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Asian Pacific American Authors

This topical collection about Asian Pacific American authors includes portraits, interviews, and book reviews. 

Teachers and students may use this collection as a springboard for classroom discussions. This collection is not comprehensive but rather provides a launching point for research and study. 

This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.  

Keywords: Jhumpa Lahiri, Indian American, Carlos Bulosan, America is in the Heart, Filipino American, Maxine Hong Kingston, Chinese American, Julie Otsuka, Japanese American, Chang-rae Lee, Korean American, Anor Lin, Sadakichi Hartmann, A.X. Ahmad, Ava Chin, P. S. Duffy, Eddie Huang, Yiyun Li, Valynne Maetani, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Vietnamese American, Ellen Oh, Vu Tran, Thrity Umrigar, literature


Tess Porter

Mr. Meinershagen's Class 1

This collection contains examples of materials to be used for a Social Studies lesson.

David Meinershagen

Crayola Creative Leadership - Unit 3, Year 2 - Personal Narratives

Creative Leadership Unit 3 collection pieces.

Crayola Education

Remembering Dr. King: Six American Artists Respond

April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. These six artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection were created between 1968 and 1996, and respond to Dr. King's legacy in different ways. What does the date of each artwork tell us about the context during which it was made? What can we learn from looking at them as a collection?

Created for a March 1, 2018 webinar for alumni of SAAM's Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art. 

#saamteach #martinlutherkingjr #mlk

Phoebe Hillemann

A STEAM Approach to Exploring Identity with Your Students

How is identity constructed? What role does biology play? 

This collection will highlight:

-how portraiture can be integrated into the science classroom by making connections between identity and genetics

-how we can explore identity from a broader perspective, utilizing global thinking routines

This collection is a collaboration between a Portrait Gallery educator and a high school IB Biology teacher, and was the topic of a professional development workshop at the museum and an NAEA session, both in March 2018. 


Briana White

Crayola Creative Leadership - Unit 1, Year 2 - Personal Narratives

Artifacts used for Creative Leadership: Personal Identity Narratives

Crayola Education

Esperanza Rising

Katie Cahill

Bud, Not Buddy

Katie Cahill

Roll of Thunder

Katie Cahill

Ghost Hawk

A collection to accompany the novel, Ghost Hawk.

Katie Cahill

Watsons Go to Birmingham

Katie Cahill

Secret Life of Bees

Katie Cahill

Wild Children

Katie Cahill

Cheaper by the Dozen "Jumping In"

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2016 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.

In this activity students will use the "Jumping In" artful thinking strategy to foster understanding of sensory language. The students will be prompted to visualize themselves within the frame as a means to become more deeply engaged with the artwork. The objective is to be able to notice details, think creatively, and use descriptive language in written composition.

TAGS: #NPGteach, portrait, learning to look, National Portrait Gallery, Descriptive Language, Writing Prompts, Memory, Family,

Jessica Hicks

Basquiat Programs for Libraries and Makerspaces

This is introductory information for Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Horn Players" from 1983.

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.

TAGS: #NPGteach, portrait, learning to look, National Portrait Gallery, jazz, Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Basquiat, AP Art History

Daniela Lyra

Native American Art and Artists

The artworks in this collection were made by artists who identify as Native American. What can we learn from the diversity of media and subject matter? How might these works be used to counter stereotypical narratives about American Indians? 

Created for a March 20, 2018 webinar with Montana teachers.

Phoebe Hillemann

Communities of Style: Wearing Our Truth


The following collection will explore the "Elements of Style" in our community and the  political and/or cultural truth they represent from the perspective of Folk Culture Interns from The Dr. Beverly Robinson Community Folk Culture Program at Mind-Builders in the Bronx, as well as from local artists, family, style exemplars, and other community members.


George Zavala

Moving Your Audience: Identifying Rhetorical Appeals in an Argument

In this online activity, you will get a better sense of the four rhetorical appeals (logos, ethos, pathos, and kairos) The collection is organized as follows:

  • The collection opens with an introduction to rhetoric and definitions of the four rhetorical appeals.
  • Then, you will be tasked to examine four advertisements and identify one rhetorical appeal that is being used. For each image, you must use concrete information to explain your choices.
  • After looking through the four advertisements, you will then sort six additional advertisements into categories. You will categorize the images based on the rhetorical appeals. In the slide after the sorting tool, you will be asked to fully explain your classifications.
  • You will then be asked to reflect on the information learned through these activities, and how it may have changed your opinion on rhetoric.
  • In the final assignment for the collection, you will be tasked to upload an advertisement or public service announcement and analyze two rhetorical appeals. You may use an image or a video as your uploaded resource.

