• Where I Come From

    Created October 7, 2010
    Where I Come From: Statue of Liberty

    Students take research into their heritage a step beyond the construction of a family tree, traveling through cyberspace to find our what's happening in their ancestral homelands today.

  • Slave Narratives: Constructing U.S. History Through Analyzing Primary Sources

    Created September 30, 2010
    Slave Narratives: Constructing U.S. History Mary Kincheon Edwards

    The realities of slavery and Reconstruction hit home in poignant oral histories from the Library of Congress. In these activities, students research narratives from the Federal Writers' Project and describe the lives of former African slaves in the U.S. -- both before and after emancipation. From varied stories, students sample the breadth of individual experiences, make generalizations about the effects of slavery and Reconstruction on African Americans, and evaluate primary source documents.

  • Life on the Great Plains

    Created September 28, 2010
    Life on the Great Plains: Plains indians on horseback

    Examine the history and geography of a region that has been at the heart of the American experience.

  • Portraits: I've Just Seen a Face

    Created September 27, 2010
    Portraits: Boy with Saturday Evening Post

    Students learn to analyze a variety of portraits, both literary and visual.

  • In My Other Life

    Created September 27, 2010
    In My Other Life: African Ceremonial Mask

    Find out what it might feel like to grow up in an Asian, African, or Latin American country.

  • Images at War

    Created September 26, 2010
    Images at War: Gettysburg Dead

    Explore American attitudes toward conflict through Civil War photographs and World War II poster art.

  • Common Visions, Common Voices

    Created September 25, 2010
    Common Visions, Common Voices: African Sculpture

    Trace similar motifs in the artwork and folklore of India, Africa, the Maya, and Native Americans.

  • Sodbusters!

    Created September 24, 2010
    Sodbusters!

    Students examine photographs of sod houses, build a model sod house, and picture themselves living in a soddie to gain a firsthand perspective on this important period of American history.

  • Depression-Era Photographs: Worth a Thousand Words

    Created September 23, 2010
    Depression-Era Photographs: Woman at sowing machine

    Spend a day with a model American family and the photographer who molded our view of their lives.

    James Madison, The First Amendment, and The Bill of Rights

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    "All power in human hands is liable to be abused." — James Madison