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Smithsonian English/Language Arts (PK-12)
We’ve taken the themes and topics that are most often taught at each grade level and organized resources by grade band. Look through all grade levels to find a resource that works best for you and your students. If the resource is Spanish language or bilingual, that is indicated by a "Yes, Spanish" designation. To search for a keyword in the document, use Control-F or Command-F. Email questions or comments to us: learningATsi.edu.
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Grade BandEnglish/Language Arts (ELA) Theme/TopicSmithsonian ELA Resource NameURLSpanish Language
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PK-2READING LIVE EVENT Grades PK-2Virtual Storytime at the National Portrait Gallery, Wednesdays at 11:00amhttps://www.facebook.com/smithsoniannpg/
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PK-2READING Grades K-4Smithsonian Tween Tribunehttps://www.tweentribune.com/category/junior/
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PK-2READING Grades K-4Smithsonian Tween Tribune Espanol (Spanish)https://www.tweentribune.com/category/spanish/YES, SPANISH
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PK-2Early Childhood LiteracyDiscovery Theaterhttps://discoverytheater.org/digitalresources/index.shtm
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PK-2Early Childhood LiteracyTalk with Me Toolkithttps://learninglab.si.edu/profile/45521
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PK-2Early Childhood LiteracyExpedition: Insectshttps://ssec.si.edu/expedition-insects
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PK-2Early Childhood LiteracyZoo Crew Family Guidehttps://nationalzoo.si.edu/sites/default/files/documents/smithsonians_national_zoo_family_guide_-_2018.pdf
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PK-2Early Childhood LiteracyZoo Crew Manual de Entrenamiento: Una Guia de Zoologico Nacional de Actividades para la Familia")https://nationalzoo.si.edu/sites/default/files/documents/zoo_crew_family_guide_2018_spanish_language.pdf
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3-4READING Grades K-4Smithsonian Tween Tribunehttps://www.tweentribune.com/category/junior/
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3-4READING Grades K-4Smithsonian Tween Tribune Espanol (Spanish)https://www.tweentribune.com/category/spanish/YES, SPANISH
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3-5Early Childhood LiteracyExpedition: Insectshttps://ssec.si.edu/expedition-insects
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3-5All Eras 1600s-2011
Historical Thinking Standard 1: Chronological Thinking
Historical Thinking Standard 2: Historical Comprehension
Historical Thinking Standard 3: Historical Analysis and Interpretation
Historical Thinking Standard 4: Historical Research Capabilities
Historical Thinking Standard 5: Historical Issues-Analysis and Decision-Making
Our Story: Stories and Activities You can do Together OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through children’s literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. Each OurStory module examines a moment in American history through a work of historical fiction and related activities and includes a reading guide for parents and caregivers. There are 23 stories and multiple activities for each story.https://amhistory.si.edu/ourstory/activities/byhistoric.html
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3-5StorytellingSeeds of Storytellinghttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_SeedsForStorytelling.pdf
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3-5Visual Analysis StrategiesThink, Puzzle, Explorehttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_ThinkPuzzleExplore.pdf
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3-5Visual Analysis StrategiesSee, Think, Wonderhttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_SeeThinkWonder.pdf
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3-5Visual Analysis Strategies7 Ways to Read a Portraithttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_7WaysToLookAtAPortrait.pdf
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3-5Visual Analysis StrategiesNaming Portraits with Katy Perry (Cupcake Katy)https://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/katy-perry-cupcake-katy-born-1984
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3-5Visual Analysis StrategiesPortraiture Now: Communitieshttps://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/portraiture-now-communities
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3-5Visual Analysis StrategiesLearning to Lookhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.saam.media/files/documents/2017-09/education_guide_learning_to_look.pdf
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3-5Writing about ArtWriting Label Text for a Museum Portraithttps://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/writing-label-text-museum-portrait
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3-5Sensory WritingJump In!https://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_Jump_In.pdf
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5-6Literacy, READING Grades 5-6Smithsonian Tween Tribune Grades 5-6https://www.tweentribune.com/category/tween56/
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5-6Literacy, READING Grades 5-6Smithsonian Tween Tribune Espanol (Spanish)https://www.tweentribune.com/category/spanish/YES, SPANISH
