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300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae: Herodotus's Real History
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Students learn about the historical background to the battle and are asked to ponder some of its legacy, including how history is reported and interpreted from different perspectives.

Subject:
English Language Arts
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
The National Endowment for the Humanities: EdSitement
Date Added:
02/26/2019
African-American Communities in the North Before the Civil War
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One of the heroes of the Battle of Bunker Hill was Salem Poor, an African American. Black people fought on both sides during the American Revolution. Census data also reveal that there were slaves and free Blacks living in the North in 1790 and after. What do we know about African-American communities in the North in the years after the American Revolution?

Subject:
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
The National Endowment for the Humanities: EdSitement
Date Added:
09/06/2019
After the American Revolution: Free African Americans in the North
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About one-third of Patriot soldiers at the Battle of Bunker Hill were African Americans. Census data also reveal that there were slaves and free Blacks living in the North in 1790 and later years. What were the experiences of African-American individuals in the North in the years between the American Revolution and the Civil War?

Subject:
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
The National Endowment for the Humanities: EdSitement
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Congressional Committees and the Legislative Process
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This lesson plan introduces students to the pivotal role that Congressional committees play in the legislative process, focusing on how their own Congressional representatives influence legislation through their committee appointments.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Civics and Economics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
The National Endowment for the Humanities: EdSitement
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: The Missiles of October
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Most historians agree that the world has never come closer to nuclear war than it did during a thirteen-day period in October 1962, after the revelation that the Soviet Union had stationed several medium-range ballistic missiles in Cuba. This lesson will examine how this crisis developed, how the Kennedy administration chose to respond, and how the situation was ultimately resolved.

Subject:
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
The National Endowment for the Humanities: EdSitement
Date Added:
09/06/2019
The Cuneiform Writing System in Ancient Mesopotamia
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This lesson plan, intended for use in the teaching of world history in the middle grades, is designed to help students appreciate the parallel development and increasing complexity of writing and civilization in the Tigris and Euphrates valleys in ancient Mesopotamia.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Edsitement
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Davy Crockett, Tall Tales, and History
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Students will learn the characteristics of tall tales, reflect on a historical moment, and discover why David Crockett and others like him became important figures in American frontier history.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
EDSITEment
Date Added:
02/26/2019
De Colores
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This lesson plan for Spanish students introduces colors along with the children's song ''De Colores." The lesson plan includes worksheets appropriate for young learners, although the final assessment worksheet does include new vocabulary that may have to be taught up-front.

Subject:
Spanish
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
EDSITEment
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Death in Poetry: A.E. Houseman's "To an Athlete Dying Young" and Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night"
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Students will study poems about death, including A.E. Houseman's "To an Athlete Dying Young" and Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night." Students will be able to read, analyze and interpret the poems from both the thematic level of death and the detailed level of poetic form. This lesson also includes a guided analysis of a Shakespearean sonnet.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Edsitement
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Declare the Causes:  The Declaration of Independence
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Students read and discuss the Founding Fathers of our country indulgence in gripe sessions. In fact, a list of grievances comprises the longest section of the Declaration of Independence; however, the source of the document's power is its firm philosophic foundation. You can capitalize on the inclination of your students to complain to increase student awareness of the precedents behind the Declaration of Independence. Students will summarize the contributions of the "Founding Fathers" to the development of our county as well as explain how key historical figures exemplified values of American democracy.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Edsitement
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Depression-Era Photographs: Worth a Thousand Words
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Throughout the Great Depression, the federal government employed photographers to document the need for New Deal programs and the extent of these programs' successes. Today, through the Internet, students can view this record of an era and see for themselves how Americans faced the challenge of those testing times.

Subject:
English Language Arts
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
The National Endowment for the Humanities: EdSitement
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Edward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense: A Little Nonsense
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This short lesson introduces students to the limericks of Edward Lear. By reading and analyzing his poetry, their knowledge of figurative language and other poetic devices is reinforced. The concluding activity asks them to write their own poem.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
EDSITEment!
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Emancipation Proclamation: Freedom's First Steps
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Why was the Emancipation Proclamation important? While the Civil War began as a war to restore the Union, not to end slavery, by 1862 President Abraham Lincoln came to believe that he could save the Union only by broadening the goals of the war. Students can explore the obstacles and alternatives America faced in making the journey toward "a more perfect Union."

Subject:
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
The National Endowment for the Humanities: EdSitement
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Empire and Identity in the American Colonies
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In this lesson students will examine the various visions of three active agents in the creation and management of Great Britain's empire in North America: British colonial leaders and administrators, North American British colonists, and Native Americans.

Subject:
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
The National Endowment for the Humanities: EdSitement
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Esperanza Rising: Learning Not to Be Afraid to Start Over
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In this lesson, students will look behind the story at the historical, social, and cultural circumstances that shape the narrative throughout Esperanza Rising. The lesson also invites students to contemplate some of the changes Esperanza undergoes as she grows into a responsible young woman and the contradictions that she experiences.

Subject:
Reading Literature
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Edsitement
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Fables and Trickster Tales Around the World
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Students become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions and see how stories change when orally transferred between generations and cultures. They learn how both fables and trickster tales use various animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses in order to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
EDSITEment!
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Faulkner's As I Lay Dying: Form of a Funeral
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William Faulkner's self-proclaimed masterpiece, As I Lay Dying, originally published in 1930, is a fascinating exploration of the many voices found in a Southern family and community. The following curriculum unit examines the novel's use of multiple voices in its narrative.

Subject:
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Edsitement
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Galileo and the Inevitability of Ideas
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Galileo has long stood as an emblem of intellectual freedom and the triumph of truth over superstition. Yet his achievements can also help students recognize the contingency of even the most inevitable-seeming historical developments and how the consequences of historic turning-points extend into our lives today.

Subject:
English Language Arts
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
The National Endowment for the Humanities: EdSitement
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Great War: Evaluating the Treaty of Versailles
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Was the Treaty of Versailles, which formally concluded World War I, a legitimate attempt by the victorious powers to prevent further conflict, or did it place an unfair burden on Germany? This lesson helps students respond to the question in an informed manner. Activities involve primary sources, maps, and other supporting documents related to the peace process and its reception by the German public and German politicians.

Subject:
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
EDSITEment
Date Added:
09/06/2019
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and Escalation of the Vietnam War
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In August 1964, a small military engagement off the coast of North Vietnam helped escalate the involvement of the United States in Vietnam; the Vietnam War would become the longest military engagement in American history prior to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Subject:
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
EDSITEment
Date Added:
09/06/2019