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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History & Social Studies
Man in the Middle: Thomas Day and the Free Black Experience (video)

Man in the Middle: Thomas Day and the Free Black Experience (video)

Thomas Day (1801–ca. 1861) was a successful free black furniture maker and businessman who stood “in the middle” of competing forces in nineteenth-century America: between black and white, slave and free, North and South, and Africa and America.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Flowers from Emily

Learn about Emily Dickinson’s life, her poetry, and the influence of gardening on both.

Literature & Language Arts
Sarah Orne Jewett’s “A White Heron:”

Sarah Orne Jewett’s “A White Heron:”

“A White Heron” was a short story originally published in A White Heron and Other Stories by Houghton, Mifflin and Company in 1886, then reprinted in Tales of New England (1890). Excerpts from the story are reproduced here to assist in your close reading of the passages. You are encouraged to read the entire story before beginning this activity.

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

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.

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.