• Writing Poetry Like Pros

    Created October 7, 2010
    Writing Poetry Like Pros

    Poems, classic and contemporary, make good company for your students. They can also serve as the inspiration for some terrific writing.

  • Childhood Through the Looking-Glass

    Created October 7, 2010
    Childhood Through the Looking-Glass

    Students explore Lewis Carroll’s imaginative visions of childhood, captured in his photography and in the words and art of his Alice in Wonderland stories. Students also compare and contrast Carroll’s Victorian view of childhood to that of Romantic poet and printer William Blake.

  • Childhood Through the Looking-Glass: Activity 2

    Created October 7, 2010
  • Women in Africa: Tradition and Change

    Created October 7, 2010
    Women in Africa: Tradition and Change

    Examine the role of women in African society as represented in traditional artwork and post-colonial literature.

  • The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the 'New Colossus' to America

    Created October 6, 2010
    The Statue of Liberty: Statue

    While the French had kept their end of the bargain by completing the statue itself, the Americans had still not fulfilled their commitment to erect a pedestal. In this lesson, students learn about the effort to convince a skeptical American public to contribute to the effort to erect a pedestal and to bring the Statue of Liberty to New York.

  • 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
  • The Meaning Behind the Mask

    Created October 5, 2010
    The Meaning Behind the Mask

    Students explore the cultural significance of masks, discuss the use of masks in stories, and then investigate the role masks play in ceremonies and on special occasions in various African cultures.

  • What is History? Timelines and Oral Histories

    Created October 5, 2010
    What is History? Timelines and Oral Histories

    This lesson plan addresses the ways people learn about events from the past and discusses how historical accounts are influenced by the perspective of the person giving the account. To understand that history is made up of many people’s stories of the past, students interview family members about the same event and compare the ifferent versions, construct a personal history timeline and connect it to larger historical events, and synthesize eyewitness testimony from different sources to create their own "official" account.

  • It Came From Greek Mythology

    Created September 30, 2010
    It Came From Greek Mythology: Athena

    Enliven your students' encounter with Greek mythology, to deepen their understanding of what myths meant to the ancient Greeks, and to help them appreciate the meanings that Greek myths have for us today.