Curriculum Guides

  • Is Capitalsaurus the Real Thing?

    After reading primary documents, students are asked to take a position on the Capitalsaurus. This lesson provides two KidsPost articles, a bill that makes the Capitalsaurus D.C.'s official dinosaur, and an excerpt from a type specimen list prepared by the National Museum of Natural History. Worksheet, crossword puzzle and a word study (dinosaur) are ready to reproduce. Resources and vocabulary are also included.

  • Triangle Fire

    Workplace conditions and safety, the role of immigrants in the American work force and the power of the vote to bring about change can be addressed through the activities in Triangle Fire. Excerpts from David Von Drehle's Triangle Fire are used in three exercises with reproducibles: "The Cutter's Art," "The Workplace at the Turn of the Twentieth Century" and "Tammany Hall and Workplace Safety Reform." Until 9-11-01, The Triangle Waist Company fire was the worst workplace disaster in New York history.

  • Our First Families

    Our First Families is the first of nine once-a-month guides that feature an illustrated segment of the history of the Washington area. The era of the Algonquian-speaking people who settled on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers before 1400 is studied through a Q and A, developed with Post editor and writer Fred Barbash, watercolors and engravings of the late 1500s and the work of Post artist Patterson Clark. A timeline, map of the area in 1600, and "Mamonotowick, Weroances and the People" can be used for cross-disciplinary activities.

  • Hogs Wild/First Towns

    First Towns, second of nine once-a-month guides that feature an illustrated segment of the history of the Washington area, focuses on European exploration and settlement along the Potomac River. Resources are provided to research explorations of North America, 1600 - 1750, or for younger students to do a word find. The illustration, map and Q&A focus on the first European settlements in this D.C. area: Alexandria, Georgetown and Bladensburg.

  • Our Nation's Capital Created

    Third of nine once-a-month guides that feature an illustrated segment of the history of the Washington area, Capital Created focuses on laying the foundation for a city and nation in Washington, D.C. The illustration, map and Q&A present the original boundary lines, government buildings, bridges and canal. Reproducibles are provided to study spanning the Potomac River, the Battle of Bladensburg and attacks on Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

  • Technology Shapes The Capital City

    Fourth of nine once-a-month guides that feature an illustrated segment of the history of the Washington area, Technology Shapes The Capital City focuses on the developments in transportation and communication that influenced the commercial and population growth of the Washington area. The illustration, map and Q&A present antebellum Washington. Through the timelines and activities, students are introduced to the era of canals and steamboats along the Potomac and the first railroads.

  • Civil War and The Capital City

    The divisions and horrors of the Civil War transformed D.C. and the country. Fifth of nine once-a-month guides that feature an illustrated segment on developments in the Washington area, Civil War and The Capital City features maps, news articles, speeches and documents to study and understand the issues, actions and people of the era. The illustration and Q&A present Washington, 1861-1865. Three maps are in this guide: "Map It" (the ring of forts that defended D.C.), "The Capital in Crisis" (the morning of Sept.

  • The Capital Transformed

    Turn-of-the-century D.C. reflected the industrial revolution's improvements in transportation, art movements and the changing lifestyles of Americans. As the city closed the open sewer that the Washington Canal had become and paved some streets, an aesthetic sense was expressed in its bridges and the creation of Potomac Park. "A Wildlife Sculptor and a Tale of Three Bridges" gives the story of Alexander Phimister Proctor and his work in D.C. "Map It" highlights the new bridges, radiating trolley lines and new communities.

  • D.C. Renaissance

    The 1920s and 1930s were decades of development, daring and dangers, and the D.C. Renaissance during which writers, musicians and artists were a significant part of D.C. life. This guide provides introductions to the arts, media, technology and politics of two decades. Patterson Clark's "A New Day" illustrates scenes of D.C., including Grace Colidge and her pet raccoon. "Map It" highlights West Potomac Park, population growth and advances in transportation as students practice their map reading and interpretation skills.

  • Education in Democracy/Boom and Brown

    In the midst of a booming economy, the nation's capital was faced with a challenge to segregation that was practiced in its customs and laws. Activities and resources are provided in this guide to study the social, historic and legal context, Supreme Court decisions and aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education. Daily life is presented in Q&A, the illustrated history of D.C., and "Inspired or Accidental Inventions?" "Map It" provides a map reading exercise and a look at the growth of the D.C. area by 1965.