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Longform - longform.org

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6 to 12
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Longform recommends new and classic fiction and non-fiction from around the web. Read articles on a browser or save to read later with Readability, Instapaper, Pocket, or Kindle. Articles...more
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Longform recommends new and classic fiction and non-fiction from around the web. Read articles on a browser or save to read later with Readability, Instapaper, Pocket, or Kindle. Articles include every imaginable topic. There are publications as "well-known" as New York magazine and as "low-profile" as the Broward-Palm Beach New Times. Search for a topic using the search bar or scroll through current offerings on the home page. Narrow down choices by method of reading such as Instapaper or Kindle format. You can also find podcasts about featured publications and articles. Click on an article's title to read online or print using links provided. Choose the read later button to save to your Longform account. Registration using an email address and password is required for this option.

tag(s): expository writing (44), independent reading (128), poetry (228), reading lists (75), writing prompts (92)

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Create a classroom account and save articles to use with classroom topics or for independent student reading. Find informational texts to use for Common Core practice. Share this site with students to create their own account to find articles to read. This is definitely a site that you want to list on your class wiki, blog, or website. Teachers of writing can use these articles as examples of different writing styles and of writing with audience and voice in mind. Select more controversial articles to use as writing prompts.

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Persuasion Across Time and Space Lesson Plan - Stanford University Graduate School of Education

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Stanford's Understanding Language offers this free five-lesson unit plan for English Language Learners on persuasive writing. Although geared towards middle school students, it could...more
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Stanford's Understanding Language offers this free five-lesson unit plan for English Language Learners on persuasive writing. Although geared towards middle school students, it could be useful with high schoolers as well. Each lesson includes an overview of content and goals for the end of lesson. Download the introduction and each of the five lessons using the PDF links provided. All lessons include correlations to Common Core standards and take approximately 4 to 5 days to complete. Each lesson includes all necessary handouts and assessment suggestions. Lesson topics relate to important events and people from American history: Gettysburg Address, civil rights, and others.

tag(s): advertising (33), civil rights (117), gettysburg address (18), martin luther king (37), persuasive writing (55), speeches (17)

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Print and use lessons (or portions of lessons) in your classroom. Although geared toward middle school ESL/ELL students, these materials can be adapted and used for any middle and high school students. Challenge your students to write their own persuasive writing pieces. Use this site to teach about historical events in America's past (Gettysburg Address, civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr, and more).
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Picturing US History - American Social History Project / Center for Media and Learning

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4 to 12
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"Picturing U.S. History" helps you use visual evidence to learn about the past. The subtitle "Lessons in Looking" tells it all. The lessons are very detailed and flexible. Primary source...more
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"Picturing U.S. History" helps you use visual evidence to learn about the past. The subtitle "Lessons in Looking" tells it all. The lessons are very detailed and flexible. Primary source media includes: photographs, drawings, paintings, political cartoons, print media, statuary, furniture, and collectibles. Additional links provide explanations of historical and culture behind the images used at the site.

tag(s): art history (70), black history (59), painting (66), primary sources (86)

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The "Lessons on Looking" can be used for a single class period or over several periods. Using a projector or interactive whiteboard, use the zoom tool to look at one aspect of the picture and have students interpret the image. Challenge your students to create a web exhibit collection about a historical topic using a tool such as Bag The Web (reviewed here). Students can share all of the important links, information, and even brief descriptions that they find on this site.
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Timelines.TV - Timelines.TV

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This British site marries the interactive timeline with the video clip to create a historical resource that has a strong visual impact. Although the focus is on British history, there...more
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This British site marries the interactive timeline with the video clip to create a historical resource that has a strong visual impact. Although the focus is on British history, there are also timelines focused on the American West, and the history of pandemic smallpox. A number of the British timelines have applications for the study of world history: Shakespeare, the Industrial Revolution, Women's Suffrage, and more. Access a timeline and then view short video clips designed to explain or enrich your understanding of events or trends along the line. There is a message board. At the time of this review, all content was appropriate. However, you may want to preview that area or advise your students to steer clear of the message boards.

tag(s): diseases (66), gold rush (19), great britain (16), industrial revolution (25), native americans (78), shakespeare (131), timelines (62), westward expansion (29), womens suffrage (26)

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Timeline.TV is tailor made for classrooms with interactive whiteboards (or projectors). The video clips generally run between five and ten minutes, so are a perfect reinforcement for classroom lecture or for outside reading. If you are running a "flipped" classroom, ask students to access the timelines at home, knowing that the presentations will help expand understanding of concepts to be discussed in class. There is also a mobile and tablet version of this resource. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own timelines on a topic not highlighted at this site. Use a tool such as Capzles (reviewed here).
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Welcome to The Dirksen Center's Editorial Cartoon Collection - The Dirksen Congressional Center

