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Conventional histories of Pennsylvania declare that all but a few elderly Lenape people left the state by the opening of the 19th century. Many Lenape were indeed driven westward, and ultimately created communities in Oklahoma, Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and in other parts of the United States and Canada. Yet, some Lenape people remained here in secret. Children of the little known Lenape-European marriages of the 1700s stayed on the Lenape homelands (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and southern New York) and continued to practice their traditions covertly. Hiding their heritage, they avoided discovery by both the government and their neighbors for more than two hundred years. Now, the descendants of these people have come forward to tell their story.

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Autumn Poems
With leaves falling, and the weather changing, is autumn more poetic than other seasons? Probably not, but today's sites bring together poems and rhyming songs that celebrate this particular season for kids (and grownups) of all ages.

4 Seasons Haiku: Autumn
"Traditionally haiku are rooted in natural history and the seasons, and make us conspirators with wildlife, as nature half-writes the haiku before we've even put pen to paper." Beatrice van de Vis is publisher and host of this haiku blog, where all poets are welcome to submit family-friendly haiku. This page is the front door for the autumn poems. At the bottom of the page, click "Older Posts" for more fall haiku. You'll find the other seasons listed in the horizontal navigation at the top of the site.

Apples 4 the Teacher: Autumn Poems and Rhymes for Kids
Poets represented in this collection of autumn poems include Robert Frost, Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr., and Robert Louis Stevenson. Although this page is simply a listing of poems (most in the public domain so you can freely use them on your website, if you wish) if you click on Fall in the breadcrumb navigation, you'll find fall coloring pages, worksheets, crafts, printables and short stories.

DLTK: Autumn Poetry
Visit DLTK for lots of Robert Frost, but also Emily Dickinson and John Updike. Best of all, each poem is accompanied by an illustrated printable version in both color or color-it-yourself black and white. And for your littlest ones, there are fall songs to be sung to well-known tunes such as Frère Jacques and I'm a Little Teapot. "Red leaves falling / Red leaves falling / On the ground / On the ground."

Famous Poets and Poems: Autumn Poems and Poetry
Famous Poets and Poems has a large selection of fall poems from a wide range of poets, great for middle-school or high-school students, it doesn't include any sing-along songs or printable coloring pages. Some of the contemporary poets represented include Erica Jong, Sylvia Plath and Dorothy Parker, but there is also plenty from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Emily Dickinson. All the poets also have their own sections, so you can also peruse the site by author. Look in the left-hand navigation for links to Popular Poets and collections such as Love Poems or English Poets.

Teaching First
"One by one the petals drop / There's nothing that can make them stop. / You cannot beg a rose to stay. / Why does it have to be that way?" Summer's End by Judith Viorst. Teaching First has a small (and very accessible) collection of autumn poems and songs for preschoolers and elementary kids. Here's one to the tune of Jingle Bells. "Leaves are falling, leavings are falling. One fell on my nose!"

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Copyright for Students
Copyright, intellectual property, fair use and public domain are not subjects reserved for lawyers and corporate publishers. Every student who uses the library or the Internet to write a school report needs to understand the basics of what can and can't be copied from someone else's work. And, as creators of reports and projects, students also should know that their work is covered by copyright and just the act of putting it on paper, affords them protection under the law.

Center for the Study of the Public Domain: Bound By Law?
Bound by Law? is a digital comic book about a laser-brandishing heroine fighting the Rights Monster as she makes a movie. "A documentary is being filmed. A cell phone rings, playing the "Rocky" theme song. The filmmaker is told she must pay $10,000 to clear the rights to the song. Can this be true?" Along the way, we learn about intellectual property, public domain, and the thin line between fair use and copyright infringement. The comic is available digitally for free (licensed under Creative Commons) or a hard copy can be purchased at Amazon.

Copyright: an Interactive Journey for Kids
Created as a graduate project in Educational Technology Leadership, by Phyllis D. Gardner, this illustrated first-person story starts when our unnamed protagonist copies the entirety of his dinosaur report from "The teacher said I copied and that I was stealing and a lot of other things that took me by surprise!" In addition to introducing the concepts of plagiarism and copyright, the site demonstrates how to create a citation and make a bibliography.

Copyright Kids
"Did you know that whenever you write a poem or story or even a paper for your class, or a drawing or other artwork, you automatically own the copyright to it?" Published by the Copyright Society of the USA, this site explains intellectual property, fair use, derivative work and public domain for upper-elementary and middle-school students. It also includes instructions on how to register your own work with the U.S. Copyright Office, and follows the dilemmas of a middle-school yearbook club as they discover how copyright law applies to the creation of a yearbook on CD.

Library of Congress: Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright
This multimedia presentation from the Library of Congress uses anime characters to demonstrate how copyright protects the rights of the creator. "Copyright Exposed is a short video of Cop E. Wright telling a group of teens the basics of U.S. Copyright Law." In addition to the Flash version, a text transcript (illustrated with stills from the movie) is also available. It also briefly addresses the issue of using material found on the Internet or in your attic. "I found old photos in my garage. Do I own the copyright?"

