Features

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.

History & Social Studies
"Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency" on PBS

"Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency" on PBS

This classroom guide assists teachers who wish to use PBS's documentary film "Andrew Jackson," with accompanying lessons and other resources.

History & Social Studies
"The War" on PBS

"The War" on PBS

"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.

History & Social Studies
A Revival of the American Spirit on the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan!

A Revival of the American Spirit on the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan!

On the occasion of the Charles W. Morgan’s homecoming to New Bedford, Massachusetts (June 2014), a descendent of Herman Melville, Peter Whittemore, acting as one of the 38th Voyagers, delivers an open letter to the world in the form of a “top-gallant salute.” He draws inspiration from his ancestor’s novel, Moby Dick and reflects upon the 38th Voyage of the Morgan as a wake-up call for 21st-century environmentalism.

History & Social Studies
Advanced Placement U.S. History Lessons

Advanced Placement U.S. History Lessons

This feature describes EDSITEment’s library of Advanced Placement U.S. History resources and provides an index of these lessons aligned with APUSH topics.

Literature & Language Arts
American Literature Lessons — Nineteenth Century

American Literature Lessons — Nineteenth Century

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.

History & Social Studies
Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

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.

History & Social Studies
Beauty, Culture, and History Hidden in Afghanistan

Beauty, Culture, and History Hidden in Afghanistan

In celebration of a museum exhibit dedicated to Ancient Afghan history, check out EDSITEment resources on the Silk Road and South Asia.

History & Social Studies
Celebrate "We Shall Remain" for Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate "We Shall Remain" for Native American Heritage Month

EDSITEment celebrates the PBS series "We Shall Remain" for Native American Heritage Month and shows how it can be used in the classroom.

History & Social Studies
Chronicling America

Chronicling America

This feature shows teachers how to use Chronicling America, an archive of old American newspapers, in social studies and literature lessons.

History & Social Studies
Coming of Age in the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now

Coming of Age in the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now

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.

History & Social Studies
Common Core Lessons and Related Resources for Back to School 2014

Common Core Lessons and Related Resources for Back to School 2014

Annual feature detailing resources teachers may find useful as school resumes. For this 2104 listing, EDSITEment has framed new resources aligned to respond to the Common Core State Standards including a number of exemplars.

History & Social Studies
Democracy in America: Alexis de Tocqueville's Introduction

Democracy in America: Alexis de Tocqueville's Introduction

A guide to Alexis de Tocqueville's landmark work surveying American republicanism in the 1830s.

History & Social Studies
Documenting African American History

Documenting African American History

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.

Literature & Language Arts

EDSITEment and College-Readiness: Bolstering Literacy Skills across the Humanities

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.

Literature & Language Arts

EDSITEment and Common Core: A Raisin in the Sun

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.

History & Social Studies

EDSITEment in the College-Ready History Classroom: Visual Literacy and Cross-Text Analysis

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.

History & Social Studies

EDSITEment's 4th of July: Protest, Revolution, and Independence

A complete listing of EDSITEment's lessons on the causes, the course and the consequences of the American Revolution and Independence

Art & Culture

EDSITEment's Back-to-School Lesson Plans

Interdisciplinary multimedia resources for your classroom this fall.

Art & Culture
EDSITEment's Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources

EDSITEment's Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources

In this special revised and updated 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 old story of African Americans from slavery through freedom and citizenship to the presidency.

Literature & Language Arts

EDSITEment's Recommended Reading List for College-Bound Students

Gear high school students up for college with this collection of lessons based on College Board's recommending reading lists.

History & Social Studies
Electing America's President

Electing America's President

EDSITEment looks at the history of American presidential elections from George Washington to the present.

History & Social Studies
Electoral College

Electoral College

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.

Art & Culture
Emanuel Leutze’s Symbolic Scene of Washington Crossing the Delaware

Emanuel Leutze’s Symbolic Scene of Washington Crossing the Delaware

On Christmas Night 1776, Washington crossed the Delaware River to attack Britain’s Hessian army at Trenton.

Literature & Language Arts
Emily Dickinson: An American Poet for All Seasons

Emily Dickinson: An American Poet for All Seasons

EDSITEment celebrates the life and work of American poet Emily Dickinson, including her talents as baker and gardener.

History & Social Studies
Exploring Women's History Through Film

Exploring Women's History Through Film

This Women’s History Month, EDSITEment invites teachers, parents and students to honor American women’s experience in wartime. From the American Revolution through WWII, examine the vital roles women have played on the battlefield, behind the lines, and on the home front.

