Photo Prompt

Daily Photo (6/30/20) – Americanization, 1920

Photo — “Americanization, 1920”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. “Americanization class.” The main location for these citizenship classes was the old Central High School at Seventh and O streets. Thirty nations were represented, “Italy having the largest number,” according to a 1922 article in the Washington Post. “The Hebrews come second, with Greece third.” National Photo Company Collection glass negative. 

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On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 19, 2020!

MAY 19, 2020

Today is:

Boys and Girls Club Day

Dinosaur Day

National Devils Food Cake Day



HO CHI MINH (1890-1969) — Vietnamese politician and revolutionary.  First president of socialist Vietnam.
MALCOLM X (1925-1965) — American Muslim minister & civil  and human rights activist.
PETER MAYHEW  (1944-2019) — English-American actor.  Most famous for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars films and media from 1977-2015.
ANDRE THE GIANT (1946-1993) — French professional wrestler and actor. (The Princess Bride)
JODI PICOULT (1966) — American novelist (My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes)
SAM SMITH  (1992) — English singer-songwriter.



1743 – French physicist Jean-Pierre Christin first publishes his centigrade temperature scale, with 0 as the freezing point of water and 100 its boiling point (the reverse of that developed by Andres Celsius).
1921 – The US Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act, placing for the first time limits on the number of immigrants allowed to enter the United States.
1963 – The New York Post Sunday Magazine publishes Martin Luther King, Jr’s “A Letter from a Birmingham Jail“, written on April 16, 1963.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 17, 2020!

APRIL 17, 2020

Today is:

National Cheeseball Day — Who doesn’t love these puffed grain balls covered in neon yellow cheese?

National Kickball Day — A playground classic for years.  Line up and pick your teams!  There’s nothing like the sound of the big rubber ball when it’s kicked.

International Haiku Poetry Day — Try writing your own 5-7-5 syllable poem:  Start a line with five.  Next one seven syllables.  Five more gives haiku.



ALEXANDER CARTWRIGHT (1820-1892) — American firefighter; considered to be the inventor of baseball.
J.P. MORGAN (1837-1913) — American banker and financier.  One of the figureheads of America’s “Gilded Age”
“ROWDY” RODDY PIPER  (1954-2015) — Canadian professional wrestler and actor.
SEAN BEAN (1959) — English actor (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Martian)
BOOMER ESIASON (1961) — American former football player (quarterback) and sports commentator.



1861 – Virginia’s secession convention votes in favor of secession, becoming the 8th state to join the Confederate States of America.
1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processes its highest one day total: 11,747 people.
1961– The Bay of Pigs Invasion begins with a group of CIA-backed Cuban exiles land on the island and attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
1970Apollo 13 returns to Earth after an in flight disaster nearly killed all aboard on their mission to the moon.
Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips — Social Studies (US History)

US History Field Trips

Here’s a few field trips and tours (which is by no means comprehensive) that you can take from home, or send your students on when you’re running low on some remote lessons!

American Battlefield Trust  — Take 360° tours of Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields.

Colonial Williamsburg — Various webcams from the historical district in Colonial Williamsburg (not as busy right now with COVID closures, but great during busy times)

Ellis Island — A 3D vitual tour of Ellis Island from the National Park Service. Change the seasons to see the site throughout the year and learn about US Immigration in the late 19th century.

Museum of the American Revolution — A virtual tour of the entire museum.  Couple this with their online teacher resources for a complete lesson plan!

National Museum of American History — A collection of online exhibits and tours from the Smithsonian Institution.