Student Activities

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Grade Range
9-12
“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

This Launchpad, adapted from http://www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s 1961 short story “Harrison Bergeron.” After reading the story, you can click on the videos to hear editors Amy A. Kass, Leon R. Kass, and Diana Schaub converse with guest host James W. Ceaser (University of Virginia) about the story. 

Grade Range
9-12
Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus: A Close Reading of the Absurd

Albert Camus (1913–1960) was a French Algerian writer perhaps best known for novels such as The Stranger, The Plague, and The Fall. As a thinker he was linked to the intellectual movements called existentialism and absurdism, although Camus himself detested both of these labels (and labels in general).

Grade Range
6-8
Mission US: For Crown or Colony? The Game

Mission US (Mission 1: Crown or Colony?) is an interactive adventure game designed to improve the understanding of American history by students in grades 5 through 8. The first game in a planned series, Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” explores the reasons for Revolution through the eyes of both Loyalists and Patriots in 1770 Boston.  This website provides information and materials to support the use of Mission 1 in your classroom, including assessment rubrics.

Grade Range
6-8
Having Fun: The Economics of Leisure

By 1900, there were more than 29 million people in the American workforce including men, women, and children. Americans worked an average of 59 hours per week and usually received Saturday afternoons and Sundays off. Many companies provided unpaid leave to their employees. How do you think Americans might have spent their leisure time a century ago? 

Grade Range
9-12
Introducing Jane Eyre

What was life like for women during the Victorian age? You will explore several websites that describe life in the Victorian era, a term used to describe the culture and society during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. Keep in mind that like all broad claims about a society, the following are examples of life during this time, and only begin to reveal the complexity of Victorian-era livelihood.

Grade Range
6-8
Paul Revere

Midnight Ride of Paul Revere—Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License.

Grade Range
6-8
On the Eve of War: Civil War Commanders

An interactive that introduces the principal generals on both sides of the American Civil War, listing biographical and military history information.