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Who What When

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6 to 12
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This site is an interesting resource for history research. The database allows you to build timelines based upon specific dates, people, and events. The timelines are helpful for putting...more
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This site is an interesting resource for history research. The database allows you to build timelines based upon specific dates, people, and events. The timelines are helpful for putting events into their appropriate historical context and the events themselves contain links to a Google search to find more information on the topic

tag(s): timelines (62)

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Use this site to help students review before an assessment. Have students create their own timelines concerning the events of the unit. This would also be useful in the context of a World History class. Before a final SOL or class assessment, this would be a great way to show students how some of the events studied may or may not have been occurring at or around the same time.
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Experiencing War - Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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No, it's not blood and gore up close, but rather a collection of audio reminiscences from American veterans about their experiences in wartime. Created by the Library of Congress as...more
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No, it's not blood and gore up close, but rather a collection of audio reminiscences from American veterans about their experiences in wartime. Created by the Library of Congress as part of their American Folklife series, these stories are surprisingly personal and therefore all the more powerful. A faster connection improves performance.

tag(s): korea (15), memorial day (13), veterans (19), world war 2 (142)

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Use the audio interviews over the interactive whiteboard to show students what the war was like from the perspective of people on the ground, and the difference between the first hand account and the textbook. This is a great way to not only teach the content, but display for students the difference between a primary and secondary source. To further argue a point, use a Venn diagram on the interactive whiteboard to graphically display the differences. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).
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Debates in the Federal Convention

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Cmprising the period from May through October, 1787, this site contains the daily journals of James Madison in which he discusses the progress of the Constitutional Convention. Students...more
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Cmprising the period from May through October, 1787, this site contains the daily journals of James Madison in which he discusses the progress of the Constitutional Convention. Students interested in first-hand accounts of the forming of the American Government will find these journals great reading. High ideals notwithstanding, they show that the art of compromise was alive and well at the birth of the federal government.

tag(s): constitution (79)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. Fit to compliment a lesson on the Continental Congress, select a few debates in the site to exhibit how detailed some of the issues faced were. Use the examples as a writing prompt - if in the Continental Congress, what would be the most important issues the Students would raise? If the federal government ceased to exist today, what laws would they create? Would they change anything? This is a great way for students to connect the past lessons of the Revolution to the present!

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Einstein - American Museum of Natural History

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How (and why) do you introduce Einstein to an elementary student? Here's a presentation that does it effectively, drawing on Einstein's love of trying something new and his willingness...more
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How (and why) do you introduce Einstein to an elementary student? Here's a presentation that does it effectively, drawing on Einstein's love of trying something new and his willingness to "think outside the box." While it's mostly text, this site would be a great introduction for a student who is already curious about inventors, scientists, or the universe. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History's "Ology" series that explores different aspects of the life sciences. This site requires Adobe Acrobat and Flash. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): scientists (69)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce your students to the creative mind of Albert Einstein.
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Supreme Court Historical Society

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This site offers one-stop shopping for a history of the Supreme Court and the ways in which it operates. There are additional links from this site to more complete anthologies ...more
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This site offers one-stop shopping for a history of the Supreme Court and the ways in which it operates. There are additional links from this site to more complete anthologies of court decisions and their interpretation. Middle schoolers could use elements of this one for basic research about the separation of powers and branches of government; high school students should find many uses for the additional materials.

tag(s): constitution (79), supreme court (22)

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This would be a great resource in a civics or government class. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard and tour students through the make-up of the court today. Each Judge has his own separate biography that can also be explored to demonstrate the political alliances of the court. Assign cooperative learning groups different judges to research, with the intent of presenting the material to the class. Try something new, like a podcast! Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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Landmark Supreme Court Cases

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Here's a site that offers the core body of essential Supreme Court decisions in a single presentation that includes lots of supporting context. In addition to the decisions themselves,...more
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Here's a site that offers the core body of essential Supreme Court decisions in a single presentation that includes lots of supporting context. In addition to the decisions themselves, there are supplementary resources, activities, and interpretive documents. There's also a thematic organization that makes identification of specific cases easier.

tag(s): constitution (79), supreme court (22)

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Government teachers will love this one.

