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What's in a Name? Designing Personal Identity

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Teacher-created lesson in which teens research the etymologies of their names and then make those names "look more like them" by designing personal logos.

Egypt: The Bedouin Culture

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Lessons in which students pick out the sounds of traditional Bedouin instruments and replicate the rhythms of the music. In an extension, they learn about a Bedouin tradition of shadow puppets.

National Portrait Gallery Portrait Search

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Webpage offering searching of the Catalog of American Portraits, which covers collections across the United States and abroad. You may also perform a biographical search for portrait sitters and artists to find names, dates, and works of art.

Ana Veydó from Grupo Cimarrón (Musica Llanera from Colombia)

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Singer Ana Veydó from the Colombian joropo band Grupo Cimarrón explains and demonstrates the música llanera tradition and women's newly established roles in the genre.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 6

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French Carpenter plays the fiddle tune that won his grandfather’s release from a Civil War prison camp, Texas Gladden sings of a mother’s spectral encounter with the ghosts of her children, Hatian Vodou practitioners sing a funerary song to release the spirits of the dead and Indonesian pop legend Rhoma Irama.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 30 - “Sounds Like Heaven”

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Bluesman Reverend Gary Davis sings of a golden city with pearly gates, Paul Robeson compares earthy freedom to divine deliverance, and Doc Watson asks the fundamentally profound question, 'Was I born to die?'

Masters of Brass: Lost-Wax Casting in Ghana

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This video showcases two Ghanaian artists who create figurative sculpture and jewelry using the ancient technique of lost-wax casting. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.

Creating/Improving the International Space Station

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a solution to a problem faced by astronauts living and working in space.

Gallery Guide: Arts of the Islamic World

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Website examining both the diversity of Islamic art and its distinguishing features. Includes background information on calligraphy, abstract design, the creation of manuscripts, and object decoration.

Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena

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Webpage focuses on two percussion-driven musical traditions from Puerto Rico and the formal and cultural distinctions between the styles. Includes music samples and videos of dance performances to the music.

Office of Fellowships and Grants

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Find out about research, fellowships, and other scholarly appointments at the Smithsonian Institution.

"Beer-Drinking Polka" by Max Baca and Flaco Jiménez from Legends & Legacies

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The music of GRAMMY-winning conjunto artists Max Baca and Flaco Jiménez is steeped in the traditions of their families and region.

Uneasy Partners: Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, LBJ and Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Video

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Panel discussion in which experts compare, contrast, and contextualize the relationships between President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and President Andrew Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Design Your Own Building: Rhode Island State Police Headquarters

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Lesson has students listen to a gust speaker who is working on a building design project. This speaker should discuss the importance of addressing the various needs of the people who will occupy the building. Then students design their own building and present them to the class.

National Museum of the American Indian Teacher Self-Guide: Listening to Our Ancestors

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Self-guide for the Listening to Our Ancestors exhibition includes questions to consider, item searches, and drawing activities for students to complete.

And Now a Word From Our Sponsors

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Lesson plan has students write and produce public service commercials promoting the Transit of Venus and providing information about its safe viewing. Students will be able to identify the components and attributes of commercials including bias and misinformation found in commercials.

My Wonderful World

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A selection of Smithsonian geography resources for teachers and students, arranged by the five continents. Presented as part of the National Geographic-led project My Wonderful World.

Bluegrass Music: Chopping and Singing Songs of Sorrow

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This lesson is intended to introduce students to the style and feel of American bluegrass music. Students will be introduced to bluegrass music through exercises that emphasize important components of the genre, including feel, form, and common themes.

Sounds to Grow On - Broadsides (Program #8)

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This episode of Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On focuses on topical songs, mostly from a small-distribution, widely influential magazine from the 1960s and 70s and 80s called Broadside Magazine. In 1962, the first issue cost 35 cents and consisted of a meager 300 copies. But it included songs from such masters as Malvina Reynolds, Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs. Broadside brought many topical singer songwriters to the public's attention, including, in addition to Reynolds, Ochs and Dylan; Tom Paxton, Richard Farina, Janis Ian and Buffy St. Marie, to name just a few. Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On is a 26-part series hosted by Michael Asch that features the original recordings of Folkways Records.

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.

Archaeological Study

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Teacher-created lesson that uses the design process to introduce the difference between archaeology and anthropology.

“"Bandera Mía” (Flag of Mine)" by Suni Paz from Bandera Mía: Songs of Argentina

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Suni Paz deftly combines her message of cultural awareness and personal awakening with an unshakable optimism. As part of the progressive Latin American music movement known as nueva canción, Suni has created music with a conscience out of her commitment to and passion for social justice and education. "Bandera Mía" (Flag of Mine) speaks to the conflicting meanings the Argentinean flag has for those who fled the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The song is from her 2006 Smithsonian Folkways album Bandera Mía: Songs of Argentina, a musical tribute to her homeland.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Student Podcasts

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Find inspiration in a collaboration between the Holton-Arms School and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Education Office. Listen to student podcasts describing artworks in our Renwick Gallery.

Batting Practice and Poetry in Motion

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Two lesson plans on the life of Roberto Clemente. Students look at statistics of his baseball career, using mathematics to gauge his athleticism, use visual art skills to create an action portrait of Clemente, and write a poem inspired by his famous quotes and centered on themes in his life.
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