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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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

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.

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

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: 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.