TWENTY-THREE RESOURCES for Teaching & Learning

January 6, 2001

New Resources on FREE Website (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence)

November 20, 2000 — January 2001


“The Aaron Copland Collection: Ca. 1900-1990” features the work of

this 20th century composer who fostered & created distinctive

American music. About 1,000 items (dating from 1910 to 1990) are

provided, including music manuscripts, printed music,

correspondence, diaries & writings, photos, awards, programs, &

other biographical materials. This is a primary resource for

research on Aaron Copland & for the study of musical life in 20th

century America. (LOC)

“Coca-Cola Television Advertisements” presents TV commercials,

never-broadcast out takes, & experimental footage that together

reflect the historical development of TV advertising for a major

product. Ads include the 1971 “Hilltop” commercial with an

international group of young people on an Italian hilltop singing

“I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke”; the first “Polar Bear”

commercial from 1993; the “Snowflake” commercial from 1999; &

“First Experience,” an international commercial filmed in Morocco

in 1999. (LOC)

“Going to the Movies: A Century of Film & Motion Picture Audience

in Northern New England” looks at the evolution of movie going.

Theater management, musical accompaniment, & changing technologies

are among the topics. Video loans can be arranged, & there are

opportunities for educators to speak with expert staff & attend

special summer symposiums. (NEH)

“Jazz” is the companion website to the Ken Burns PBS series that

begins January 8. Explore cities & clubs where jazz developed;

listen to excerpts of bebop, cool jazz, & other styles; discover

what makes jazz “jazz” & the theory behind the art form that has

been called the purest expression of American democracy. The site

provides biographies of nearly 100 musicians, transcripts of

interviews that went into the making of the show, a “virtual

piano,” & more than a dozen lessons & a study guide. (NEA/NEH)

Language Arts

“Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care”

explores selected works of fiction, poetry, drama, & nonfiction

that illuminate issues central to caring for people, whether they

are well, sick, or dying. The website suggests readings, offers

syllabi, & links to hospitals that are hosting seminars. (NEH)

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a lesson plan for teachers that uses

primary source materials on the Depression & Southern & African

American experiences. The unit emphasizes language arts & offers

activities including an analysis of oral histories from Alabama

collected between 1936 & 1940, primary source readings on mob

behavior, & visual literacy activity with photos of Alabama during

the Great Depression. (LOC)


“Building Big” helps kids think about structures they see every day

& the impact of technology on society. The television series,

website, & activity guide can be used to help teach basic physical

science concepts. The website includes animated interactive labs

on engineering concepts & problem solving activities; historical

overviews that introduce bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, &

tunnels, & the forces that affect them; & a database of engineering

marvels. (NEH/NSF)

“The Centennial of Flight — The Future of Flight” is dedicated to

the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’

first powered flight & the development of aviation over the past

century. It offers aerospace-related products & programs that help

connect students & teachers to aeronautics & space flight. (USCFC)

“Chandra X-ray Observatory” features news & information about

NASA’s newest space telescope. As the world’s most powerful X-ray

observatory, Chandra joins the Hubble Space Telescope & NASA’s

other observatories in a study of our universe, providing insights

into the universe’s structure & evolution. Visitors can track

Chandra in orbit, watch live images from NASA-TV, & learn more

about prior shuttle launch preparations. (NASA)

“The Earthquake Hazards Program” offers frequently asked questions

about earthquakes, research on earthquakes, & more. Visitors can

follow recent seismic activity around the world, view hazard maps,

or learn what a geophysicist does. (USGS)

“healthfinder kids” is a place where kids can find information on

protecting their bodies & minds. It offers more than 75 games &

activities, information on safe web navigation, & a link to art

contents. The website also has a section for parents & other

caregivers of children with links to products & information that

promote children’s health. (ODPHP,HHS)

“Learning Technologies Project (LTP)” is part of a government

initiative, the High Performance Computing & Communications (HPCC)

program, whose mission is to accelerate the development,

application, & transfer of high-performance technologies to the

U.S. engineering & science communities. The website offers

resources such as online instructional materials tied to NASA

missions, movies, aeronautics projects, & the Remote Sensing Public

Access Center, which makes space instrumentation data available to

the public. (NASA)

