Features are highlighted collections of resources that can be used to support related lesson plans or as standalone activities in the classroom. Browse our library of features by grade level or subject area below.
This classroom guide assists teachers who wish to use PBS's documentary film "Andrew Jackson," with accompanying lessons and other resources.
"The War," directed by Ken Burns, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns.
Through this collection of over 30 lessons, students can explore the great American authors of the 1800s, including Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain.
Asian-Pacific Heritage Month honors the contributions of Asian Americans. In celebration of this occasion, EDSITEment has compiled a list of resources to educate students about these contributions.
In celebration of a museum exhibit dedicated to Ancient Afghan history, check out EDSITEment resources on the Silk Road and South Asia.
EDSITEment celebrates the PBS series "We Shall Remain" for Native American Heritage Month and shows how it can be used in the classroom.
This feature shows teachers how to use Chronicling America, an archive of old American newspapers, in social studies and literature lessons.
Coming of Age in the Holocaust – Coming of Age Now is a free, interactive curriculum for middle and high-school students and their educators that features individual testimonies of thirteen people who were adolescents during the Holocaust.
A guide to Alexis de Tocqueville's landmark work surveying American republicanism in the 1830s.
Each February, Americans honor the rich and diverse history of African Americans. EDSITEment offers teaching resources to give students the chance to explore African American history through primary sources.
Using EDSITEment’s lesson plan on Carl Sandburg’s Chicago as an example, this presentation demonstrates how teachers can build critical literacy skills across the disciplines through the analysis of primary historical documents and literary techniques.
Drawing on the EDSITEment’s lesson plan on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, this presentation will demonstrate how teachers can use EDSITEment resources to satisfy the expectations of the Common Core while meeting the diverse needs of students in the classroom.
As students analyze historical documents, they will begin to appreciate the differences between North and South and the changes afoot in the United States that contributed to the developing conflict.
A complete listing of EDSITEment's lessons on the causes, the course and the consequences of the American Revolution and Independence
Interdisciplinary multimedia resources for your classroom this fall.
In this special feature for Black History Month, teachers, parents, and students will find a collection of NEH-supported websites and EDSITEment-developed lessons that tell the four-hundred-year story of African Americans. They will also encounter some of the most influential voices and the most memorable images in American history and culture.
Gear high school students up for college with this collection of lessons based on College Board's recommending reading lists.
EDSITEment looks at the history of American presidential elections from George Washington to the present.
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.
On Christmas Night 1776, Washington crossed the Delaware River to attack Britain’s Hessian army at Trenton.
EDSITEment celebrates the life and work of American poet Emily Dickinson, including her talents as baker and gardener.
Use Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, "Fallingwater," to learn about 20th-century architecture and Wright's prolific career.
The selections within this listing represent frequently taught authors and texts in AP English Literature and Composition.
Give your students a treat and explore the ghostly historical and the ghoulishly dramatic with a variety of online resources on Halloween.
In this feature, Dan McDowell, AP World History teacher and consultant for the PBS film "When Worlds Collide" surveys the features of the companion website, indicating how the K-16 educational community can make the best use of these resources.
On the third Monday of January, Americans celebrate the life and achievement of one of our most respected citizens -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every April, the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations recognize Jazz Appreciation Month. For 2013, JAM honors jazz legends Lionel Hampton, Andy Weston, and John Levy.
Read and discuss some of the great American writers and their work in the mid-19th century. This feature explores the themes of slavery, the role of women, and the experience of war.
The U.S. Government has set aside the period from September 15 to October 15, to honor the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made and continue to make to our nation by observing National Hispanic Heritage Month. EDSITEment honors them with these resources.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, learn about the many styles of poetry -- short and long, structured and free-form, American and international.
In support of National Poetry Month, EDSITEment has assembled a garland of new multimedia resources that enhance its poetry lessons.
June is National Zoo and Aquarium month, a good time to explore your local zoo and aquarium as well as the websites of America’s great zoos and aquariums. EDSITEment resources feature art and artists who have drawn attention to the need for protecting America’s vanishing wilderness and wildlife.
November is Native American Heritage Month, and NEH and EDSITEment have numerous teaching resources to help students discover Native American history.
For Presidents' Day, EDSITEment has collected lesson plans and websites covering the history of the presidency and some of its most famous office holders.
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.
The cornerstone of the inaugural ceremony is the inaugural address. Each president attempts to outline in the course he hopes to follow over the coming years in just a few short pages.
An overview of resources for Herman Melville, “Moby-Dick,” and whaling in the 19th century.
Explore the great Hispanic poets, from 1600 to present.
This is an expansive multidisciplinary collection of EDSITEment resources on the antebellum and Civil War era of American history.
This feature gives students a history of the Statue of Liberty and the waves of immigration to the U.S. around 1900.
Learn about the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln, who overcame an impoverished rural childhood to become a great American leader.
This page features resources relating to medieval literature, and presents information about the works of Chaucer and Dante. Learn more about these authors and Europe during Middle Ages by visiting the lesson plans and websites referenced on this page.
Constitution Day commemorates the signing of our supreme law in 1787. EDSITEment's resources cover the Constitutional Convention, the text of the Constitution, the federalist debates, and much more.
Each year, December brings a month filled with holidays, celebrations complete with a variety of gift giving traditions, and school vacations. Before departing to enjoy the break from school, take the opportunity to discuss with students ritual gift giving in their own families and across cultural holiday traditions.
Over the course of this year, EDSITEment will be showcasing a series of innovative lessons which use classic American short stories to teach civics. We asked the editors of this new curriculum to introduce the project.
The year 2010 marks the centennial (El Centenario) of the Mexican Revolution, an uprising that took place roughly between 1910 and 1920, recognized as the first major political, social, and cultural revolution of the 20th century.
To mark the 2012 Olympics, head back to the ancient city-state and Classical Greek civilization. Examine Greek values and cultural assumptions about human excellence and competition. Then, explore the great city of London, site of this year’s Games, as well as the 1908 and 1948 Olympics.
Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw teams with Bill Gilly, professor of Marine Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station to discuss the influence of Steinbeck’s best friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts, on Steinbeck and his work— in particular, "The Grapes of Wrath."
For each of the twenty-one poems or poetic forms for AP Literature and Composition, students and teachers will find a link to the poem and multimedia resources. These include EDSITEment lessons as well as EDSITEment-reviewed websites that discuss the poem, the poet, and its context.
George Caleb Bingham's painting, "The County Election," highlights the growth of democracy in America as pioneers moved into the interior of the continent.
The We the People Bookshelf theme, “A More Perfect Union,” is the literary complement of library programs observing the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in American history and culture.
Immerse yourself in the great contributions women have made to our history and culture.
Throughout our history women have made valuable contributions during wartime both in the civilian and military realm.
“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.