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Portraits of Grief - New York Times

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6 to 12
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To acknowledge the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we remind our users of what is perhaps the most eloquent memorial, the New York Times' site carrying short, simple biographies...more
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To acknowledge the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we remind our users of what is perhaps the most eloquent memorial, the New York Times' site carrying short, simple biographies of each of the people killed in the attacks. Nothing says more about what was lost that day than the stories of those no longer with us. NOTE: While there is nothing violent or unpleasant in any of this content, the images and stories are likely to evoke strong emotions. If you use this site in class, please preview thoroughly.

tag(s): sept11 (21)

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9/11 - Voices of Reflection - NPR

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This collection of first-person accounts, reflections, and musical offerings makes an interesting retrospective on the September 11 attacks, and one that classes can listen and react...more
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This collection of first-person accounts, reflections, and musical offerings makes an interesting retrospective on the September 11 attacks, and one that classes can listen and react to together. These recordings could offer a variety of ways in which to focus a discussion of those events.

tag(s): sept11 (21)

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Use some of the first hand accounts as a way to teach both about primary sources and the events of 9/11. Divide the class into cooperative learning groups, preferably with 4-5 differing groups. Assign each group a different primary source from the site, with the intentions of presenting a summary to the class. Once all the groups have presented their summaries, play a quick game "survivor" style in which students defend their pieces by validity and reliability. Have a representative from each group go to the front of the classroom, presenting a brief argument where theirs is the most reliable source. After each has presented, have the class vote off sources in rounds until there is only one left! This is a fun way to both teach the content & incorporate historical thinking skills.

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Benjamin Franklin: An Extaordinary Life, An Electric Mind - PBS

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7 to 12
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Learn about the colorful life and world of Ben Franklin through this series of eight downloadable lesson plans that explore the statesman's many talents and contributions. Topics include...more
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Learn about the colorful life and world of Ben Franklin through this series of eight downloadable lesson plans that explore the statesman's many talents and contributions. Topics include Poor Richard's Almanack, superstition vs. science, volunteerism and citizenship, colonial "broadsides" and almanacs, the art of invention, and more. Aligned to National Standards.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities hosted on this site! This would be a great resource for an early American history class, be sure to save it as a favorite on your computer!
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Google Maps - Google

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Google Maps gives you live visuals of any location, ideal for planning a trip, picturing the relationship between places, and viewing physical characteristics of almost anywhere in...more
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Google Maps gives you live visuals of any location, ideal for planning a trip, picturing the relationship between places, and viewing physical characteristics of almost anywhere in the world. Type or paste in an address and click "search maps." If you click Satellite or hybrid versions of the map, you will see actual satellite images of the terrain. Zoom in and out, use the street view "orange man" to walk among the buildings and trees, or plan and share a route easily with Google Maps. Using your (free) Google membership allows you to save favorite places and more. Find businesses and other features near a specific map location: hotels, restaurants, schools, parks, and more. Google Maps has become more and more sophisticated, now offering many features previously only available in Google Earth, such as opening and/or saving placemarker files. Unlike Google Earth, Google Maps does not require software installation and does not use as much bandwidth for constant reloading. You can even play a tour of places you mark in Google Maps. They just keep adding more features! Google Maps is available as a free app for Android and iOS, too. The handy embed codes let you put any Google Map in a web page, blog, or wiki. Of course you do not need a membership or any special skills to simply SEE, share, or navigate a map. Membership gives you more ways to save.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (196), directions (20), maps (288)

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If you teach geography, this one's a must. It is also helpful for showing students WHERE a story or news event takes place. In lower grades, use it to show students basics of their community. Teach map skills by showing students their own community. Zoom in on their street or on the school. This site and its more sophisticated cousin, Google Earth, are great on an interactive whiteboard. Set up a class Google account (or use student accounts if permitted). Have students create their own custom route plans to tour historic sites. Challenge math students to plan the most economical route to visit several vacation destinations, including gas mileage and gas prices. Have students create placemarker files of the important places in the life of a famous person or the route traveled by a particular unit during the Civil War. Have student groups create placemarker files to show environmental sites, habitats, landforms, or anything you can place on a map. Embed projects in a class wiki using the handy embed code offered as a sharing option.

