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.

Literature & Language Arts
“The Year at Maple Hill Farm”: A Common Core Read-Aloud for Grades K–1

“The Year at Maple Hill Farm”: A Common Core Read-Aloud for Grades K–1

A feature based on an informational read-aloud text, "The Year at Maple Hill Farm." This picture book will offer primary grade teachers new ways to engage students in discovering what a natural year really looks like, especially in relation to farm animals.

Art & Culture
How to Make the Most of “James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty” in the Classroom

How to Make the Most of “James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty” in the Classroom

“James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty” is a treasure trove of information for the classroom on this pivotal American artist, tracing his life and development as an artist. Connect with a streaming version of the film, classroom resources aligned with Common Core and the new arts standards, and more.

History & Social Studies
How Teachers Can Make the “Most of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”

How Teachers Can Make the “Most of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”

Ken Burns’ seven-part, fourteen hour film “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” illuminates over 100 years of American history as the country transitions between “politics as usual” and reform, isolation and internationalism, a laissez faire economy and government regulation, and international war and peace.

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
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
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.