Tags:  rhetorical analysis, beginning writing, English 101, ENG101, on-line activity, student activity, online activity

Alexander Graves

Selfies Back Then... and Now

Selfies Back Then... and Now - 

This collection was originally produced by Marcela Velikovsky and Whitfield Mastin from Bullis School, and Vicky Masson from Sheridan School, in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute.
TAGS: #NPGteach, portrait, learning to look, National Portrait Galleryduring the Summer Institute "Learning to Look" at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016.

I have adapted this project to use with my English Classes. The students will complete a project in Google Slides in which they give instructions on how to take the best selfie, where to take the best selfie, and what information do selfies show the world about us.

Corina Madison

Southeast Asian Americans in Lowell, MA

Lowell, Massachusetts is home to the second-largest Cambodian American population in the United States, with significant numbers of Vietnamese, Lao, Hmong, and more recent Burmese refugees (of varying ethnicities). The materials in this collection, compiled by the UMass Lowell Center for Asian American Studies and Southeast Asian Digital Archive, provide an overview of this diverse population.

BACKGROUND: The wars in Southeast Asia (SEA), stretching from the last 1950s to the late 1970s, involved Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, as well as other countries embroiled in the Cold War, including the United States and China. The conflicts resulted in over 1.2 million Southeast Asian refugees to the U.S. since 1975. 

In the late 1970s, Lowell, Massachusetts, served as a relocation center and secondary migration hub for SEA refugees. The 1980 U.S. Refugee Act  amended the earlier Immigration and Nationality Act and the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act. It raised the annual ceiling for refugees from 17,400 to 50,000, created a process for reviewing and adjusting the refugee ceiling to meet emergencies, and required annual consultation between Congress and the President. 

According to the US Census Bureau, Lowell's population of 106,519 residents is over 20% Asian American, with approximately 14,470 Cambodian Americans, ~2,057 Vietnamese American, and ~1,500 Lao Americans. (The Census also records 2,472 South Asian Americans and 322 Filipino Americans in Lowell). Community estimates are that approximately 300 Burmese refugees (including Karen, Karenni, Kachin, and other ethnic groups) reside in Lowell.

But community leaders actually believe that greater numbers live in this city; some immigrants and refugees do not report their numbers due to fears of deportation or fears of governmental officials. So the estimates of the Asian American population in Lowell range from 25,000-35,000.

Nearby Lynn, MA, is home to the third-largest Cambodian American population in the US, while Boston, MA, is home to a significant number of Vietnamese Americans, particularly in the Dorchester neighborhood. Providence, RI, is home to a large Lao Amerian population.

For a 2012 overview of Asian American communities in Massachusetts, please visit "Asian Americans in Massachusetts: A Census Profile." 

Keywords: Asia* America*, Cambodia* America*, Lao* America*, Laotian, Vietnam* America*, Burm* America*, Chin* America*, Bhutan* America*, Bhutanese, Southeast Asia*, politic*, cultur*, oral histor*, newspaper*, Khmer Post

#APA2018 #TCSLowell 

Southeast Asian Digital Archive

Kon Lao, Kon Lowell: Lao Americans in Lowell

This collection includes photos and life narratives from the 2008 "Kon Lao, Kon Lowell" exhibit, which was part of Legacies of War Exhibit at Lowell's Patrick Mogan Cultural Center. Members of the local Laotian American community donated their photos and life stories to this exhibit.

Legacies of War seeks to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advocate for the clearance of unexploded bombs, to provide space for healing the wounds of war, and to create greater hope for a future of peace. The organization uses art, culture, education, community organizing and dialogue to bring people together and create healing and transformation out of the wreckage of war.

Their national traveling exhibition features illustrations drawn in 1971 in Laos by the survivors of the U.S. bombing, archival and contemporary photographs, original recorded interviews and documentary films depicting the lives of those affected by the bombing and their impact on the Laotian diaspora. 

#TCSLowell #APA2018

Keywords: Laos, Lao America*, Laotian, Hmong, Hmong America*, Southeast Asia*, Southeast Asian America*, Legacies of War, Asian American

Southeast Asian Digital Archive

Culture Suitcases

Students will use the items in this collection to discuss their cultures and create cultural suitcases. Their suitcases will be shared during our International Cultural Week.

#APA2018 and #TCSLowell

Mary Kate Amos

Culture Suitcases

Students will use the items in this collection to  discuss their culture before creating their own culture suitcases. Their suitcases will be shared during our International Culture Week.

#APA2018 and #TCSLowell

Beth Armstrong
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