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Civil War Educational Resources: National Portrait Gallery
Lesson plans introduce history through portraiture--specifically, the wartime Abraham Lincoln as seen in photographs, engravings, and a "life mask." A lesson on Lincoln and Walt Whitman brings poetry and music into the mix.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Civil War and American Art: Teacher’s Guide
Set of teacher-created lesson plans based on a sesquicentennial exhibition. Includes many ideas for using art to teach American history or vice versa. Might serve as an introduction to using art as a primary source.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Travis Panorama
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America featuring a dramatic recreation of artist William D.T. Travis’ panorama commissioned by veterans of the Army of the Cumberland to memorialize the career of General William S. Rosecrans and his campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Civil War @ Smithsonian
Online exhibition dedicated to examining the Civil War through the Smithsonian Institution's extensive collections. Includes uniforms, equipment, weapons, paintings, and photographs of the war's most celebrated personalities organized by topic as well as a timeline of the war and additional resources.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
Grade(s): General audience
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Posters to Go
PDF version of a set of fifteen posters from the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes an application for receiving the actual posters for the classroom. Arranged into themes: Westward Expansion, Civil War, Harlem Renaissance, World War II, and the Sixties.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Abraham Lincoln: The Face of a War
Lessons in which Smithsonian portraits of Lincoln introduce a study of the Civil War. Analysis of the portraits—the famous “cracked-plate” photograph, two plaster “life masks,” and an eyewitness drawing of Lincoln’s arrival in the enemy capital of Richmond, Virginia—leads to an analysis of the times.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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One Life: The Mask of Lincoln
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.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Exploring the Gettysburg Address
Teacher's guide included in the online exhibit, The Gettysburg Address. Includes tips on how to use the interactive document tool, suggested discussion questions, and recommended resources.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Mr. Lincoln’s Airforce
Webinar in which Tom Crouch of the National Air and Space Museum discusses Abraham Lincoln’s embrace of new technology and his establishment of a balloon corps for reconnaissance missions during the Civil War.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian Scrapbook: Letters, Diaries & Photographs from the Smithsonian Archives
Online resource presenting background information and primary source materials on a variety of noteworthy historical subjects, ranging from the Wright brothers to James Smithson. Materials include documents, photographs, and more.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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