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A Guide to the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music

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Summer 2015: UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music

A History of the War of 1812 and The Star-Spangled Banner

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Lesson on the often-forgotten War of 1812. Using this activity, students will be able to cite the origins and outcome of the War of 1812 and place the creation of the Star Spangled Banner in a chronological framework. Includes background, vocabulary, discussion questions, and extension activities. Part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem.

A Jules Verne Centennial: 1905-2005

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Online exhibition on the writings of Jules Verne, considered the 'father of science fiction.' Verne was the first person to recognize that the new world of 19th-century scientific discovery offered a framework for adventure novels where the science of the day played an important role. Find images from early editions of Verne's works with the original engraved illustrations that made his works so popular. Since the original woodcuts and early printing plates are long gone, all that remains are these images from the early books.

A Kids' Guide to . . .

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Teacher-created lesson that involves students in a local historic preservation project.

A Landmark in American Justice

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Lesson plan has students examine both the integrationist and segregationist arguments from Brown v. Board of Education. Students explore the arguments by role playing as a reporter covering the landmark case, then focusing on the impact of the Supreme Court's decision by analyzing a photograph from that time.

A Letter From George Washington

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Online exhibit examining a letter from George Washington to Dr. David Stuart of the Virginia legislature. This letter describes many of Washington's views on current events and the direction of the Nation. Includes a transcript of the letter and contextual information for highlighted sections of the letter.

A Letter to Abraham Lincoln Homepage

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Parent's guide with children's activities based on a reading of Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers, a children's book telling the story of Grace Bedell and the famous letter she sent to Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Also includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.

A Life in Beads Teaching Poster

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Teaching poster for grades 4-6. Exploring the traditional art of dressmaking and dress decoration among women of Native American tribes from the Great Plains region. Through the stories and art of contemporary women who continue these traditions, students will learn about materials used in the past and today, as well as the cultural values and meanings behind dress decoration. The poster includes maps, student activities, and a variety of historical and contemporary images.

A Little Romani Music

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Analyze Russian Romani music. Students sing and practice Romani folk music rhythms.

A Midnight Serenade: Music from the Dominican Republic

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Fall 2009: Children's Music

A Monumental Assignment

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Lesson in which students explore why communities build monuments, then design their own monuments. They define the concept of community and identify the importance of group symbols.

A More Perfect Union

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This exhibit puts the subject of the Japanese American internment into the context of the U.S. Constitution.

A More Perfect Union Collection Search

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Search engine with more than 800 artifacts from the online exhibit A More Perfect Union, including: archival photography, publications, original manuscripts, works of art, and handmade objects on the Japanese American experience during World War II. A More Perfect Union focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans in internment camps.

A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution - Overview

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Printable version of A More Perfect Union, an online exhibition focused on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II. Provides a brief introduction as well as links to all of the separate sections of the exhibition.

A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution Homepage

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Online exhibit focused on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II. Explores a period of history when racial prejudice and fear upset the delicate balance between the rights of citizens and the power of the state. This story is told through through interactive galleries that combine photographs, objects, oral histories, and first-person accounts. Includes a comment board, a search engine with more than 800 artifacts from the Smithsonian collection, related activities, additional web sites, and bibliography, and additional resources.

A Nation of Immigrants - Latino Stories

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Online exhibit presenting the stories of immigrants from Mexico, Cuba, and other Latin American countries. View objects related to the journey to America and learn about the experiences of workers in the mid-twentieth century bracero guest worker program. This page is included in the online exhibit America on the Move.

A New Candidate for Animal Farm

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Teacher-created lesson that looks at George Orwell's satire of propaganda and rhetoric in "Animal Farm." Students design a political campaign for a candidate who will offer real freedom to the animals.

A New Society Project

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Teacher-created lesson meant to accompany a study of the "Progressive Era" in America history. Students design their own 'progressive society.' The lesson can be adapted to the study of any period.

A Nigerian Yoruba Naming Ceremony

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Online exhibit focuses on the cultural traditions of an African immigrant community in the United States. A Nigerian family's Naming Ceremony story raises the topics of cultural preservation, community, and family. Includes descriptions of the event, people, and links to relevant local publications.

A Personal Journey: Central African Art from the Lawrence Gussman Collection

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The 75 pieces in this online exhibition are from more than 30 African cultures in the present-day nations of Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, and Zambia.

A Persuasive Design

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Teacher-created lesson in which children research an animal that they think might make a good pet. They then write a persuasive letter to a parent.

A Private Universe

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Twenty-minute video documentary on education research for grade 5-12 teachers. This award-winning program asks why even the brightest students don't grasp basic science concepts and traces the problem through interviews with Harvard graduates and their professors, as well as with a bright ninth-grader who has some confused ideas about the orbits of the planets.

A Puerto Rican Carnival Homepage

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Parent's guide designed to teach children about the carnival traditions of Puerto Rico. Includes hands-on activities such as creating carnival masks and a list of recommended readings.

A Smithsonian Idealab: Smithsonian Kids

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Children can explore some of the 137 million objects at the Smithsonian that have been grouped into categories such as 'patriotic,' 'fast,' and 'fun.'
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