I am an American Day Address by Learned Hand
This unit has been developed to guide students and instructors in a close reading of Learned Hand’s “I am an American Day Address” from Appendix B of the Common Core Standards. The activities and actions described below follow a carefully developed set of steps that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding of Hand’s speech through a series of text-dependent tasks and questions that ultimately develop college and career ready skills identified in the Common Core standards. This unit is recommended as an activity for a “Great Conversation” Module and can be taught in two days of study and reflection on the part of students and their teachers. A third day or more could be added if the time is needed or extension activities are desired.
Strange Fruit by Billie Holliday Lesson Plan
This lesson helps students learn about lynching and its relationship to racism in American history and to appreciate the ways in which jazz contributed to the political awareness of the American public.
Video: The Tragedy of the Donner Party
This video would be used with a lesson plan in American literature or American history to add interest and help students construct meaning from the experiences of early American struggles.
Salem Witch Museum
This is a great resource for someone teaching The Crucible, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, or early American history.