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How to Conduct Close Readings of Difficult Primary Source Texts

How to Conduct Close Readings of Difficult Primary Source Texts

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That

Slavery, Abolitionists, and the Underground Railroad

To help students better understand the realities of life before the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment, have groups of students focus on different aspects of slavery through a SOS: Jigsaw activity. Featured Resources Divide students into groups, and assign each group a topic from the Discovery Education video series, America’s Journey Through Slavery. Have

#CelebrateWithDE – Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day honors the legacies of former U.S. Presidents. Check out these Discovery Education Streaming and Social Studies Techbook resources and explore the history of the holiday, then join classrooms across the country for a Virtual Viewing Party on Friday, February 17.

#CelebrateWithDE – African Americans in the Arts

The contributions of black Americans to art and culture are practically immeasurable. One era of African American art, music, literature, and activism was the Harlem Renaissance between 1919 and the early 1940s. During this period, writers, painters, and musicians in Harlem helped establish a voice for African American culture in twentieth-century America. Featured Resources The

#CelebratewithDE – Valentine’s Day

Looking for something sweet to do with your classes on Valentine’s Day? Start with our Content Collection featuring curated resources from our curriculum team to engage students, and then try some of our special activities to help them celebrate. Discovery Education Valentine’s Day Content Collection Discovery Education Streaming Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

Lively Lesson: Groundbreaking African Americans

Can you imagine being the very first person to do something? What if that achievement was significant not only because of the accomplishment itself, but also because it meant facing and overcoming prejudices and barriers? In this activity, students consider what it must have been like for African Americans who led groundbreaking lives, and they

#CelebrateWithDE – Black History Month

Discovery Education celebrates the achievements and contributions of black Americans and honors the journey of African Americans in United States history. We’re sharing instructional ideas and resources throughout the month to bring Black History Month’s celebration of culture and community to your classroom, and we ask you to share how you and your students honor

#CelebratewithDE – Super Bowl

Are you and your students ready for some football? Super Bowl LI is coming Sunday, February 5. Warm up for the big game with a variety of resources from Discovery Education. It’s always more fun to watch when you know a little bit about the game and can appreciate the efforts and talent of the

#CelebratewithDE – National Freedom Day

Based on the dedicated action of Richard Wright, an American citizen and former slave, National Freedom Day was established in 1948 to celebrate the spirit of freedom on which the United States of America was founded. Encourage your students to understand and celebrate the freedoms afforded to citizens of the U.S. on February 1, using

#CelebrateWithDE – Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, is celebrated on the new moon that falls between 21st January and 20th February. This year, Chinese New Year falls on January, 28th and welcomes in the Year of the Rooster. The festival both celebrates the hard work of the previous year, and for individuals to wish for

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