Student Resources

Student resources are interactive activities collected from around the Web. They can be used to support related lesson plans or as standalone activities in the classroom. Browse our library of student resources by grade level or subject area below.

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Literature & Language Arts

'You Kiss by the Book': Sonnet Unscrambler

Learn how Shakespeare used the sonnet tradition to enhance his stagecraft by performing a scene from this timeless tragedy.

History & Social Studies
300 Spartans: The Bridge Over the Hellespont

300 Spartans: The Bridge Over the Hellespont

One of the greatest engineering feats of ancient times, Xerxes' bridge over the Hellespont was actually two bridges. See The Persian Wars and this Launchpad for more background. Here is an image of the Hellespont today, and a satellite image as well. This is a view of how the Hellespont might have looked in 480 BCE.

You will now rebuild that famous set of bridges.

History & Social Studies
300 Spartans: Xerxes' March to Greece

300 Spartans: Xerxes' March to Greece

You are Xerxes, King of the mighty Persian Empire, and you are about to embark on one of the greatest military campaigns in history.

Art & Culture
A Trip to Wonderland: Sizing Up Alice

A Trip to Wonderland: Sizing Up Alice

Follow Alice on her adventure with the White Rabbit, and learn how to solve problems.

History & Social Studies
Allegory and the Art of Persuasion

Allegory and the Art of Persuasion

This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, has students record and analyze the parallels between the characters in George Orwell's "Animal Farm" and historical figures of the time.

History & Social Studies
America on the Sidelines: The United States and World Affairs, 1931–1941

America on the Sidelines: The United States and World Affairs, 1931–1941

This student interactive timeline, from the curriculum unit, “The United States and Europe: From Neutrality to War, 1921–1941,” is designed to illustrate the U.S. response to crises in Europe and East Asia during the years 1931–1941.

History & Social Studies
American War for Independence: Interactive Map

American War for Independence: Interactive Map

Interactive map of the campaigns of the American Revolution in the northern colonies. Accompanies curriculum unit: The American War for Independence

History & Social Studies
An Early Threat of Secession: The Missouri Compromise, 1820–1821

An Early Threat of Secession: The Missouri Compromise, 1820–1821

Interactive map illustrating the geography, demography, and political division of the United States as a result of the Missouri Compromise over the issue of Slavery in 1820–21

Art & Culture

Animals From Down Under

Australian Aboriginal art is one of the oldest continuing art traditions in the world. Much of the most important knowledge of aboriginal society was conveyed through different kinds of storytelling—including narratives that were spoken, performed as dances or songs, and those that were painted.

History & Social Studies

Anne Frank: World War II in Europe

Drawing upon the online archives of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, this lesson helps students to put the events described by Anne Frank into historical perspective, and also serves as a broad overview of the Nazi conquest of Europe during World War II. After surveying the experiences of various countries under Nazi occupation, the lesson ends with activities related specifically to the Netherlands and Anne Frank.

History & Social Studies

Anticommunism in Postwar America: Interactive Timeline of the early Cold War years

A timeline of the events of the early Cold War years. Can be used in conjunction with the EDSITEment We The People curriculum unit: Anticommunism in Postwar America, 1945-1954: Witch Hunt or Red Menace?

Art & Culture
Asian-Pacific: Voyage of Manjiro

Asian-Pacific: Voyage of Manjiro

Asian Pacific Heritage month was established in 1990 to mark the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States on May 7, 1843.

History & Social Studies
Battles of the Civil War: campaigns map

Battles of the Civil War: campaigns map

A comprehensive animated map showing the locations and travel routes of the major Civil War military campaigns.

Art & Culture
Benjamin Franklin's Many “Hats”: Hiram Powers statue

Benjamin Franklin's Many “Hats”: Hiram Powers statue

4b HIRAM POWERS [1805–1873], Benjamin Franklin, 1862. Picturing America Teacher's Resource Book

History & Social Studies

Campaign of 1824: Candidates and Issues

Instructions: Using material from the lessons and the related links, fill in the information as completely as you can on each of the candidates in the presidential election of 1824.
History & Social Studies

Celebrating Constitution Day

The introductory movie to EDSITEment's Constitution Day index.

Literature & Language Arts
Character Traits: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Character Traits: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, is used by students to identify examples of moral courage and cowardice in key characters from the text of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

History & Social Studies
Cold War Europe

Cold War Europe

This interactive map shows the sequence of events in Europe during the early years of the Cold War, as well as their geographic locations. By clicking on the numbered locations pop-ups will appear with more information.Accompanies the curriculum unit: The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1949.

Foreign Language
Colores: Learning Colors in Spanish

Colores: Learning Colors in Spanish

Follow the instructions to use and complete this multiple-choice quiz on the names of colors in Spanish. This interactive has audio elements to it. The interactive is most effective when the user allows the audio portion of each panel to complete before moving on to the next panel.

Literature & Language Arts

Comparing Death Poems

Instructions.
Art & Culture

Composition Basics: Botticelli Line Drawing

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: Carpaccio Diagram 1 (Figure 8)

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: Carpaccio Line Drawing

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: Catlin (Dance) Diagram 1 (Triangle)

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: Catlin (Dance) Diagram 2 (ellipse)

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: Catlin (Dance) Line Drawing

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: Catlin (Paris Diagram Figure 2 (ellipse)

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: Catlin (Paris) Diagram Figure 1 (oval)

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: Catlin (Paris) Line Drawing

2. Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: Conegliano Diagram 1 (triangle)

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: Conegliano Line Drawing

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: David Diagram 1 (ellipse)

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: David Diagram 2 (figure 8 for student launchpad)

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: David Diagram 2 (figure 8)

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

Art & Culture

Composition Basics: David Line Drawing

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

History & Social Studies
Cuban Missile Crisis Interactive

Cuban Missile Crisis Interactive

This interactive puts the student in the role of President Kennedy, having to decide among several options for responding to the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba. By clicking on the names of individual advisers, students can read the views of men such as Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. After studying the strengths and weaknesses of each option, the student will be asked to choose an option, which will then bring up a new window that evaluates the response.