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Our Time Lines

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While designed as a research tool for people working on genealogies, students will find this site an interesting way to observe and compare events that happened within specific time...more
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While designed as a research tool for people working on genealogies, students will find this site an interesting way to observe and compare events that happened within specific time periods. Teachers will appreciate the feature that allows inclusion or omission of specific types of events. Try these in different combinations depending on the subject at hand.

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Nationalism in the U.S. - 1815-1850 - National Humanities Center

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Developed as part of the National Humanities Center's Online Professional Development "Toolbox" series, this site offers history and government teachers a wonderfully succinct resource...more
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Developed as part of the National Humanities Center's Online Professional Development "Toolbox" series, this site offers history and government teachers a wonderfully succinct resource kit for building one or more lesson units. Divided into five sections: religion, domesticity, common man, expansion, and America - 1850, the site offers introductions and a set of primary source readings for each, along with presentation guidelines and discussion suggestions. This one encourages students to draw their own conclusions.

tag(s): civil war (145)

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Use this site to allow students to dramatize the events that occurred in 1850, leading up to the civil war. Sharing the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, open up the section entitled "America in 1850," and assign students roles, by the documents have provided. Once students have read their "parts," or appropriate reading guides, encourage them to re-enact their character's words. Re-enacting the events will show all sides of the argument, and provide a more tangible learning experience. Extremely useful in any American History or Civics class!
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Living the Revolution: America - 1789-1820 - National Humanities Center

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Developed as part of the National Humanities Center's Online Professional Development "Toolbox" series, this site offers history and government teachers a wonderfully succinct resource...more
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Developed as part of the National Humanities Center's Online Professional Development "Toolbox" series, this site offers history and government teachers a wonderfully succinct resource kit for building one or more lesson units. Divided into five sections: religion, predicaments, politics, expansion, and equality, the site offers introductions and a set of primary source readings for each, along with presentation guidelines and discussion suggestions. Lots of critical analysis opportunities here.

tag(s): constitution (79), courts (15), evolution (100)

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This site provides both excellent discussion questions and the primary sources needed to base it on. To begin with, copy down some of the recommended topic questions on the front page of the site before opening it on an interactive whiteboard or projector. For the students, share the primary documents available by clicking on the topic, and then selecting the one in desire. After the class has read them, begin your discussion with the questions copied earlier!
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Chinese Exclusion Act - Separate Lives; Broken Dreams

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From the 1880s to the 1940s, the Chinese Exclusion act prevented immigrants of Chinese descent from gaining full citizenship. The site includes background information on how the act...more
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From the 1880s to the 1940s, the Chinese Exclusion act prevented immigrants of Chinese descent from gaining full citizenship. The site includes background information on how the act came to be, as well as a discussion of its repercussions.

tag(s): chinese (48), immigration (58), migration (59)

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Consider using this one as part of a study of immigration in the late 19th century.

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Indivisible - Stories of American Community

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Secondary level social studies and photography teachers will appreciate this collection of vignettes from contemporary American life. Each includes text, an image collection, and an...more
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Secondary level social studies and photography teachers will appreciate this collection of vignettes from contemporary American life. Each includes text, an image collection, and an audio narration. A high-speed connection makes the whole thing work much more smoothly.

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Try selected elements of this one as a discussion starter.
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History Writing Guide - Bowdoin College

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This college-level writing guide for history papers from Bowdoin College may be beyond the scope of some secondary students. But for those who can already compose a cogent paragraph,...more
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This college-level writing guide for history papers from Bowdoin College may be beyond the scope of some secondary students. But for those who can already compose a cogent paragraph, it offers great suggestions on research process and assembling a paper that uses primary resources. AP history and social studies teachers may want to review this one and suggest or adapt it for their students. There's a wealth of information here.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and have students read the information before beginning their first big research paper. (Teachers can also print the information, but why not save some trees?) The short introductory essay offers some great tips for paper writing and has reference points for students with more questions. Have students look at the rest of the information on their own or refer students with questions to it. Save this site as a favorite on the class wiki or webpage so students can access it both in and out of the classroom.

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UPI Photo Library - UPI

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This searchable library of UPI news photos could be a great addition to in-class current events discussions. ...more
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This searchable library of UPI news photos could be a great addition to in-class current events discussions.

tag(s): images (266), news (261)

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We've looked in vain for copyright statements regarding educational use. While there's a wealth of content here, tread carefully if you plan to use these outside the classroom.

