Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

In this Launchpad, you will explore a section of Galileo’s booklet, Starry Messenger, in which he describes his observations of the solar system and stars through a telescope that he made. This telescope allowed him to see the distant objects in the sky in ways that no one had ever seen them before.

Background: Stargazing Before Galileo

Watch the short video,which sets the stage for Galileo’s discoveries by introducing the ideas about the nature of stars before he observed them through a telescope.

  • Galileo: Revealing the Universe

    Created September 13, 2013
    Galileo and the Doge

    In this lesson, students will practice close reading of passages from Galileo’s Starry Messenger concerning his observations of the stars and constellations through a telescope. They will develop an understanding of how he constructed his arguments to challenge the established views of his time using new technology and logical reasoning.

    "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston published

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  • Courage “In the Time of the Butterflies”: A Common Core Exemplar

    Created August 28, 2013
    Julia Alvarez, better resolution, In the Time of the Butterflies

    Set in the Dominican Republic during the rule of Rafael Trujillo, In the Time of the Butterflies fictionalizes historical figures (four Mirabal sisters, their parents, Trujillo himself, and his subordinates) in order to dramatize the Dominican people’s heroic efforts to overthrow this dictator’s brutal regime.

    Charles Baudelaire's “Les Fleurs du Mal” published

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    College and Career Readiness Text Exemplars: Summer Reading for Teachers

    Summer Reading for Teachers, Grades 11 – College and Career Readiness

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    Summer Reading for Teachers, Grades 6–8

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    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra burial

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    Performers at the Globe Theater in London

    “Shakespeare Uncovered” in the Classroom

    “Shakespeare Uncovered” is a six-part PBS series featuring celebrated actors and directors exploring the back stories behind his most famous plays. This guide helps teachers navigate the series website and offers ideas to integrate the series into a high school classroom setting. The guide links to full videos of each episode as well as lesson plans, play maps, character quiz and other educational resources.