History & Social Studies
David Walker's "Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World"

David Walker's "Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World"

This short video contains excerpts from David Walker's famous Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, a very significant document in American history. It is a call to freedom and to rising up and fighting against slavery with violence, if necessary, although that was not Walker's first choice.

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. See also the related feature.

History & Social Studies

Emily Dickinson and Poetic Imagination

Instructions.
Art & Culture

Emmanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware

Roll over the image to explore the areas of the painting, clicking to bring up the descriptive pop-ups. Make notes in the pop-up's tabs to prepare you for the follow-on multiple-choice questions (under "Test Your Knowledge"), and answer the essay questions on the pop-up tabs. After completing these tasks, follow the instructions for printing out your answers and notes, and you can also print the image istself.

Literature & Language Arts

Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying": Printing Press

A culminating exercise for the curriculum unit on Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying."

History & Social Studies
Following the Great Wall of China: Interactive Map

Following the Great Wall of China: Interactive Map

You are about to build China's Great Wall and learn about the great Chinese imperial dynasties.

This detail map of China is the area from the inset (lower right) map of the whole of the Chinese mainland.

Wall Segment (Route) Legend:

legend image showing segment of wall

When the user answers a question correctly, a blue "segment" of the Great Wall is added.

History & Social Studies
Greek Alphabet Interactive

Greek Alphabet Interactive

The Greeks inherited the alphabet invented by the Phoenicians, and used it to write their great literature.

Art & Culture
Having Fun in the 19th Century: Fall River Line

Having Fun in the 19th Century: Fall River Line

You have to know the Fall River Line's history to successfully navigate the steamship toward its final destination.

History & Social Studies

Holocaust and Resistance: The Faces of Resistance

In this assignment students will use the interactive archives at the EDSITEment reviewed website the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to provide them with evidence that the impulse to resist remained alive during the Holocaust. You can access the museum's collections, including the archive, here. Students can use the online note-taker and outline tool to record their findings. Ask students to complete the following task:

History & Social Studies
How to Win a World War: East Asia and the Pacific in World War II

How to Win a World War: East Asia and the Pacific in World War II

Map of the World War II Pacific Theater. Use in conjunction with the curriculum unit: American Diplomacy in World War II

History & Social Studies
Interactive Map with D-Day Invasion of Normandy

Interactive Map with D-Day Invasion of Normandy

This student interactive zoomable map from EDSITEment shows students the locations of major event that took place during WWII in Europe.

Literature & Language Arts

Interactive: Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

This interactive asks the student questions to compare and contrast two literary works: The Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart.

History & Social Studies

James Madison: The Second National Bank: Venn Diagram

Use the Venn Diagram, with two intersecting circles. One circle is for Marshall's arguments in the section of his opinion quoted in McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), the other for Madison's. In the intersection between the two circles put those arguments that are essentially the same for both men. Begin by making a list.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad for Activity 3: How Did the Flintstones Really Live?

This Launchpad takes students on an adventure to the most famous cave of all, Lascaux, in southwestern France, and asks them to look around carefully, at what is inside it.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: "Bartleby, the Scrivener," by Herman Melville

This Launchpad guides students through Herman Melville's short story, "Bartleby, the Scrivener." It is augmented with video discussions.

Foreign Language

Launchpad: "Oda al mar" de Pablo Neruda

This interactive Launchpad will guide you through several resources to learn about Neruda’s life, works, and one of his poems from Odas elementales, “Oda al mar.”

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: "The May-pole of Merry Mount," by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This Launchpad, adapted from www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The May-pole of Merry Mount.”

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: 'You Kiss by the Book'

The following resources will be valuable as you examine the lyric form and conventions in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

History & Social Studies
Launchpad: A Guided Exploration of the Events of 9/11

Launchpad: A Guided Exploration of the Events of 9/11

This Launchpad looks at the tragic events on 9/11 and all of the heroes who helped Americans recover from that day. It asks students to think, "What makes a hero?"

Art & Culture

Launchpad: A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery 'Alice'

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Nonsense Poetry and Whimsy

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: African-Americans & the CCC

Students learn about FDR and the African-American Civilian Conservation Corps.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Allegory in Painting

This launchpad introduces students to allegory in the visual arts through the works of a number of well-known artists, including Thomas Cole and Caravaggio.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Battle of Thermopylae

The goal of this Launchpad is not only to get you thinking about the differences between Xerxes and Leonidas, the Persians and the Greeks, but also to guide you to greater understanding of the way history is represented and interpreted from a specific point of view.
History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Benjamin Franklin's Virtues

This Launchpad, adapted from www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Benjamin Franklin’s “The Project of Moral Perfection” a passage from his Autobiography.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Birth of a Nation

Birth of a Nation, the NAACP, and the Balancing of Rights
History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Bon Voyage! A Trip to Asia (6–12)

Bon Voyage!
A Trip to Asia for Asian-Pacific Heritage Month for 6–12 Students to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Month!

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Bon Voyage! A Trip to Asia (K–5)

Bon Voyage!
A Trip to Asia for Asian-Pacific Heritage Month for K–5 Students to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Month!

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Brooks' "We Real Cool"

Read Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool" out loud to yourself a few times. Then watch the video of John Ulrich discussing and reading "We Real Cool" as part of the EDSITEment-reviewed Library of Congress Favorite Poems Project. Pay particular attention to how you read the poem and how the poem is read in the Favorite Poems Project video—what words are emphasized? what kind of rhythm is established?

