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

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?