Fall 2020 Education Series
JFK Library Teaching and Learning Tuesdays
From the Library's Department of Education and Public Programs Team
December 8, 2020

Winter Happenings and Spring Planning


Featuring resources and programs for winter and spring!
Virtual Programs
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Grades 3-12
Explore our offerings including programs on civil rights, campaigns and elections, leadership, document-based questions, the Cold War, why an archive?, and President Kennedy's life and presidency.
Ready-to-Go Resources
Lesson Plan
Making Your Voice Heard
Grades 3-6
Students investigate historical letters to public officials, including several to President Kennedy, before writing their own letter of concern to an elected official, such as President-Elect Joe Biden and/or Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.
Lesson Plan
The Press Office: A Presidential News Conference Simulation
Grades 9-12
In this lesson, as members of President Kennedy’s Press Office, students prepare a briefing for the president on topics that may come up in a specific press conference. To fulfill this assignment, they explore the Kennedy Library website, using both primary and secondary sources. As a culminating activity, they participate in a simulated press conference.
Presidents' Day 2021
Save the Date!
Join us virtually on February 15, 2021 for special programming in honor of Presidents' Day. Watch conversations with past presidents portrayed by actors, make history crafts from home, and more! See the January edition of Teaching and Learning Tuesdays for more information.
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
High School Educators!
Listen to 2020 winner Noah Durham's thoughts on political courage and challenge your students to participate in this timely writing competition. The contest deadline is January 15, 2021.
Forum Spotlight
Keynote: The Judicial Role in Contemporary Voting Rights Issues
In the culminating keynote session of the Expanding Democracy: The 19th Amendment and Voting Rights Today conference, Judge Nancy Gertner (ret.), senior lecturer on law at Harvard Law School and former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Margaret Marshall deepened the conversation about the judicial role in contemporary voting rights with Barbara Howard, former anchor of WGBH’s All Things Considered.

This program was funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Mass Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Activity of the Week
Suffrage Sunflower
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Your students can make a suffrage sunflower to celebrate voting rights and brighten up the winter days. In 1867, suffragists wore sunflower pins as they campaigned for the right to vote in Kansas, and yellow remained a symbolic color for the suffragists' efforts. Have students make their own sunflower and explore more about the popular symbols and colors used in the campaign to secure the right to vote for women.
Celebrate!
Wampanoag Nation Singers & Dancers
Join the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers as they share stories of both their history and modern culture in a performance that engages students of all ages. During this virtual program, the whole class can learn new movements and words in this participatory performance. This virtual program is only available to view through Saturday, December 12, so don't miss it!
Richard Stillman 
Holiday Troubadour
Saturday, December 12, 2020
11:30 a.m. EST
Take your class on a musical journey around the world and explore the winter traditions of various cultures—Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, Diwali, and other celebrations. Join in this multicultural celebration featuring instruments, songs, and dances from many different nations. This virtual program will be available to view until January 2, 2021.
Virtual Jigsaw Puzzle
Children with Thanksgiving Turkey
Whether you've finished all the puzzles in your house, or need to take a break for a few moments, try out this jigsaw puzzle featuring a photo of children with the Thanksgiving turkey from the collections at the JFK Library.
Additional Resources
Massachusetts Historical Society:
National History Day in Massachusetts
National History Day (NHD) guides students in grades 6–12 through a year of historical research and inquiry, interpretation, and creative expression. The 2021 theme is "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding." Contest Registration for National History Day in Massachusetts opens on January 15!
In Case You Missed It...
JFK Library's Teaching and Learning Tuesdays 11/10
The previous e-news featured the "Solve the JFK in History Mystery: What is this object?" and "JFK and Vietnam: The September 1963 TV Interviews" lesson plans; the "JFK and World War II" and "Wars 1917-1945" media galleries; the National Student Mock Election results; the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest; "A Conversation with Ash Carter" Forum; the "Presidential Portrait Collages" Activity of the Week; the "World War I" and the "The Vietnam War" DocsTeach resource guides; and notices about the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's "Civics Projects: Implementation 101 Network" and "New Resources to Support Equity in History Instruction."

In addition, all past emails from this series are available on the Library's website.
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