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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: Famous Failures
Description: The students are shown a video of "Famous Failures" which provides examples of famous people who failed many times prior to becoming successful. The students are encouraged to discuss the different people in the video and are asked to think about the famous person's contributions. Was Walt Disney's impact greater than Henry Ford's? The students then (teacher facilitated) list the ten famous people they would put on a “Top 10 list." This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 12)
Title: Interpreting Documents on the AHSGE
Description: Students will explore the documents that were used in shaping the United States, before, during, and after its creation. While studying these documents, students will use reading skills to interpret and analyze documents. By the end of the unit, students should be able to describe, explain the historical significance of, and explain the impact of documents. Through modeling, the teacher will identify the three types of historical documents (those used in the creation of American documents, American documents created during the founding of the nation, and those created after the birth of America). In addition, students will be guided through reading and interpreting a document, as well as determining its historical significance. Students should also be able to identify a few key documents by examining a small excerpt. By creating a document brochure from library and internet research, students will be able to summarize the main ideas of the documents.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Social Studies (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Constitution or Articles? the Question or the Millennium
Description: In this lesson,students will observe the political climate at the time of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and read the writings of the delegates who refused to sign the proposed Constitution,as well as, those who supported it. Taking on the role of Mason, Gerry, Randolph and others, students will work together to create a modern-day document - a press release, advertisement, bill ,or declaration on PowerPoint that summarizes their objections or support of the proposed constitution. Students will be asked to quickly communicate thier position to the majority of state legislatures and to the citizenry.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (10)
Title: Where Can I Find That Book?
Description: This lesson allows students to use current topics of study (e.g. the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts) to learn about the Library of Congress Classification System (LCC).


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? Powers and Problems     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study General Washington's handling of the problems he faced as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. They then discuss how Washington's responses demonstrate the qualities that make him an effective general.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The American War for Independence     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn about the diplomatic and military aspects of the American War for Independence. Through an examination of original documents and an interactive map, students study the strategies employed by both sides and consider how those strategies played out in reality. Students explore the most important military engagements and learn about the critical assistance provided by France, as well as the ongoing negotiations between the Americans and Great Britain.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The War in the South, 1778-1781     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine military operations during the second, or southern, phase of the American Revolution, with particular attention on the French alliance and the role of African Americans. Students use documents and maps to learn why the focus of the war shifted to the South and why the War for Independence was won there.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: 'Common Sense'': The Rhetoric of Popular Democracy     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students learn about Thomas Paine and the ideas presented in his pamphlet Common Sense such as national unity, natural rights, the illegitimacy of the monarchy and of hereditary aristocracy, and the necessity for independence and the revolutionary struggle.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? What Are the Qualities of a Good Military Leader?     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study General Washington's early military career and consider what qualities made George Washington an effective military leader. They explore how the responsibilities of the Commander-in-Chief were affected by conditions during the Revolutionary War.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 'An Expression of the American Mind'': Understanding the Declaration of Independence     
Description: This lesson plan, from EDSITEment, looks at the major ideas in the Declaration of Independence, their origins, the Americans key grievances against the King and Parliament, their assertion of sovereignty, and the Declaration's process of revision. Upon completion of the lesson, students will be familiar with the document's origins, and the influences that produced Jefferson's expression of the American mind.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? Leadership in Victory: One Last Measure of the Man     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study General Washington's response to the Newburgh Conspiracy of 1783, an invitation from senior Continental Army officers for Washington to lead a military dictatorship. Students then reflect on what this incident reveals about Washington's leadership qualities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader?      
