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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.


Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: John Marshall: True to His Party?
Description: Students will take part in an inquiry-based lesson in which they will analyze the rulings by John Marshall as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  After evaluation, they will justify through blogging whether John Marshall held up the characteristics of the Federalist Parties intended as a "midnight judge".


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Archives and Records Administration      Add Bookmark
Description: NARA makes available to the public the historically valuable records of the three branches of federal government: executive (including the President), legislative, and judicial. National Archives holdings include textual; audiovisual; cartographic and architectural; and electronic records.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Digital History      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is a comprehensive set of web based resources and activities suitable for students at every grade level. Produced through a collaborative partnership including the National Park Service, the University of Houston, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Chicago Historical Society, t he site features a digital textbook with hypertext links, virtual exhibits featuring letters, artwork and artifacts, an interactive timeline, a collection of e-lectures, inquiry based learning units, and an extensive collection of online resources like maps, charts, and primary sources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: About the Supreme Court      Add Bookmark
Description: The United States Government's official Supreme Court Website is a fantastic resource for both students and teachers. Links to the Constitution can be found on this site, as well as a history of the court, traditions past and present a list of past justices, and profiles of current justices.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: This Constitution: A Bicentennial Chronicle      Add Bookmark
Description: Devoted to research and scholarly exchanges on the Constitution. Through the sites activities and those of others, students will come to a greater awareness and comprehension of the American Constitution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: John Marshall, Marbury v Madison and Judicial Review How the Court Became Supreme      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson is designed to help students understand John Marshall's strategy in issuing his decision on Marbury v. Madison, the significance of the concept of judicial review, and the language of this watershed case.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies
Title: James Madison: The Second National Bank -- Powers Not Specified in the Constitution      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore what events during James Madison's presidency raised constitutional questions. They reflect on Madison's stand on the constitutional issues involved.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Stand Up For Your Rights - U.S. History for Kids      Add Bookmark
Description: This PBSkids website, part of the WayBack series from the American Experience, focuses on an interactive approach to teach about civil rights. Students can complete a mock interview, evaluate and comment on an image related to school desegregation, take an online quiz, and play a matching game. The website also features brief essays regarding the school desegregation, women and the vote, and religious freedom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: The Internet Public Library       Add Bookmark
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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