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: 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.

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.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Death in Poetry

Death. Perhaps no other theme elicits such deep and varied emotions from individuals across the globe. It's no wonder, then, that poets through the ages—no matter the time or place—have sought to address death through poetry. Read the following poems by A.E. Housman and Dylan Thomas and begin to consider the theme of death in poetry.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Live From Antiquity

Return to ancient Athens for the world premier of Antigone.

Art & Culture
Benjamin Franklin's Many “Hats”: Hiram Powers statue

Benjamin Franklin's Many “Hats”: Hiram Powers statue

4b HIRAM POWERS [1805–1873], Benjamin Franklin, 1862. Picturing America Teacher's Resource Book

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Pearl S. Buck

American author Pearl S. Buck spent most of her life in China. She returned to America in 1934, "an immigrant among immigrants … in my native land." In this launchpad, students will explore American attitudes toward immigration in the 1930s through Pearl S. Buck's essay, "On Discovering America." They will explore the meaning of the term "American" in this context and look at how the media portrayed immigrants.