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The Internet is an ever-changing world. Below is a sampling of teacher resources, lesson plans, and other web-based features to help you and your students learn about Adlai Stevenson II. Don't miss Adlai Today's Resources section for more links!

Lesson Plans
Links to Adlai-related lesson planning resources — Most of these lesson plans also include a list of the National and/or Illinois State History/Social Sciences standards addressed.

Online Communities and Collaborations
Ideas for creating your own online communities and collaborative projects — Learn what other teachers are doing to help their students understand Adlai Stevenson II, his core ideas, and the times in which he lived.

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Lesson Plans

Colin Powell: a New Adlai Stevenson?
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 6–12
Lesson plan created by The Choices Program and centered around the Cuban Missile Crisis. The lesson asks students to compare and contrast two historically significant presentations given to the United Nations, one by Adlai Stevenson in 1962 and one by Colin Powell in 2003. Students view the evidence brought forth by the two important figures in the U.S. government and explore the impact each presentation had on U.S. security and the decision whether to go to war.

Quotables: What Do You Take from Them?
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language Arts
Grade Level(s): Designed for 12th grade, but easily adaptable down through junior high level
Lesson plan created by South Dakota Teachers as Advisors that asks students to examine famous quotations and make personal connections. Those of Adlai Stevenson II are included; if desired, you could alter this to focus only on the quotations of Adlai Stevenson.

Exploring Adlai Stevenson II
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language Arts
Grade Level(s): Designed for 5th grade, but easily adaptable up through high school
This lesson plan was created by Chris Bohne for the University of Illinois (at Urbana-Champaign) Library's Teaching with Digital Content (TDC) Collection. Its purpose is to research the "mystery person" (Adlai Stevenson II) using a variety of materials and incorporating technology in several ways.

Eisenhower, McCarthy, and the Election of 1952
Subject(s): AP U.S. History
Grade Level(s): Designed for use with 11th and 12th grade students
This lesson plan was created by Paul Rykken of Black River Falls High School in Wisconsin. The focus is the 1952 Presidential Election; especially the battle for Wisconsin's votes. The documentation provided with the lesson plan includes information on modification. Although the lesson is mainly focused on the relationship between Eisenhower and McCarthy, Adlai Stevenson could easily be brought into focus in this lesson plan.

The Political Triumphs and Tragedies of the First Adlai E. Stevenson
Subjects: U.S. History, Sociology, Government, Social Studies, or Language Arts
Grade Level(s): Designed for 10th – 12th grade, but adaptable to lower grades.
This is actually a set of curriculum materials designed by Bill Ulmer to go with an Illinois History Teacher historical research and narrative article by Leonard Schiup (Vol 4.1, 1997). Although the focus of the article itself is on Adlai Stevenson I, the curriculum materials examine the lives of the entire Stevenson family.

The Emergence of Television as a Campaign Tool
Subjects: History/Social Sciences, Government, or Language Arts
Grade Level(s): No grade level specified, but these could be adaptable for junior high to high school levels.
This lesson plan was created by the American Museum of the Moving Image. It is used with "The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952 – 2004," a feature of the Moving Image's website (click to view the 1952 Eisenhower vs. Stevenson commercials). The lesson plan explores "how the use of television commercials differs from previous forms of political communication and how the first campaign commercials in 1952 changed public exposure to and perception of candidates and issues in the presidential campaign".

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Online Communities and Collaborations

Consider using a forum, blog, or wiki to create your own online communities and collaborative projects. Talk to others about your work. Learn what other teachers are doing to help their students understand Adlai Stevenson II. Share ideas for using the website. Submit your links to AdlaiToday.

Talk to Others: Forums and Blogs
Discuss Adlai Stevenson, the times in which he lived, and how his core ideas are still relevant today. Share projects, resources, and lesson ideas for helping students develop a "news habit." Create an inter- or intra- school community by using one of the many available Internet forum* venues (such as Google groups and Yahoo Groups) or an online blog*. To search for an existing blog, see Google Blogs.

Work with Others: Collaborations Do a collaborative research project. Consider using wiki* technology to engage multiple research participants and contributions.

Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis. Consider a class project or advanced student research project which culminates in a contribution to the Adlai Stevenson entry at

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Bloomington's Oakland Elementary School students successfully lobbied state officials to mark Adlai's Stevenson's birthday, February 5, as a day of commemoration in Illinois. Three grade levels collaborated on research: The third grade students researched Adlai's city contributions, the fourth grade students did state contributions, and the fifth grade students did national contributions. All worked together to create a video that was presented to state legislators. As part of their research, students visited the Stevenson home, his gravesite at Evergreen Cemetery, and the McLean County Museum of History (all in Bloomington, IL). They also went to the Central Illinois Regional Airport with sculptor Rick Harney of Bloomington, who created a Stevenson statue on permanent display in the terminal. Read more about the students' project. Read the news story.

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