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5 to 12
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This archive of political cartoons focuses on those featuring Everett Dirksen, but in so doing, presents commentary on a large number of important political topics during the time period....more
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This archive of political cartoons focuses on those featuring Everett Dirksen, but in so doing, presents commentary on a large number of important political topics during the time period. Dirksen was a Republican Congressman and Senator from Illinois between 1933 and 1969. Both because he was a powerful politician (at one point the Senate Minority Leader) and a distinctive looking man, he was a favorite among political cartoonists of the time. We know that the analysis of political cartoons can be an effective teaching tool in that it requires a thorough understanding of the issues and context of that time period. This archive is searchable by date (beginning in 1950 and concluding with Dirksen's death in 1969) and by topic (including the Civil Rights Act, Vietnam, Nixon, Kennedy, Ford, nuclear testing, labor relations and foreign policy). There are lesson plans tied to a number of the cartoons.

tag(s): 1950s (12), 1960s (30), civil rights (117), comics and cartoons (74), media literacy (58)

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Applicable to nearly every political issue from the 1950s and 1960s, this archive will assist students in understanding these turbulent decades. Analyzing political cartoons helps students grasp the adversarial nature of politics and brings the debate alive. The cartoons can be enlarged for use on an interactive whiteboard as a catalyst for class discussion, distributed for small group discussion or debate, or used as a writing prompt for further study. There are lesson plans associated with many of the cartoons with ready-made discussion questions. Additionally, there are general suggestions for using political cartoons effectively in a classroom setting. Have students create an online or printed comic related to a current political topic. Use one of the tools and the ideas included in this collection.

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Peek: Create Your Perfect Day - Ruzwana Bashir and Oskar Gruening

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Visit Peek and "Create Your Perfect Day." Register using email and a password. Pick a city or area to visit. Start planning your day using the prompts provided for morning, ...more
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Visit Peek and "Create Your Perfect Day." Register using email and a password. Pick a city or area to visit. Start planning your day using the prompts provided for morning, afternoon, evening, and night activities. Choose from pictures provided based on your input or upload your own. When finished, publish to share your "perfect day" via it's unique url or through social media sharing links. This site is part of a travel website. The main page includes many activities (with prices). Avoid the homepage and go directly to "Create Your Perfect Day."
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tag(s): creative writing (166), local history (13), virtual field trips (48)

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Although this is not a typical "educational" site, the possibilities for classroom use are unlimited. Have students create their perfect day using the site as a story starter or creative writing prompt. Use the site to plan a virtual field trip anywhere. Have students create a day in the life of a story character, famous person from history, or in the career of their choosing. Retell any important date in history using Peek as a guideline. Teach budget planning by having students research and plan a perfect travel day. World language or world cultures classes can use this to create a day focused on the cultural riches of the country they are studying. Language students can write about it in their new language. After students create their perfect day, create an online folder or wiki page with links to all of the "perfect days" for other students to use as writing prompts (creative or informational). Share all students' perfect days on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site to create a perfect day for visitors to your school or community.

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World History TimeMap - TimeMaps Ltd

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5 to 12
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See the history of the world from 3500BC to 2005AD! TimeMaps offers a look at every nation, empire, and civilization as one story using maps. Choose a date or time ...more
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See the history of the world from 3500BC to 2005AD! TimeMaps offers a look at every nation, empire, and civilization as one story using maps. Choose a date or time period to begin exploration. Use pinpoints located on the map to view specific information about that location. Use timelines located under the map to narrow down topics within a time period. For example, at 100 AD choose to view information by Ancient Rome, Mayan Civilization, Medieval India, or Ancient China. This is an excellent site for providing an overview and exploration of world civilizations during any given time period. Choose the "Are You a History Teacher" link to find several suggestions for using TimeMap in your classroom along several different lesson plans.
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tag(s): 1600s (11), 1700s (23), 1800s (44), 1900s (33), 20th century (51), africa (180), asia (73), china (66), egypt (67), europe (75), greeks (30), india (36), israel (17), maps (287), mayans (12), north america (19), romans (35), timelines (62)

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Explore time periods together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Find the time period you are teaching then explore pins to view more information about different civilizations during that time. Assign students different civilizations to research during a time period using TimeMaps as a starting point. Have students create their own comics to explain a civilization using comic-creation tools from this collection.

