Famous Americans
Eleanor Roosevelt visits with Mary McLeod Bethune (1937). Credit: State Archives of Florida

Famous Americans

America wouldn’t be where it is today without the influential men and women who lead their lives trying to make a difference, through leadership, inventions, writing and entrepreneurship. Check out this teacher guide, created by the New York News Publishers Association and additional resources for your classroom. These activities are suggestions for how to bring the lessons of these historical figures into the present and make them relevant to our lives today. These lessons were generally created for students in grades 4-8 but can be narrowed or expanded to accommodate the needs of each instructor’s class and grade level. Feel free to modify these activities or to create your own.


Newspaper in Education Teacher Guide and activities
Supplemental audio files for NIE guide
All About the Benjamins: Understanding the Value of Thrift
Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps
America The Story of Us
Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida: Famous Floridians
Sun Sentinel: The 25 People Who Made Florida