Are your students interested in the presidents and the role of the presidency in the United States? Do they want to learn more about the lives of remarkable Americans, past and present, who have contributed to the nation’s history and culture? The National Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institution, offers a variety of resources for the classroom that have been developed to complement the museum’s exhibitions. Accessible in English and Spanish, the Classroom Resources section includes Teacher Guides, Lesson Plans, and “Portraits of a Character,” a feature that changes periodically. Presently spotlighted are Abraham Lincoln, César Chávez, Chief Joseph, George Washington Carver: Scientist and “Miracle Worker”; Rosa Parks: Pioneer for Civil Rights; The Four Justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayer), and Walt Whitman: Civil War Poet and Caregiver. Teachers can view and print the online materials or download them as PDF files. They can visit the online collections to search, browse, and augment their lesson plans.

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