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Between Fences Teaching Guide

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Lesson plan exploring how the fence is entwined with American history, politics, industry, and daily life. Four lesson plans look at differing concepts of property between Native Americans and English colonists, the 'Texas Fence Cutting War' to explore how industrialization generated tensions between participants in old and new economic systems, how barbed wire solved the Great Plains 'fence crisis,'and Robert Frost's 'Mending Wall.'

James Luna: Emendatio

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Site presents images and video of contemporary Native artist James Luna, who has given a performance and designed two installations on Indian life. These installations challenge the idea that there is a disconnect between the indigenous world of the past and the present. The artist also looks at religion through Pablo Tac, a Luiseno who went to Rome to study for the priesthood.

Indigenous Motivations

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Art show that reveals how Native artists continue to be influenced by tradition, innovation, and art - translating traditional themes into modern terms through many artistic mediums. Focuses on recent acquisitions to the collection. Includes quotes by artists and an extensive image collection.

Legends of Our Time

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Webpage presenting the history of the Northern Plains and Plateau Indians through text, documents, and photographs, as a part of the ranching and rodeo culture in the West.

Marilyn Monroe, Korea, 1954

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Website presents a series of newly discovered color photographs of Marilyn Monroe by amateur photographer David Geary that suggest how Monroe was viewed by everyday people.

The Struggle for Justice

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Webpage with information on the scholarly journals in the field of Asian art published in part by the Freer and Sackler galleries, Ars Orientalis and Artibus Asiae.

Art to Zoo: Celebration! (1982)

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Online issue introduces the celebratory rituals of various cultures. In a lesson, students compare birthday rituals from other cultures with those of their own.

Art to Zoo: Nineteenth-Century Family Portraits: Looking into Home, Sweet Home (1988)

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Lesson plan in which students analyze portraits for an idea of the family structure that was changing with industrialization, urbanization, immigrations, and other trends.

Art to Zoo: The Survival Game after Columbus: Pigs, Weeds, and Other Players (1991)

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This issue examines the colonization of the Americas, focusing on diseases from Europe and the population growth of European domesticated animals. In the lesson, students consider the fight for survival when two worlds meet.

Stories of the Wrights Flight

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Lesson plan includes firsthand accounts of the Wright brothers first flights on December 17, 1903, which students compare to a secondary source, a newspaper story that appeared the next day.

A Walk In the Forest

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Interactive animation. Use scientific tools and methodologies to determine forest makeup, monitor health, and conserve biodiversity in a fictional Virginia forest. Characters assist the user and encourage inquiry. Narration optional.

Primary Sources for the Classroom

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Digital facsimiles of Smithsonian Archives' primary sources, including diaries, letters, and photographs suitable for classroom use. Mostly about the Smithsonian Institution.

Whistler's Neighborhood: Impressions of a Changing London

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Online exhibit that features a Victorian street map of Chelsea, an area said to be "owned" by James McNeill Whistler because of his many paintings and etchings of its steet scenes. Those scenes can be viewed by clicking on the map.

Living Voices/Voces Vivas

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Audio series featuring profiles of Native Americans and Native Hawaiians today. People of many ages, traditions, and perspectives tell their own stories, reflecting a wide range of contemporary Native experience in Canada, Mexico, Panama, and the US. Available in Flash and non-Flash versions. Bilingual English/Spanish.

Art to Zoo: Turn About?s Fair Play! Mirrors and How They Reflect (1990)

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Online issue including a series of activities in which students better understand light and symmetry by experimenting with mirrors.

Art to Zoo: The Stuff of Stories (Using Museums to Inspire Student Writing, 1994)

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In this issue, students tap into the tales stored in museums. Teachers find ideas for using museums and other community resources as springboards for student writing.

Art to Zoo: Using the Yellow Pages as a Teaching Resource (1988)

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The Yellow Pages becomes a source of activities in subjects as various as history, math, writing, consumer education, art, career awareness, library skills, and map reading.

Smithsonian Source: Resources for Teaching American History

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Teacher-selected primary sources are arranged by six topics: Civil Rights, Colonial America, Invention, Native American History, Transportation, and Westward Expansion. Includes videos, lesson plans, and Advanced Placement DBQs.

Small Mammal News

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Recent research in small mammals. Includes links to archives and related resources

Is It Only a Shadow? The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

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As a complement to the online exhibition Presidents in Waiting, this lesson plan presents an 1898 political cartoon in which New York gubernatorial candidate Theodore Roosevelt casts a long shadow across the White House Students analyze the cartoon and then create speech bubbles for it.

The True Story of the Star-Spangled Banner

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Downloadable activity page that tests students' knowledge of both the flag and the anthem.

Primary Source Search

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Searchable database of primary sources from the Smithsonian. Organized by artifacts, documents, and photographs, and by major topics in American history.

Most Serene Republics

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Acclaimed conceptual artist Edgar Heap of Birds uses the framework of multilingual signage in Italian, English, and Cheyenne to engender a dialogue about place, history, and the creation of nation-states through acts of aggression, displacement, or replacement of populations and cultures.

A Durable Memento: Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist

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Lesson plan exploring the career of Augustus Washington, an African American daguerreotypist, as well as the history of abolitionism in the United States.
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