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Education Overview

For Educators
From An American Original

The wealth of themes explored in Elbert Hubbard: An American Original offer an extraordinary educational opportunity for your classroom in multiple subject areas. The lessons developed around the film focus on the history of America at the turn of the 20th century, Hubbard’s rebellious life, and the Roycroft artisans and campus. Activities examine the rise of the Industrial Revolution, the wavering Victorian ideals and the Reformers, particularly with the Art and Crafts movement. The key to Elbert Hubbard’s success throughout his life was his high regard for reading, writing, public speaking and marketing. His vision of a Utopian society that inspired people to live and work with their "Head, Heart and Hands" continues to live on at the Roycroft campus today.

Lesson Overview

The lessons on this site were developed to help teachers use Elbert Hubbard: An American Original in the classroom. Activities were designed for grades 7-12, but can be adapted to fit your particular grade and subject area. Many of the lessons incorporate video clips from the film as well as additional resources found on this site. All the lessons address National Learning Standards listed within each plan. Additional lessons and resources will be added in the coming months, along with a downloadable Educators Guide.

Program Themes

Six major themes were developed from the program to focus lessons around. Multiple lessons were created around each theme.

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