Description: This unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, introduces activities in which students read the Continental Congress's resolutions granting powers to General Washington; analyze some of Washington's wartime orders, dispatches, and correspondence in terms of the characteristics of a good general; and study four battles by referring to primary source materials. In the final lesson in the unit, students examine Washington's words in response to a proposal that he become the head of a military dictatorship.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Religion,Social Studies
Title: Religion and the Fight for American Independence     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students use primary documents to understand how religion aided and hindered the American war effort; specifically, how Anglican loyalists and Quaker pacifists responded to the outbreak of hostilities and how the American revolutionaries enlisted religion in support of the fight for independence.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? Leadership in Victory and Defeat     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students evaluate the military leadership of General Washington by studying four significant battles of the Revolutionary War. They then discuss how Washington responded to the difficulties he faced as the leader of the Continental Army.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Voices of the American Revolution      
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students are taught how to make informed analyses of primary documents illustrating the diversity of religious, political, social, and economic motives behind competing perspectives on questions of independence and rebellion. Making use of a variety of primary texts, the activities below help students to hear some of the colonial voices that, in the course of time and under the pressure of novel ideas and events, contributed to the American Revolution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The War in the North, 1775-1778     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students trace events in the North during the American War for Independence from the years 1775 to 1778. By looking at documents of the time and using an interactive map, students learn how an army was created and explore the challenges that George Washington and his men faced during this critical early stage of the war.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: December Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering December holidays and special events. The calendar covers topics such as the arrest of Rosa Parks, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Boston Tea Party, and includes links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to these and other topics.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Boycotting Baubles of Britain     
Description: Students analyze and interpret key historical artifacts as well as visual and textual sources that shed light on how commodities such as tea became important symbols of personal and political identity during the years leading up to the formal Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Religion,Social Studies
Title: American Centuries: View from New England     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from Memorial Hall Museum and Library, tells the story of New England and features a large digital library of primary resources, curricula, interactive student activities, topical mini-exhibits, chronologies, a mini-encyclopedia and a search engine. The site's curriculum topics include exploration of relationships between the French, the English and the Native Americans that led up to the French and Indian Wars and the study of American History through everyday life in a single Massachusetts community. A special exhibit showcases the use of historical evidence to recreate life in a New England village at the turn of three centuries to illuminate broader themes of Massachusetts, United States and world history during the colonial, federal and progressive periods.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: George Washington: The Living Symbol     
Description: The goals of this lesson, from EDSITEment, are to examine the life and legend of George Washington as reflected in his writings and in popular commemorations of his accomplishments, to investigate his contribution to the legend that has grown up around him, to explore some of the meanings that have been attached to Washington through the course of American history, and to present a statement of findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Choosing Sides: The Native Americans' Role in the American Revolution     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students analyze maps, treaties, congressional records, first-hand accounts, and correspondence to determine the different roles assumed by Native Americans in the American Revolution and understand why the various groups formed the alliances they did.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Taking Up Arms and the Challenge of Slavery in the Revolutionary Era     
Description: Was the American Revolution inevitable? In this lesson from EDSITEment, students learn about the transition to armed resistance and the contradiction in the Americans rhetoric about slavery through the examination of a series of documents.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Electoral College     
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to the Electoral College, and presents information about the Hayes-Tilden crisis. Learn more about how American presidents are elected by visiting the EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Ending the War, 1783     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students consider the various peace attempts made by both sides during the Revolutionary War. By reading a series of documents and comparing them with what was happening militarily at the time, students explore the 1783 Treaty of Paris and gain an understanding of how peace came when it did and why it took the form that it did.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Koosh!! You're Out!
Digital Tool: SMART Exchange Koosh Ball Template
Digital Tool Description: This interactive game download allows SMART Board users to customize the template to review various curricular concepts, terms, dates, and events.


ALEX Podcasts


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America's Top Ten-Episode 1- The American Revolution
Overview:
This is episode one of a ten part series of ten top eras in American History. The episode details the events leading up to and throughout the American Revolution. The viewers will have a basic understanding of the key players and causes of the war as well as the outcome of key battles leading to the formation of the United States of America.


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America's Top Ten
Overview:
Throughout this podcast series, viewers will learn about ten influential eras of American History. The journey begins with the American Revolution and wraps up with President Barack Obama. As the series progresses viewers will relive pivotal events that shaped the United States. They will see the struggles and triumphs of our great country and learn about American Pride.


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Overcoming Tyranny
Overview:
A brief summary of the cuases of the American Revolution.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: First Person Account: Lydia Post     
Description: Lydia Minturn Post, a Long Island patriot, expresses her fear that the American Revolution will fail. Ms. Post discusses the disparities between the British and Colonial forces and the true meaning behind the colonists will to fight. This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the General George Washington, Military leader lesson plan. It was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War , by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Podcast: Walter Isaacson explores Benjamin Franklin's legacy     
Description: In this podcast from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, author Walter Isaacson discusses Benjamin Franklin's contribution to the interplay of technology and democracy in American society.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Revolutionary War Animated
http://www.revolutio...