NC Wise Owl: Copyright for Students
This straightforward site helps middle-school and high-school students answer the question, "What things can I legally include in a report, presentation or movie?" Along the way, it explains copyright, offers resources for public domain images, and has a great link list of sites that explore copyright in more detail. "Do I always have to follow the copyright laws and rules? You may get around the copyright rules by simply writing or emailing the person who created the work and asking permission to use it."

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Gulf Oil Spill
On April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico fifty miles off the shore of Louisiana, an explosion occurred on BP's offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, leaving eleven rig workers dead and injuring seventeen others. Four days later it was discovered that the damaged wellhead was leaking oil into the Gulf. Learn more about this eco disaster at this week's website roundup.

Fast Company: Infographic: The Gulf Oil Spill
"The BP Gulf oil spill is the worst ever when you combine its size and location. While it may not be the biggest, as you can see from the graphic, it certainly will be one of the most economically damaging and costly, simply because it occurred in some of America's most productive waters." Click on the infographic to enlarge it, and you will see the Deepwater Horizon oil spill compared to other accidental spills, dating back to 1967. Because the extent of the Gulf disaster has not been completely tabulated yet, Deepwater Horizon is represented by both a best case and worst case estimate.

LiveScience: Looming Disaster? Gulf Oil Spill FAQ
This LiveScience article dated April 28, 2010, answers six common questions about the Gulf oil spill, and is followed by links to additional oil spill FAQs, such as "The Science and History of Oil Spills." Questions answered include "How does the spill compare to the Exxon Valdez disaster?", "How big is the oil slick and how fast is it growing?", and "How is the oil leaking out?"

Newsweek: Gulf Oil Spill By the Numbers
Newsweek brings us a "numerical look at the magnitude of the disaster and the enormous response" with a slide show of photos, videos, and statistics. "About 520 miles (2.76 million feet) of boom - a floating barrier to oil - have been deployed to protect sensitive areas of the Gulf Coast. If laid out in a straight line, that length of boom would reach from New York City to Columbus, Ohio. Unfortunately, boom isn't perfect and can be overcome by the elements. High winds and waves, for instance, can send oily water sloshing right over it and on toward shore."

Our Amazing Planet: Gulf Oil Spill: Animals at Risk
This illustrated slide show examines how a dozen different species are affected by the Gulf oil spill. "It's all bad news for wildlife in the Gulf and along its shores. Everything from minuscule plankton to enormous sperm whales is at risk, including animals on both land and sea." Despite its small size, the loss of plankton might be one of the biggest problems, because, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, plankton are the basis of the marine food web, so what affects them, has repercussions across the entire marine food chain.

PBS: Gulf Oil Spill: Fact and Figures
This PBS oil spill infographic, updated on May 3, 2010, illustrates a dozen pertinent facts, including that 21% of fish caught in the U.S. comes from our southern coast, and that 47% of Louisiana's population lives by the Gulf Coast. For more news and statistics, check out the off-site resources listed below the infographic. More PBS oil spill coverage can be found on the Oil Spill link at the Rundown news blog (in the horizontal navigation menu.)

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Back-to-School Quotes
The exciting back-to-school season is upon us, and what better way to get ourselves in the mood than with wisdom and humor. Whether you are looking for something for a school report, a bulletin board, or dinner table discussion, you'll surely hit pay dirt with today's selection of pithy sayings.

Brainy Quote: School Quotes
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors." Maya Angelo. With fourteen pages of school quotes, Brainy Quotes is the largest of today's back-to-school quote collections. Additional quotes can be perused by topic, keyword, author, or search function.

Brownielocks: Teaching Quotes
"The only educational aspect of television is that it put's the repair man's kids through college." Joan Welsh. For thirty years, Brownielocks has been collecting inspirational and funny quotes about school, students, the education system and teaching. This long page contains her favorites.

The Quotations Page: Education
"It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated." Alec Bourne. The Quotations Page has forty-eight quotes in their Education section, and suggests related topics of Learning, Knowledge and Teaching. In addition to quotations organized by topic, you can also explore by author, or enjoy a daily random quote. With free registration, you can save favorite quotes and email quotes to friends.

The Quote Garden: Back to School
"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." Sydney J. Harris. Although the author attributions on these back-to-school quotes are not clickable (i.e. there is not a page dedicated to each author) there are related Quote Garden categories to explore: Children, Learning, Parents, Teachers, and Stress. Yup, stress is a natural by-product of back-to-school activities!

Thinkexist: School Quotes
"The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." Tom Bodett. Each quote at Thinkexist is tagged with multiple topics, providing an easy way to explore the site. The Bodett quote, for example, is categorized under School, Experience, Education and Life. Free membership offers a personal quote box for storage of your favorite quotes, organized by chapters.

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Through presentations, classroom sessions, curriculum, fund raising, charitable works, and multi-media efforts, we seek to raise public awareness of the stereotyping, discrimination, racism and other unique situations facing Native Americans.
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