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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: Sojourner Truth Keynote Presentations
Description: This lesson provides students with a hands-on experience in planning and creating a Keynote presentation, utilizing iPads, with their peers focusing on Sojourner Truth. (Note: Keynote is an Apple presentation app, similar to PowerPoint, which allows students to create stunning presentations complete with charts, transitions, graphs, animations and designs.)


Subject: Social Studies (10 - 11)
Title: Let's Talk Socratically That Is, About the Fact of Women Being Equal to Men.
Description: For this lesson you will be using the Socratic Seminar Instructional Method. The Socratic Seminar is a great way to get students involved. Socratic seminars are useful in that they teach students to make a point through using the text for support, listen to and respect other students' opinions, and encourages students to think independently and cooperatively. Students will be given The Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments as the text for the seminar.


Subject: Social Studies (2 - 10)
Title: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, ROUTE TO FREEDOM
Description: This activity will require the teacher and student to travel throughout the school and its buildings as they travel the underground railroad. As they travel they will stop at safe houses, rest and eat before they proceed finally crossing the Ohio River to freedom.


Subject: Social Studies (10 - 11)
Title: Notable American Female Social Reformers (Mid 1850s-Early 1900s)
Description: This lesson will utilize the Internet to explore some of the more notable female social reformers in the United States from the mid-1850s to the early 1900s. Ideas for this lesson could include individual, group, or peer-to-peer investigation. The selection of the more notable women was choosen from Passing the New Alabama High School Graduation Examination in Social Studies (American Book Company).


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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: Frederick Douglass Papers Project      Add Bookmark
Description: Makes the papers of this prolific African American figure in his historical context available to a broad audience.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Lincoln at 200      Add Bookmark
Description: This website, produced by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Chicago History Museum, is part of the bicentennial celebration of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The site features 2 exhibitions about Lincoln and searchable database of objects. A Museums and the Web Best of the Web Award nominee, this site is an outstanding place for students to view background and primary source resources regarding Lincoln.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 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: New York Divided      Add Bookmark
Description: This website, from the New York Historical Society, is a collection of two special exhibitions focused on slavery in antebellum New York. Both sites offer students interpretation of the people, places, and documents that define New York's experience with slavery, culminating in New York's role in the Civil War.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Religion
Title: TeacherServe      Add Bookmark
Description: This site, from the National Humanities Center, offers teacher guides that provide balanced perspectives on a range of humanities topics. It is an interactive site offering high school English and history teachers practical help in planning courses and presenting rigorous subject matter to students. It is designed to deepen course content by providing convenient access to scholarship tailored to classroom use.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Slave Shackles      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Preparing for the Oath: The 1800s      Add Bookmark
Description: Explore the history of America in the 1800s 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 Civil War, slavery, the Louisiana Purchase, and Susan B. Anthony.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: John Brown's Legacy       Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War at the National Museum of American History, students will examine primary sources to understand John Brown's , , actions in Harpers Ferry and will develop a creative project on his legacy.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: NYPL Digital Schomburg Images of 19th Century African-Americans      Add Bookmark
Description: Sponsored by the New York Public Library, this site contains an extensive primary source archive of photographs, woodcuts, and other images of 19th century African-Americans from the Schomburg Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slavery's Opponents and Defenders      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the wide-ranging debate over American slavery by presenting the lives of its leading opponents and defenders and the views they held about America's peculiar institution. Students identify influential opponents and defenders of American slavery and compare their respective biographies, explain the reasons given for and against the morality and legitimacy of slavery under the U.S. Constitution, and articulate an economic argument in favor of slavery and an opposing argument on behalf of free labor.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: From Courage to Freedom: Slavery's Dehumanizing Effects      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students read Frederick Douglass's 1845 slave narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. They explore Douglass's argument that slavery is not only dehumanizing to the slave, but to the slave-owner as well.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: John Brown's Sharps Rifle      Add Bookmark
Description: This Sharps rifle was made especially for John Brown. Brown carried this weapon on his Kansas campaign in 1856....
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Pike from John Brown's Raid      Add Bookmark
Description: The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 allowed the two states to decide the issue of slavery by a popular ballot. The fight in Kansas was so intense that the state earned the nickname of Bleeding Kansas. As Missouri pro-slavery Ruffians flocked to Kansas, New England abolitionists bankrolled Free-Soilers to move to the settlement of Lawrence, Kansas....
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: African-American History      Add Bookmark
Description: Follow the footsteps of Harriet Tubman and explore diverse interpretations of her life. Then, trace the journey of legendary African-American jazz and blues artists as their music is carried across the nation.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Geography,Social Studies
Title: The Underground Railroad in Indiana      Add Bookmark
Description: Article. Indiana: Crossroads of Freedom. Find out how Hoosiers played a role in the Underground Railroad in this article.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slavery s Dehumanizing Effects      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, guides students through the process of analyzing a chapter from Frederick Douglass s work, '' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.''
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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Who Was Cinque?      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, focuses on Cinque, the leader of the 1839 Amistad revolt. The lesson draws on a variety of documentary resources to examine how he was perceived by Americans on both sides of the debate over slavery.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: From Courage to Freedom: Student Interactive      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, guides students through the process of analyzing a chapter from Frederick Douglass s work, '' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.''
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Perspectives on the Slave Narrative      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to one of the most widely-read genres of 19th-century American literature and an important influence within the African American literary tradition even today. The lesson focuses on the Narrative of William W. Brown, An American Slave(1847), which, along with the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass(1845), set the pattern for this genre and its combination of varied literary traditions and devices. Students learn about the slave narrative and its importance in the abolitionist movement, gain experience in working with the slave narrative as a resource for historical study, evaluate the slave narrative as a work of literature, examine the slave narrative in the context of political controversy as an argument for abolition, and explore themes of self-actualization and spiritual freedom within the slave narrative.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: From Courage to Freedom: Frederick Douglass's 1845 Autobiography      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment unit of three lessons, students read Frederick Douglass's 1845 slave narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. They analyze Douglass's vivid first-hand accounts of the lives of slaves and the behavior of slave owners to see how he successfully contrasts reality with romanticism and powerfully uses imagery, irony, connotative and denotative language, strong active verbs, repetition, and rhetorical appeals to persuade the reader of slavery's evil. Students also identify and discuss Douglass's acts of physical and intellectual courage on his journey towards freedom. This curriculum unit incorporates primary source material from EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites. The curriculum unit introduces three individual lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: 300 Years of Benjamin Franklin      Add Bookmark
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to Benjamin Franklin, and presents information about Franklin's contributions to colonial America, his life story, his involvement in politics, and more. Learn more about Franklin by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans and 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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