A visual history of the Revolutionary War that depicts animated troop movements along with summaries of key events in the war.

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Revolutionary War Animated
http://www.revolutio...
A visual history of the Revolutionary War that depicts animated troop movements along with summaries of key events in the war.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: United States, 2 Dollars, 1776     
Description: By the time they broke with England, the thirteen American colonies had been issuing paper currency for nearly a century. Both they and the loose central government they set up under the Articles of Confederation to oversee matters of common concern would continue to do so throughout the War of Independence. The "national" paper went by the name of "Continental Currency." As its name suggests, it was issued by the Continental Congress.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Silver Teapot made for Abigail Robinson of Newport, RI     
Description: Teapots were among the fashionable items that fit many colonists' taste for stylish possessions in 18th-century British North America. Among the prosperous classes, growing numbers adopted the genteel practice of drinking afternoon tea in imitation of the English gentry. Some Americans imported ceramic tea services, while others patronized local silversmiths. Silver was intrinsically expensive, and it allowed engraved decoration and personalized initials, as on this teapot...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Slave Shackles     
Description: In the 15th century, decades before they sailed into the Caribbean, Spanish merchants, captains, and adventurers had already conquered and enslaved the people of the Canary Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. On the western coast of continental Africa, the Portuguese had been cultivating a slavery-based economic policy. This legacy of conquest and slavery shaped the colonization of Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean. Some of the first American encounters between Europeans, Indians, and Africans took place in Puerto Rico, and its early history of genocidal violence and physical exploitation was repeated throughout the Americas.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Newberry Library, provides historically significant map documents for K-12 teachers and their students. Illustrating the geographical dimensions of American history, the maps are accompanied by lesson plans written for four grade levels and designed to support a variety of social studies, history and geography curricula.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: George Washington's Epaulettes     
Description: These epaulettes were worn by George Washington and can be seen in life portraits painted by celebrated American artist Charles Willson Peale between 1779 and 1780. The British Army, which served as the model for the Continental army, adopted epaulettes as officers' rank insignia in 1768. Continental army regulations for the use of epaulettes were first published in the General Orders dated June 18, 1780. According to these orders, major generals were to wear an epaulette on each shoulder with two stars on each epaulette. A brigadier general wore an epaulette on each shoulder with one star on each epaulette. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Brown Bess Musket     
Description: The British Long Land pattern musket was the standard arm of the British infantry soldier during the American Revolution. The musket was known as a "Brown Bess,'' and there is much conjecture as to how it came by the nickname. The walnut stock may be an explanation for the brown. Another explanation is the browning of the barrel, a process used to prevent corrosion which also gave it a rich brown color. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: French Charleville Model 1763 Flintlock Musket     
Description: During the American War of Independence the French government supplied large quantities of muskets to the Continental army. Several arsenals in France produced muskets but the Charleville Model 1763 was the most common and soon all French muskets were referred to as "Charlevilles." In March 1777, some 25,000 Charleville muskets were received from France. George Washington implemented a resolution by the Continental Congress to stamp firearms as United States property to reduce theft.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Drafting the Declaration: The Jefferson Desk and the Declaration of Independence     
Description: This teacher resource from "The Object of History'' , a cooperative project between the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and George Mason University's Center for History and New Media, challenges students to think about the Jefferson desk and the Declaration of Independence as objects that are valuable sources of historical information. It includes a preliminary activity intended to introduce students to doing history with objects and lesson plans focusing on the Jefferson Desk and the Declaration of Independence. Also included are annotated links to other online resources that are related to the Revolution, Thomas Jefferson, and the Declaration of Independence.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Library     
Description: Dedicated to educating the public about Franklin's enduring legacy and inspiring renewed appreciation of the values he embodied.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Guidon of the Second Regiment Light Dragoons     
Description: This artifact is one of three known surviving components of a suite of colors carried by the Second Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons during the Revolutionary War.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Towne of Boston'' Flintlock Musket     
Description: This gun was assembled in the Massachusetts colony before the French and Indian War to arm the militia of the city of Boston. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Powder Horn     
