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A House Divided: Civil War Photography
In this lesson, students examine a set of photographs and place them into the historical context of the Civil War.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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A Letter to Abraham Lincoln Homepage
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.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Comparing Confederate and Union Soldiers in the Civil War
Lesson plan uses primary sources as the inspiration for comparing and contrasting soldiers on either side of the Civil War. After examining uniforms and viewing two short video clips, students will develop questions and conduct short research projects to uncover the motivations behind the Civil War and the conditions for the soldiers who fought. Targets grades 6-9.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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One Life: Walt Whitman, a Kosmos
Online exhibition celebrating the life and work of Walt Whitman. Presents a timeline of his life, highlighting important events and peers with portraits, a reading of “Leaves of Grass”, Walt Whitman's own reading of “America,” an essay on his work, and a look at his artistic heirs.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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A Brush with History Teaching Guide
Lesson plans providing an in-depth exploration of selected historical figures and their contributions to the history of the United States. The guide is organized by thematic unit: from revolution to constitution, those inventive Americans, and abolition and the Civil War. Each unit contains background information about the individuals and their portraits, related questions and activities, a bibliography, and a reproduction of each portrait.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Field Trips
Listing of all Smithsonian American Art Museum field trip opportunities, including both docent-led tours (“Eye Opener Visits”) and self-guided tours.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Moving the Mail West
Lesson plans on U.S. postal history focus on the Civil War, Westward Expansion, and the Gold Rush. Students enter the world of stagecoaches and the Pony Express as historians themselves, learning to tell primary from secondary sources. Includes lesson plans, historical background, worksheets, primary resources, secondary research articles, and a game.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Math Quilts
Lesson in which students examine geometric quilt patterns to learn how math may have been used to help slaves escape to freedom. They slide, flip, and turn geometric shapes to create their own quilt with map of how to “escape” the classroom and head to the school front door.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Treasures of American History: Spanish Version
Downloadable transcript of the online exhibit Treasures of American History in Spanish. The topics included in the exhibition are: creativity and innovation, American biography, national challenges and American identity.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Abraham Lincoln in the Smithsonian Archives
Webpage includes primary-source materials on Lincoln’s relationship with the Smithsonian Institution during the Civil War.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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