Walt Whitman on Abraham Lincoln Manuscript Division, LOC

Teacher’s Guide to the 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Discover how the American people coped with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.

  • Harriet Jacobs and Elizabeth Keckly: The Material and Emotional Realities of Childhood in Slavery

    Created March 24, 2015
    Harriet Jacobs and Elizabeth Keckly: composite image

    In this lesson, students learn firsthand about the childhoods of Jacobs and Keckly from reading excerpts from their autobiographies. They practice reading for both factual information and making inferences from these two primary sources.

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    Making the World Better: The Struggle for Equality in 19th Century America

    This secondary-level curriculum packet, produced in connection with the State House Women’s Leadership Project and developed by Massachusetts Humanities and the Tsongas Industrial History Center at UMass/Lowell, focuses on two of the six State House honorees: Lucy Stone (1818–1893) and Sarah Parker Remond (1824–1894) and includes websites, and other resources that can be used for teaching about the struggle for equality (The Teacher’s Guide, Primary Source Documents, Resource Guide and “HEAR US” virtual tour.)

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    The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

    Ken Burns’s new seven-part PBS series chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor: three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. Premieres September 14.

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    How Teachers Can Make the “Most of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”

    Ken Burns’ seven-part, fourteen hour film “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” illuminates over 100 years of American history as the country transitions between “politics as usual” and reform, isolation and internationalism, a laissez faire economy and government regulation, and international war and peace.

    September—Back to Work, Back to School, Back to Books

    Common Core Lessons and Related Resources for Back to School 2014

    Annual feature detailing resources teachers may find useful as school resumes. For this 2104 listing, EDSITEment has framed new resources aligned to respond to the Common Core State Standards including a number of exemplars.

  • Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s “Learning to Read”

    Created August 21, 2014
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    In this lesson students do a close reading of “Learning to Read,” a poem by Francis Watkins Harper about an elderly former slave which conveys the value of literacy to blacks during and after slavery. The activities also prompt students to examine the nature of century in the 21st century and the value they put upon it.

    Signatures to the"Declaration of Sentiments"

    The Declaration of Sentiments by the Seneca Falls Conference (1848): A Common Core Exemplar

    This feature outlines the context of The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 which produced the “Declaration of Sentiments,” a CCSS exemplar for grades 11 – CCR. This document made a bold argument, modeled on the language and logic of the Declaration of Independence that American women should be given civil and political rights equal to those of American men, including the right to vote.

    Germany invades Belgium; Britian declares war on Germany; Great War begins

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