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Browning's Last Duchess

Use the following links as you explore Robert Browning's poem, "My Last Duchess."

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Chaucer's Wife of Bath

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Colonial New England

Read the following background about the development of English towns and their expansion in Massachusetts in the seventeenth-century.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Colonizing the Bay

Focusing on only the last two paragraphs of the document, have students read the first sentence and try to figure out what it is saying (see selection in student launchpad and in separate PDF with questions).

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Composition & Content in the Visual Arts

This launchpad is designed to help students unravel the connection between composition and content in the visual arts.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Composition Basics (Student)

In this launchpad, students learn the definition of composition in the visual arts and some of its most basic components.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Composition Basics (Teacher)

In this LaunchPad, teachers will instruct students about composition in the visual arts and some of its most basic components.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Crane's "The Open Boat"

Read the first section of Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat,” and then look at the following images. How do they compare to Crane’s description?

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Crane, London, & Naturalism

Heavily influenced by social and scientific theories, including those of Darwin, writers of naturalism described—usually from a detached or journalistic perspective—the influence of society and surroundings on the development of the individual. In the following launchpad, students will learn the key characteristics that comprise American literary naturalism as they explore London's "To Build a Fire" and Crane's "The Open Boat."

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Death in Poetry

Death. Perhaps no other theme elicits such deep and varied emotions from individuals across the globe. It's no wonder, then, that poets through the ages—no matter the time or place—have sought to address death through poetry. Read the following poems by A.E. Housman and Dylan Thomas and begin to consider the theme of death in poetry.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Eleanor Roosevelt

This launchpad asks students to explore the various roles that Eleanor Roosevelt took on, among them: First Lady, political activist for civil rights, newspaper columnist and author, and representative to the United Nations. Students will read and analyze materials written by and about Eleanor Roosevelt to understand the changing roles of women in politics. They will look at Eleanor Roosevelt's role during and after the New Deal as well as examine the lives and works of influential women who were part of her political network. They will also examine the contributions of women in Roosevelt's network who played critical roles in shaping and administering New Deal policies.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Emancipation Proclamation: Activity 1

Introduction to the Emancipation Proclamation

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Emancipation Proclamation: Activity 2

The Steps That Led To Emancipation

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Emancipation Proclamation: Activity 3

The African-American Perspective

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Esperanza Rising

In this launchpad students will look behind the story at the historical, social, and cultural circumstances that help account for the great contrasts and contradictions that Esperanza experiences when she moves to California. The launchpad also invites students to contemplate some of the changes Esperanza undergoes as she grows from a pampered child into a resourceful and responsible young woman.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Exploring Arthurian Legend

Trace the elements of myth and history in the world of the Round Table.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: FDR and the Lend-Lease Act

This launchpad focuses on the expansion of executive power involved in the Lend-Lease program.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: FDR's Fireside Chats

In this launchpad, students listen to a portion of FDR's first fireside chat and then work together to determine the main points FDR is making.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Flannery O'Connor's South

Today's starting point? Atlanta. Destination? Florida. Although the family in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" lives in Atlanta, their journey to Florida takes them along the relatively new highways of the 1950s, including rural country roads.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Frederick Douglass's “What To the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) was a former slave who became the greatest abolitionist orator of the antebellum period. During the Civil War he worked tirelessly for the emancipation of the four million enslaved African Americans. In the decades after the war, he was the most influential African American leader in the nation.

He delivered this speech on July 5, 1852. It is generally considered his greatest and one of the greatest speeches of the 19th century. Before you read the speech you can follow these links to learn more about Douglass’s life and the evolution of his thought in this period.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Full Spectrum (Student)

In this launchpad students will be introduced to the basics of the color wheel, as well as the ways in which artists use color to guide the viewer's attention through a painting's composition.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Full Spectrum (Teacher)

In this launchpad, teachers will introduce students to the basics of the color wheel, as well as the ways in which artists use color to guide the viewer's attention through a painting's composition.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

In this Launchpad, students 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.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Getting to Know the First Amendment! (6–12)

Review the features of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Getting to Know the First Amendment! (K–5)

Review the features of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Hammurabi’s Code

How does Hammurabi's code reflect Babylonian society?

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Having Fun: The Economics of Leisure

By 1900, there were more than 29 million people in the American workforce including men, women, and children. Americans worked an average of 59 hours per week and usually received Saturday afternoons and Sundays off. Many companies provided unpaid leave to their employees. How do you think Americans might have spent their leisure time a century ago?

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Hayden and Roethke

Students examine the relationship of poetic form and content, shaped by alliteration, consonance, repetition, and rhythm, in two poems about fatherhood: Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays" and Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz."

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Henry David Thoreau's Essay "On Civil Disobedience"

This Launchpad guides students through Henry David Thoreau's classic political essay, "On Civil Disobedience."

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Images of the New World

Look at the images below and describe what you see in detail i.e. clothing, jewelry or body decoration, what they are doing, village layout. Make some inferences about these people based on this image. Compare the watercolor to the engraving.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Introducing Jane Eyre

What was life like for women during the Victorian age? You will explore several websites that describe life in the Victorian era, a term used to describe the culture and society during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. Keep in mind that like all broad claims about a society, the following are examples of life during this time, and only begin to reveal the complexity of Victorian-era livelihood.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: JFK, LBJ and Civil Rights

This lesson provides students with an opportunity to study and analyze the innovative legislative efforts of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in the social and economic context of the 1960s.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Joan of Arc

How do firsthand accounts reflect on Joan of Arc’s role in the Hundred Years’ War and her posthumous rehabilitation?

