JFK Library Teaching and Learning Tuesdays
Welcome to week two of the  JFK Library Teaching and Learning Tuesdays . The department of education and public programs is dedicated to providing additional support to educators during this difficult time. This weekly resource guide provides "ready resources" including lesson plans, activities, videos, primary sources, and reading material for student and teacher engagement. In the weeks ahead, new resources will be added to our online offerings !
Ready-to-Go Resources
Elementary & Middle School
Students analyze JFK’s “Plea for a Raise,” written when he was ten years old. This skillfully argued request for an increase in his allowance serves as a mentor text for a persuasive letter writing activity.
High School
As we face a global pandemic, international cooperation becomes increasingly important. During the early 1960s, a major global threat was nuclear fallout from weapons testing. In this lesson plan, students consider the opportunities and challenges of negotiating an international treaty.
Forum Spotlight
Watch and Discuss a Past Forum
The Constitution: Changes and Challenges in US History
Akhil Amar, professor of law and political science at Yale University, and Eric Foner, professor emeritus of history at Columbia University and author of The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, discuss constitutional changes and challenges throughout our nation’s history. Kenneth Mack, professor of law and history at Harvard University, moderates.
Kennedy Library Forums are webcast live and recorded whenever possible. Written transcripts of most recorded events are also available. View our past Forums or visit our YouTube channel to view past Forums.
Activity of the Week
Presidential Portrait Collages
President Kennedy received unique gifts from ordinary citizens who created one-of-a-kind works of art, including handmade portraits of him made from found materials. Students can use outlines of presidents and first ladies to make a presidential portrait collage. They can choose one, complete all seven, or print an outline of their favorite president or first lady. Encourage them to get creative with materials they have around the house to make a unique piece of presidential art!
Art and Artifacts
Handmade and Heartfelt: Folk Art from the Collection of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Gifts sent to the president and his family from Americans and citizens of other countries are often humble, heartfelt, handmade and patriotic. These individual gestures emerged from a desire to express admiration and respect for the chief executive through personal works of art.
In Case You Missed It...
JFK Library's Teaching and Learning Tuesdays - 3/31
Last week's resource guide featured "Picture Book Biographies of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy," the "Interpreting JFK's Inaugural Address" lesson plan, a "Maritime Nautical Flags" activity, the New Insights: Native American History in the Colonial Period Forum, activities highlighting the US Census, and a blog post about historical pets working from home.
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