Students make connections between European voyages of discovery, colonial spheres of influence, and various aspects of American culture.
Students explore the world of maps and learn how to view the world around them in a two-dimensional format.
Find out what ancient maps can tell us about the aspirations of those who made them.
In this lesson, the students study the differences between eastern and western dragons and discover why the eastern dragons are associated with the Chinese New Year. They learn about the dragon dancers and lion dancers in the New Years parade and discover that firecrackers are set off to drive off evil spirits, particularly one called Nian.
Students read excerpts from Columbus's letters and journals, as well as recent considerations of his achievements in order to reflect on the motivations behind Columbus's explorations.
Students employ the screenwriter's craft to gain a fresh perspective on notable women in American history.
With the Internet, students can observe firsthand how today's Court exercises this responsibility at a time when technology has extended the freedom to speak in ways our nation's founders could not have imagined.
By studying paintings from the Cave of Lascaux and other caves in France, students will discover that pictures can be a way of communicating beliefs and ideas and can give us clues today about what life was like long ago.