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First Person Account: Jose Maria y Mendivil
Video about Jose Maria Tornel y Mendivil, Mexico's secretary of war, who warns that Mexico's loss of Texas may lead to other territorial losses to the United States. This historical recreation accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with the “Conflicting Voices of the Mexican War” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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First Person Account: Juan Batista Vigil y Alarid
Video about Juan Bautista Vigil y Alarid, acting governor of New Mexico, expressing the pain of changing loyalty from Mexico to the United States. This historical recreation accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with the “Conflicting Voices of the Mexican War” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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First Person Account: Ulysses S. Grant, American Soldier
Video about Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, looking back on his opposition to the Mexican War as written in his memoirs. This historical recreation accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with the “Conflicting Voices of the Mexican War” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Mail by Missile
Slideshow presentation where a curator describes an experimental mail service from 1959 using missiles to carry the mail. This was intended to show the Russians that our military capabilities were so advanced they could be used for peacetime operations.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Making the Star-Spangled Banner Homepage
Parent's guide designed to teach children the story of the flag that inspired the national anthem. Includes hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings. Targets grades K-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Students' Response to 9/11: A Documentary Report
Lesson plan has students document the national response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, using polls, comment cards from teenagers, and their own recollections. They write a script for a documentary illustrating how the feelings of Americans have changed or remained the same after September 11th and how the reactions of teens may differ from those of adults. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Two Perspectives on the Battle of Little Bighorn and Greasy Grass
Lesson plan has students analyze historical perspectives on the Battle of Little Bighorn/Greasy Grass, also known as “Custer's Last Stand.” Students will interpret primary sources, develop critical thinking questions about the perspectives represented in the sources, and synthesize the data into a single version of the battle's history. Targets grades 6-9.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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