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Academy of Achievement: Virtual Museum

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5 to 12
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Listen to interviews and learn the unique traits of outstanding Americans of Achievement from the 20th century. Achievers are sorted by areas of expertise and by personality traits...more
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Listen to interviews and learn the unique traits of outstanding Americans of Achievement from the 20th century. Achievers are sorted by areas of expertise and by personality traits such as passion or perseverance. This site could inspire a unit on biography or great Americans.

tag(s): biographies (86)

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Use the achievement TV segments to supplement almost any unit during a US history classroom. There's also tv segments that could easily be used in a language arts, science or art class. Really interesting segments - and in regards to history, a great way to add more of a multicultural perspective to your curriculum.

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The Pentagon Papers Case - George Washington University

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Remembered today primarily for its First Amendment implications, the Pentagon Papers case helped alter the relationship between America's press and president. Much of this extensive...more
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Remembered today primarily for its First Amendment implications, the Pentagon Papers case helped alter the relationship between America's press and president. Much of this extensive collection at George Washington University is beyond the scope of high school curriculum, but the contents provide ample material for a term paper or a lesson on the political events of the 60s and 70s.

tag(s): newspapers (94), vietnam (36)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of Watergate. The site has some excellent audio clips of the Watergate trial, in addition to comments from the editor of the New York Times. Use the clips to illustrate to students the immediate effects of the event. The clips are a bit long, so it is probably most beneficial to preview them before and time them to see what portions would be the most useful in your classroom.

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Watergate - The Washington Post - Washington Post

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The Washington Post offers a 25-year retrospective from the newspaper that broke the story. The site includes archival materials, interviews with the principals, and links to other...more
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The Washington Post offers a 25-year retrospective from the newspaper that broke the story. The site includes archival materials, interviews with the principals, and links to other official and unofficial resources. No discussion of Watergate should omit the Post's involvement and perspective.

tag(s): presidents (130)

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Use portions of this site for a jigsaw activity, allowing students to teach each other about the different events in Watergate as well as the various perspectives. Put students into groups of 4, with each group focusing on a different portion on Watergate covered in the Post site. Have each group study their portion in depth, eventually creating a presentation that would allow them to teach the content to their peers. After students have prepared, split up the groups, creating at least 4 new groups, with every member representing a different perspective of coverage. Have the students teach their group members - making sure to be in chronological order. Activities like the Jigsaw model are a great way to both get students interested and allow for more autonomy. To finish it up, have the class take a quiz on the material - graded or not - to insure that students are accountable for actually teaching their peers something.

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World War II Poster Collection - Northwestern University

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A collection of posters from the war years, combined with a search engine and index. ...more
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A collection of posters from the war years, combined with a search engine and index.

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the topic of propaganda in wartime, or even a lesson on Nationalism. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format. In concerns to WWII, this activity might be even more powerful if the posters were from different countries and students had to compare and contrast the posters afterwards. This will encourage some of the critical thinking skills that are so useful in history.

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World War II Resources

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This is a collection of primary source documents from American and Allied sources. This site includes pre-war assessments and intelligence, cryptography studies, and even the actual...more
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This is a collection of primary source documents from American and Allied sources. This site includes pre-war assessments and intelligence, cryptography studies, and even the actual German and Japanese surrender documents. It would be a great starting point for students interested in using primary sources.

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

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Primary sources could be used to teach both the content and historical thinking skills in your classroom. Divide students into 5-6 groups, with each group assigned a different primary source to read and evaluate. (Sources should come from various perspectives to make the game more interesting, but should have the same general topic) Have the groups present quick summaries of their source to the class, making sure to mention who the author is and whether or not there could be bias. After all have presented, have each team pick a representative to argue in front of the class as to why their source is the most reliable and valid. After all have made their argument, have the class vote off the least reliable "survivor style" until you are left with just one!

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What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?

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This is a collection of oral history information compiled by high school students in Rhode Island as a class project. Well-done student effort. ...more
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This is a collection of oral history information compiled by high school students in Rhode Island as a class project. Well-done student effort.

tag(s): women (101), world war 2 (142)

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Use the timeline on this site to guide your class through the events of WWII. It is primarily focused on Womens history, but the content is well-researched and pertinent to a classroom studying WWII. Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and maneuver through it during your lecture.