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Line in Visual Arts (Student)

In this launchpad students learn about one of the most important elements in painting and drawing: line. Students learn how line is defined in the visual arts, and how to recognize this element in painting.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Line in Visual Arts (Teacher)

In this launchpad, teachers will instruct students about one of the most important elements in painting and drawing: line. Students learn how line is defined in the visual arts, and how to recognize this element in painting.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Live From Antiquity

Return to ancient Athens for the world premier of Antigone.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: London's "To Build a Fire"

Read the first two paragraphs of Jack London’s “To Build a Fire,” and then look at the following images. How do they compare to London’s description?

Art & Culture

Launchpad: London's "White Fang"

Through this launchpad, students investigate nature and culture in Jack London's White Fang.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Magna Carta

This launchpad introduces students to Magna Carta.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Marvell's Coy Mistress

Use the following links as you explore Andrew Marvell's poem, "To His Coy Mistress."

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Mexican Holidays

In this launchpad students will study four popular Mexican holidays and examine images to see how these particular celebrations represent Mexico's colorful history.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”: A Common Core Exemplar

O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi” reflects the true meaning of Christmas. This student resource provides English Language Arts students with an independent close reading of a Common Core State Standard exemplar text (grades 9–10) for fiction.

Art & Culture
Launchpad: Paul Revere

Launchpad: Paul Revere

Read the directions and make use of the resources this LaunchPad is linked to to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Wood's painting.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Pearl S. Buck

American author Pearl S. Buck spent most of her life in China. She returned to America in 1934, "an immigrant among immigrants … in my native land." In this launchpad, students will explore American attitudes toward immigration in the 1930s through Pearl S. Buck's essay, "On Discovering America." They will explore the meaning of the term "American" in this context and look at how the media portrayed immigrants.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Picturing Lincoln

Study Gardner's Abraham Lincoln, February 5, 1865, and fill out The National Archives Photo Analysis Worksheet. Use the worksheet questions and the students' answers as a framework for a class discussion about the art. Encourage them to notice details that will help them understand Lincoln.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Pride & Prejudice

Through this Launchpad, study Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and study her treatment of social class in the early 19th century as well as learn about the status of women in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Repetition in Visual Arts (Student)

In this Launchpad students will learn about repetition, one of the techniques artists often use to highlight important elements within a painting's composition, and to move a viewer's eye around the canvas, from highpoint to highpoint.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Repetition in Visual Arts (Teacher)

In this launchpad, teachers will instruct students about repetition, one of the techniques artists often use to highlight important elements within a painting's composition, and to move a viewer's eye around the canvas, from highpoint to highpoint.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Revolution '67

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”

Explore Robert Browning's poem, "My Last Duchess."

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Salem Witch Trials

In 1691, a group of girls from Salem, Massachusetts accused an Indian slave named Tituba of witchcraft, igniting a hunt for witches that left 19 men and women hanged, one man pressed to death, and over 150 more people in prison awaiting a trial. Through this launchpad, students will explore the characteristics of the Puritan community in Salem, learn about the Salem Witchcraft Trials, and try to understand how and why this event occurred.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Slavery in Revolutionary Era

Was the American Revolution inevitable? This launchpad is designed to help students understand the transition to armed resistance and the contradiction in the Americans’ rhetoric about slavery through the examination of a series of documents. While it is designed to be conducted over a several-day period, teachers with time constraints can choose to utilize only one of the documents to illustrate the patriots’ responses to the actions of the British.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Symmetry and Balance (Student)

In this launchpad, students learn how artists use symmetry and balance to convey a sense of harmony in their works.
Art & Culture

Launchpad: Symmetry and Balance (Teacher)

In this launchpad, teachers will instruct students how artists use symmetry and balance to convey a sense of harmony in their works.
History & Social Studies

Launchpad: The Albany Congress and Political Identity (North American Colonists)

Explore three different points of view (British, American and Native American) on Empire.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: The Path of the Black Death

The Effects of the Black Death: Group 3

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Launchpad: The Path of the Black Death: Activity 3

The Effects of the Black Death: Group 2

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Launchpad: The Path of the Black Death: Activity 3

The Effects of the Black Death: Group 1

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Launchpad: The Path of the Black Death: Activity 3 - Group 2

The Effects of the Black Death: Group 2

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Launchpad: The Path of the Black Death: Activity 3 - Group 3

The Effects of the Black Death: Group 3

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: The Path of the Black Death: Activity 3 - Groups 1, 2 and 3

The Path of the Black Death: Activity 3 - Groups 1, 2 and 3.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: The Social Security Act

Debating the Social Security Act
History & Social Studies

Launchpad: The Social Security Act

Students will use primary source documents to learn about the debate over the Social Security Act that took place from 1935-1937. This launchpad will introduce students to key arguments supporting and opposing the establishment of Social Security.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: The Social Security Act: Activity One, Group A

Debating the Social Security Act

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Launchpad: The Social Security Act: Activity One, Group B

Group B: Debating the Social Security Act
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Launchpad: The Social Security Act: Activity One, Group C

Group C: Debating the Social Security Act
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Launchpad: The Social Security Act: Activity One, Group D

Group D: Debating the Social Security Act
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Launchpad: The Social Security Act: Activity Three

Debating the Social Security Act on the Radio
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Launchpad: The Social Security Act: Activity Two

"Selling" the Social Security Act
Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: The Sound and The Fury

Published in 1929, The Sound and the Fury is often referred to as William Faulkner's first work of genius. Faulkner's style is characterized by frequent time shifts, narrator shifts, unconventional punctuation and sentence structure, as well as a stream-of-consciousness technique that reveals the inner thoughts of characters to the reader. This launchpad will examine narrative structure and time, narrative voice/point of view, and symbolism throughout The Sound and the Fury.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Trade in Old Babylonia

You are an archaeologist uncovering artifacts found in Old Babylonia. What can you learn from them about trade there as well?

