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: 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.

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.

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.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: London's "White Fang"

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

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: 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.