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Technology and the Future - Privately published

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This is a collection of annotated columns about technology issues over the past fifty years or so, and how society has coped with them. There's a surprisingly wide range of ...more
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This is a collection of annotated columns about technology issues over the past fifty years or so, and how society has coped with them. There's a surprisingly wide range of subject areas, and the implications of some of these innovations has been vast. Try this one when making connections between the scientific and social implications of inventions.

tag(s): computers (95)

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League of Nations - Indiana University

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This extensive site about the international organization that existed from just after World War I until 1946 offers text and images that describe the League's aims and activities in...more
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This extensive site about the international organization that existed from just after World War I until 1946 offers text and images that describe the League's aims and activities in detail. Housed at Indiana University, this site could be a great resource for a high school history term paper, or an interesting assignment for the study of World War I.

tag(s): world war 1 (54)

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Use these images in your classroom to supplement your lectures on the close of World War I. There are images of virtually all of the leaders, in addition to locations, assemblies and more. Putting a face to the name can help students who are more visually stimulated.

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AMU Cartoon Reprints

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This site is a searchable archive of cartoons (both comics and editorials) available ONLY FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM. It's a wonderful source of discussion starters and topical humor,...more
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This site is a searchable archive of cartoons (both comics and editorials) available ONLY FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM. It's a wonderful source of discussion starters and topical humor, but please read the copyright information carefully. Government and social studies teachers will find the editorial collections particularly interesting.

tag(s): air (163), comics and cartoons (74)

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Use this site as a means to search for political cartoons or cartoons that reflect upon current political events. Showing the image on the interactive whiteboard, use them as a springboard to have a class discussion on where we get information and biases from in the media. What is it that these artists are trying to say? Is humor more effective in getting a point across than text? A very interesting resource for a US government class.

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Justice Learning - NPR - New York Times

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National Public Radio and the New York Times have jointly created this site dealing with controversial justice and legal themes. Secondary social studies, government, and debating teachers...more
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National Public Radio and the New York Times have jointly created this site dealing with controversial justice and legal themes. Secondary social studies, government, and debating teachers will find this a site that asks many questions and leaves it to the users to formulate answers. Though some of the issues are troubling, it's a great "What do you think?" site.

tag(s): courts (15), debate (41), supreme court (22)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans within the "Teacher materials" portion of this site! There are a lot here so be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Lost Labor

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Social studies students and teachers will find this photo collection fascinating. The images document jobs and industries that no longer exist, but which were important in their day...more
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Social studies students and teachers will find this photo collection fascinating. The images document jobs and industries that no longer exist, but which were important in their day to keep the economy moving. The images date from around 1900 through the 1930s and 40s. Try this one to help answer the question, "What kind of jobs did people have back then?"

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing the topic of manual labor before the technological revolution after WWII. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about life pre-modern technology. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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Lyndon Johnson Library - University of Texas

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Lyndon B. Johnson was a politician's politician, and the site from his presidential library offers tools that both scholars and students can use to trace his career and the accomplishments...more
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Lyndon B. Johnson was a politician's politician, and the site from his presidential library offers tools that both scholars and students can use to trace his career and the accomplishments of his administration. There's an extensive "Kids' Section" with information on the Johnson Administration.

tag(s): civil rights (117), presidents (131), texas (4)

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Use the kids portion of this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on the Johnson Presidency. Based on what they've learned in the site, have students resummarize it in a "breaking news presentation,"using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.
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Centennial of Flight Commission - US government

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This government site offers information the celebration of the Wright Brothers' Flight centennial, as well as a great collection of printable posters and commemorative lesson materials....more
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This government site offers information the celebration of the Wright Brothers' Flight centennial, as well as a great collection of printable posters and commemorative lesson materials. These could make great classroom decorations, and the lesson materials are thorough and grade-specific. Try this one on students interested in the physics of flight or a career in aviation.

tag(s): aviation (39), north carolina (4), wright brothers (25)

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Use the games on this site as a way to help students review the information in learning centers or during a lull in class time. Teachers can also post this on their class wiki to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom!
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