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Twain and American Humor

In this launchpad, students examine structure and characterization in several short stories and consider the significance of humor through a study of several American writers.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Twelve Angry Men

Begin the lesson by assigning students to either read or view Twelve Angry Men. Distribute the following questions beforehand. These same questions may serve as the basis for either group or class discussion of the play/film.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Understanding the Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Trials-Understanding the Hysteria
Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Welty's "A Worn Path"

In this student Launchpad, study Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path" and the history of comics, then create your own comic strip.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Wharton's Ethan Frome

Students practice strategies of "close reading" in order to understand Edith Wharton's gripping tragedy about an unhappy marriage set against the stark backdrop of rural New England

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Witnesses to Joan of Arc and The Hundred Years' War

Group I: Testimony from Joan of Arc’s Condemnation Trial and Group II: Testimony of Joan’s Friends from Her Nullification Trial

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Women Aviators in WWII

This launchpad explores the contributions of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II, and their aviation legacy.

History & Social Studies
Launchpad: “Chamberlain” by Michael Shaara

Launchpad: “Chamberlain” by Michael Shaara

This Launchpad, adapted from the What So Proudly We Hail curriculum, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance students' reading and understanding of “Chamberlain,” a chapter from Michael Shaara’s novel The Killer Angels. After reading the story, you can click on the videos to hear a discussion of the story conducted by Eliot A. Cohen (Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies) with the editors of the anthology, Amy and Leon Kass.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

This Launchpad, adapted from http://www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s short story “Harrison Bergeron.”

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Launchpad: “Speech to the Third Army” by George S. Patton, Jr.

Launchpad: “Speech to the Third Army” by George S. Patton, Jr.

Examine the rhetorical and leadership qualities of General George S. Patton, Jr. speech to the Third Army given on June 5, 1944, the eve of the Allied invasion of Europe.

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Launchpad: “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” by Mark Twain

Launchpad: “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” by Mark Twain

This Launchpad provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Mark Twain’s short story “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg.”

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Launchpad: “The Namesake,” by Willa Cather

Launchpad: “The Namesake,” by Willa Cather

This Launchpad provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Willa Cather’s short story “The Namesake.” After reading the story, you can click on the videos to hear editors converse about the story.

History & Social Studies
Lincoln on the American Union: A Word Fitly Spoken

Lincoln on the American Union: A Word Fitly Spoken

An interactive timeline of Lincoln's most famous speeches. Accompanies the curriculum unit: Abraham Lincoln on the American Union: "A Word Fitly Spoken"

Art & Culture

Line in the Visual Arts: Berman’s diagram 1

1. Lining Up

Saul Berman’s River Front

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Line in the Visual Arts: Line drawing of Grien’s painting

3. What Kind of Lines?

Hans Baldung Grien’s Man of Sorrows

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Line in the Visual Arts: Line drawing of Rice’s painting

2. In the Line of Sight

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Line in the Visual Arts: Line drawing of Waugh’s painting

2. In the Line of Sight

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Line in the Visual Arts: Rice’s diagram 1

2. In the Line of Sight

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Line in the Visual Arts: Woods diagram 1

1. Lining Up

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Lu Shih: Student Interactive Chart for the Three Teachings

Lu Shih: Student Interactive Chart for the Three Teachings

Students should fill in yes or no in the boxes beneath each of the teachings to indicate whether it is a component of that teaching. In the final box they should fill in a line of from one of the poems which exemplifies this idea wherever it is possible to find an example.

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Martin Puryear's "Ladder for Booker T. Washington"

Instructions - Venn Diagram
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Martin Puryear's "Ladder for Booker T. Washington"

Instructions - interactive image map
Literature & Language Arts

Metaphors--Margaret Atwood

Instructions.
Art & Culture
Midnight Ride of Paul Revere: Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License

Midnight Ride of Paul Revere: Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License

This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson plan, allows students to explore Grant Wood's painting, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"

History & Social Studies
Mission US 2: Flight to Freedom

Mission US 2: Flight to Freedom

Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games.

In Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?

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Mission US: For Crown or Colony? The Game

Mission US: For Crown or Colony? The Game

Mission US (Mission 1: Crown or Colony?) is an interactive adventure game designed to improve the understanding of American history by students in grades 5 through 8.

The first game in a planned series, Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” explores the reasons for Revolution through the eyes of both Loyalists and Patriots in 1770 Boston.  This website provides information and materials to support the use of Mission 1 in your classroom. Download all the teacher materials as a DOC or PDF.

Literature & Language Arts

Narrating Quentin's Mental Breakdown

Narrating Quentin's Mental Breakdown

Art & Culture

Norman Rockwell and Freedom of Speech

This lesson plan highlights the importance of First Amendment rights by examining Norman Rockwell’s painting of The Four Freedoms. Students discover the First Amendment in action as they explore their own community and country through newspapers, art, and role playing.

History & Social Studies
North Africa and Southern Europe Map

North Africa and Southern Europe Map

With this interactive map, students learning about World War II can trace the progress of the Allied troops in North Africa and Southern Europe.

History & Social Studies
On the Eve of War: Civil War Commanders

On the Eve of War: Civil War Commanders

An interactive that introduces the principal generals on both sides of the American Civil War. Accompanies Lesson Plan 1 of the EDSITEment curriculum unit: The American Civil War: A "Terrible Swift Sword."

History & Social Studies

On the Road with Marco Polo: Brochure Press

Brochure Press. Use this tool to create a brochure.

