FIFTEEN NEW LEARNING RESOURCES in arts, language arts,
science, & social studies have been added to the FREE website.
FREE makes it easy for teachers, parents, & students to find
learning resources from more than 40 federal organizations.
The 15 new resources are described below.
"Drop Me Off in Harlem"
is a multimedia exploration of the Harlem Renaissance (1920s-
1930s). Students can hear Langston Hughes read his poems,
listen to Duke Ellington direct his orchestra, or watch
"Shorty" George Snowden dance the Lindy Hop. An interactive
map displays important cultural, social, & political
establishments. Lesson ideas & learning activities facilitate
an arts-integrated approach to the study of key works & themes
that emerged. (KC)
"What Is Jazz?"
presents audio excerpts from four lectures by Billy Taylor at
the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1995. Taylor --
a noted jazz pianist, historian, & educator -- discusses jazz
from its roots in the African-American slavery experience,
through the early days of ragtime, & onward through swing,
bop, & progressive jazz. Excerpts can be sorted by artist
or jazz style. They're organized around questions, such as:
Where was jazz born? How did swing become bebop? How is
bebop influencing today's jazz artists? Where do ideas for
improvisation come from? (KC)
"Piers Plowman Electronic Archive"
offers a hypertext archive of the three versions of the
William Langland's 14th-century allegorical poem "Piers
Plowman." The poem was reproduced by scribes & early editors,
& the surviving 54 manuscripts are full of errors -- some the
result of incompetence, others the product of sophisticated
re-writing. This electronic edition differs from most printed
editions in that it does not suppress editorial disagreement
among the manuscripts. It embraces the provisional nature of
scholarly editing & proposes a set of solutions to editorial
problems without suggesting they will have the final
"Exploring Earth: Investigations"
provides more than 75 earth science investigations. Each
investigation is organized around a question: What stories do
rocks tell? Could Mars support life? How can one volcano
change the world? Photos & text (& sometimes video) help
students answer each question. Among the topics: earth's
layers, rocks, volcanoes & plate tectonics, earthquakes &
mountains, surface & ground water, wind & currents, atmosphere
& weather, climate change, oceans, our moon & solar system,
& earth's history. (NSF)
"Red Rock Adventures: A Teacher's Guide to Canyon Country Outdoor
provides 100 science activities for Grades 1-6. Topics
include the water cycle, air & weather, rocks, seasonal
changes in plants & animals, habitats, ecosystems,
biodiversity, geological features & geographical concepts,
& microorganisms of the desert & wetlands. The guide also
outlines 18 one-day field trips. While best suited to the
high desert of southeastern Utah, many field trips can be
adapted for other sites. (NPS)
introduces basic watershed ecology concepts. It examines
physical forces that shape watershed ecosystems, plants &
animals that inhabit watersheds, typical watershed structures,
& how watersheds function -- at different geographic scales &
over time. (EPA)
"Archeology for Interpreters: A Guide to the Knowledge of the Resource"
can help students learn about archeological methods & how
archeological interpretations are made. It is organized
around questions that include: What is archeology? What
do archeologists do? How do archeologists determine how
old things are? (NPS)
"Cowpens National Battlefield"
commemorates a battle at the "cow pens" in South Carolina
(January 1781) that helped turn the tide of war in the
Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. Coming on the
heels of a patriot victory at nearby Kings Mountain (October
1780), it was the second successive staggering defeat for
British forces under General Cornwallis. Nine months later
(October 1781), Cornwallis surrendered to Washington at
Yorktown, Virginia. (NPS)
"Effigy Mounds National Monument On-Line Teacher's Guide"
offers 40 lesson ideas in archeology, art, language arts,
math, science, social studies, & other subject areas. The
website also provides articles on the history, geology,
& ecology of the mounds. (NPS)
"Eisenhower Home Virtual Tour"
walks students through the only place President Eisenhower
& his wife ever called home. In 1950, as they approached
retirement, the Eisenhowers purchased a farm adjoining
Gettysburg National Military Park. During his Presidency,
President & Mrs. Eisenhower used the farm as a weekend
retreat, a refuge in time of illness, & a comfortable
meeting place for world leaders. (NPS)
commemorates America's frontier cattle era. The ranch --
located north of Yellowstone in Deer Lodge, Montana -- is
among the best surviving examples of an economic strategy
based on the western cattle industry of the 1850s-1970s. A
German immigrant, Conrad Kohrs, purchased the ranch in 1866 &
began by supplying to mining camp butcher shops. In 1874 he
inaugurated rail shipment to Chicago's Union Stock Yard. He
upgraded the bloodlines of his stock by introducing purebred
Shorthorn & Hereford cattle, which were better suited to the
northern climate & put weight on faster than the rangy Texas
Longhorns. He located & moved cattle among rangeland in four
states & two Canadian provinces. This website tells his
story. It includes information about cowboys, cattle drives,
& the winter of 1886. (NPS)
"Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen"
defines "strong character" & how parents can help children
develop it. The booklet includes chapters on "dealing with
media pressures" & working with schools, lists of books &
magazines that can support character development, & 18
"Revolutionary War Timeline"
describes 125 battles, incidents, & other developments during
the Revolutionary War. Descriptions are brief (often one
sentence) & presented chronologically over the nine-year war.
Many include links to additional resources. (NPS)
"Rise & Fall of Jim Crow"
accompanies a PBS series examining the century of segregation
following the Civil War (1863-1954). "Jim Crow," a name taken
from a popular 19th-century minstrel song, came to personify
government-sanctioned racial oppression & segregation in the
U.S. This website describes pivotal developments during that
time -- the Emancipation Proclamation, the Compromise of 1877,
the Brown v. Board of Education decision, & others. It tells
of actions taken by Presidents, Congress, & the Supreme Court,
as well as organizations that opposed & supported Jim Crow.
Interactive maps show Jim Crow laws across the U.S. (& over
time), as well as migration patterns, population changes, &
more. Individuals who endured Jim Crow tell their stories.
A 20-minute video, narrated by Ozzie Davis, recounts the 1919
Elaine, Arkansas, riot & its aftermath. (NEH)
"Ships/Piers, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park"
presents photos & stories of six of the park's collection of
100 of schooners, ferryboats, tugs, & other traditional &
significant small boats. (NPS)
"A Career Afloat: Gateway to Maritime Employment"
describes jobs in the maritime industry, ways to get training
for various career paths in the industry, & employment
opportunities. Links to maritime museum websites are
ED -- Department of Education
EPA -- Environmental Protection Agency
FREE -- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
KC -- ARTSEDGE, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
NEH -- National Endowment for the Humanities
NASA -- National Aeronautics & Space Administration
NIST -- National Science Foundation
NPS -- National Park Service
NSF -- National Science Foundation
MA,DOT -- Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation
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