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Linda Muller

Smithsonian Learning Lab Coordinator
Smithsonian Institution, Heinz History Center
Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Adults, Post-Secondary
Language Arts And English, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Other
Smithsonian Learning Lab Coordinator Hello, I am one of the Smithsonian Learning Lab Program Coordinators based in Pittsburgh, PA. My professional interests are focused on instructional technology and computer-based learning. I am also fascinated by history as it's presented in primary and secondary resources.

Linda Muller's collections

 

American Bald Eagle

How did the bald eagle become the symbol of America? What symbolism did Native Americans find in the bald eagle? This Collection of resources on the American bald eagle includes images, videos, sculptures, and stamps that depict the American bald eagle.
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Analysis of Resources in a Learning Lab Collection - Teacher Workshop on August 10, 2016

This collection contains two resources - a broadside and a screen print. Think about how you would use them to deepen your students' comprehension of a particular historical era and how you would use them within your instructional cycle.
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1812: A Nation Emerges

The War of 1812 was a military conflict that forged America's destiny to emerge as a strong nation. The war lasted less than two years but it was celebrated as the, "second war of independence" from Great Britain.
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Baseball: America's Favorite Pastime

A collection of resources depicting players, teams, and equipment used for America's favorite pastime.
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Bill of Rights/Civil Liberties

A collection of resources that represent the amendments that make up the Bill of Rights. Resource representations as they relate to the Bill of Rights or Civil Liberties are as follows: 1. Bill of Rights 2. Freedom of Religion 3. Freedom of Speech 4. Freedom of the press 5. Right to assemble 6. Have a militia 7. Right to bear arms 8. Soldier's quartering in private homes 9. Illegal search and seizure 10. Right to due process 11. Right not to testify against yourself in court 12. Right to a speedy trial 13. Right to counsel 14. Cruel and unusual punishment 15. Emancipation proclaimation 16. Election of government representation (Congress) 17. Right for all free men including blacks to vote 18. Right of the government to collect taxes 19. Prohibition 20. Women's right to vote 21. Repeal of prohibition 22. Gay rights 23. American's with Disabilities Act
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Black Death: the Bubonic Plague during the Middle Ages.

The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history as Bubonic Plague spread across Asia and Europe eventually killing between 75 and 200 million people.
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Captains of Industry

This Collection features images of men who became, "Captains of Industry" in America during the 19th Century. Some of these men you may be able to identify immediately and others you may not. Your challenge is to write 5-7 sentence about each man. Identify the industry to which each man is associated, the dates of his reign, net worth, and other interesting details. Lesson variation: Discuss the term, "robber baron" with students and why or why not that term applies to each man pictured in this Collection. Lesson extension: Have students identify 10 "Captains of Industry" in America today - Who are they? To which industry are they associates? What is their net worth? Are they considered to be modern-day robber barons? Why or why not?
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Cat Collection

This is a fun collection of cats from the Smithsonian Institution along with a photo of my favorite kitty, Lucky.
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Child Labor in America

What would it have been like to be a child working during the period 1830-1930? Why did children have to go to work during this period in America's history? <br /> Resources in this Collection includes paintings, photographs, text-based sources, and a video depicting children working in a variety of industries across America.
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Creating Landscapes

With the resources in this Collection, students will be able to: 1. Analyze various landscapes presented in a work of art. 2. Understand the relationship between humans and the natural world. 3. Identify ways artists use viewpoint, scale, and detail to communicate ideas.
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Cuban Missile Crisis: Confrontation and Resolution

What happened during 13 days in October, 1962 when the United States confronted the Soviet Union about their activities in Cuba? Who was responsible for instigating the Cuban Missile Crisis; the United States, the Soviet Union, or Cuba? How close did we come to nuclear war? How was the conflict resolved? This Collection is created to be used as a case study of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It contains resources that outline events that occurred during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, 1962, including an online presentation from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, images and a Smithsonian Channel video. Students should examine the resources in the Collection then develop a written response to the questions posed at the beginning of this activity.
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Custer's Last Stand

This Collection includes primary and secondary sources related to George Armstrong Custer's "Last Stand" during the Battle of Little Bighorn, June 25-26, 1876.
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