Description: This powder horn is inscribed "Robart Holmes, Ft. Edward 1758," and was used during the French and Indian War.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Jefferson Desk and the Declaration of Independence     
Description: This object-based learning activity revolves around the desk on which Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. In this section of "The Object of History'' , a cooperative project between the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and George Mason University's Center for History and New Media, students will learn how the Jefferson desk can help them understand the meaning of the Declaration, both at the time that it was written as well as to future generations. After exploring the desk and its importance as a source of historical information, students will visit the forum section of the site to hear NMAH curators and historians discuss the object and then use what they have learned to complete the Virtual Exhibit Activity.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Declaration of Independence Desk     
Description: strong class="cent_widget3" The Declaration of Independence Desk strong In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable desk of his own design. It features a hinged writing board and a locking drawer for papers, pens, and inkwell.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Coming of the American Revolution     
Description: By investigating the lives and events recorded in newspapers, official documents and personal correspondence from this collection, students will immerse themselves in the past and discover the fears, friction and turmoil that shaped these tumultuous times.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: December Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering December holidays and special events. The calendar covers topics such as the arrest of Rosa Parks, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Boston Tea Party, and includes links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to these and other topics.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Tower Musket     
Description: Private Rowel Colby saw service at the battle of Bennington, and took this Tower flint-lock musket from a dead British soldier during the battle on August 16, 1777. Colby of Salisbury, New Hampshire was on the muster rolls of Captain Ebenezer Webster's company in Colonel Thomas Stickney's regiment in General Stark's brigade raised out of the regiment of the New Hampshire Militia, July 1777. This unit later joined the northern Continental army at Bennington.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Rappahannock Forge Musket     
Description: Congress was finding it difficult to arm its soldiers after Lexington and Concord. By 1778, there were six Continental arsenals located in the colonies. Virginia founded a state gun factory in 1775 but most states resorted to employing private gunmakers who gathered mixed and scavenged parts to fashion muskets. Virginia's Rappahanock Forge was one of the private gunmakers supplying the colonies. It is estimated that during the War of Independence about 80,000 muskets were American mixed-pattern muskets.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Regimental Uniform Coat of Colonel Peter Gansevoort, Jr.     
Description: Continental army uniform coat worn by Colonel Peter Gansevoort Jr. of the 3rd Regiment of the New York Continental Line. He wore this coat during his command of Fort Stanwix, New York, in 1777.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Religion,Social Studies
Title: American Centuries: View from New England     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from Memorial Hall Museum and Library, tells the story of New England and features a large digital library of primary resources, curricula, interactive student activities, topical mini-exhibits, chronologies, a mini-encyclopedia and a search engine. The site's curriculum topics include exploration of relationships between the French, the English and the Native Americans that led up to the French and Indian Wars and the study of American History through everyday life in a single Massachusetts community. A special exhibit showcases the use of historical evidence to recreate life in a New England village at the turn of three centuries to illuminate broader themes of Massachusetts, United States and world history during the colonial, federal and progressive periods.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: English Sword     
Description: English sword used during the French and Indian War. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: The Internet Public Library      
Description: The Internet Public Library, and EDSITEment-reviewed Blue Ribbon resource, offers a collection of online resources in a variety of subject areas. IPL provides dictionaries, atlases, other basic reference resources, online exhibits, texts of classic literature, links to newspapers and serials, and other resources for both adults and children. IPL also offers two ask-a-librarian services, where users can submit questions via e-mail on virtually any topic.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Braddock Pistol     
Description: General Edward Braddock gave this pistol to George Washington. In 1777 Washington mislaid the gun. A letter was sent to Captain Charles Morley on July 2, 1777. It read: "Sir, His Excellency Gen. Washington desires you to look among his effects for a pistol which was mislaid or possibly lost. You will know it by being a large brass barrel and the lock of which is also of brass with the name of Gabbitas, the Spanish armorer, thereon. It has also a heavy brass butt. His Excellency is much exercised over the loss of this pistol, it being given him by Gen. Braddock, and having since been with him through several campaigns, and he therefore values it very highly."