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American history: 8000 Years of Forest Management - Forest History Society and Duke University

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How do historians piece together details of ancient cultures when no written records exist? This detailed lesson plan introduces students to the process of analyzing artifacts and architecture...more
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How do historians piece together details of ancient cultures when no written records exist? This detailed lesson plan introduces students to the process of analyzing artifacts and architecture to reveal important cultural outlooks and practices. With a specific emphasis on the environmental attitudes of Native Americans, the activities challenge students to assume the roles of historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and geographers; analyze clues from the past, make inferences based on factual research, and apply their knowledge to the creation of a modern day environmental legend. All materials are provided as downloadable documents. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): anthropology (11), architecture (83), native americans (78)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on the site! The lessons are all traced back to Standards of Learning, so teachers can rest assured that these are valid activities. Save this site as a favorite, and refer to it when looking for new ways to cover Indigenous Societies or the procurement of historical Evidence. This site could potentially be used in a History, Social Studies or Science classroom.

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Where Did All the Money Go? - National Council on Economic Education

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Use deductive reasoning skills to isolate the diverse factors that contributed to the Great Depression. This standards-based lesson plan leads students through Internet research and...more
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Use deductive reasoning skills to isolate the diverse factors that contributed to the Great Depression. This standards-based lesson plan leads students through Internet research and analysis of related economic writings to the creation of a concept map illustrating the interdependence between businesses in a market economy. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): business (58)

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Take advantage of this free lesson plan in your classroom on a unit about the Great Depression. Not only would this be great in an economics class, but try using it in history or math - it has an interdisciplinary approach that shows the practical application of the math.
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The Decisive Day is Come - Massachusetts Historical Society

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Bring the Battle of Bunker Hill to life with the personal accounts and eyewitness descriptions provided on this impressive site. A wonderful collection of maps, drawing, broadsides,...more
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Bring the Battle of Bunker Hill to life with the personal accounts and eyewitness descriptions provided on this impressive site. A wonderful collection of maps, drawing, broadsides, and artifacts from the battlefield are also included. A great research tool that introduces students to the value of primary source information.

tag(s): colonial america (107), massachusetts (10)

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Use the maps and timeline on the interactive projector as supplement to text during an introduction to the American Revolution. The images can be incorporated into a slide show and can help guide students along the events of Bunker Hill. This is a great resource for a US history class.

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Watergate Revisited - Washington Post

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The unmasking of "deep throat," the shadowy informant in the Watergate saga, has prompted a new wave of interest in the sandal that changed American government forever. This retrospective...more
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The unmasking of "deep throat," the shadowy informant in the Watergate saga, has prompted a new wave of interest in the sandal that changed American government forever. This retrospective from the Washington Post provides not only a current summary, but a review of the original coverage, from the newspaper that broke the story.

tag(s): 1970s (12), water (130)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have students explore the site with the intentions of creating a summary of the most important events. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Students can write the book from the perspective of Nixon or Deep throat...a great way to introduce the topic in a non-lecture format.

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On This Day - BBC

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8 to 12
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This daily listing of facts and images covers historical events from World War II to 2003. Click on an event to read more about it and experience some multimedia features. ...more
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This daily listing of facts and images covers historical events from World War II to 2003. Click on an event to read more about it and experience some multimedia features. Includes impressive video and audio clips. Good source for a daily bit of meaningful primary source trivia.

tag(s): calendars (44)

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Keep this site up on the interactive whiteboard or projector in the beginning of class while students are walking in and settling down. This is a great way to focus their attention and get their brains warmed up for a World history classroom.
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Encyclopedia of Chicago - Chicago Historical Society

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This searchable electronic encyclopedia provides a comprehensive chronicle of Chicago's colorful and complex history. From Mrs. O'Leary's cow, to Al Capone and the city's infamous stockyards,...more
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This searchable electronic encyclopedia provides a comprehensive chronicle of Chicago's colorful and complex history. From Mrs. O'Leary's cow, to Al Capone and the city's infamous stockyards, the site provides thousands of articles, photos, maps, broadsides and newspapers, and interactive components. It's a fascinating research tool for understanding the evolution of an American city and the people and events that helped shape American society. Visit the "Users' Guide" for an overview of the site's many features.