Art & Culture
Fallingwater—Frank Lloyd Wright’s Powerful Union of Architecture and Nature

Fallingwater—Frank Lloyd Wright’s Powerful Union of Architecture and Nature

Use Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, "Fallingwater," to learn about 20th-century architecture and Wright's prolific career.

Literature & Language Arts
Fiction and Nonfiction for AP English Literature and Composition

Fiction and Nonfiction for AP English Literature and Composition

The selections within this listing represent frequently taught authors and texts in AP English Literature and Composition.

Art & Culture
From Russia with Sport: 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

From Russia with Sport: 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

Topical feature highlighting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia

History & Social Studies
Harrowing Halloween: Spooky, Supernatural, and Suspenseful

Harrowing Halloween: Spooky, Supernatural, and Suspenseful

Give your students a treat and explore the ghostly historical and the ghoulishly dramatic with a variety of online resources on Halloween.

History & Social Studies
How Teachers Can Make the Most of "When Worlds Collide"

How Teachers Can Make the Most of "When Worlds Collide"

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.

History & Social Studies
How Teachers can make the most of Prohibition

How Teachers can make the most of Prohibition

The NEH-funded PBS documentary Prohibition, produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, presents a compelling saga of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment and the era that encompassed it.

History & Social Studies
I Have a Dream: Celebrating the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream: Celebrating the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the third Monday of January, Americans celebrate the life and achievement of one of our most respected citizens -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Art & Culture
Jazz Appreciation Month: JAM

Jazz Appreciation Month: JAM

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.

Art & Culture
Jazz Appreciation Month: JAM 2014

Jazz Appreciation Month: JAM 2014

For JAM’s thirteenth anniversary, the theme is Jazz Alchemy: A Love Supreme, which in part honors the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s seminal four part work, A Love Supreme.

History & Social Studies
Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

Each May, EDSITEment celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month by pointing to the rich array of educational resources on this subject.

History & Social Studies

Literature of the Civil War

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.

Art & Culture
National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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.

Literature & Language Arts
National Poetry Month: Celebrating World Poetry

National Poetry Month: Celebrating World Poetry

This National Poetry Month feature educates students about different poetic forms developed across time and around the world.

Literature & Language Arts
National Poetry Month: Exemplars from EDSITEment: Poetry for the Common Core

National Poetry Month: Exemplars from EDSITEment: Poetry for the Common Core

National Poetry Month feature aligning Common Core State Standards Poetry exemplars with EDSITEment resources. Highlighted multimedia resources include links to the poem, commentary on the poem and the poet, curriculum resources, websites, audio recordings, etc.

Literature & Language Arts
National Poetry Month: Forms of Poetry

National Poetry Month: Forms of Poetry

In celebration of National Poetry Month, learn about the many styles of poetry -- short and long, structured and free-form, American and international.

Literature & Language Arts
National Poetry Month: The Power of Poetry

National Poetry Month: The Power of Poetry

In support of National Poetry Month, EDSITEment has assembled a garland of new multimedia resources that enhance its poetry lessons.

Literature & Language Arts
National Poetry Month: William Shakespeare

National Poetry Month: William Shakespeare

In celebration of National Poetry Month, EDSITEment has highlighted lesson plans and websites about the great English poet William Shakespeare.

History & Social Studies
National Zoo and Aquarium Month: Preserving America’s Wildlife

National Zoo and Aquarium Month: Preserving America’s Wildlife

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.

History & Social Studies
Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, and NEH and EDSITEment have numerous teaching resources to help students discover Native American history.

History & Social Studies
Origins of Halloween and the Day of the Dead

Origins of Halloween and the Day of the Dead

Learn about harvest holidays in North America like Halloween and a similar Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead.

History & Social Studies
PBS: “The Presidents”: EDSITEment’s Related Lesson Plans and Websites

PBS: “The Presidents”: EDSITEment’s Related Lesson Plans and Websites

For Presidents' Day, EDSITEment has collected lesson plans and websites covering the history of the presidency and some of its most famous office holders.

Art & Culture
Poinsettias, Posadas, Piñatas, Pathways of Light! Holiday Traditions from Mexico

Poinsettias, Posadas, Piñatas, Pathways of Light! Holiday Traditions from Mexico

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.

History & Social Studies
Pompeii and the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

Pompeii and the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

Use this feature to understand the lives of people in Southern Italy before, during, and after the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE, as well as learn how it inspired Neoclassicism.

History & Social Studies
Presidential Inaugurations: A Capitol Parade on a Cold Winter's Day

Presidential Inaugurations: A Capitol Parade on a Cold Winter's Day

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.

Literature & Language Arts
Pursuing Melville: “A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat”

Pursuing Melville: “A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat”

An overview of resources for Herman Melville, “Moby-Dick,” and whaling in the 19th century.

