Dear Wagner families,


Greetings from the Social Studies department at Wagner! We want to bring to your attention some exciting opportunities from our partner organizations which your child may want to take advantage of this week:


1) The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has launched an online version of its Hamilton Education Program open to all students in grades 6-12. EduHam at Home participants will study primary source documents from the Founding Era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical  Hamilton, and finally create their own original performance pieces based on the same material. Participants  will be invited to submit their own  Hamilton-inspired pieces (songs, raps, spoken-word poems, or scenes), and selected student performances will be shared on social media and this EduHam at Home website. Learn more and sign up at



2) The New-York Historical Society's History @ Home lessons continue this week: 

When registering, you will receive a link to join. Each grade's Student Sessions meet at the same time and day every week, and you may join at any point during the lesson series.
All classes align with the New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework. 


6th Grade - Lesson 7: Academy for American Democracy,
Theatre in Ancient Athens
Tuesday, May 5, 2-3 PM EST
Students will learn about the role of theater in ancient Athenian society.
Vocabulary: chorus, orchestra, skene, parados, theatron, Antigone, Sophocles



7th Grade - Lesson 7: Life in the Early Republic
Wednesday, May 6, 2-3 PM EST

Students will learn how to use images to learn about life in America during the Early Republic and why historical images can sometimes be unreliable sources.
Vocabulary: exile, baroness, Napoleon, Early Republic



8th Grade - Lesson 7: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Thursday, May 7, 2-3 PM EST
Students will learn about the rise of Jim Crow, and how Black communities fought back against their systematic oppression in this era.
Vocabulary: Jim Crow, lynching


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