Italian Americans

The Italian Americans

The Italian Americans is a PBS documentary that reveals the distinctive qualities of one immigrant group’s experience and how they have shaped and challenged America. Educational resources trace their evolution from their arrival as migrant laborers with a role in the nation’s modernization, to the struggle against discrimination and lingering stereotypes, to a central role in the making of postwar America.

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Back to School: History, Social Studies, and Philosophy for the Common Core

Social Studies/History for Back to School includes Philosophy resources and helps secondary-level teachers respond to the CCSS requirements. Each resource aligns to an ELA Anchor Standard for College and Career Readiness as well as three Literacy in History/Social Studies standards at a given grade level.

Cerámica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica bird plate

Cerámica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica

Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe exhibition places Mayólica, a method of glazing earthenware pottery in historic and cultural context. A full array of educational resources is provided.

Cerámica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica plate with bird

Cerámica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica

Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe exhibition moves to understand Mayólica, a method of glazing earthenware pottery, in historic and cultural context by illustrating its place in trade and economics as well as daily life. A full array of educational resources is provided.

Main altar reredos, Mission San Miguel (detail)

The 14th Colony: A California Missions Resource for Teachers

NEH Summer Landmark for School teachers, The Fourteenth Colony, collection of K-12 instructional resources include multimedia spanning Native Californians, Missions, Presidios and Pueblos of the Spanish, and Mexican and early American traditions and eras. Primary sources, maps, and images document the cultural and historical geography of the California missions.

Montaigne “On Cruelty”: A Close Reading of a Classic Essay

About the Author

Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), one of the most consequential writers of all time, was born into the French aristocracy and educated in the Latin and Greek classics at home by his father. Later, he studied law, became a distinguished public servant, and even advised several French kings. After the death of his father in 1571, Montaigne retired from public service to devote himself to reading and writing.

Nonfiction Favorites for Children from The National Endowment for the Humanities

Background on the List

Girl lying on bed reading bookThe demand for superior nonfiction texts has never been stronger than it is today in K-12 education. Add to that the challenge of fostering a life-long love of reading through books that children will want to return to—even when school is out.

Bronze relief of Magna Carta signing on SCOTUS doors

Icon of Liberty

This site was created by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education, a Civics Renewal Network Partner, through a grant from the Magna Carta Trust as a legacy project to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

Railroads and the Making of Modern America

This NEH-funded archive based at University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Digital Research in the Humanities traces the growth of railroads, telegraphs, and steam ships from 1850 to 1900 and the dynamic social change they brought to America. The website includes primary sources and teaching materials.

Lena Brodsky from Mission US 4

Mission US 4: City of Immigrants

“City of Immigrants” is the fourth entry in the Mission US multimedia project series that immerses players in U.S. History through free interactive educational games. Mission 4 engages students in the dynamic, dangerous world of New York City in the early 20th century as they assume the role of Lena Brodsky, a 14-year-old Jewish Russian immigrant.