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Voices of the Holocaust

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Illinois Institute of Technology hosts this site, developed to share first-hand experiences of holocaust survivors. The site is particularly interesting, because the memories were collected...more
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Illinois Institute of Technology hosts this site, developed to share first-hand experiences of holocaust survivors. The site is particularly interesting, because the memories were collected only a year or so after the end of the war, and were transcribed verbatim by interviewers. The result is a collection of several dozen interviews which are remarkable for their clarity. This site would be a great primary resource for any holocaust study.

tag(s): holocaust (39), world war 2 (142)

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These very powerful and graphic interviews from Dr. Boder could be extremely beneficial to a class studying the Holocaust - as long as the maturity level of your students is high enough to be able to take the content seriously. Have students listen to an interview as a starter or introduction to a unit or lesson on the genocide. Have the audio playing as students are coming into the class, with instructions written on the board explaining what the clip is and what students are to do while it's playing. Some teachers prefer for students to listen and reflect afterwards OR take notes of the audio for a class discussion afterwards. Regardless of what you choose, be sure students understand so that you can quickly move on to a discussion of the audio and how it represents what happened to victims of the Holocaust. Teachers could easily incorporate the interviews into learning centers, a cooperative group exercise or as a writing prompt to close the unit with. An excellent resource for any history teacher covering WWII.

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U-Boat U-505 - Chicago Museum of Science

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We're not sure how a German submarine ended up at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, but this site will tell you about it. The contents include both an ...more
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We're not sure how a German submarine ended up at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, but this site will tell you about it. The contents include both an on-line tour of the boat and background information on the role of the U-boats in World War II, and what life was like inside these machines. Great fodder for a report or research project.

tag(s): museums (49), world war 2 (142)

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Within the learning tools portion of the site are some brief but interesting interactive games that would make for great learning centers or stations during a lesson on the atlantic front of WWII as well as a lesson on the new technology that was being utilized by either side. Allow students to complete the site individually on classroom computers - just be sure to save it as a favorite on the computer to allow for easier retrieval of the site.

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Trinity Web - The nuclear bombing of Japan - Seattle Times

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Created by the Seattle Times, this site focuses on the initial nuclear tests that preceded the bombing of Japan to end the war. Additional links to first-person chronicles, other related...more
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Created by the Seattle Times, this site focuses on the initial nuclear tests that preceded the bombing of Japan to end the war. Additional links to first-person chronicles, other related W.W.II sites, and nuclear resources. Well done.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), world war 2 (142)

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During a unit on WWII or Nuclear Technology, this site would be a great supplementary resource that teachers could use for classroom activities or to buff up on their background information. In regards to classroom activities, teachers could use this site for a cooperative learning activity. Have students read the articles on the site in groups, and have students use the information in some of the interactive activities provided. Teachers can differentiate for students, allowing them to reflect in a writing prompt, take the quiz or try and complete the calculations activity. There is also a study guide at the bottom that students can use to help them review and teachers can peruse to find more classroom ideas. A lot of information on this site - history teachers will enjoy this one.

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Teaching Vietnam

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This site was created to provide a historical perspective on America's involvement in Vietnam, and was funded by a large group of corporate underwriters. The site is based on a ...more
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This site was created to provide a historical perspective on America's involvement in Vietnam, and was funded by a large group of corporate underwriters. The site is based on a series of thematic timelines, each of which tracks the history of American involvement in Vietnam. Visually attractive, with lots of links to supplementary information.

tag(s): vietnam (36)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities within the "Teach Vietnam" portion of this site! A very useful resource in a US history classroom.

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Remembrance

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This "labor of love" site offers a collection of essays and other writing by Vietnam veterans. The essays describe dozens of events, people, campaigns, and other aspects of the Vietnam...more
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This "labor of love" site offers a collection of essays and other writing by Vietnam veterans. The essays describe dozens of events, people, campaigns, and other aspects of the Vietnam conflict.

tag(s): veterans (19), vietnam (36)

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Women in the Civil War - National Archives

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On-line exhibit from the National Archives. ...more
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On-line exhibit from the National Archives.

tag(s): civil war (145), women (101)

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While the text portion of this site is interesting and informative, for this activity download and share only the images at first on your interactive whiteboard or projector. One at a time show students an image, and ask what they see. What does this seem to imply? After having a class discussion on why a woman had to disguise herself, or the possible frequency of this issue - then go through the text with students to gather the correct information. Formulating questions before getting answers will really get students thinking about the images and their meaning in a more creative way. This would be a great activity in either a Civil War unit or a unit on Women's rights.

