For Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Thoreau's Circle: Who's Who in Transcendentalism

    Created February 3, 2012
  • A Wrinkle in Time: The Board Game

    Created October 26, 2011
    Wrinkle in Time image

    This lesson invites students to reconfigure Meg’s journey into a board game where, as in the novel itself, Meg’s progress is either thwarted or advanced by aspects of her emotional responses to situations, her changing sense of self, and her physical and intellectual experiences.

  • The Creation of the Bill of Rights: "Retouching the Canvas"

    Created October 19, 2011
  • The Creation of the Bill of Rights: “Retouching the Canvas”

    Created October 17, 2011
    The Creation of the Bill of Rights: James Madison Statue

    This lesson will focus on the arguments either for or against the addition of a Bill of Rights between 1787 and 1789. By examining the views of prominent Americans in original documents, students will see that the issue at the heart of the debate was whether a Bill of Rights was necessary to secure and fulfill the objects of the American Revolution and the principles of the Declaration of Independence. Students will also gain an understanding of the origins of the Bill of Rights and how it came to be part of what Thomas Jefferson called "the American mind," as well as a greater awareness of the difficulties that proponents had to overcome in order to add the first ten Amendments to the Constitution.

    Galileo Galilei demonstrates his first telescope to the Venetian Senate in Padua

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    Richard Wright, American author, born

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    historic st. augustine det. drawing

    Historic St. Augustine

    Part of the University of Florida Digital collections, the NEH-funded Historic St. Augustine Collection contains primary sources including historic interpretation notes, architectural sketches, drawings, archaeological field reports, maps and photographs related to properties in the historic district.

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    Journey Through Hallowed Ground

    A four-state partnership dedicated to raising awareness of the historical heritage and cultural landscape from Gettysburg, PA., through Maryland and Harpers Ferry, W.VA., to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA.  Experiential learning activities include original student videos from the “Of The Student, By The Student, For The Student Service Learning Program.

  • Launchpad: Frederick Douglass's “What To the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

    Created June 30, 2011

    Launchpad: Reading Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago”

    Carl Sandburg’s 1916 “Chicago” is one of the best known works of 20th century American literature. Using Internet resources, you will learn about the city that Sandburg documented in his poetry.