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History and Geography

Travel the historic silk road, explore European castles, and discover the long-lasting influence of ancient cultures on modern society in this journey through the past and around the globe.

Grades 3-4 Lesson
Explore the cultures that have contributed to making the United States the unique and diverse country it is today
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Examine the political and economic reasons for the African-American migration to Northern cities between the World Wars
Grades 6-8 Lesson
This lesson will explore the historic importance and function of castles and introduce a general history of castles and architectural terms
Grades 6-8 Lesson
This lesson explores the realities and effects of war on children by examining diaries, journals, and letters written by children during times of war
Grade 5 Lesson
Using letters written during the Civil War students develop an understanding of the message of the letters
Grade 5 Lesson
Learn how music was used in the Civil War
Grades 9-12 Lesson
In this lesson, students will be introduced to causes of the Mexican Revolution and key revolutionary figures
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will work in groups to create murals about the events and trends of a decade of the twentieth century
Grades 9-12 Lesson
This lesson examines specific areas of ancient Greek influence on Western thought and culture
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Learn about the history of America's national parks, and about the role that artists played in their creation
Grade 5 Lesson
Students will learn about world explorers by researching facts and information relating to the routes traveled
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students examine Greek influence on Western thought and culture
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Learn how Mexican art at the beginning of the 20th century was influenced by historical events
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students learn defining elements of classical Greek architecture using the Lincoln Memorial and the Parthenon
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will study Japanese-American interment during World War II
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students will learn about the migration of African Americans to Harlem
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Examine Harriet Tubman's life through informative resources and impressionistic art
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Examine the struggles of Tubman along the Underground Railroad
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Using collage, students create a scene from the life of Harriet Tubman
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Learn how African-American spirituals shared information within the slave community
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will learn what it was like for new immigrants to come through Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the early 20th century American immigrant experience through photography
Grade 5 Lesson
Students take on the roles of Lewis and Clark, as they explore the original journals and create their own journals
Grade 5 Lesson
In this lesson, students explore Native American crafts and design and create their own wampum belts
Grade 5 Lesson
Create a historical timeline and personal event timeline based on the historical fiction book and play A Light in the Storm and its main character, Amelia Martin.
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Understanding the environmental and social impact of the Great Depression
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students read poems and watch films about mountain creation and formation
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Nureyev’s early life and work were affected by changing social, political, and cultural forces in Russia
Grades 9-12 Lesson
An overview of how creative expression developed in the West, particularly with dance
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students explore a virtual ocean with their five senses and capture the sensory experience by writing haiku
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students will learn about the early pioneers in America and their motivations for moving West
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students will work in pairs to research legendary westerners
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like for early American pioneers
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Gain an understanding of the dynamics of trade in China along the Silk Road
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will read narratives from former slaves
Grades 9-12 Lesson
This lesson asks students to examine samples of Twain’s work in the context of pre- and post-Civil War America
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students examine the influence of the Mississippi River on Mark Twain’s writing
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will explore what daily life was like for the millions of poor Irish, German, Jewish, and Italian immigrants
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students discover what artifacts recovered from archeological digs can teach us about ancient Greece
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Learn about the courageous efforts of the Freedom Riders during the civil rights movement
Tipsheet
Dance helps students better understand the far-reaching impact of historical events on many areas of a nation’s life
Article
Discover how European colonists incorporated music in their everyday lives in early America
Article
Explore music’s important role in the American Civil War. Includes activities for the classroom
Series
Discover how history is full of surprising stories of people doing amazing things
Master + Work
See how Lange used her camera to tell the story of Depression-era Americans
The Story Behind The Picture
Dorothea Lange captured the hopelessness of the Great Depression in her first documentary photograph
Article
In The Problem We All Live With, artist Norman Rockwell took a stand against racism
Flash Interactive
Explore the relationship between history and music with the pieces and activities from the Sounds Historic concert
Audio Series
Explore Lincoln's love for theater and music, and the impact of music on his political campaign and presidency
Audio Series
Follow the course of classical music in America from colonial times to the present in a series of NPR podcasts
Audio
During the Cold War the Kennedy administration strengthened their commitment to cultural diplomacy through the arts
Audio
The battle for racial equality had many heroes, some who made history just by opening their mouths to sing
This Day in the Arts
January 01, 404 C.E.: The last known gladiatorial competition is held in Rome, Italy
This Day in the Arts
February 12, 1874: David Kalakaua begins his reign as the last Hawaiian king
This Day in the Arts
March 13, 1852: Uncle Sam makes his literary debut
This Day in the Arts
March 20, 1852: Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published
This Day in the Arts
June 12, 1942: Anne Frank begins keeping a diary
This Day in the Arts
June 21, 1956: Arthur Miller refuses to name Communists
This Day in the Arts
September 12, 1940: Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France
This Day in the Arts
September 14, 1814: Francis Scott Key writes the poem that would become “The Star-Spangled Banner”
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