The curated resources linked below are an initial sample of the resources coming from a collaborative and rigorous review process with the EAD Content Curation Task Force.
Have you ever heard of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington? What was his dream for America, who was the man behind those famous words, and why do we celebrate his story every January? Martin's Big Words is an illustrated biography that traces Dr. King's life from his childhood and includes quotes from his writings and speeches. Explore Dr. King's story by reading together and then try some of these fun activities to learn more about him and other brave Americans who worked on the civil rights movement.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
The ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, was the ultimate reward for the tireless efforts of suffragists in Tennessee. In August 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to adopt the 19th amendment ushering in a new era of American politics.
Tennessee State Library and Archives
This lesson requires students to use text, maps and video to understand the process of school desegregation in the United States and in Iowa as well as the struggle in the southern states. Students also will develop skills of analyzing sources, summarizing, comparing and contrasting, and supporting answers with evidence.
State Historical Society of Iowa
Over the course of five lessons students will closely read and analyze Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. They will select key words from the text, write succinct summaries of selections from the text, restate these summaries in their own words, and ultimately write a short persuasive essay in response to a thought-provoking prompt based on the document.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
This two day lesson uses the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution to assess the efficacy of the Women’s Rights Movement of the 19th century. Students will engage in class discussion to determine the progress women made in gaining equal rights and use specific examples to assess progress as of today.