New Learning Resources in Arts, Language Arts & History

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Date:         Thu, 24 Feb 2005 11:41:23 -0500
From: "Winters, Kirk" <Kirk.Winters@xxxxxx>
Subject: [EDInfo] New Learning Resources in Arts, Language Arts & History

      TWELVE NEW LEARNING RESOURCES in arts, language arts & history
      have been added to FREE.  They're described below.  FREE makes
      finding federal learning resources easier:


"Andre Kertesz"
      presents 10 photos from the 70-year career of one of the
      world's great photographers.  Kertesz (1894-1985) is known for
      his simple yet compelling & poetic photos.  This exhibit at
      the National Gallery of Art (through May 15, 2005) focuses on
      several themes, including the unexpected & sometimes bizarre
      scenes encountered in modern urban life. (NGA)

"Fauve Painting from the Permanent Collection"
      commemorates the 100th anniversary of an 1905 Paris exhibition
      where paintings by Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, & others were
      jeered as an "orgy of pure color," primitive & brutal.  One
      critic called it fauve ("wild beast") painting, & the epithet
      stuck.  A special web feature explores the birth & development
      of fauve, the first avant-garde wave in the 20th century.

"Islamic Art & Culture: A Resource for Teachers"
      is a 64-page booklet on Islamic art -- art produced in lands
      ruled by Muslim leaders -- after the founding of Islam (7th
      century) to the peak of the last two great Islamic empires,
      the Ottoman & the Safavid (17th century).  Architecture,
      calligraphy, manuscript illumination, metalwork, ceramics,
      glass, & textiles are included, along with an historical
      survey of Islam. (NGA)


"Brighten Up the Classroom"
      provides papers on the aurora & ionosphere, scales for
      measuring space weather, & a textbook for high school teachers
      & advanced students -- "Solar Physics & Terrestrial Effects."
      The textbook examines a range of topics:  the evolution &
      structure of the sun, sunspots & solar flares, the corona &
      chromosphere, solar-terrestrial interactions, building a
      spectroscope, measuring the solar constant, & seeing at
      different wavelengths. (NOAA)

"Classifying Galaxies"
      is a lesson plan on the Hubble system of classifying galaxies.
      Students learn what a galaxy is, how the galaxy classification
      system of Edwin Hubble assigns galaxies to different groups
      according to their shapes, & how that system can be used to
      categorize unknown galaxies. (NASA)

"Cosmology 101"
      is a primer on scientific efforts to understand the origin,
      evolution, & fate of the universe.  Among the questions it
      explores:  What types of matter & energy fill the universe?
      What is the age & shape of the universe?  How rapidly is it
      expanding?  The website examines the Big Bang theory, as well
      as tests & limitations of the theory. (NASA)

"Eyes on the Sky & Feet on the Ground"
      provides hundreds of hands-on astronomy explorations for
      Grades 2-6.  Topics include earth's rotation & orbit, earth's
      tilt, shadows, seasons, time zones, the moon, calendars, maps,
      the solar system, & tides.  Activities help students
      understand the scientific process.  Suggestions are included
      for discussions before & after explorations. (SI)


"Black History Month 2005 Feature Stories"
      offers 28 public service announcements for radio.  Each 60-
      second sound clip tells the story of one African American who
      made significant contributions in architecture, art,
      automobile manufacturing, dance, chemistry, drafting,
      engineering, fashion design, law, medicine, military service,
      ophthalmology, physics, poetry, teaching, or another field or
      profession. (USCB)

"The E Pluribus Unum Project"
      examines Americans' attempt to make "one from many" in three
      pivotal decades: the 1770s, 1850s, & 1920s.  Each decade is
      framed by an introductory essay with links to key topics &
      primary documents, including the Declaration of Independence,
      newspapers, & the rhetoric of the Revolution; reform, cultures
      of the North & South, religion, & popular movements; and
      prohibition, Broadway, evangelical Protestantism, & the
      Roaring Twenties. (NEH)

"The Elizabeth Murray Project"
      looks at the eventful life of Elizabeth Murray as a window
      into the world of revolutionary America.  Murray was a
      shopkeeper in 18th-century Boston (selling imported British
      fashions) and married three times.  Her friends included
      officers in both the Colonial & British armies, & her home was
      used as quarters by both armies. (NEH)

"Henry Luce"
      is the companion website for a film about the missionary's son
      who founded "Time" & "Life" magazines & became, in the late
      1930s, America's most powerful mass communicator.  The website
      includes an essay, career timeline, video clips not in the
      film, & an interview with the filmmaker. (NEH)

"The Most Dangerous Woman in America"
      is a companion website for a film that examines the case of
      Typhoid Mary, a cook who was quarantined for life against her
      will in the early 1900s.  The site includes a history of
      quarantine, a letter Mary Mallon wrote when petitioning the
      courts for her release, an examination of whether public
      health officials were to blame for Mallon's behavior, & a
      mysterious "disease outbreak" for students to solve. (NEH)


NGA -- National Gallery of Art
NEH -- National Endowment for the Humanities
NOAA -- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
NASA -- National Aeronautics & Space Administration
SI -- Smithsonian Institution
USCB -- U.S. Census Bureau

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