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: 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.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Flowers from Emily

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

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.