Features

Features are highlighted collections of resources that can be used to support related lesson plans or as standalone activities in the classroom. Browse our library of features by grade level or subject area below.

Art & Culture
Jazz Appreciation Month 2017: Ella Fitzgerald and Women in Jazz

Jazz Appreciation Month 2017: Ella Fitzgerald and Women in Jazz

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) was created by the National Museum of American History back in 2002 to celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. Each year the museum picks a major musician to commemorate. This year honors Ella Fitzgerald, who would have turned 100 this month, and JAM programs will shine a spotlight on women in jazz.

Art & Culture
Rites of Spring in the Nation’s Capital

Rites of Spring in the Nation’s Capital

Planning to visit the U.S. Capital in person this spring? If so, the official National Park Service app for the National Mall and memorial parks can be used to explore 70 of the most cherished cultural and historical sites in the United States.

Literature & Language Arts
Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community

Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community

Description: “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” is a series developed by the Academy of American Poets in collaboration with EDSITEment that enlists the voices of nine contemporary American poets, each delivering a poem that has been selected in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman’s initiative, “The Common Good.” The discourse is guided by nine companion lesson plans with activities designed for secondary-level students.

History & Social Studies
A Defense of the Electoral College

A Defense of the Electoral College

Americans elect a president through the state-by-state mechanism of the Electoral College rather than direct nationwide popular vote. Today, all but two states award all of their electoral votes to the statewide winner.

Art & Culture
National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage month. What better way to celebrate it than to sample the culture and explore the history of some groups within the 4.3 million people who identify themselves as Native American in the United States?

History & Social Studies
Teaching the U. S. Constitution with EDSITEment’s Top Resources

Teaching the U. S. Constitution with EDSITEment’s Top Resources

Here are some of the most popular resources on this list that you can use for Constitution Day September 17 and during the fall semester for history, civics, and social studies classes.