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Rick (rlarson)
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MORE THAN 30 resources have been added to FREE, the website
that makes hundreds of learning resources from 40+ federal
organizations available (& searchable) in one place.

Below are titles, descriptions, & sponsoring agencies of these
new resources. We invite you to visit the FREE website &
"What's New" area, & tell us what you think:

New Resources Added to the FREE Website
(Federal Resources for Educational Excellence)
October 6 - November 16, 1999


"Venetian Painting in the Early Renaissance" offers seven paintings
from the last quarter century of the 1400s. In the mid-1400s,
Venice was the most powerful city in Italy but by the end of the
fifteenth century the city's fortunes had begun to change.
Venetian artists nevertheless maintained their prestige, legendary
splendor, & international reputation. Grounding their art in the
senses, they appealed to the eye & the spirit through brilliant
color, glowing light, & the beauties of nature. (NGA)

"Giorgione & the High Renaissance in Venice" presents seven
paintings by this influential painter (1500-20) & others whose work
marks the beginning of the Venetian High Renaissance. Giorgione
introduced new subjects (mythological scenes & pastorals) & several
technical innovations. (NGA)

"Mannerism" offers seven Italian paintings covering 1520-40, the
period just after the popular High Renaissance. This period is
known for its emphasis on self-conscious artifice over realistic
depiction. (NGA)

"Titian & the Late Renaissance in Venice" features seven paintings
by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), the preeminent artist among Venetian
painters during the 16th century. At the time (1540), Venice
reigned as one of the most powerful city-states in Europe, &
Venetian painters assumed a position of artistic supremacy in
Europe that they would occupy for the rest of the century. (NGA)

"Venetian Painting in the Later Sixteenth Century" shows seven
paintings by the three most important challengers to Titian's
dominance over Venetian art in the 16th century. (NGA)

"Manet's The Dead Toreador & The Bullfight" explores why the
artist, stung by critical comments in 1864, cut his painting
"Incident in a Bullfight" in two & then painted The Dead Toreador &
The Bullfight on the resulting two canvasses. Using x-rays &
intensive scientific analysis of the two existing paintings,
historians have discovered fascinating connections between these
seemingly unrelated works. (NGA)

"Romantics & Realists" compares & contrasts the romantic & realists
schools through seven French paintings (1812-1875). The romantic
movement, according to poet Charles Baudelaire, was "a manner of
feeling." The realists, in the next generation, were guided by
observation & the idea that "painting is an essentially concrete
art." (NGA)

"American Impressionists of the Late 1800s & Early 1900s" offers
seven paintings that help show how the invention of collapsible tin
tubes to hold premixed oil paints (John Rand, 1841) freed the
artist to leave the studio & explore the subject matter first-hand.
The Americans built on the masterful work done by French
impressionists, but focused on different subjects. (NGA)

"Photographs of International Expositions" is a study & research
collection of images documenting European & American art &
architecture. Among its holdings, the Archives maintains a large
collection of photographs, albums, & postcard booklets from various
international expositions such as Philadelphia 1876, Paris 1889, &
Paris 1900. (NGA)

"Alfred Stieglitz: New Perspectives" is a multi-faceted project
which includes the Gallery's 1983 book, "Alfred Stieglitz:
Photographs & Writings" & a series of presentations. The multi-
year project will culminate in the publication of a scholarly
catalogue of the Gallery's collection of Stieglitz photographs & an
exhibition of the art of this seminal American photographer. (NGA)

"National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden" explains the works of
the art, the artists, the construction process, & the history of
this important new attraction on the National Mall. (NGA)

"Selected Photographs from the Collection" offers nine photographs
that celebrate some recent additions to the Gallery's growing
collection. These photos suggest that great photographers do not
simply record the world; they transform it. (NGA)

"Teacher Exchange: Curriculum Ideas" offers interdisciplinary
curriculum ideas created by teachers participating in the Gallery's
Teacher Institute. Topics range from mythology & interdisciplinary
learning, to renaissance art & long-distance learning, to visual
art & rural elementary schools, & more. (NGA)

"Teaching Resources Online" offers twenty-four studies & classroom
activities for some of the Gallery's most intriguing exhibitions.
Get lesson ideas for teaching Mary Cassatt's "Little Girl in a Blue
Armchair," or read a detailed explanation of the archetypal "action
painter" Jackson Pollock. (NGA)

"The Drawings of Annibale Carracci" is the first exhibition devoted
to the powerful & evocative drawings of Annibale Carracci (1560-1609).
On view at the Gallery through January 9, 2000. (NGA)

