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: Joan of Arc

How do firsthand accounts reflect on Joan of Arc’s role in the Hundred Years’ War and her posthumous rehabilitation?

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: The Sound and The Fury

Published in 1929, The Sound and the Fury is often referred to as William Faulkner's first work of genius. Faulkner's style is characterized by frequent time shifts, narrator shifts, unconventional punctuation and sentence structure, as well as a stream-of-consciousness technique that reveals the inner thoughts of characters to the reader. This launchpad will examine narrative structure and time, narrative voice/point of view, and symbolism throughout The Sound and the Fury.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Mexican Holidays

In this launchpad students will study four popular Mexican holidays and examine images to see how these particular celebrations represent Mexico's colorful history.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Esperanza Rising

In this launchpad students will look behind the story at the historical, social, and cultural circumstances that help account for the great contrasts and contradictions that Esperanza experiences when she moves to California. The launchpad also invites students to contemplate some of the changes Esperanza undergoes as she grows from a pampered child into a resourceful and responsible young woman.

Literature & Language Arts

Launchpad: Crane, London, & Naturalism

Heavily influenced by social and scientific theories, including those of Darwin, writers of naturalism described—usually from a detached or journalistic perspective—the influence of society and surroundings on the development of the individual. In the following launchpad, students will learn the key characteristics that comprise American literary naturalism as they explore London's "To Build a Fire" and Crane's "The Open Boat."

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?