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The Southern Homefront - 1861-65

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This site from the University of North Carolina contains full-text documents written by southerners during the course of the Civil War. Students may need some help establishing the...more
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This site from the University of North Carolina contains full-text documents written by southerners during the course of the Civil War. Students may need some help establishing the context for these writings, but they form an interesting picture of the life and mindset of southerners during this conflict.

tag(s): civil war (145)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of life in the Antebellum South through the Civil War. The images and primary sources all show different perspectives of what society was like in our Southern States during this time. Teachers can also use this site as an example of great primary sources or to demonstrate what kind of evidences historians can withdraw from sources such as this by having group-work focused on analyzing a particular source from the site.

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North American Slave Narratives - Beginnings to 1920 - University of North Carolina

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A collection from the University of North Carolina's "Documenting the American South" series, this site contains original writings and transcripts of interviews with slaves and former...more
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A collection from the University of North Carolina's "Documenting the American South" series, this site contains original writings and transcripts of interviews with slaves and former slaves collected prior to 1920. As such, they differ from some other accounts which were recorded as part of a depression-era effort to recapture this portion of our history. Interesting as a primary resource for research.

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

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Use these primary sources to supplement text in teaching about Slavery in the Antebellum South. Divide students into groups, with each group to analyze and interpret a separate source pre-selected from the site. Have groups read their sources with the intentions of presenting their findings to the class. To additionally educate students about the validity of sources, teachers can have students present and then defend their sources to the other groups as to the validity and reliability of the document. Have the class vote off sources Survivor style, with the last source to be the most reliable and valid! By the end of this lesson, students will not only understand slavery as a way of life but also how to interpret primary sources.

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The Civil War Center - Louisiana State University

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Home page for the civil war center at Louisiana State University ...more
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Home page for the civil war center at Louisiana State University

tag(s): civil war (145)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the civil war. The site has a virtual museum that could be used either on the interactive whiteboard or on classroom computers. Be sure to specify which of the "museums" you want students to look at. One great way to assess what students have learned is to create a concept map of what they think the most important points of the exhibit are. We recommend using a site such as bubbl.us (reviewed here)

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Photos from the Library of Congress - Library of Congress

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This site offers examples from the Library of Congress collection of civil war photos by Matthew Brady and other photographers of the era. ...more
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This site offers examples from the Library of Congress collection of civil war photos by Matthew Brady and other photographers of the era.

tag(s): civil war (145)

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Useful as an introduction to the use of primary source materials in teaching history.

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Civil War Women - Duke University

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This site from Duke University offers information and links to a large selection of journals, diaries, and other writing from women during the Civil War. There is also additional information...more
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This site from Duke University offers information and links to a large selection of journals, diaries, and other writing from women during the Civil War. There is also additional information about women who played important roles during the conflict.

tag(s): civil war (145), women (101)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of the role of women during the Civil War. Look at some of the documents and images with students, with the intent being to show them a perspective of society rarely looked at in classrooms. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Lesson Unit: Choices and Commitments - National Park Service

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The National Park Service created this extensive lesson unit to help students understand the Civil War from a soldier's perspective. The unit uses lots of primary sources, and provides...more
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The National Park Service created this extensive lesson unit to help students understand the Civil War from a soldier's perspective. The unit uses lots of primary sources, and provides an opportunity for a creative response to the lesson content.

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

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There is enough background information that teachers have several different options for presenting the material. This unit could form the basis for several weeks' study of the Civil War.

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Women and the Holocaust

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9 to 12
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A haunting, sometimes disturbing site that chronicles the experiences of women in the holocaust. This is an important story to tell. ...more
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A haunting, sometimes disturbing site that chronicles the experiences of women in the holocaust. This is an important story to tell.

tag(s): holocaust (39), women (101), world war 2 (142)

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Teachers may want to think carefully about how and when it is presented.

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Women in World History

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6 to 12
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A collection of information and resources on famous women through history. ...more
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A collection of information and resources on famous women through history.

tag(s): women (101)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources put together on this website! There are also biographies of important women in history that could benefit a class more geared towards social history. Use the appropriate biographies to supplement the normal topics they would belong to.

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