Resources For Educators

Explore “I Am an American!” resources for k-12 educators.

The Rosenbach is developing numerous public programs and educational resources to help you continue exploring the life, times, work, and legacy of Alice Dunbar-Nelson and her circle.

In the coming months, The Rosenbach will be posting a series of cross-curricular lessons, which will serve to connect your students to the life and work of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Dunbar-Nelson was both a writer and a teacher, so it is no surprise that her writing resonates deeply with young people as well as her fellow educators. She was also an activist, fighting for social justice in the realm of education and beyond. It is often difficult to get students to feel any connection to people who lived more than 100 years ago.  And it is even more difficult to get them to connect with a poet from 100 years ago. But Alice Dunbar-Nelson is different. Her work and life feel fresh and contemporary, and she has a lot to teach us about how to navigate a world that is politically and socially fraught, in which basic human rights are being threatened. The Rosenbach look forward to introducing you and your students to her. Let’s bring Alice Dunbar-Nelson out of the past and into your students’ present!

In the meanwhile, please explore the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Alice Dunbar-Nelson e-resource guide PDF and their catalog resource list.

About the Rosenbach

The Rosenbach creates programs and exhibitions inspired by a collection of nearly 400,000 rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative arts objects, including some of the best-known literary and historical objects in the world. The Rosenbach’s programs – from Reading Courses to literary cocktail parties – serve people from around the corner and around the globe.

At The Rosenbach we foster inquiry, learning, and creative thought by engaging audiences in programs, exhibitions, and research inspired by our collections. In December 2013, The Rosenbach became affiliated with the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, bringing together two of the world’s preeminent collections of rare books, manuscripts, Americana and art. The combined holdings of The Rosenbach and the Free Library of Philadelphia inspire unique exhibitions and programs throughout the year.

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