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Portraits of the Presidents
Set of lesson plans designed to introduce students to the presidents and the role of the presidency in American history through portraiture. Each activity includes objectives, procedures, related standards in historical thinking, the level of difficulty (elementary, middle, and upper), worksheets, and other supplemental materials.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): All grades
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Workers at the White House
Documentary of White House workers including butlers, maids, doormen, chefs, plumbers, and others. Watch and listen to the workers’ experiences as they give the historical home and landmark a more personal narrative. Targets grades 6-12. Video available for purchase.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Brown v. Board of Education Electronic Field Trips
Videos of electronic field trips to the museum providing viewers with a 20-minute tour by curators of the exhibit Separate is Not Equal: Brown v Board of Education, followed by a 30-minute videotaped question session about court decision and its legacy. One video targets middle schoolers; the other high schoolers.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Dear Mr. President
Lesson has students analyze a letter written in 1860 by eleven-year-old girl Grace Bedell to President Abraham Lincoln, then write their own letters to the president of the United States. Part of the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.” Targets grades 3-4.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Paredon Records: Activist Songs and Speeches from 1970-1985
Webpage documents Barbara Dane and Irwin Silber’s mission to promote social and political activism through Paredon Records. Listen to music and spoken-word recordings as you learn about the role of music in political activism in the latter half of the twentieth century.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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A Landmark in American Justice
Lesson plan has students examine both the integrationist and segregationist arguments from Brown v. Board of Education. Students explore the arguments by role playing as a reporter covering the landmark case, then focusing on the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision by analyzing a photograph from that time.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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A Letter From George Washington
Online exhibit examining a letter from George Washington to Dr. David Stuart of the Virginia legislature. This letter describes many of Washington’s views on current events and the direction of the Nation. Includes a transcript of the letter and contextual information for highlighted sections of the letter.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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An Organized Legal Campaign
Online exhibit shows how leaders of the Howard University law school and the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP prepared to fight segregation in the nation’s public schools. An Organized Legal Campaign is the third section of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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An Organized Legal Campaign-Lesson
Lesson plan has students create posters to convey the importance of specific figures in the legal battle to end segregation including the role of Howard University as an African American cultural center, the emergence of black lawyers as civil rights leaders, and the importance of the NAACP and the roles of Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall. This lesson is part of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art to Zoo: 200 Years and Counting: How the U.S. Census Tracks Social Trends (1990)
Lesson plan in which students learn how census data is collected and how it is used. Students fill out census forms and interpret information from graphs, tables, and other information displays.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): General audience
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