New for August at EDSITEment
Angela Hanshaw | August 16, 2013
This month, EDSITEment goes back to school with lesson plans on just about every subject, looks at the American Dream through A Raisin in the Sun, celebrates Women’s Rights, and shares two useful websites on race and the role of the sun.
We’ve culled our most popular lessons in history, literature, art, culture, and world languages to jump start your class. Find back-to-school lessons plans on the following topics:
- U.S. History and Social Studies
- Literature & Language Arts
- World History & Culture
- Folktales, Fairytales, and Mythology
- Art History
- World Languages
Looking for something a little more … advanced? EDSITEment develops AP-level U.S History lessons based on primary source documents that cover the most frequently taught topics and themes. Many of these lessons were developed by teachers and scholars associated with the City University of New York and Ashland University. Also check out these AP English Literature and Composition resources.
A Raisin in the Sun
People of all backgrounds live in America and come to America dreaming of social, educational, economical opportunities as well as political and religious freedoms. Consequently, the notion of the American Dream has appeal and meaning to most of your students. Ask them to define the American Dream and you will probably become engaged in a lively discussion. Read the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry with your students and you can enhance your discussion of the American Dream even while you and your students explore how the social, educational, economical and political climate of the 1950s affected African Americans’ quest for the American Dream.
Drawing on the EDSITEment’s lesson plan on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, this presentation will demonstrate how teachers can use EDSITEment resources to satisfy the expectations of the Common Core while meeting the diverse needs of students in the classroom.
In her latest Thinkfinity blog post, A Month of Milestones for Women’s Rights!, Shelley NiTuama asks, “Do today’s students understand the long and winding road the leaders of the
women’s right movement had to travel throughout the past century? Can they appreciate what it took for women in the United States to gain the right to vote, join men in the workplace, and close the educational gender gap?” She shares important important dates in August for Women’s Rights along with related EDSITEment resources.
Best of the Humanities on the Web
A traveling exhibit and website project of the American Anthropological Association, Race—Are We So Different? uses history, science, and lived experience to explain differences among people and reveal the reality—and unreality—of race. Discover a virtual exhibit tour, resources for middle and high school teachers, STEM resources, and a robust American history section with interactive timeline.
In our fast-paced modern world, we have become disconnected from the natural world, hence it is easy to take the Sun for granted. In ancient times, however, people understood and honored the Sun’s life-giving power and majesty. Traditions of the Sun invites visitors to learn about the ancestral Native Americans in New Mexico and the ancient Maya in the Yucatan while gaining a better understanding of the active Sun, and its importance to them—and, to us.
Angela Hanshaw is Program Officer/Web Editor for the ALA Public Programs Office.