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Alexander Hamilton: Lawyer, Writer, and Founding Father

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Scholars analyze the impact Alexander Hamilton had on the creation of the United States. Primary documents and video clips give learners a glimpse into the life of one of America's Founding Fathers, arming them with enough information to...
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Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady, Diplomat, and Activist

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Scholars analyze the impact Eleanor Roosevelt had on not just the nation, but also on the world. Primary sources and video clips help form a picture of the First Lady and her accomplishments. As a final activity, individuals create...
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Jackie Robinson: Athlete and Activist

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Can hitting a home run be an act of courage? Scholars analyze the impact Jackie Robinson had on the Civil Rights movement in America. They use primary sources and video clips to create 21st-Century baseball cards of Robinson's many...
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Amelia Earhart: Aviator, Record-Breaker, and Activist

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Fly through the gender barrier! Scholars investigate the impact Amelia Earhart had on American aviation and society. After watching a brief biographical video, learners take a look at primary documents to gain insight into her intriguing...
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Thomas Edison: Inventor and Entrepreneur

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
How many of Thomas Edison's inventions do your scholars use every day? They might be shocked to find out! Young historians watch a video, analyze a photograph, and read one of Edison's letters to learn more about his life and impact....
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Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883-1950

For Teachers K - 12th
The Brooklyn Bridge is not for sale but it is certainly a valuable work of art, and is certainly an American icon. Class members research the history of the bridge, examine eight works of art depicting the bridge, and then design their...
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Booker T. Washington: Orator, Teacher, and Advisor

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Imagine teaching yourself to read and write—do you think you could do it? Scholars analyze how Booker T. Washington went from a slave learning to read to a leading educator in the United States. Using video clips, speeches, and primary...
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George Washington Carver: Scientist, Inventor, and Teacher

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Using video clips along with primary and secondary documents, scholars analyze the life of George Washington Carver, one of America's best scientists and inventors. Class members then create music, posters, and skits about this amazing...
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Orator, Author, and Activist

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Have you ever felt like your opinion doesn't count? Scholars research and analyze the impact Elizabeth Cady Stanton had on women's rights. Primary and secondary sources as well as video clips give individuals a clear picture of Stanton's...
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Harriet Tubman: Abolition Activist

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Imagine breaking out of prison only to continue to go back in to get others out. Welcome to the life of Harriet Tubman. Scholars research her amazing life and her impact on abolition in the United States. Using primary and secondary...
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Harriet Beecher Stowe: Author and Abolitionist

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Scholars use primary documents, video clips, and legal decisions to uncover Harriet Beecher Stowe's motives for writing Uncle Tom's Cabin. They create a 21st century book jacket for the novel to capture the purpose behind Stowe's story. 
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Thomas Paine: Writer and Revolutionary

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Is the pen really mightier than the sword? Scholars analyze the impact Thomas Paine's book Common Sense had on the American Revolution. Video clips and primary sources investigate the role Paine had on dissent in the colonies. They...
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Benjamin Franklin: Writer, Inventor, and Founding Father

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Imagine being a writer, inventor, businessman, and the founding father of an entire nation! Pupils analyze the life and activities of Benjamin Franklin. Primary documents, videos, and paintings open up the world of Franklin to young...
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Who’s on Top?

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
What's it like to climb Mount Everest? An educational resource encourages an in-depth knowledge of Mount Everest's scientific missions through a variety of activities, including an analysis of maps, a KWL chart, videos, a simulation, and...
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A Silent National Crisis: Violence Against Teachers

For Teachers K - 12th
School violence is becoming an epidemic in America. How can schools protect their teachers—and teach them how to protect their students? Read an important brochure about how violence affects teachers personally, emotionally, financially,...
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Teaching Is Fundamental

For Teachers K - 12th
It's important for teachers to have a strong support system—especially in the first few years of their career. Help teachers' partners, spouses, and friends understand the most compassionate ways to provide emotional support with a...