Spring 2020 Education Series
JFK Library Teaching and Learning Tuesdays
From the Library's Department of Education and Public Programs Team
April 21, 2020 (Week 4)
The Power of Words

Featuring primary sources, lesson plans, activities and more in celebration of World Book Day, National Library Week, National Poetry Month, and National Letter Writing Month
Ready-to-Go Resources
Elementary & Middle School
Celebrate National Poetry Month by having students read and analyze Sea Joy, a poem written by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy at age 10. Then have them use sensory imagery to write a poem about a favorite place.
High School
On April 20, 1961, President Kennedy spoke to the American Society of Newspaper Editors about the unsuccessful invasion of the Bay of Pigs in Cuba. In this lesson, students analyze the speech to better understand the Cold War context of the invasion and consider how an effective speech can shift the focus from a failed action or policy towards a future goal.
Forum Spotlight
Watch and Discuss a Past Forum
Lyrics as Literature
Songwriter Paul Simon and Pulitzer Prize-winner for Poetry, Paul Muldoon, talked about how the art of writing lyrics is a form of literature with writer Bill Flanagan. This program was presented in partnership with PEN New England.
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
Design White House China
Throughout US history, various presidents and first ladies had china—formal dishware—designed for use at special White House dinners. The colors, patterns, and symbols on the china are unique to each presidency. Use the examples of historical presidential china to inspire your students before they create their own design with a paper plate and any craft materials they have at home.
Interactive Learning Programs
Online Student Programs with the Presidential Libraries and National Archives
Join the Presidential libraries and the National Archives online for interactive learning programs for preschool through 12th grade! These programs are scheduled weekly through the end of May.
Earth Day: 50th Anniversary
Image from NASA:
Earthrise viewed from lunar orbit prior to landing
Transcript: Rachel Carson Centennial Forum
Rachel Carson's book,  Silent Spring , transformed our nation and its understanding of the dangers of pesticide use. In response to the issues she raised, President Kennedy appointed the President's Science Advisory Committee that subsequently affirmed her findings.  Stewart Udall , Secretary of the Interior in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, delivered opening remarks. Professor E.O. Wilson , Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist, and  Roland Clement , former Vice President of the Audubon Society and her defender during the 1950s and 1960s, discussed her life and legacy.  Annick Smith , nature writer and co-producer of  A River Runs Through It , moderated.
In Case You Missed It...
JFK Library's Teaching and Learning Tuesdays 4/14
Last week's resource guide featured the "Investigating the March on Washington" lesson plan, a Martin Luther King Jr. resource guide, the Bending Toward Justice Forum, the "Make a Protest Poster" activity, and the National Archives DocsTeach website "Rights in America."

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