Social Studies

“The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden” offers authentic

objects on all the Presidents, from the general’s uniform worn by

George Washington to an interactive 360-degree “BeHere” camera used

at a 2000 a national political convention. The site includes

letters written to past Presidents, tells what Presidents did after

leaving office, and offers lesson plans on how to use these objects

with students. (SI,NMAH)

“Eleanor Roosevelt” brings to life one of the century’s most

influential women. This website includes a Roosevelt family tree,

newspaper columns written by Mrs. Roosevelt, a clip from a TV

appearance, a timeline that highlights events in her life & in the

nation, & more. A teacher’s guide suggests discussion topics &

related activities. (NEH)

“Florida Folklife from the WPS Collections, 1937-1942” is an

ethnographic field collection documenting African-American, Arabic,

Bahamian, British-American, Cuban, Greek, Italian, Minorcan,

Seminole, & Slavic cultures throughout Florida during the New Deal

era. It features folksongs & folktales, including blues & work

songs from menhaden fishing boats, railroad gangs, & turpentine

camps; children’s songs, dance music, & religious music; &

interviews. The site offers a list of related websites, & a guide

to the ethnic & language groups of Florida. (LOC)

“History of the American West, 1860-1920” features more than 30,000

photographs that illustrate Colorado towns & landscape, document

the place of mining in the history of Colorado & the West, & show

the lives of Native Americans from more than 40 tribes living west

of the Mississippi River. World War II photographs of the 10th

Mountain Division (ski troops based in Colorado who saw action in

Italy) are also included. (LOC)

“‘I Do Solemnly Swear…’ Presidential Inaugurations” is a

collection of 400 items from each of the 62 inaugurations, from

George Washington’s in 1789 to Bill Clinton’s in 1997. The site

features diaries & letters of Presidents & of those who witnessed

inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses,

broadsides, inaugural tickets & programs, prints, photo, & sheet

music. It will include items from the 63rd inauguration of 2001.


“Lost & Found Sound” is a call to listeners to send in home

recordings of the last 100 years to be shaped into stories that

capture the rituals & sounds of everyday life. For example, the

site features lost creation songs from the Mojave people, 20th

century wars on tape, & a program on the disappearance of

languages. (NEH)

“Napoleon” is a companion website to the PBS film that chronicles

the life of the infamous French leader. The website is designed to

help teachers use the PBS “Napoleon” video series in secondary

social studies, civics, religion, & language arts classes. It is

organized in four parts: the man & the myth, Napoleon & Josephine,

politics in Napoleon’s time, & Napoleon at war. It offers four

lesson plans, an interactive battlefield simulator, video clips, &

more. (NEH)

“Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs & Family Letters”

illustrates the story of settlement on the Great Plains. Family

letters of one homesteader express personal insight into the joy,

despair, & determination in his struggle to establish a home on the

prairie. (LOC)

“Presidential Elections & the Electoral College” presents materials

on elections & the voting process. It links to other election &

electoral college resources. (LOC)

“U.S. Electoral College” provides information & statistics on

presidential elections, past & present. For the 2000 election, it

includes popular vote totals by state, Electoral College members, &

state laws & requirements. It also offers past electoral results &

an electoral college calculator. (NARA)

“Who Really Built America” is a long-term student-driven project

that examines primary source materials related to child labor in

America from 1880-1920. The unit helps students see the role of

labor in our emerging industrial society & its effect on American

children. (LOC)


LOC — Library of Congress

NARA — National Archive & Records Administration

NASA — National Aeronautics & Space Administration

NEA — National Endowment for the Arts

NEH — National Endowment for the Humanities

NSF — National Science Foundation

ODPHP,HHS — Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion,

Department of Health & Human Services

SI,NMAH — Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of American


USCFC — The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission

USGS — U.S. Geological Survey