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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

 

Ancient China

A collection of resources about Ancient China.
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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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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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Visual Thinking Strategies

The goal of teaching visual thinking strategies is to encourage students to observe independently and back up their responses with evidence. Annotations for each image contain key questions to help students practice visual thinking.
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Artful Thinking About America's Capital City

What do you think you know about Washington, D.C.? This collection is designed to help students develop and practice their skills for examining and thinking about art that was created to represent America's Capital City.
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Branches of Government

This Collection contains resource to help students understand the three branches of government in the United States.
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Salem Witch Trials

The witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts, during the 1690s have been a blot on the history of America, a country which has since come to pride itself on the concepts of free speech and justice as well as on its religious principles. Guilt by association, unconfirmed testimony, judges blinded by their biases, and individuals determined to use the system of justice when no evidence of a crime existed. These kinds of social or political problems did not go away with the completion of those trials. U.S. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's relentless determination to find un-American citizens and communists in all areas of American life in the early 1950s prompted Arthur Miller to write The Crucible, a play about the Salem witch trials as an allegory to McCarthyism. The play no doubt prompted the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 to subpoena Miller for questioning, but Miller refused to cooperate when asked to identify writers who had once been communists. Richard H. Rovere calls Miller, "the leading symbol of the militant, risk-taking conscience" of that time. Learning Goals - student will: Understand that in 17th Century New England, people were persecuted for allegedly practicing witchcraft. Examine the allegations and offer alternatives to witchcraft that might explain people's behaviors. Read and comprehend Arthur Miller's, "The Crucible" to make connections to and comment on 20th Century examples of people being persecuted for allegedly being Communists during the McCarthy Era of the 1950s.
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25 of the Most Powerful Women of the Last Century

Who are the women who have most influenced our world over the past century? What did they do to make themselves noteworthy? Your task is to research each woman, establish a timeline and place her in the proper order then write 4-6 sentences about her accomplishments and their historical impact on the world.
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Atomic City in the Appalachian Mountains

The Manhattan Project didn't begin in a lab in Los Alamos Nevada - it began in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. President Roosevelt wanted to put an end to WWII, so in December of 1942 he authorized the Manhattan Project. Work on procuring and clearing land for the Oak Ridge Tennessee site was already underway. By the end of WWII, Oak Ridge was the fifth largest town in Tennessee and the Clinton Engineer Works consumed 1/7th of all the power produced in the nation.
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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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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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Macaroni Boy

This Collection features a variety of primary and secondary resources including maps, photographs, texts, and a sound clip to support the historical context of the book, Macaroni Boy.
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