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On the Road: A Boy in 13th Century Venice

Instructions
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On the Road: The Travels of Marco Polo

On the Road: The Travels of Marco Polo

Are you ready for an “EDSITEing” journey with Marco Polo? If you've studied the material on Marco Polo, this adventure should be a breeze! A route and timeline for Marco Polo's travels to and from China. In conjunction with the curriculum unit: On the Road with Marco Polo

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Path of the Black Death: Questions and Answers

Use the information you've gathered from the interactive map The Path of the Black Death, to answer the questions posed in this interactive.

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Perspective on the Slave Narrative: Pro- or Anti-Abolition?

Instructions

Study the following cartoons and determine whether they are for or against abolishing slavery.

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Phoenician alphabet interactive

Phoenician alphabet interactive

The Phoenicians invented the alphabet inherited by the Greeks, Romans, and eventually, us.

Art & Culture
Picturing Freedom: Selma-to-Montgomery March, 1965

Picturing Freedom: Selma-to-Montgomery March, 1965

Why did thousands march over 50 miles through cold, Alabama rain in 1965? With this interactive, students learn about the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march, one of the seminal events of the Civil Rights movement.

Foreign Language

Planilla de aprendizaje para el estudiante: Esperanza renace de Pam Muñoz Ryan

In this Spanish-language launchpad, students will look behind the story at the historical, social, and cultural circumstances that help account for the great contrasts and contradictions that Esperanza experiences when she moves to California. The launchpad also invites students to contemplate some of the changes Esperanza undergoes as she grows from a pampered child into a resourceful and responsible young woman.

Art & Culture

Portraits, Pears, and Perfect Landscapes: Investigating Genre

Instructions: For Investigating Genre in the Visual Arts
Literature & Language Arts

Preparing for Poetry

A collection of resources for students to use as they prepare for reading and analyzing poetry.
History & Social Studies

Race in America: Courage and Cowardice

Instructions. Race in America: Courage and Cowardice
Literature & Language Arts

Reading Andrew Marvell's Coy Mistress

Art & Culture

Realistic Impressions: Investigating Movements in the Visual Arts: Worksheet 1

Worksheet: Activity 5. Sharpening your Eye
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Realistic Impressions: Investigating Movements in the Visual Arts: Worksheet 2

Rubric for Worksheet: 5. Sharpening your Eye
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Realistic Impressions: Investigating Movements in the Visual Arts: Worksheet 3

Worksheet: Activity 1. A Real Impression
Literature & Language Arts

Recognizing Similes: Fast as a Whip

Art & Culture

Repetition in the Visual Arts: Bellows diagram 1

3. Working together: Form and Color
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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Biggers diagram 1

3. Working together: Form and Color

John Biggers’ Shotgun, Third Ward #1

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Biggers diagram 2

3. Working together: Form and Color

John Biggers’ Shotgun, Third Ward #1

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Crite Diagram 1

2. Repetition and the Use of Color

Alan Rohan Crite’s School’s Out

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Crite Line Drawing

2. Repetition and the Use of Color

Alan Rohan Crite’s School’s Out

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Diagram 1

1. Practice Makes Perfect? Introducing Repetition in Composition

Claude Monet’s Palazzo del Mula Venice

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Diagram 2

1. Practice Makes Perfect? Introducing Repetition in Composition
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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Diagram 3

1. Practice Makes Perfect? Introducing Repetition in Composition
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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Johnson Diagram 1

2. Repetition and the Use of Color

William H. Johnson’s Harlem Street

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Johnson Diagram 2

2. Repetition and the Use of Color

William H. Johnson’s Harlem Street

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Johnson Diagram 3

2. Repetition and the Use of Color

William H. Johnson’s Harlem Street

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Line drawing for Bellows

3. Working together: Form and Color
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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Line drawing for Biggers

3. Working together: Form and Color

John Biggers’ Shotgun, Third Ward #1

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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Line Drawing of Eakins

1. Practice Makes Perfect? Introducing Repetition in Composition
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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Line drawing of Johnson

2. Repetition and the Use of Color
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Repetition in the Visual Arts: Line Drawing of Monet

1. Practice Makes Perfect? Introducing Repetition in Composition
History & Social Studies

Revolution '67 video clip 1

“July 12, 1967: The Spark.”

History & Social Studies

Revolution '67 video clip 2

Art & Culture

Romare Bearden's The Dove—A Meeting of Vision and Sound: Interactive

By examining The Dove by artist Romare Bearden, students will learn to appreciate the artistic and intellectual achievement of Black artists in America in the first half of the 20th century. By listening to music, students will see how art and music intersect to tell us a story. They will relate that story to their own lives.

Art & Culture

Showing your Dharma, Ramayana

The story of the Ramayana has been passed from generation to generation by numerous methods and media. Initially it was passed on orally as an epic poem that was sung to audiences by a bard, as it continues to be today. Over the centuries it has also been written down in numerous languages.

Foreign Language
Sor Juana Sonnet Unscrambler

Sor Juana Sonnet Unscrambler

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a major literary figure and the first great Latin American poet, is a product of el Siglo de Oro Español (Spanish Golden Age). This exercise introduces students to her sonnet, “A su retrato.”

History & Social Studies
Stargazing Before Galileo

Stargazing Before Galileo

For thousands of years people have been looking at the night sky, trying to make sense of the objects above our heads.