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7-8Literacy, READING Grades 7-8Smithsonian Tween Tribune Grades 7-8https://www.tweentribune.com/category/tween78/
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7-8Literacy, READING Grades 7-8Smithsonian Tween Tribune Espanol (Spanish)https://www.tweentribune.com/category/spanish/YES, SPANISH
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6-8Art & Poetry6 Word Memoirhttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_SixWordMemoir_0.pdf
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6-8Considering MediumHarlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechtenhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.saam.media/files/documents/2017-09/education_guide_harlem_heroes.pdf
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6-8Constructing & Revising StoriesTelling Stories: Norman Rockwell (Workbook)https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.saam.media/files/documents/2017-09/education_guide_rockwell.pdf
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6-8Constructing & Revising StoriesTelling Stories: Norman Rockwell (Supporting Artworks)https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.saam.media/files/documents/2017-09/education_guide_rockwell_featured_art.pdf
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6-8Comparing & Contrasting TextsAfrican American Artists: Myth and Modern Societyhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.saam.media/files/documents/2017-09/education_guide_aa_myth_modern.pdf
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6-8StorytellingSeeds of Storytellinghttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_SeedsForStorytelling.pdf
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6-8Visual Analysis Strategies7 Ways to Read a Portraithttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_7WaysToLookAtAPortrait.pdf
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6-8Visual Analysis StrategiesClaim, Support, Question https://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_ClaimSupportQuestion.pdf
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6-8Visual Analysis StrategiesCompelling Portraitshttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_CompellingPortraits.pdf
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6-8Visual Analysis StrategiesEngineering Design Challengehttps://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/engineering-challenges-aar-design-hangar
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6-8Visual Analysis StrategiesLearning to Lookhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.saam.media/files/documents/2017-09/education_guide_learning_to_look.pdf
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6-8Visual Analysis StrategiesPortraiture Now: Communitieshttps://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/portraiture-now-communities
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6-8Visual Analysis StrategiesThe Struggle for Justice: Activistshttps://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/struggle-justice
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6-8Visual Analysis StrategiesThink, Puzzle, Explorehttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_ThinkPuzzleExplore.pdf
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6-8Creative WritingCreative Writing Through Portraiture: Red Cloudhttps://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/red-cloud-1822–1909
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6-8Writing about ArtWriting Label Text for a Museum Portraithttps://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/writing-label-text-museum-portrait
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6-8Writing with Descriptive LanguageEkphrastic Poetry (Describing a Work of Art)https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.saam.media/files/documents/2017-11/education_guide_ekphrastic_poetry_lesson.pdf
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6-8Close reading, citing textual evidence, writing argments, supporting claimsAmerican Indian Removal: What Does it Mean to Remove a People?https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/removal/
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6-9World Studies - Europe, American History - Famous PeopleExplore Smithsonian: James Smithson - The Founder of the Smithsonianhttps://ssec.si.edu/explore-smithsonian-james-smithson-founder-smithsonian
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9-12Literacy, Reading Grades 9-12Smithsonian Tween Tribunehttps://www.tweentribune.com/category/teen/
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9-12Literacy, Reading Grades 9-12Smithsonian Tween Tribune (Spanish)https://www.tweentribune.com/category/spanish/YES, SPANISH
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9-12African poetry an artThe Griot Poetry Contesthttps://africa.si.edu/education/online-resources/ten-at-home-activities-for-k-12/
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9-12Considering Why Medium MattersHarlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechtenhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.saam.media/files/documents/2017-09/education_guide_harlem_heroes.pdf
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9-12Cognition, Thinking, Skill Building, ObservartionThinking Routines from Harvard Project Zerohttp://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/oWYbEjpf19oxcFUp
