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Talk with your students about Aretha Franklin: They all know the Queen of Soul
Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ died at her home in Detroit on Thursday at the age of 76. Use this NewsHour lesson to find out what it is about the Queen of Soul that makes both young and old dance and sing along to her music. Continue readingAretha FranklinArts & Culturecivil rightsgospelin memoriamMedia LiteracyMusicobituariesQueen of Soulsoul musicUS history
Lesson plan: Solar invention makes safety and production levels shine
Hit the lights, please! In this lesson, students will learn about emerging technologies that are bringing new light sources to remote, poor areas of the world. Students will then invent their own light source using the steps of the invention process and share it via social media using #PBSInvention. Continue reading#PBSInventionAgents for ChangeAlfredo Moserbottle lampbreakthroughsbusiness educationdeveloping worldDIYEconomicseconomyenergyentrepreneurgrassroots movementgreen energygreen technologyIllac Diazindustrial designInnovation & Inventioninventioninvention educationinvention processLemelsonlesson planlightLiter of Lightmanufacturingpatentrenewable energysmall businessessocial entrepreneurshipsolar energysolar powerSTEMThe Leading EdgeU.S. patent and trademark officeUSPTO
Lesson plan: Watergate and the limits of presidential power
August 8, 2018, marks the 44th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Use this resource to teach young people about this period in U.S. history. Continue readingDemocratic National CommitteeGerald FordGovernment & Civicslesson planOval OfficePoliticsPresidencyresignationRichard NixonSocial StudiesU.S. historyWatergateWhite House
Monitoring the midterms: Political parties continuing role in U.S. elections
What issues will inspire voters to turn out to vote in November? Check out NewsHour Extra’s “Monitoring the Midterms” classroom series ahead of the 2018 midterms. Continue reading#MonitoringTheMidterms2018 midterm elections2018 midtermsdemocracyDemocratsElection 2018Government & Civicslesson planMonitoring the Midtermspartisanshipparty identificationpolitical partiespolitical partyPolitics MondayRepublicansSocial StudiesUS historyVotersvoting
How Monticello’s exhibit on Sally Hemings deepens our understanding of U.S. history
Share the story of Sally Hemings with your students and Monticello’s latest efforts to set the historical record straight. Continue readingAmerican Historyenslaved peopleEthicslesson planMedia LiteracyMonticelloSally HemingsslaverySocial IssuesSocial StudiesThomas Jeffersonunited states historyUS historyvideo lesson