Art & Culture

Symmetry and Balance: Avercamp Line Drawing

1. Mirror, Mirror: Symmetry in Painting

Art & Culture

Symmetry and Balance: Benton Line Drawing

1. Mirror, Mirror: Symmetry in Painting

  • Thomas Hart Benton’s Trail Rider
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    Symmetry and Balance: Bergognioni

    Instructions
    Art & Culture

    Tales of King Arthur

    The Quest for the Holy Grail
    Art & Culture

    The Alphabet is Historic: Mediterranean World

    The Alphabet is Historic: Mediterranean World
    History & Social Studies
    The American Civil War: on the eve of the war

    The American Civil War: on the eve of the war

    A student interactive that uses a series of animated maps to summarize all the factors and statistics on the United States on the eve of the American Civil War. Accompanies the EDSITEment curriculum unit: The American Civil War: A "Terrible Swift Sword."

    Art & Culture
    The Aztecs — Mighty Warriors of Mexico — Student Activity

    The Aztecs — Mighty Warriors of Mexico — Student Activity

    Fill in the white text boxes below each question (Please Note: wrap text in the boxes and use punctuation marks to save space instead of separating items with carriage returns). For information to help you answer the questions, use the following web sites as references: Aztec Society — Conquistadors. When you complete your answers, print out this page.

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    The Aztecs — Mighty Warriors of Mexico — Student Activity

    Fill in the white text boxes below each question (Please Note: wrap text in the boxes and use punctuation marks to save space instead of separating items with carriage returns). For information to help you answer the questions, use the following web sites as references: Aztec Society — Conquistadors. When you complete your answers, print out this page.

    History & Social Studies

    The Battle Over Reconstruction: Impeachment Timeline

    A timeline of the events that lead to the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1867.

    History & Social Studies
    The Battle Over Reconstruction: Southern Recovery

    The Battle Over Reconstruction: Southern Recovery

    Beyond the obvious material destruction, there was more to reconstruct in the South than buildings, farms, manufacturing and railroads—there were social and political relationships to rebuild. Yet, it is impossible to understand Reconstruction fully without a grasp of the social and economic upheaval the war brought with it. For the people living through the times, this upheaval created a situation that demanded immediate attention.

    History & Social Studies
    The Birth of Cuneiform Writing

    The Birth of Cuneiform Writing

    An interactive timeline on the origins of the cuneiform writing system in ancient Mesopotamia. Can be used with the lesson plan: The Cuneiform Writing System in Ancient Mesopotamia: Emergence and Evolution

    History & Social Studies

    The Campaign of 1840: Van Buren and Harrison Compared

    Compare the policies, personalities, experience and views of William Henry Harrison and Martin Van Buren in the Presidential campaign of 1840.
    History & Social Studies

    The Campaign of 1840: Was Harrison Like Jackson?

    Use the Venn diagram to show both similarities and differences in the two men.

    History & Social Studies

    The Chief Executives Compared: The Federalist Papers

    As a class or in small groups, with each group assigned one section only, look at seven elements of the office of President in Hamilton's words. Compile a list of the powers and responsibilities of the President based on Hamilton's essay and/or additional resources. Can be used with the curriculum unit: Before and Beyond the Constitution: What Should a President do?

    History & Social Studies
    The Creation of the Bill of Rights: "Retouching the Canvas"

    The Creation of the Bill of Rights: "Retouching the Canvas"

    This interactive map of the first 13 states highlights the ratification process in each state.

    History & Social Studies

    The First American Party System: Democratic-Republican Platform

    The rivalry between the Federalists and Republicans was bitter. What were the key positions of the parties? How important to the parties' positions were their basic attitudes toward constitutional interpretation (Federalists, broad interpretation / Democratic-Republicans, strict interpretation)? Which positions of either party resonate in the politics of today? Fill in the respective party positions for each category listed.

    History & Social Studies

    The First American Party System: Federalist Platform

    The rivalry between the Federalists and Republicans was bitter. What were the key positions of the parties? How important to the parties' positions were their basic attitudes toward constitutional interpretation (Federalists, broad interpretation / Democratic-Republicans, strict interpretation)? Which positions of either party resonate in the politics of today? Fill in the respective party positions for each category listed. Fill in the respective party positions for each issue category listed

    History & Social Studies

    The First American Party System: The Platforms They Never Had

    Fill in the respective party positions for each issue category listed. Can be used in conjunction with Lesson 3 of The First American Party System: Events, Issues, and Positions.

    Art & Culture

    The Greek Theater

    Welcome to the Greek Theater! Take a seat and look around. Use the EDSITEment LaunchPad to learn about the structure of the Greek theater. Click on each section of the stage in the following image to answer questions about it and write down notes. Finally, "Test Your Knowledge" about the Greek stage. These instructions are always available by clicking on the Help button. Click on Finish to print out your work.

    History & Social Studies
    The Kansas–Nebraska Act: Interactive Map

    The Kansas–Nebraska Act: Interactive Map

    An interactive political and demographic map of the U.S. in 1854 that allows users to se the economic, demographic, and political makeup of regions and states at the time. The Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854: Popular sovereignty allowed the settlers of a federal territory to decide the slavery question without interference from Congress.

    Literature & Language Arts

    The Magical World of Russian Fairy Tales: Baba Yaga

    Baba Yaga Instructions
    History & Social Studies

    The Path of the Black Death: Interactive Map

    Your task is to trace the path of the Black Death through Europe by locating these cities and looking for patterns. What can you learn about the source, spread, and extent of the disease?

    Art & Culture
    The Road to Santa Fe:  Interactive Map

    The Road to Santa Fe: Interactive Map

    Come along with EDSITEment this summer and discover the multilayered heritage of the peoples who call New Mexico their homeland. Our virtual road trip will take us through the terrain and annals of American history which characterize this remarkable landscape.

    Art & Culture

    The Roman World

    The Roman World
    Art & Culture
    The Search for Timbuktu

    The Search for Timbuktu

    A geographical and historical summary of ancient Timbuktu in Mali. Complete with questions for students.
    History & Social Studies

    The Sedition Act: The Thrust of the Arguments

    An online chart on the Aliens and Seditions act for students to fill out in conjunction with the curriculum unit: The Sedition Act: Certain Crimes Against the United States.