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Excellent interactive and visual timeline for students!! It's free!! Jackson, MD, Grades: 6 - 12

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Historical Thinking Interactive Poster (Secondary) - National History Education Clearinghouse

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6 to 12
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Learn to think like a historian. See how we know about the past by using this interactive poster. All you have to do is hover your mouse over one of ...more
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Learn to think like a historian. See how we know about the past by using this interactive poster. All you have to do is hover your mouse over one of the quadrants and click. More information, activities, and links will appear. Each of the quadrants also has additional teaching resources. On the far left column you will find links to "What Is Historical Thinking?" a video, "What are Primary Sources?" and "What are Secondary Sources?"

tag(s): civil rights (117), history day (23), infographics (42), primary sources (86)

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Use your projector or interactive whiteboard and teach your students how to think like a historian. There are some interesting links here for you and your students to investigate. For instance, there are links for exploring the modern civil rights movement, primary sources to look at diary entries from other time periods, examining lithographs, using and reading multiple perspectives, and several more. You may want to go through each quadrant with the entire class, or you might want to assign groups to become "specialists" in a quadrant and have them present it to your class. Challenge the groups to create presentations using Prezi (reviewed here).
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Lomax the Hound of Music - PBS

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K to 2
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Jump aboard to learn American folk history songs and music with Lomax, the Hound of Music (inspired by Alan Loman, a famous folk artist). Join the hound puppet Lomax, Delta ...more
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Jump aboard to learn American folk history songs and music with Lomax, the Hound of Music (inspired by Alan Loman, a famous folk artist). Join the hound puppet Lomax, Delta the cat, and their 2 humans on a train traveling across America exploring music. The site features activities that incorporate melody matching, musical selections to listen to, and video clips from the PBS television series. Find lesson plans, activity guides, and educational philosophies to make the most of the interactive experiences to learn both music narratives and problem solving.

tag(s): music theory (43), preK (281), rhythm (20), songs (52)

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Use this in the classroom to inspire singing and music while learning and developing young minds. Share the activities and/or videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Try the activity Melody Match in a primary music class learning about melody and rhythm. Check out the lesson plans and activity guides for more engaging ideas. Create your own songs with your class too!
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Historical Thinking Interactive Poster (Elementary) - National History Education Clearinghouse

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3 to 7
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Think like a historian using this interactive poster! Consider how your life would have been different if you were born as a slave, an immigrant, living in the city, etc.. ...more
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Think like a historian using this interactive poster! Consider how your life would have been different if you were born as a slave, an immigrant, living in the city, etc.. Think about how your wardrobe would be different. All you have to do is hover your mouse over one of the quadrants and click. More information, activities, and links will appear. Each of the quadrants also has additional teaching resources. On the far left column you will find links to "What Is Historical Thinking?" a video, "What are primary sources?" and "What are secondary sources?" This site is content RICH and definitely worthy of your time. Some of the video clips require Flash.

tag(s): history day (23), primary sources (86)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector and teach your students how to think like a historian. There are some interesting links here for you and your students to investigate. For instance, there is a link to discover how different the lives of kids were in the past. View the primary sources to look at what nineteenth century kids read, what their toys were, and how the clothes looked. There are also links for using primary sources, and surfing the net successfully. You may want to go through each quadrant with the entire class, or you might want to assign groups to become "specialists" in a quadrant and have them present it to your class. Have students create online posters on paper using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here.
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Virginia Trekkers - David Clough, Brad Fernald, Frank Fitzpatrick, & Alfonso Favale

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2 to 8
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Learn all about our 10th state (Virginia) with this lively and entertaining website created by four elementary school teachers. Choose from a specific area of the state (such as the...more
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Learn all about our 10th state (Virginia) with this lively and entertaining website created by four elementary school teachers. Choose from a specific area of the state (such as the Blue Ridge Mountains) from offerings on the left side of the site. Choose from the subtopics offered to view videos and information correlated to Virgina State Standards. View over 50 podcasts filmed around the state. Each podcast includes additional information, state standards, and some include online activities. Choose the activities option games that match up with podcasts but can also be played independently. Many of the activities are suitable for students in all areas of the country such as Simple Machines from the Past and Patriotic Symbols. View the link for USA Trekkers to visit other states.

tag(s): civil war (145), explorers (61), native americans (78), simple machines (37), symbols (19), virginia (16), virtual field trips (48), watersheds (16)

