App to Facilitate an Intergenerational Project Over Thanksgiving
The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national project that empowers young people to create an oral history of contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder using the freeStoryCorps app for iOS and Android devices. The interviews will become part of the StoryCorps archive in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress where they will serve as an invaluable resource for future historians. To date, thousands of high schools from all 50 states have participated and preserved more than 100,000 interviews, providing families with a priceless piece of personal history. The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a free technology-based assignment originally developed for high school students studying American history, social studies, English, language arts, journalism, drama, ESL, media, and technology. Teachers and administrators can learn more and sign up on the project’s website to receive updates, special curriculum, and the free2019 digital Teacher Toolkit. Costs: Free
The LBJ Presidential Library provides freely downloadable curriculum resources for addressing the issues during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. In the collection, teachers will find activities and accompanying primary source materials on civil rights, voting rights, elections, presidential powers, and more.
Anyone who loves Shakespeare’s plays and poems can join the Shakespeare 2020 Project and read all of the Bard’s works or revisit an old favorite throughout the year. The project’s website will have videos, posts, artwork, and more to explore with each work.
Students in grades 7–12 are invited to join The National WWII Museum for a freecross-country virtual expedition on February 4, 2020, to discover the science, sites, and stories of the creation of the atomic bomb. Two live webcast sessions are available: Session 1, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (CT) and Session 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CT).