on the Oregon Trail.

  • Not Only Paul Revere: Other Riders of the American Revolution

    Created September 24, 2010
    Paul Revere's Ride

    While Paul Revere's ride is the most famous event of its kind in American history, other Americans made similar rides during the Revolutionary period.  After learning about some less well known but no less colorful rides that occurred in other locations, students gather evidence to support an argument about why at least one of these "other riders" does or does not deserve to be better known.