Whaling and Sailing Stories—Navigating History and Literature

“Call me Ishmael” is the legendary first line of Moby-Dick, but the protagonist’s name is hardly the most famous in Herman Melville’s 1851 novel. He’s probably a distant third to both Captain Ahab and the eponymous whale itself, which was based on a real albino sperm whale named Mocha Dick.

Flag Day, An American Holiday—June 14, 2024

How does the American flag make “one out of many”? The Meaning of Flag Day explores the history and significance of the American flag with selections from American writers and statesmen, including Francis Scott Key, Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, and John McCain.

Free Discussion Lessons About the News

The Economist Educational Foundation’s Topical Talk discussions build the essential skills students need in order to engage with the world. Topical Talk provides free teaching resources for weekly classroom discussions about current affairs. The ready-to-use lessons are created by expert teachers in collaboration with world-leading journalists and fact-checkers from The Economist newspaper. Recent lesson topics include “Women in Media,” “Taylor Swift: pop stars and influence,” and “AI: education and the future of work.”

National Library Week-Highlighting the Role of Libraries in the Digital Age

From digital resources to interactive learning, libraries continue to evolve, enriching lives and fostering connections. Each April, the American Library Association (ALA) sponsors National Library Week, a time to celebrate the nation’s libraries and library workers’ contributions. It’s also a time to promote library use and support.

AI-Enhanced Experiences Unveiling the Secrets of History and Science

TimeLooper is taking immersive storytelling to the next level through the power of generative artificial intelligence (AI). TimeLooper’s AI-powered experiences open doors to endless possibilities, combining advanced technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), projection mapping, and holograms. Prepare to embark on a journey where history, science, and culture come alive.

Interdisciplinary, Inquiry-based Projects on Migration of Monarch Butterflies

The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of federal and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, businesses, and academic programs working together to protect the monarch butterfly migration across the United States. In support of its mission, MJV offers the Monarchs and More curriculum, an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based supplement to classroom science instruction. The curriculum is laid out as four projects that immerse students in the biology and ecology of monarchs and other pollinators.

Online Student Program on the Craft of Writing Fiction

The Common Young Writers Program welcomes high school students passionate about creative writing to join a two-week intensive course on the craft of fiction. Offered by Amherst College, this virtual summer courseincludes daily synchronous and asynchronous work for students excited to learn the building blocks of fiction (scene, character, plot, image) and write and revise their own stories in a short period of time.

Documentary Illuminating the Triumphant Power of Music

The Secret Song chronicles the final months of Doug Goodkin’s fabled 45-year career teaching music to children in San Francisco. In what could have been a celebratory victory lap, the veteran teacher finds his efforts to instill a sense of belonging interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Dedicated to the Teaching and Encouragement of Reading

Believe in Reading awards grants for successful literacy programs that serve populations with out-of-the-ordinary needs, such as geographic areas with low reading scores and high poverty levels. Believe in Reading will provide funds only if they are earmarked for literacy; reading must be the primary activity.