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Sounds to Grow On - The Midnight Special (Program #3)

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In program three the focus is on the blues, but from a particular personal angle. Listeners from Chicago may well recognize the title “The Midnight Special,” as the radio show broadcast on WFMT since 1953 and now broadcast online. Michael thought to honor that program by recreating what he heard when moved to Chicago to attend university in the fall of 1961.

Zydeco est Gumbo: An Introduction to Zydeco Music

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In this unit, students will explore Zydeco Music and its French Canadian and Afro-Caribbean roots. Through cultural enrichment, attentive and engaged listening, stories, and dance, the students will gain a better understanding of Zydeco music in relation to its history and culture.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 11

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Comanche flute music, a Native American cowboy ballad, Carolina medicine show hokum & blues, the voice of Langston Hughes, mountain music from Eastern Kentucky, slave shouts from the Georgia coast, protest music from Pete Seeger, a feminist anthem from Peggy Seeger and the sacred rhythms of Cuban Santeria.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 14

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Piedmont blues from John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, the poetry of Sterling A. Brown, and Civil Rights singers Bernice Johnson Reagon, Reverend Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, and Paul Robeson. Plus, a Baltimore sea chantey, a Canadian land prospector’s lonely ballad, and a song learned in a dream.

Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of an American Future Teaching Guide

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Six lessons on the 'history of the future' (how we have envisioned the future). Imagine and plan a future city, explore aspects of heritage to pass on to the future, and analyze how the design of the built environment will shape life in the future.

China History Timeline

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Interactive timeline introduces Chinese history through art from the Neolithic period to the end of the imperial age (1911). Provides a short description of each major period of Chinese history.

Think Tank

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Webpage looking at the Think Tank exhibit where behavioral scientists study 'what is thinking' through the study of animals. Includes links to sections on language, society, measuring intelligence, evidence of thinking, the brain, tools, and current research projects.

One Life: The Mask of Lincoln

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Five lesson plans in which images of Lincoln�_�in paintings, prints, photographs, plaster 'life masks,' and the poetry of Walt Whitman�_�are the basis for a study of the Civil War. Also includes audio commentaries from the onsite exhibition.

Exile: Cuba and the United States

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Lesson plan has students research the events of the Cuban revolution and its effect on U.S. ' Cuban relations and U.S. foreign policy by utilizing the life story of Celia Cruz. Students will then prepare a story about the revolution as if they were members of a television news team reporting on events of the time. This lesson is a resource included in the online exhibition entitled Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz.

This House

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Online exhibition presenting the history of the house that stood at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts, for over 200 years, how it was saved by community members, and how it came to live in the National Museum of American History. Includes a timeline of all of the inhabitants from 1757 to 1961.

Education, Design & Empowerment: Part Two

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In part two of the lesson, students will continue their research by visiting the 'A Dollar a Day' website which searches for answers to the problem of poverty. Afterwards, each group shares their findings with the rest of the class.

New York City Delights: The Taxi Cab (4-8)

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Activity in which students learn about the role of taxis in New York City life by conducting collaborative research to learn about the history of taxis, investigating New York City destinations, and more.

Race the Track! Design Challenge (Lesson Six)

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Teacher-created lesson that introduces students to basic physics concepts and the idea of variables with Mattel Hot Wheels tracks and steel balls. The students use the design process to explore force and motion.

Latino Center Kids Corner

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Interactive site for students to learn about prominent Latino figures in a virtual gallery, listen to Latino music, and explore Latin American history and holidays.

Music of Chorti Indians of Guatemala

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This unit contains a total of three lesson plans, which focus on marimba music of indigenous people of Guatemala. Activities include attentive, engaged listening experiences, which lay the groundwork for actually performing an arrangement of the listening example. A video segment provides a springboard into a discussion of marimba music in the context of Guatemalan cultures.

Phil Wiggins and Mark Puryear play “The Midnight Special”

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GRAMMY nominee Phil Wiggins and Smithsonian Research Associate Mark Puryear play "The Midnight Special," an American standard popularized by music icon Lead Belly.

Sounds to Grow On - The Harlem Renaissance (Program #4)

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A remarkable thing about Folkways is the number of significant movements in the 20th century with which it was in tune. One such movement is the African-American poetry scene, starting with the Harlem Renaissance that began in the 1920s. The Harlem Renaissance is a rather loose term that identifies a flourishing of poetry and prose to emerge from Harlem. The poetry ranges greatly stylistically. But what unites all these poets, including Langston Hughes and Claude McKay, is that they focus in some way on the experience of the African-American in the U.S.

Space: National Air and Space Museum Gallery Guide

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Short outline of the Museum's most memorable space-related displays and artifacts, designed to be printed by a visitor prior to an on-site visit.

Serenata Guayanesa - “Simón, Simón”

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Serenata Guayanesa was formed in 1971 by a gathering of friends living in Ciudad Bolívar, situated along the banks of the Orinoco in Venezuela. More than four decades later, Serenata remains one of the country's most important and best loved musical groups. "Simón, Simón" was written to honor “The Liberator” Simón Bolívar.

Lunder Conservation Center

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This website explores the science and technique of art conservation. Includes videos of Smithsonian conservators treating frames, paintings, paper, and objects.

United We Stand Bibliography

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Bibliography included in the July 1942: United We Stand online exhibit. Has books on the 'United We Stand' magazine cover campaign, World War II and the home front, the American flag, and magazine history.

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Homepage

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Online exhibit examining how wars have shaped the nation's history and transformed American society. An interactive timeline, brief movies, and objects from the museum's vast collections present U.S. military history. Includes a collection search, interactive game, and learning resources.

Living in the Atlantic World 1450-1800

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Section of the online exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America focused on the web of maritime connections between Western Europe, Western and Central Africa, and the Americas that made up the Atlantic world. Learn how Atlantic-based trade shaped modern world history and life in America. Topics covered are the tobacco and sugar trades, the Middle Passage and the transatlantic slave trade, and the piracy that plagued the Caribbean Sea and North American coast during this period.

Constellation Maker

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Art activity making a constellation commemorating an American woman such as scientist Maria Mitchell. Many cultures have used constellations to remember the stories of heroes, and this activity helps develop the ability to use symbols to illustrate and tell stories. Part of the 'Exploring the Sky' resource.
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