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Protest Songs: A Musical Introduction
Lesson on the music, significance, and social/historical context of famous protest songs. Students will sing, listen, and discuss famous protest songs. Targets grades 6-8.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Scopes Monkey Trial Unpublished Photographs
Rare, unpublished photographs of the 1925 Tennessee vs. John Scopes “Monkey Trial,” a landmark case challenging the teaching of evolution in schools.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Segregated America
Online exhibit showing how racism, manifested in social attitudes and policies such as Jim Crow laws and poll taxes, led to the Plessy v. Ferguson case legalizing segregation. Segregated America is the first section of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Segregated America Lesson
Lesson plan examining the condition and aspirations of free African Americans in the years following the Civil War. Students will analyze primary source documents in order to identify social factors that led to the rise of Jim Crow segregation and evaluate the effects of segregation. This lesson is part of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education Homepage
Online exhibit on the Brown v. Board of Education decision as a turning point in the history of race relations in the United States. Looks at the fearless efforts of lawyers, community activists, parents, and students to push the issue of equal education all the way to the Supreme Court and eventually make equal opportunity the law of the land. This exhibit will help students understand the historic struggle for equal education that set in motion sweeping changes in American society and redefined the nation’s ideals.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education Web Resources
List of web resources related to the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Part of the online exhibit, Separate is Not Equal: Brown v Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Winning the Vote: How Americans Elect Their President
Lesson plan that introduces students to the office of the presidency and the process of electing the president. Covers political parties, campaigns, the Electoral College, and presidential powers.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement
Online exhibit on how the popularity of birds and their feathers as fashion accessories threatened many bird species with extinction and led to the creation of conservation societies, such as the National Audubon Society, as well as the passage of tough new laws to preserve the nation’s wildlife.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Past Half Century: Achieving Equality
Lesson plan has students analyze political cartoons and letters to the editor in order to identify and examine the range of reactions to the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision and the ways in which the Court’s mandates were enacted or blocked. Students will also be asked to connect a more recent civil rights or education issue to the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The President's Job
Section of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden focused on the many duties and roles of the president and how they have evolved over time. Objects, images, and documents show the influence these different roles have on a president’s actions and policies. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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