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
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Subject: Social Studies
Title: George Washington's Battle Sword and Scabbard     
Description: George Washington wore this simple hanger as his battle sword while serving as commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Made in Fishkill, New York, by John Bailey, an immigrant cutler from Sheffield, England, the sword has a slightly curved, grooved steel blade, silver-mounted cross guard and pommel, and a green ivory grip. National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Hessian Musket     
Description: King George III used German soldiers to bolster his ranks. Many of these mercenaries came from Hesse-Cassel and were called "Hessians.'' Their arms were stout German muskets that bore a similarity to the British Brown Bess, though their barrel bands resembled the French Charleville. National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Title: Field Gun Captured at Saratoga     
Description: Fought in 1777 in northern New York state, the Battle of Saratoga was a major battle of the Revolutionary War. Benedict Arnold, who had not yet turned traitor, was a leader of the American offensive, which forced the surrender of British troops under General John Burgoyne. When news of the American victory reached Europe, France entered the war on the side of the patriots. National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Collection Object Search     
Description: The National Museum of American History's online transportation collection includes more than a thousand artifacts and photographs. Browse the collection by selecting multiple categories, eras, and regions.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Homepage     
Description: Americans have gone to war to win their independence, expand their national boundaries, define their freedoms, and defend their interests around the globe. This exhibition, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, examines how wars have shaped the nations history and transformed American society. Students will learn about American military history through the use of an interactive timeline, brief movies, and objects from the museum's vast collections. Also included are a collection search, an interactive game and learning resources.
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Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Title: Banished: Louisa Susannah Wells, Loyalist Woman     
Description: Louisa Susannah Wells was a female colonist who was loyal to King George III, who was banished from America and returned to England after the War of Independence. Listen to a dramatic reading of her narrative, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series called Life at Sea: 1680 to 1806, which includes five perspectives on maritime life in the colonial period and early America.This resource includes a title="Wells Teacher Guide" http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater/oral_histories/life_at_sea/pdf/guide_wells.pdf%20" target="_blank" teacher guide , student worksheet, downloadable audio, images of supporting primary sources, and discussion questions.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Preparing for the Oath: Establishing Independence     
Description: Learn more about America's transition from colony to country through short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The eight questions included in this segment cover topics such as the Declaration of Independence, the War of Independence, and George Washington.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
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Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Title: Preparing for the Oath: A Growing Nation     
Description: Explore the history of the peopling of America through short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The eight questions included in this segment cover topics such as American Indians, British colonists, slavery, westward expansion, and immigration.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
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Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Eastern Indian Wars     
Description: Coveting what remained of the Indian lands in the Southeast and lower South, the United States forced tribes to cede their "rights of occupancy" and give up their ancestral homelands. Students will learn about the Creek Indian War and the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and the policies that led to the Trail of Tears, one of the most tragic episodes in American history in this section of the online exhibition, Price of Freedom: Americans at War . A non-flash version of this page is available: http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/printable/section.asp?id=3" Eastern Indian Wars .
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Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Price of Freedom: Americans at War     
Description: ' The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Timeline offers access to a unique blend of original objects, first person interpretations, video presentations, and interactive experiences organized by War. It gives visitors a comprehensive and memorable overview of America military experience and the central role it has played in our national life.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: From '' Picturing America'' : Emmanuel Leutze s Symbolic Scene of Washington Crossing the Delaware     
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment monthly feature, allows students to explore Emmanuel Leutze s '' Washington Crossing the Delaware'' . The feature presents information on the various individual elements of Leutze s painting as well as information on the real history of this event.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Religion,Social Studies
Title: American Centuries: View from New England     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from Memorial Hall Museum and Library, tells the story of New England and features a large digital library of primary resources, curricula, interactive student activities, topical mini-exhibits, chronologies, a mini-encyclopedia and a search engine. The site's curriculum topics include exploration of relationships between the French, the English and the Native Americans that led up to the French and Indian Wars and the study of American History through everyday life in a single Massachusetts community. A special exhibit showcases the use of historical evidence to recreate life in a New England village at the turn of three centuries to illuminate broader themes of Massachusetts, United States and world history during the colonial, federal and progressive periods.
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Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: ' Midnight Ride of Paul Revere'' -Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License     
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson plan, allows students to explore Grant Wood s painting, '' The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere'' . In the lesson plan, students learn about the true story of Paul Revere and his journey, using interdisciplinary resources such as primary source readings and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow s interpretations of this historical event.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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