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More EDSITEment U.S. History Student Interactives: Spanish-American War through Cold War

Detail from: Map of D-Day Invasion of Normandy interactive
Did you know that EDSITEment’s lesson plans are rich in engaging student activities that can be used in a variety of contexts? Here’s the second post dedicated to our U.S. History interactives, with role-playing activities, timelines, and maps for teaching history up to and including the Cold War.The Spanish–American War: Web QuestRead More »
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Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry

Bird’s eye view of Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1877
The U.S. Armory at Springfield first brought the tantalizing power of interchangeable parts to reality in the 1840s. In consequence, the Connecticut River Valley became the hub of innovation in precision manufacturing. At the start of the Civil War, the Armory and its network of suppliers rapidly boosted production of muskets from 3,000 per month to 30,000.Read More »
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Democracy in the Poetry of Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes

Statue of Liberty National Monument
O, yes, I say it plain, American never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath— America will be!From “Let America Be America Again”Read More »
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Summer Reading 2016

“Gotchur Nose, Kid.” Brooklyn Public Library Summer Reading mural, May 18, 2006.
“This was my only and my constant comfort. When I think of it, the picture always rises in my mind, of a summer evening, the boys at play in the churchyard, and I sitting on my bed, reading as if for life.” ― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, chapter 4.Summer is the perfect time to dive into classic stories, poetry, drama, and informational texts, including foundational documents of American government and history and works by the great thinkers.Read More »
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Introducing American Art at the Core of Learning

Participants at American Art at the Core of Learning, courtesy Terra Foundation
Using art as a teaching resourceWhether you’re in the classroom or on a field trip, artworks are a fantastic way to engage students. But how do you go beyond art as illustration and use it as rich informational text? How do you deepen your skill set when integrating visual art into your curriculum?Read More »
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