July 1, 2020

Learning from the Source: The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Lesson objective In this primary source lesson students will gain a better understanding of the meaning and tone of "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by completing a scaffolded close reading of the poem using multiple source types (written text, spoken word, music, photos, illustrations and maps) while developing personal, lasting connections to literature by creating their own related interpretive pieces. Background Writer and poet Langston Hughes was a prominent figure in the Harlem … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Crimea, Ukraine, Russia-Then & Now

Overview Students will collaborate to analyze, compare, and contrast newspaper coverage of events in Crimea and Ukraine in the mid-19th century and early 20th century with  2014 media coverage of events involving Crimea, Ukraine and Russia to illuminate the geopolitical history of the region and consider how examining the past shapes perspectives and understanding of current events. Enduring Understanding: Events and actions of the past affect the present and the future. Instructions 1. As … [Read more...]

Today in History: Panic of 1857

Today in History–August 24–the Library of Congress features the Panic of 1857, which began on this date and was one of the most severe economic crises in U.S. history. Find out more about this event and other financial crises of the 19th century and early 20th century by reviewing the Today in History section and the resources below. Panic of 1857 Began from America's Library 1857 bank failure newspaper coverage "The Great Failure" The Atlantic Monthly Volume 1, Issue 4, February … [Read more...]