tag(s): chicago (5), illinois (9)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom. The images span the decades, and can be easily searched to find one that matches a particular unit in your classroom. Open the image on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students discuss or write what they observe, infer and predict happening in the photograph. This is a great way to review activity in place of a practice assessment, as it requires to use what the have learned and apply it to the circumstances in the photo in order to interpret it.
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Monticello Explorer - Thomas Jefferson Foundation

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This outstanding site takes visitors on an expansive tour of Jefferson's Monticello. Explore the 5,000 acre plantation with an interactive map, or navigate a three-dimensional recreation...more
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This outstanding site takes visitors on an expansive tour of Jefferson's Monticello. Explore the 5,000 acre plantation with an interactive map, or navigate a three-dimensional recreation of the house and learn about the people and objects that populated its rooms. Captioned videos lead visitors through a house tour and description of domestic life in the historic home. Headphones and a high speed connection are a must.

tag(s): american revolution (86), evolution (100), jefferson (19), virginia (16)

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Discovering Lewis and Clark - VIAs Inc.

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Capture the excitement and adventure of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with this beautifully crafted and continually evolving multimedia site. Choose one of ten discovery paths and...more
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Capture the excitement and adventure of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with this beautifully crafted and continually evolving multimedia site. Choose one of ten discovery paths and enter the unchartered lands of early 19th century America. Visitors can see and experience the western United States through the eyes of the explorers, learn about the geography, flora and fauna, native peoples, and values and visions that defined their journey. This site has many possibilities for classroom use, but it stands out as an excellent tool for independent student research.

tag(s): jefferson (19), lewis and clark (15), louisiana (11), louisiana purchase (7)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the two explorers and western expansion. Based on what they read, have students create a multi-media presentation summarizing the main points. Have students create a 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. Have students report the exploration as though it were a current event, using images from the site or other approved sources.
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EASE History

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8 to 12
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This unique, searchable, multimedia site examines 20th century American history using three major themes: historical events, political campaign ads, and core values. Visitors can choose...more
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This unique, searchable, multimedia site examines 20th century American history using three major themes: historical events, political campaign ads, and core values. Visitors can choose an entry point, then browse through hundreds of annotated photographs and video clips, organized by topic within each theme. Choose from three different viewing interfaces to facilitate analysis and comparison. To get the most from this site, take advantage of the "Tour" link to see an overview of the site's many features. Visit the "Learning Guide" for activity suggestions and discussion questions.

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One of the most interesting portions of this site is the database of political campaign ads, beginning in 1954. The site even houses the famous "daisy" ad used in LBJ's campaign of 1964. That ad in particular could lead into a very interesting discussion or lesson plan concerning cold war fears and it's impact on American Society. Open the site and ad on the interactive whiteboard or projector to allow students to watch. Note: make sure your system has sound, as thats one of the most important components of the ads!
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A Personal Holocaust Remembrance - MSNBC

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7 to 12
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A Michigan teen has produced his own documentary based on first-person interviews with his grandparents about their experiences as holocaust victims. The interviews were the first time...more
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A Michigan teen has produced his own documentary based on first-person interviews with his grandparents about their experiences as holocaust victims. The interviews were the first time they had spoken with a family member about those events. Includes video clips.

tag(s): holocaust (39), nazis (10), world war 2 (142)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a unit on the Holocaust during a World or US history class. Have students read aloud the information, or summarize the main points yourself before previewing the video in class. This is a great way to make the events of the Holocaust more real and personal.

