The Dred Scott case was one of America's most controversial Supreme Court decisions. Who was Dred Scott and did he have a right to his freedom?
The goal of this Collection is to engage students to read and research people and texts that comprised this historical event then write a persuasive essay based on opinion gathered from details and facts procured from their readings and research.
Dred Scott vs Sanford
Dred Scott vs Sandford
U.S. Supreme Court
Chief Justice Taney
Declaration of Independence
Pre Civil War Era
Guiding questions to consider are:
-What rights do workers desire?
-How can labor unions influence employers, government, and the public?
-What tools and strategies are most effective for improving working conditions? Consider: boycotts, picketing, appeals to the media, strikes, walk-outs, and slow-downs.
-How does the public perceive labor unions? How does this impact their results?
-Are women and minorities included in the labor movement? Were they always?
Students will be asked to generalize about the civil rights movement during different time periods in American history, noting the shifts in focus, strategies, and success. In addition, they will draw parallels between events in sports history and the civil rights movement.
-What does it mean to "discover" a place?
-How did the first peoples arrive in the Americas?
-What claims to the Vikings and the Chinese have to the discovery of America?
-Should Columbus be celebrated as a hero, villain, or something in between?
There are discussion questions and additional links throughout the collection. Teachers and students are invited to explore the many websites included to further their research.
This Collection of resources on the American bald eagle includes images, videos, sculptures, and stamps that depict the American bald eagle.
This collection includes an iconic labor union poster and is intended as a warm-up activity for a lesson on labor unions in the late 19th and early 20th century. Discussion questions and songs by and about Joe Hill are included.
Guiding questions to consider:
-What conditions led to the development of labor unions?
-How did the philosophy of the IWW, or Wobblies, differ from other labor unions?
-Why has Hill remained an iconic figure for the labor movement?
This is a single document with hot spots and questions used to model primary source analysis for a sixth grade class. It is drawn from a collection of archival records and photographs documenting the Weikers family's experience in Nazi Germany and their persistent efforts to seek asylum in the United States. You can find the full collection here:
Questions to consider are:
a. Who are the Weikers?
b. Where did they live?
c. When did they live? What can they tell us about this time in history?
d. How were they affected by Nazi Germany?
e. What did they feel about the Nazis?
Tags: Nazi Germany, Holocaust era, primary sources, Pittsburgh
This Smithsonian Science How learning collection, from Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History, is part of a distance learning program at http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast This collection focuses on the significance diet for human evolution. Targeted at middle schoolers, the collection invites students into an authentic understanding of the evidence for early meat-eating in humans. Anthropologist Dr. Briana Pobiner is featured as an expert explainer. The collection includes an interactive webcast video with discussion questions, cross-cutting activities, an independent project, and other resources for teachers and students.
Key Terms: paleoanthropology, fossil, archaeology, human evolution, extinction, taxonomy, phylogeny
- What it means to be human
- Diet and culture of early humans
- Interpreting the family tree of humans
- Factors shaping human evolution
- Technology used by paleoanthropologists
Lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce students to the rhythms of poetry. The focus is on two poetic forms that originated as forms of song: the ballad stanza, found throughout British and American literature, and the blues stanzas of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Poetry is put into terms of movement, physical space, and, finally, music.
Click the PDF icon to download the issue. Click on the boxes (then click again on "View original") for audio samples of ballads and blues from the Smithsonian Folkways archives.
In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine handcrafted dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian. They draw connections between these objects and Native cultures, communities, and environments.
In lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students explore the weathering of buildings, which begins the minute the buildings are built. Physical breakdown (such as rock fracture), chemical weathering, and pollution are all key ingredients in this discussion of the geology of the built environment. Also included is a guide to gravestone weathering.
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This topical collection gathers teaching resources on Inka architecture, focusing on building methods and architectural symbolism in Cusco, capital of the Inka Empire. These resources explore the symbolic layout of Cusco as well as the architecture of five specific structures: Saqsaywaman (upper temple of the sun), Hatunrumiyoc (a wall, once part of the palace of Inka Roca), the Qorichanka (lower temple of the sun), and the Double Jamb Doorway (a sacred entryway). Includes video interviews with archaeologists, interactive 3D models, and the exhibition website for "The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire." Resources also explore the continuing importance of these structures in Cusco today, both in terms of environmental stability and continuing cultures.
Keywords: inkan, inca, incan, archaeologist, stonework, continuing legacy, peru, symbol, religion, ancient civilization, world history, culture, cuzco, andes, saksaywaman, qurikancha, archaeology, pre-columbian, latin america, south america, ruins
Shape-note singing is a tradition that began in the American South as a simple way to teach the reading of music to congregations. Each note head has a distinctive, easy-to-remember shape. What a great way, then, to introduce the reading of music to children!
In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, "A Shape-Note Singing Lesson," you'll find a lesson plan and a background essay. Click the PDF icon to see the issue. Click the last box for audio samples of shape-note hymns from the Smithsonian Folkways archives.
In the lesson in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students closely examines four of the 13 million photographs in the Smithsonian. The pictures represent four important steps in the history of the medium: the introduction of portrait photography, the invention of a photographic printing process, the capture of instantaneous action, and the advent of home photography.
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This collection explores field drawings from the United States Exploring Expedition, led by United States Navy Lieutenant Charles Wilkes from 1838-1842 utilizing several resources from the Smithsonian Field Book Project. Students will explore the elements of a field drawing, the information that can be gleaned from these records and consider why a naval scientific expedition might have included artists. To extend the activity, students can also select a fish image from the Smithsonian collection to illustrate and annotate the way that an artist in the field might.
Keywords: scientific illustration, sketches
This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.