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In this lesson students will look behind the story at the historical, social, and cultural circumstances that help account for the great contrasts and contradictions... [Read More]
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This lesson invites a comparative close reading of Edward Hopper's painting, "House by the Railroad," and Edward Hirsch's ekphrastic poem "Edward Hopper and the House... [Read More]
Colonial New England Background | Mapping Colonial New England | Crisis in the Colonies: King Philip's War, Bacon's Rebellion, and the Pueblo Revolt... [Read More]
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Sarah Orne Jewett (1849–1909) was an American writer who hailed from South Berwick, Maine. Born into a well-established New England family, she enjoyed a comfortable... [Read More]
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After Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe, William Sydney Porter may be the most widely-read author in the world. [Read More]
After completing the lessons in this unit, students will be able to summarize the contents of the First Amendment and give examples of speech that... [Read More]
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Students examine the Autobiography of Frederick Douglass to discover how his skilled use of language painted a realistic portrait of slavery and removed some common... [Read More]
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The activities in this lesson invite students to focus on the characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream, to describe and analyze their conflicts, and then... [Read More]
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Similes are used often in literature, appearing in every genre from poetry to prose and from epics to essays. Utilized by writers to bring their... [Read More]
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Reading Robert Browning's poem "My Last Duchess," students will explore the use of dramatic monologue as a poetic form, where the speaker often reveals far... [Read More]
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In this lesson students will learn how to describe Benton's artistic techniques; identify the roots of country music as well as some of the early performers;... [Read More]
Perhaps the best-known pilgrim in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is Alisoun, the Wife of Bath. The Wife's fame derives from Chaucer's deft characterization of her as... [Read More]
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In this "Picturing America" lesson, students explore the historical origins and organization of the Spanish missions in the New World and discover the varied purposes... [Read More]
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Still Life, portrait, and landscape are all categories, or genres, of painting which your students have probably seen examples of on their trips to the museum... [Read More]
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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... [Read More]
Archival resources for exploring many aspects of American history and culture. [Read More]
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After completing this lesson in the unit, students will be able to discuss some of the changes the White House has undergone in more than... [Read More]
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John Steinbeck recognized that one of the most criticized elements of The Grapes of Wrath was his alternating use of inner chapters or "generals" that interrupt... [Read More]
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Explore the philosophical contributions that Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson made to the movement for American independence. The lesson introduces students to some of the... [Read More]
Explore the controversy sparked by the discovery of a prehistoric skeleton in Washington State. [Read More]
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