Photographs and History
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High schoolers prepare for a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, to preview a photo exhibit (specifically of James Van Der Zee). This lesson could be adapted when viewing any photo exhibit.
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Photographs as History
Imagine being a war photographer embedded in World War I. How do you see your role? How might your photos influence that study of the war? Of history? Class members select a photograph, adopt the perspective of the photographer, and...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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Martin Luther King- Mini Biography
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The Key Holder (Tahilwidar) Tradition in Afghanistan
The fifth in a series of six lessons focusing on Afghan history and art Here's the amazing story of the Tahilwidar, or Key Holder Tradition in Afghanistan. Class groups are assigned roles and then act out the process, developed to keep...
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About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange Going to the Promised Land
To better understand the migrant experience during the Great Depression, pupils analyze two primary resources: photographs by Dorothea Lange and a U.S. Map that shows the Dust Bowl. They compare and contrast Lange's images to Steinbeck's...
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Who Built Great Zimbabwe? And why?
It's hard to image that a mystery surrounds the second largest settlement ruins found in Africa. Who built this stone city? Why was it built? What happened to it? Why was it abandoned? A short video explores the controversies surrounding...
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