"The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology" is a landmark exhibition on
view at the Gallery through January 2, 2000. It illustrates the
achievements of Chinese culture through the presentation of
masterpieces dating from the Neolithic Period through Five
Dynasties (5000 B.C. to A.D. 924). Many of these masterpieces were
discovered in the last twenty years & have not seen before in the
U.S. (NGA)


"Beyond Discovery" presents case studies tracing the origins of
recent technological & medical advances. Each case study -- on
topics such as designer seeds, human gene testing, ozone depletion,
& curing childhood leukemia -- reveals the crucial role played by
basic science. (NAS)

"Coffee Break" is a collection of short reports on recent
biological discoveries. Each report incorporates interactive
tutorials that show how "bioinformatics" tools are used as a part
of the research process. Past topics include how salmonella gains
entry into human cells, new clues on Alzheimer's pathology, how
living organisms tune in to the time of day, & others. (NCBI/NIH)

"Schools Online" offers a diverse group of K-12 activities. Join
Squirmin' Herman the Worm in his underground world, or assist
Detective LePlant as he explores the mysteries of plant science
with his partners Bud & Sprout. Teachers will find lesson plans &
activities on incubation & embryology, & students can learn what it
feels like to grow older & what happens to our bodies as we age.

Social Studies

"H.I.P. Pocket Change" explores the history of coins. Teachers can
find lesson plans on charting history with pennies or showing
students 293 ways to make change for a dollar. Students can learn
how to start their own coin collection, travel back through history
using coins as their guide, or design a future coin. (MINT)

Resources for Kids

"EIA's Kids Page" invites kids on a fun-filled tour of the various
kinds, sources, & uses of energy. Students can take a quick energy
quiz, read fun facts, or visit five energy producing facilities.

"Kids Corner" offers fun facts about railroads. Read about
railroad salaries & job titles during the Depression, nicknames of
past & present railroads, & slang used by those who worked on the
railroads. (RRB)

Resources for Parents or Teachers

"America Reads Challenge: Read*Write*Now Resource Kit" can help you
organize an effort to make sure that all children in your community
(through the 6th grade) learn to read & write well. The online kit
provides reading & writing activities, directories of helpful
organizations, & more. The kit also suggests ways to form
partnerships among parents, schools, local businesses, & the
community. (ED)

The "Captioned Media Program" offers over 4,000 free-loan,
educational & general-interest open-captioned videos. Educational
videos are accompanied by lesson guides & include topics in school
subject areas, preschool through college. Titles include classic
movies & special-interest topics such as travel, hobbies,
recreation, & more. (ED)

"Checkpoints for Progress in Reading & Writing for Teachers &
Learning Partners" & a companion volume for "Families &
Communities" feature check lists of what students should be capable
of at different grade levels. The first site also lists typical
books appropriate for each grade, while the second includes tips
for parents & sample paragraphs from books for each age. (ED)

"Early Childhood: Where Learning Begins: Geography" is a booklet
parents can use to explore with children (ages 2-5) key
geographical concepts -- location, regions, movement, & others.

"Early Childhood Update" publishes articles of interest to the
early childhood community. The recent issue looks at new
directions for public television; learning foreign languages with
STEP Star Network; Read, Write, & Type!; technology-related
assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) of 1988;
the Colorado remediation studies; & more. (ED)

"Helping Your Child Learn Math" features dozens of fun activities
parents can use to help children (K-5th grade) have fun learning
geometry, algebra, measurement, statistics, probability & other
important mathematical concepts. Activities relate math to
everyday life & can be done at home, at the grocery store, or while
traveling. It includes sections for parents on what math is like
in schools today & a parents' booklist for helping children learn
math. (ED)

"Moving America to the Head of the Class: 50 Simple Things You Can
Do" suggests 50 ways that parents & grandparents, teachers &
principals, & employers & citizens can help improve education. (ED)

"Teachers Discuss" is a set of bulletin boards for teachers to post
& read messages on 10 topics, such as class size, faculty meetings,
& ineffective teachers. Each topic starts off with a short
background paper & leads to threaded discussions. (ED)

"Teacher Quality" features classroom resources & information about
recruiting & preparing teachers, providing professional development
opportunities, & raising teaching standards. (ED)

"What to Expect: Your First Year of Teaching" tells what the first
year of teaching is like from the perspective of first-year
teachers. In addition to describing first-year challenges, the
booklet provides the views of veteran teachers on how
administrators can help new teachers & how teacher education could
be made more practical. (ED)

DOE/EIA -- Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration
ED -- Department of Education
MINT -- U.S. Mint
NAS -- National Academy of Sciences
NCBI/NIH -- National Center for Biotechnology Information, National
Institute of Health
NGA -- National Gallery of Art
RRB -- Railroad Retirement Board
USDA -- Department of Agriculture

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