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9-12Cultural, CultureSmithsonian Latino Centerhttps://latino.si.edu/learn/teaching-and-learning-resourcesYES, SPANISH
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9-12StorytellingUnveiling Stories through Portraiturehttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_UnveilingStories.pdf
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9-12Visual Analysis Strategies7 Ways to Read a Portraithttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_7WaysToLookAtAPortrait.pdf
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9-12Visual Analysis StrategiesA Portrait of Sandra Cisneros and The House of Mango Streethttps://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/sandra-cisneros
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9-12Visual Analysis StrategiesClaim, Support, Question https://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_ClaimSupportQuestion.pdf
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9-12Visual Analysis StrategiesCompelling Portraitshttps://npg.si.edu/sites/default/files/NPG_CompellingPortraits.pdf
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9-12Visual Analysis StrategiesLearning to Lookhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.saam.media/files/documents/2017-09/education_guide_learning_to_look.pdf
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9-12Visual Analysis StrategiesPortraiture Now: Communitieshttps://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/portraiture-now-communities
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9-12Visual Analysis StrategiesThe Struggle for Justice: Activistshttps://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/struggle-justice
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9-12Informative WritingThe War of 1812: Create Your Own Textbook Entryhttps://npg.si.edu/exhibit/1812/lessons/lesson_1812_textbook.pdf
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9-12Writing about ArtWriting Label Text for a Museum Portraithttps://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/writing-label-text-museum-portrait
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9-12Writing with Descriptive LanguageEkphrastic Poetry (Describing a Work of Art)https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.saam.media/files/documents/2017-11/education_guide_ekphrastic_poetry_lesson.pdf
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9-12SKill: "Reading" a painting"Reading Portraiture" Guide for Educatorshttps://npg.si.edu/learn/classroom-resource/reading-portraiture-guide-educators
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9-12Using Art to Teach History and Language Arts, Grades 5–12VIDEOS: Meet the Artist video series: features artists discussing their work in terms of identity, context and process. https://americanart.si.edu/videos/meet-artist
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9-12Using Art to Teach History and Language Arts, Grades 5–12The American Experience in the Classroomhttps://americanexperience.si.edu/
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9-12Teaching About DesignWhat is Design Toolkit from the Cooper-Hewitthttps://www.cooperhewitt.org/publications/k-12-teacher-resource-packet/
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9-12Cultural, CultureH1-B Visa Online Art Exhibition, Smithsoninan Asian Pacific American Center https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/QRdMk4sZ
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Additional Art & Design Resources from the Education Departments at the Smithsonian
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AllArt & DesignAfrican Art Online Resourceshttps://africa.si.edu/education/online-resources/
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AllArt & DesignAmerican Indian Museum's Native Knowledge 360https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360YES, SPANISH
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AllArt & DesignArchives and Librarieshttps://siarchives.si.edu/
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AllArt & DesignArchives of American Arthttps://www.aaa.si.edu/
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AllArt & DesignAsian Art (Freer|Sackler Galleries)https://asia.si.edu/learn/for-educators/
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AllArt & DesignCooper Hewitt National Design Museum Lesson Planshttps://dx.cooperhewitt.org/lesson-plans/
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AllArt & DesignDiscovery Theaterhttps://discoverytheater.org/digitalresources/index.shtm
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AllArt & DesignGardenshttps://gardens.si.edu/learn/for-educators/
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AllArt & DesignHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardenhttps://hirshhorn.si.edu/events/
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AllArt & DesignPortrait Galleryhttps://npg.si.edu/learn
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AllArt & DesignSmithsonian Affiliationshttps://affiliations.si.edu/distance-learning-resources/
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AllArt & DesignSmithsonian American Art Museumhttps://americanart.si.edu/education
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AllArt & DesignSmithsonian Institution Libraries & Archiveshttps://library.si.edu/YES, SPANISH
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AllArt & DesignTraveling Exhibition Servicehttps://www.sites.si.edu/s/
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