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Explore the podcasts and activities for use in your classroom. Create links on classroom computers to games and podcasts. Use the site's podcasts as a model and have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating important information and locations near you. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Has your field trip budget disappeared? Take a virtual field trip to the many regions of Virginia with your class by watching podcasts together on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Civil War Read-Alouds - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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This read-aloud collection, written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist, includes books to read aloud in elementary classes. It also includes the lessons ideas to...more
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This read-aloud collection, written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist, includes books to read aloud in elementary classes. It also includes the lessons ideas to do before, during, and after the read-aloud. Infuse an extra measure of history into your curriculum and tap into the richness of our nation's story while you build reading and listening skills. The books about the Civil War and related topics include a wealth of fictional and informational literature to share with your students. The lists and related activities are segmented into lower, middle, and upper elementary. There are Lexile''® levels for the books (where available). If your library does not have the books you want to use from this list, try using the ISBN numbers to borrow them on interlibrary loan from a public library nearby.

tag(s): civil war (145), lincoln (86), slavery (72)

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These read-alouds are perfect during February celebrations of Presidents Day and Black History Month but could be used any time. If your social studies curriculum includes the CIvil War or you simply want to connect the interrelated topics of Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War, this is a great place to start.

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The Gettysburg School Bus: The Civil War in the Classroom - Barbara Sanders

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7 to 12
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The Gettysburg School Bus is a blog for educators all about the Civil War created by an Education Specialist at Gettysburg National Military Park. Her stated purpose is to tell...more
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The Gettysburg School Bus is a blog for educators all about the Civil War created by an Education Specialist at Gettysburg National Military Park. Her stated purpose is to tell stories, answer questions, and provide information that creates interest in learning about the Civil War along with the people living through those times. Search the site through tags, recent posts, or archives. Be sure to check out the lesson plans for many classroom ideas.

tag(s): 1800s (44), battles (16), civil war (145), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18)

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This is an excellent site to bookmark and save for many Civil War resources including lesson plans, first hand information on Gettysburg, and Civil War articles. Have students choose one of the blog posts from the site then create magazine covers of information included using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here. Have students create an online presentation on the Battle of Gettysburg using Prezi (reviewed here). Use lesson plans included on the site to supplement your current Civil War unit.

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Poetry and Music of the War Between the States - civilwarpoetry.org

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Understand the thoughts and emotions of the men who fought in the Civil War through poetry and music of the time. Choose from Confederate or Union Poetry or Music of ...more
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Understand the thoughts and emotions of the men who fought in the Civil War through poetry and music of the time. Choose from Confederate or Union Poetry or Music of the War links. Listen to popular music of the day such as Oh! Susanna and My Old Kentucky Home. Explore poetry separated into categories including battles, soldier life, and the home front. Other options for exploring the site include searches by title, first lines, and authors.

tag(s): 1800s (44), battles (16), civil war (145), poetry (228)

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Include this site with your Civil War unit resources. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Or challenge cooperative learning groups to use one of the many other multimedia presentation TeachersFirst Edge tools found here.

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The Civil War - Hershey Middle School

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7 to 12
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You are the writer of an article about the Civil War for Civil War Life Magazine. This Wiki provides resources for researching your story. Explore the many sites offered by ...more
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You are the writer of an article about the Civil War for Civil War Life Magazine. This Wiki provides resources for researching your story. Explore the many sites offered by categories such as battles, databases, medicine, women, and many others. Each site contains a link along with a short description of the content included. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find information on the magazine project such as required content, use of images, and focus of articles.

tag(s): 1800s (44), battles (16), civil war (145), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), primary sources (86), slavery (72), underground railroad (11)

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Use this site as a resource for a class magazine project (doesn't have to be Civil War) - use ideas for any topic. Share a link to this page on your classroom website for students to access Civil War resources included. Have students create magazine covers using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here.

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The Brown Bookshelf - Paula Chase-Hyman

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K to 12
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The Brown Bookcase showcases literature for young readers written by and featuring people of color. View archives going back to 2007 to find book reviews, author's chats, and some videos...more
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The Brown Bookcase showcases literature for young readers written by and featuring people of color. View archives going back to 2007 to find book reviews, author's chats, and some videos that accompany books featured on the site. A flagship feature of the site is the 28 Days Later portion. Each day during Black History Month features a different author. It is a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans to help parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers recommend good reads. Archives are available beginning with the 2008 campaign.
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tag(s): african american (113), black history (59), book lists (128), civil rights (117), literature (275), preK (281)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year, not just during Black History Month. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore and find books for reading. Share this link on your class website or blog for students to use at home. Showcase books found on this site for classroom readalouds. Have students create commercials for books found on this site and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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Navajo Code Talkers - Navajo Code Talkers Foundation

