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Document Deep Dive: The Heartfelt Friendship Between Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey

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Online primary source: a letter from Robinson to Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers general manager who signed him. Annotated with comments by Robinson biographer Jonathan Eig.

Conjunto de Arpa Grande Arpex Interview

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The conjunto de arpa grande (big harp ensemble) is the country cousin of the Mexican mariachi. When the mariachi was transplanted to cities and added trumpets in the mid 20th century, the conjunto de arpa stayed home in the towns and on the ranches of rural Michoacán. Its two violins, two guitars, and harp (that doubles as a drum) play driving sones, sentiment-saturated ranchera songs of love, and farcical valonas (poemic narratives), all with a disarming directness that is the hallmark of one of Mexicos best-kept musical secrets. Watch Arpex perform and demonstrate the unique tamboreo (drumming) method at their home in the San Joaquin Valley town of Atwater, CA.

Japanese American Exclusion Orders During World War II

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Lesson designed to help students identify with the experiences of Japanese American internment camp residents during World War II. Students will be divided into four-member "family" groups that are to be relocated to an internment camp. They will then read two sections of the online exhibition, A More Perfect Union, and based on what they have read, make decisions about what they will take with them. After discussing their decisions, students will visit the "Reflections" section of A More Perfect Union and write a response to at least one of the topics. Targets grades 7-12.

Frieze Friends

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Lesson plan exploring repeating patterns in the students' communities. Students tour homes, schools, and neighborhoods in search of frieze patterns in architecture, clothing, furnishings, etc., then sketch and present their findings.

Systems at Work

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Online version of an exhibition that traces the development of postal-delivery systems from the early nineteenth century to today. Each new system--from prepaid postage to ZIP codes to barcodes--is illustrated with a story in which we follow a letter or package from sender to recipient.

Character Composite Portrait

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Lesson plan serving as an introduction to Roberto Clemente. Use symbols to construct a character composite portrait. Aligned to national language arts standards. Bilingual English/Spanish.

Coral Reefs: Impacts of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification on Aquatic Ecosystems

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Webinar in which marine scientist Nancy Knowlton explores the effects of climate change underwater�_�in the coral reefs, home to one-quarter of the earth's species. Drawing on her work in Jamaica and Panama, she describes changes in temperature and ocean chemistry and the impact of these changes on both biodiversity and the ability of reefs to support people.

Sound Sessions Radio - Oud Music

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On this edition of Sound Sessions, Jeff Place and Smithsonian Folkways associate director—and oud enthusiast—Atesh Sonneborn join host Sam Litzinger to discuss the music of the oud. The pear-shaped stringed instrument, pronounced "ood," appears in virtually every genre of music across a large swath of the globe, including the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, and Europe. The discussion follows the oud's origins, sound, and notable performers across varied musical forms.

Telling Our Own Stories Through Corridos

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Lesson plan using the lyrics and music of corridos along with the accompanying website to analyze written texts, visual images, and objects to develop students' understanding of various themes, regions, and perspectives of North American history. Students look at music as a primary source of history by interviewing family members about the songs they grew up with and comparing these songs to narrative corridos.

Rebels: Painters and Poets of the 1950's

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Website including an essay and photos/portraits of post-World-War-II avant garde artists in the Beat Generation, the San Francisco Renaissance, the Black Mountain poets, and the New York School poets, who were united under a common feeling of embattlement rather than a poetic style.

Reflections on Earth: Biodiversity and Remote Sensing Teacher Guide

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Teacher's guide featuring lessons for interpreting satellite images and field studies. Instructs students on how to monitor forest diversity on a local, regional, and global scale.

Discovery Theater

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Website for the Discovery Theater at the S. Dillon Ripley Center on the National Mall includes announcements of live theatrical performances at the Smithsonian for young people and their families. Productions vary from puppet shows and storytelling to dances and original plays. Learning guides complement the performances. Group ticket discounts available.

Haft Awrang (Seven Thrones): A Royal Persian Manuscript by Jami

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Online exhibit featuring paintings inspired by the Haft awrang (Seven Thrones) composed by Iranian poet Abdul-Rahman Jami. Provides description of the poems, interpretations of the imagery in the paintings, and some audio guides.

Rainbow Artists

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Spring 2010: Music of Central Asia

A Family Visit to the Smithsonian

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Interactive site featuring one family's week-long experience visiting museums and exhibits. Features the family's journal entries and activities they created to help make the most of a visit to Washington, D.C.

Crystal Blue Persuasion (4-8)

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Lesson examining historic posters, jewelry, quilts and buttons that were created to call attention to a political issue. After evaluating how these items were used to communicate a political message, students create an item that conveys a message about a historic or current issue.

I Like It! Discovering Your Personal Style (9-12)

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Activity designed to help students become aware of the wide range of design styles and choices in everyday living. Students explore their personal preferences as they investigate interior design styles.

Redesigning the Classroom

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Teacher-created lesson in which students work in teams to "make the classroom more their own." They create a list of objectives that their designs will have to meet.

Joseph Henry: American Physicist

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Website presenting the history and papers of Joseph Henry (1797-1878), revered scientist of his time and first secretary (director) of the Smithsonian. Includes biographical information, Henry's papers, articles on Henry, and Henry namesakes.

The Roots and Branches of Virginia Music: The Past Is Present

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Webpage celebrates the four hundredth anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia, with an essay and audio and video recordings of old-time string music, bluegrass, blues, gospel, and country.

A Little Romani Music

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

Phil Wiggins and Mark Puryear discuss Lead Belly

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American music icon Lead Belly lived through turbulent times. Musician Phil Wiggins, formerly of Cephas and Wiggins, and Smithsonian Research Associate Mark Puryear discuss Lead Belly's struggles, as well as Wiggins' personal connection to the songster's music.

South Africa, Free At Last: The Freedom Songs of South Africa and the Civil Rights Movement in America

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Spring 2014: South Africa

Sounds to Grow On - Black and White (Program #11)

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This show is built around the song “The Ink is Black” or “Black and White” by David Arkin, Alan Arkin's father and Earl Robinson, who for a time was the music teacher at Michael's school in New York City. Written on the occasion of the 1954 de-segregation decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, it epitomizes the sensibility that segregation is inherently evil.
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