Literature & Language Arts
Science, Shakespeare, and the STEM Humanities: How Teachers Can Make the Most of the National Library of Medicine’s Exhibition Program Resources

Science, Shakespeare, and the STEM Humanities: How Teachers Can Make the Most of the National Library of Medicine’s Exhibition Program Resources

Learn how to make the most of STEM in your humanities classroom and how to incorporate nonfiction into STEM with the National Library of Medicine's lesson plan resources.

Foreign Language
Seis gigantes de la literatura hispana

Seis gigantes de la literatura hispana

Descubre algunos de los más grandes poetas hispanos.

Literature & Language Arts
Six Hispanic Literary Giants

Six Hispanic Literary Giants

Explore the great Hispanic poets, from 1600 to present.

History & Social Studies
Slavery, the Crisis of the Union, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

Slavery, the Crisis of the Union, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

This is an expansive multidisciplinary collection of EDSITEment resources on the antebellum and Civil War era of American history.

History & Social Studies
Solomon Northup’s “Twelve Years a Slave” and the Slave Narrative Tradition

Solomon Northup’s “Twelve Years a Slave” and the Slave Narrative Tradition

This essay written by a distinguished historian of American literature, gives an overview of the American slave narrative tradition, discusses five representative slave narratives, and provides a framework for cultural analysis of these works showing their intention and their arguments.

History & Social Studies
Sophocles, Socrates, and the Greek Polis

Sophocles, Socrates, and the Greek Polis

This feature guides students through Ancient Greek civics as told by philosopher Socrates and playwright Sophocles.

History & Social Studies
Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

This feature gives students a history of the Statue of Liberty and the waves of immigration to the U.S. around 1900.

History & Social Studies
Teaching Abraham Lincoln

Teaching Abraham Lincoln

Learn about the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln, who overcame an impoverished rural childhood to become a great American leader.

History & Social Studies
The American Civil War

The American Civil War

EDSITEment has put together a collection of our lesson plans, student interactives, multimedia presentations, and vetted websites which will allow teachers, students, parents and lifelong learners to learn more about the U.S. Civil War.

Literature & Language Arts
The Autumn of the Middle Ages: Chaucer and Dante

The Autumn of the Middle Ages: Chaucer and Dante

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.

History & Social Studies
The Constitution of the United States of America

The Constitution of the United States of America

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.

History & Social Studies
The Declaration of Sentiments by the Seneca Falls Conference (1848): A Common Core Exemplar

The Declaration of Sentiments by the Seneca Falls Conference (1848): A Common Core Exemplar

This feature outlines the context of The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 which produced the “Declaration of Sentiments,” a CCSS exemplar for grades 11 – CCR. This document made a bold argument, modeled on the language and logic of the Declaration of Independence that American women should be given civil and political rights equal to those of American men, including the right to vote.

History & Social Studies
The First Amendment

The First Amendment

This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and presents information about the history and application of the amendment.

Art & Culture
The Gift of Holiday Traditions: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas

The Gift of Holiday Traditions: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas

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.

History & Social Studies
The Meaning of America: A New Approach to Civic Education

The Meaning of America: A New Approach to Civic Education

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.

History & Social Studies
The Mexican Revolution: November 20th, 1910

The Mexican Revolution: November 20th, 1910

The year 2010 marked 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.

Art & Culture
The Olympics

The Olympics

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.

History & Social Studies
Tracking John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath"

Tracking John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath"

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."

Literature & Language Arts
Twenty-One Poems for AP Literature and Composition

Twenty-One Poems for AP Literature and Composition

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.

History & Social Studies
Voting in the Young Republic: George Caleb Bingham's "The County Election"

Voting in the Young Republic: George Caleb Bingham's "The County Election"

George Caleb Bingham's painting, "The County Election," highlights the growth of democracy in America as pioneers moved into the interior of the continent.

History & Social Studies
We the People Bookshelf: A More Perfect Union

We the People Bookshelf: A More Perfect Union

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.

History & Social Studies
When the Games Were Held at Olympia

When the Games Were Held at Olympia

In 2004, the Olympic games were played in Greece -- more than 2,500 years after the first Greek Olympics. This feature compares the ancient and modern incarnations of the games.

History & Social Studies
Women's Empowerment in America and the World

Women's Empowerment in America and the World

Immerse yourself in the great contributions women have made to our history and culture.

History & Social Studies
Women's History Month

Women's History Month

Throughout our history women have made valuable contributions during wartime both in the civilian and military realm.

Literature & Language Arts
“Shakespeare Uncovered” in the Classroom

“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.