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6 to 12
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The Navajo Code Talkers Foundation site tells the story of young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of World War II. Their unbreakable code played...more
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The Navajo Code Talkers Foundation site tells the story of young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of World War II. Their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening the war's end. Choose the link to the "Code Talkers" to read their story from beginning, through the battles, and coming home. Learn more about the code in that portion of the site by scrolling over words to view the translation and understand more about the only unbroken code in modern military history. Meet four of the code talkers through their bio and photos available on the site.
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tag(s): native americans (78), world war 2 (142)

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Share this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) during your World War II unit or a unit on Native Americans. This would be a great link to share during Native American Heritage Month. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of the Code Talkers vs other World War II battle units or cryptographers.
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Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms - Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center

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K to 12
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Find maps for use at all grade levels. There are lessons plans, objectives, extension activities and more supporting the use of historic map documents. Information at the K-2 level...more
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Find maps for use at all grade levels. There are lessons plans, objectives, extension activities and more supporting the use of historic map documents. Information at the K-2 level supports information acquisition skills while higher grades address history, geography, and social studies concepts. Instructions for Teachers gives an overview of the site including standards addressed and information on how to display and print supplied images. The map index presents themes such as "Exploration and Encounter" and "The Historical Geography of Transportation." Each theme contains several lessons, all include a printable map and lessons categorized by grade levels from K-12. Many themes also include curator's notes with supplemental images and resources.

tag(s): colonial america (107), explorers (61), map skills (79), maps (287), transportation (40)

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This is a wonderful site to include with your bookmarks for units on transportation, maps, explorers, Colonial America, and more. Print and display maps in your classroom when using the included lesson plans. Have students use a tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to create an online bulletin board for information they learn from the maps. Have students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a fictitious radio news story from a location they learn about.
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History Tools - David Voelker

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8 to 12
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History Tools shares many resources for the study of American History. Choose from Historical Sources Online, an online Handout Library, and student projects. Historical Sources Online...more
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History Tools shares many resources for the study of American History. Choose from Historical Sources Online, an online Handout Library, and student projects. Historical Sources Online contains texts in chronological order from 1600-present. Selections include letters from Thomas Jefferson, Gloria Steinem's testimony on the Equal Rights Amendment, and Edgar Allen Poe poems. The Handout Library links to the author's Delicious account. There are several ready-made handouts including an essay rubric and "how to" participate in class discussions.

tag(s): american flag (11), american revolution (86), branches of government (48), civil rights (117), civil war (145), colonial america (107), colonization (16), darwin (11), kennedy (27), lincoln (86), poetry (228), religions (61), slavery (72), washington (36), womens suffrage (26)

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Bookmark and save for use with American History units. Use online source documents in addition to materials currently used in class. Allow students to explore the online documents; then have students create a "word cloud" of key terms from any document using a site such as Tagul reviewed here. Post the clouds on your bulletin board for visual "review." Use the author's essay rubric and class participation information with your class for assessment and participation guidelines.
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Laura Jernigan: Girl on a Whaleship - Martha's Vineyard Museum

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4 to 12
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This website, produced by the Martha's Vineyard Museum, tells the story of Laura Jernegan and the journal she kept on her voyage on a whaling ship. In October 1868, Laura ...more
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This website, produced by the Martha's Vineyard Museum, tells the story of Laura Jernegan and the journal she kept on her voyage on a whaling ship. In October 1868, Laura Jernegan, a 6 year old girl from Edgartown, Massachusetts set out on a three year whaling voyage. Laura, her father, mother, brother and the ship's crew set off to the whaling grounds of the Pacific Ocean. The site also tells the adventurous history of whaling. Choose from many different topics for exploration such as information about whales, a timeline of whaling, interactive map, and explore the ship. Dive deeper to view artifacts, meet the crew, and view a picture gallery. Lesson plans (and complete units) are provided for grades 1-3, 4-5, and even high school.

tag(s): 1800s (44), whales (16)

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Include this site as you study 19th century America, New England, or maritime history. Use the teacher link at the bottom of the page to find units and lessons. Introduce the site to students and allow them to explore on their own. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain a day in the life of one of the Jernegan family members. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). HIgh school classes could compare the whaling industry with other practices that have had an impact on our natural resources. How does this approach to whaling differ from the Native Alaskans? How does it differ from today's use of ocean resources?
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