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Is It Only a Shadow? The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
As a complement to the online exhibition Presidents in Waiting, this lesson plan presents an 1898 political cartoon in which New York gubernatorial candidate Theodore Roosevelt casts a long shadow across the White House Students analyze the cartoon and then create speech bubbles for it.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Legendary Beauties
Online exhibit telling the story of how Theodore Roosevelt and the famous artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens worked together to redesign America’s money. Reveals how this collaboration transformed traditional coinage into unprecedented works of art symbolizing Roosevelt’s progressive ideals and led to the design of what many regard as the most beautiful American coin every produced. Visitors can rotate and zoom in on objects for detailed examination and a glossary helps visitors understand challenging vocabulary.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Lincoln’s Deathbed: Images of a Martyred President
Webinar in which Smithsonian historian Pam Henson tells how the public first heard of President Abraham Lincoln’s death and how Lincoln’s death was portrayed in popular images.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Lyndon Johnson's Legacy
Lesson plan has students analyze phases of Lyndon Johnson's career and assess his legacy. They create a collage that reflects their assessment and provides supporting arguments.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Mail to the Chief
Online exhibition. Showcases the postage stamps bearing President Franklin Roosevelt's designs along with other items from his personal philatelic collection. Includes photographs of the president and the stamps he designed.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Mr. Lincoln'n Hat
Lesson has children create top hats out of paper by reading or listening to directions that use simple terms from geometry. After making the hat, they measure their height with and without the hat, and then take a picture wearing the hat. Part of the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian
Interactive website that offers fresh ways of teaching about the Civil Rights Movement by making connections between history and art. It includes nearly 40 artworks, from a 1908 portrait of Booker T. Washington to the “Hope” portrait of President Obama. Web 2.0 tools bring teachers together to discuss the materials and to share lesson plans and activities.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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One Life: Ronald Reagan
Online exhibition in which photographs and artwork illustrate steps on a long life's journey: from sportscaster to movie star to governor to president; from union leader to corporate spokesman; from FDR liberal to Goldwater conservative; from fierce cold warrior to disarmament proponent.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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One Life: The Mask of Lincoln
Webinar in which Smithsonian curator David C. Ward shows how Abraham Lincoln used the new art of photography to convey his image to Americans, letting them see in him what they most desired. Ward’s session draws on the Portrait Gallery’s extensive collection of Lincoln portraits, a collection that charts Lincoln’s passage from a fresh-faced Illinois congressman to a grizzled, somewhat isolated figure during the presidency.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Photographing History: Fred J. Maroon and the Nixon Years, 1970-1974
Online exhibit featuring the photographs of photojournalist Fred Maroon, who was granted unusual access to the Nixon White House to document the 1970 reelection campaign as well as the major events of the Watergate controversy. Includes a timeline of events, 1968-1974.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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