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History Explorer - Smithsonian

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This multimedia site explores various facets of American history through Lessons, interactives, Themes and more. Visitors can view objects that are part of the Smithsonian collection,...more
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This multimedia site explores various facets of American history through Lessons, interactives, Themes and more. Visitors can view objects that are part of the Smithsonian collection, navigate between historical eras, or filter the information by selected themes (Arts and Culture, Politics and Reform, etc.) Items in the exhibit are linked to National Museum of American History websites that provide more in-depth information.

tag(s): agriculture (54), american revolution (86), famous people (19), japan (61), japanese (42), jazz (15), lincoln (86), politics (99)

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Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. There is enough information in "exhibit" details to provide a starting point for students trying to decide what to base a research project on. Recommend the site to students who are having difficulty picking a project subject.
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Foreign War and Domestic Freedom - Public Affairs Television

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9 to 12
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Should government restrict the civil liberties of its citizens during times of war or threatened national security? This beautifully organized lesson plan guides students in an exploration...more
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Should government restrict the civil liberties of its citizens during times of war or threatened national security? This beautifully organized lesson plan guides students in an exploration of the tensions that exist between external threats and internal liberties in democratic societies. Includes a downloadable PowerPoint show and worksheets.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan during a unit on the homefront during a modern war or the construction of the Constitution. Save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval.

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Battle of the Atlantic - BBC

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Outwit German U-boats and lead your convoy of valuable supply ships safely across the North Atlantic with this interactive game. Players assume the role of a British Senior Officer...more
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Outwit German U-boats and lead your convoy of valuable supply ships safely across the North Atlantic with this interactive game. Players assume the role of a British Senior Officer Escort who must complete a series of virtual training courses (to learn about the enemy, Morse code, tactics and more), take command of the fleet, and find the best tactical solutions to a variety of scenarios.

tag(s): game based learning (103), navy (9), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site as a fun learning center or station during a unit on World War II. This would be a great way to break up a series of more serious or text heavy centers, as well as provide some review for students. BBC always delivers in providing interesting and fun review games!
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Child Labor in America - Library of Congress

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This lesson plan explores child labor in America as an historical and social issue. After assuming the roles of historian, photojournalist, and news reporter, students are asked to...more
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This lesson plan explores child labor in America as an historical and social issue. After assuming the roles of historian, photojournalist, and news reporter, students are asked to critically respond to vintage 19th and 20th century photographs. Links to extensive online resources are provided. Good introduction to historical research using primary sources. Add to a unit on the Industrial Revolution.

tag(s): evolution (100), industrial revolution (25)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan hosted on this site! Save this one as a favorite on your classroom computer, to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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MoOm: The Museum of Online Museums - Coudal Partners

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6 to 12
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You'll be enlightened, amazed, and even mystified by this eclectic collection of online museums that tout the bizarre, the practical, and the mundane. Interspersed among the "traditional'...more
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You'll be enlightened, amazed, and even mystified by this eclectic collection of online museums that tout the bizarre, the practical, and the mundane. Interspersed among the "traditional' exhibits featuring the likes of Van Gogh and Ansel Adams are those covering a dizzying array of interests and obsessions. Check out the Gallery of Stove Burners, Ephemera Now, or the Museum of Norwegian Manhole Covers (we're not kidding). In addition to making some interesting cultural statements, the exhibits provide great ideas and insights for art and photography students.

tag(s): artists (75), inventors and inventions (101), museums (49), trivia (17)

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Select a display that fits your classroom needs and share it on the interactive whiteboard or projector. A lot of the art displays based on the site focus on creativity and the ingenuous of design, easily motivating students to create their own original art pieces.

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Do History - Harvard University

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Using an 18th century New England midwife as a case study, this site introduces students to the intricate business of piecing together history from the fragments that have survived....more
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Using an 18th century New England midwife as a case study, this site introduces students to the intricate business of piecing together history from the fragments that have survived. Students can browse an online diary, use the site's "magic lens" tool to read the text, and gain some insight into the nuances of transcribing centuries-old handwriting. Challenge your students to explore and develop an understanding of the life and times of this colonial woman through her own words. The site also offers a chance to investigate a criminal case from 1789, using diary entries and corresponding court records.

tag(s): colonial america (107), england (57)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site! The "Doing History" section would make an excellent webquest or classroom activity if teachers are willing to print out the resources. If doing it as a class, introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before dispersing materials and having students work on the activity in groups. The activity is a great way for students to understand bias, validity and differences that historians find among primary sources. This would also be an interesting way to reflect on the roles of women in society and how they may have changes.

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