    History & Social Studies
    The Spanish–American War: WebQuest

    The Spanish–American War: WebQuest

    On April 11, 1898, two months after the battleship U.S.S. Maine was destroyed by an explosion in Havana harbor, President McKinley sent a message to Congress requesting authority to use the U.S. armed forces to end a brutal civil war in the Spanish colony of Cuba.

    History & Social Studies

    The Victor's Virtue: A Cultural History of Sport

    Arguments and Evidence
    Art & Culture

    The Whatnot Tree

    Instructions
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    Thirteen Ways

    Thirteen Ways

    This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, prompts students to compare Wallace Stevens' poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."

    Art & Culture
    Thoreau's Circle: Who's Who in Transcendentalism

    Thoreau's Circle: Who's Who in Transcendentalism

    This resource is intended to assist students in drawing interconnections between members of the small group of American literati that made up Thoreau’s circle based in Concord, Massachusetts, and who spawned the transcendentalist movement.

    History & Social Studies
    Turning the Tide in Europe, 1942–1944: Map of Southern Europe

    Turning the Tide in Europe, 1942–1944: Map of Southern Europe

    Although it was the Japanese who attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, U.S. military planners decided that Germany, not Japan, was to be the primary target of operations for the early part of World War II.

    History & Social Studies
    U.S. Neutrality: Europe/Asia

    U.S. Neutrality: Europe/Asia

    This interactive timeline highlights the major events in Europe and Asia from 1931 to 1941. Can be used in conjunction with the curriculum unit: From Neutrality to War: The United States and Europe, 1921-1941.

    History & Social Studies

    Van Buren Cartoons

    History & Social Studies
    Victory in Europe: Normandy Invasion and Campaign

    Victory in Europe: Normandy Invasion and Campaign

    Although the campaign in the Mediterranean was successful in forcing Italy out of the war, Allied military planners by late 1943 had concluded that it would not be enough to defeat Nazi Germany. As a result, priorities were shifted to an invasion of France across the English Channel.

    History & Social Studies

    What Are the Qualities of a Good Military Leader?

    Instructions
    Art & Culture
    What is Sor Juana wearing?

    What is Sor Juana wearing?

    Lesson 1: The Sonnets, Sor Juana, the Poet

    Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a major literary figure, and the first great Latin American poet, is a product of el Siglo de Oro Español (Spanish Golden Age). Explore the different facets of this painting to learn about Sor Juana and what the life of a nun was like in the 17th century.

    History & Social Studies

    What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader: Congress Expands Washington’s Powers

    What problems was Congress attempting to address when it granted expanded powers to George Washington in 1776?
    History & Social Studies

    What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader: George Washington’s Early Military Experience

    The essay Life Before the Presidency on the EDSITEment-reviewed website The American President describes Washington's earliest military experiences as "disastrous." He went on to modest success—at best—before he retired in 1758. Yet, the same article states that though Washington hesitated to accept the commission as Commander-in-Chief because of "the misadventures against the French and Native Americans," he was chosen by the Continental Congress to be Commander-in-Chief because the "leadership and charisma of the tall, quiet, stately Virginian was unsurpassed."

    History & Social Studies

    What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader: What are the Qualities of a Good Military Leader?

    • What qualities made George Washington an effective general?
    • How were the responsibilities of the Commander-in-Chief affected by conditions during the Revolutionary War?
    • How did Washington's responses to these challenges demonstrate his ability to handle a wide range of problems?
    History & Social Studies

    What's in a Name: Characteristic and Patronymic Names -- First Game

    For EDSITEment Lesson: How Did Surnames Come to Be? Match each surname to its meaning. A correct answer will win you two stars. Continue until the chart is filled with stars.

    Art & Culture

    What's in a Name: Characteristic and Patronymic Names -- Game Three

    For EDSITEment Lesson: How Did Surnames Come to Be? Match each surname to its meaning. A correct answer will win you two stars. Continue until the chart is filled with stars.

    Art & Culture

    What's in a Name: Characteristic and Patronymic Names -- Second Game

    For EDSITEment Lesson: How Did Surnames Come to Be? Match each surname to its meaning. A correct answer will win you two stars. Continue until the chart is filled with stars.

    Art & Culture

    What's in a Picture? What is it About? A Little Closer Still Interactive

    3. What is it About? A Little Closer Still
    Art & Culture

    What's in a Picture? What is it About? Come a Little Closer! Interactive

    2. What is it About? Come a Little Closer!
    Literature & Language Arts

    William Wordsworth's "The Daffodils" (Poem)

    Similes compare one thing or idea to another, utilizing as or like to set off the comparison.

    History & Social Studies
    Woodrow Wilson and Latin America: Map of Caribbean

    Woodrow Wilson and Latin America: Map of Caribbean

    At the time of Woodrow Wilson's inauguration, the United States had extensive economic and strategic interests throughout Latin America. Accompanies the EDSITEment curriculum unit: Woodrow Wilson and Foreign Policy.

    History & Social Studies
    World War II Diplomacy: Europe Through the Course of the War

    World War II Diplomacy: Europe Through the Course of the War

    An interactive map showing the shifting territorial gains, losses, and shifting alliances from June 1941 to February 1945. For use in conjunction with the curriculum unit: American Diplomacy in World War II

    History & Social Studies
    World War II Diplomacy: Military Lines of Control, Europe

    World War II Diplomacy: Military Lines of Control, Europe

    Military Lines of Control, Europe: June, 1941 to February 1945. Can be used in conjunction with the curriculum unit: American Diplomacy in World War II