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Eleanor Roosevelt - National Park Service

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This National Park Service site documents the life of the first First Lady who really had a career of her own. The site covers Mrs. Roosevelt's life before and after ...more
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This National Park Service site documents the life of the first First Lady who really had a career of her own. The site covers Mrs. Roosevelt's life before and after her time in the White House, and it has a particularly strong collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and other objects from the First Lady's life.

tag(s): new deal (6), roosevelt (16), women (101)

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If looking for a way to introduce Eleanor Roosevelt, try the slideshow of scenes from her life on this site! Eleanor Roosevelt is an interesting character in history as the slides show, and this could be used during a unit on her husband or during Women's history month. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard in order to show your students a brief slideshow representing who she was.

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Woody Guthrie: Bound for Glory - Museum of Musical Instruments

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The Museum of Music History offers this online exhibition about the songs and life of singer Woody Guthrie. There are lyrics, music samples, and background information on the singer's...more
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The Museum of Music History offers this online exhibition about the songs and life of singer Woody Guthrie. There are lyrics, music samples, and background information on the singer's life and life during the great depression. This one would be a great adjunct to a study of either folk music or the Depression.

tag(s): composers (21), great depression (24), songs (52)

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Use this site to shed some more light on the famous singer who created one of the great patriotic songs in American history. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing them to explore it on their own or in groups on classroom computers. If using a follow-along or graphic organizer, teachers could tailor this lesson to be a focus on the Great Depression and how it affected different types of people. If using a graphic organizer we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here)

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Council on Foreign Relations

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This regularly-updated site strives to provide straightforward information in a "what we do know; what we don't know..." format. The breadth of topics is significant, and there are...more
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This regularly-updated site strives to provide straightforward information in a "what we do know; what we don't know..." format. The breadth of topics is significant, and there are extensive links to outside sources whose authoritativeness varies. This one is a great starting point for studying the evolving response to terrorism.

tag(s): terrorism (49)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on modern politics. This link specifically focuses on Terrorism, but there is abundant information on other subjects that can be accessed by simply clicking on the other subject headings. Select an article and share it with the class. Once students have read the article, begin a class discussion based on their reaction and opinions. Teachers could also assign students articles, and have them report their findings to the class the next day as a news report.

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Atomic Archive

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While it covers all aspects of American involvement with nuclear activities, this site's coverage of the history of atomic investigation will be particularly attractive to students...more
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While it covers all aspects of American involvement with nuclear activities, this site's coverage of the history of atomic investigation will be particularly attractive to students and teachers. There is a timeline on the history of atomic energy, and the teacher's section includes several activities built on the effort to build the first atomic bomb. There's a lot of content in this site that is too advanced for secondary students, but creative teachers will find lots of opportunities here.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), energy (198), world war 2 (142)

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Save this site in your favorites on your class computers and use it as a point of reference for students working on research projects or papers. The information is reliable and plentiful, spanning all issues of atomic energy - from the Manhattan Project to Nuclear Facilities, this site has it all. It is a little advanced, but science and history teachers in the upper levels of high school will appreciate the resources this site has to offer.

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Edison's Miracle of Light - PBS

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This companion to an American Experience episode doesn't offer a lot for teachers, but there's a good timeline showing Edison's life and work, as well as a gallery of some ...more
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This companion to an American Experience episode doesn't offer a lot for teachers, but there's a good timeline showing Edison's life and work, as well as a gallery of some of his most important inventions. You'll need to find other resources to tell the full story, though.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (101)

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Use the teachers guide on this site for free lesson plans and ideas on how to incorporate this site into your classroom. Very useful for the US history teacher.

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Japanese Americans at Manzanar - Library of Congress

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Ansel Adams' images of the Manzanar Japanese internment camp are haunting for both their subject matter and their artistic qualities. This collection from the Library of Congress includes...more
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Ansel Adams' images of the Manzanar Japanese internment camp are haunting for both their subject matter and their artistic qualities. This collection from the Library of Congress includes both scenic photographs and images of the camp's occupants during the war.

tag(s): japan (61), japanese (42), world war 2 (142)

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Teachers will need to supply the context for these images, but they are an important historical resource.

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George Washington - A National Treasure

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This site, designed to accompany the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit by the same name, offers a collection of information on Washington for both students and adults. ...more
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This site, designed to accompany the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit by the same name, offers a collection of information on Washington for both students and adults.

tag(s): washington (36)

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There is a very complete teachers' section with more than a dozen lesson plans. (How about Washington's Rules of Civility for a starter?) and teachers can order an education kit based on the exhibit. Lots of possibilities at many grade levels for this one.

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Perspectives on the Revolution

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This section of the companion web site to the PBS Liberty series offers a glimpse of daily life in the American colonies. Do you know how many sheep a farmer ...more
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This section of the companion web site to the PBS Liberty series offers a glimpse of daily life in the American colonies. Do you know how many sheep a farmer needed to live comfortably? Learn this and much more from your stop at this site.

tag(s): american revolution (86), colonial america (107), evolution (100)

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If looking for ways to provide a global context to the American Revolution, use the "Global Village" portion of this site over the interactive whiteboard during your unit. Share the site with students, encouraging volunteers to navigate the site and show what other countries were doing during this time period. Have students guess what's going on before, or share their reactions if unexpected. This is a great way to connect the American Revolution to World History.

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Declaring Independence - Library of Congress

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This extensive site from the Library of Congress explains the details of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence as well as the obstacles the Continental Congress faced in publishing...more
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This extensive site from the Library of Congress explains the details of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence as well as the obstacles the Continental Congress faced in publishing their work. Like many of the LoC sites, the narrative works best for secodary students, but the images will be fascinating to younger classes as well. This is a great addition to American history or government units on American independence.

tag(s): american revolution (86), declaration of independence (13), evolution (100)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and go through the "exhibits" offered with students. Allow students to peruse it on their own in cooperative learning groups. This would be a great review activity, as students may only grasp the importance of the primary documents once they have learned the greater context. 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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When Johnny Went Marching Off - SCORE

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This site is a group research project that could serve as the culminating activity for a Civil War unit. It asks students to "enlist" for a tour of duty and ...more
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This site is a group research project that could serve as the culminating activity for a Civil War unit. It asks students to "enlist" for a tour of duty and then chronicle the events and emotions that soldiers might have experienced during that tour. The site offers a collection of web links for beginning research, but students could also tackle this content using a school-approved search engine. Lots of creative possibilities here.

tag(s): civil war (145), webquests (29)

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For the end project, have students create their memoir in an online book, using a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here. This will make it easier for them to update and share the project.

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The Endurance - Kodak

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Kodak offers a highly visual site about an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Learn about the scientific inquiries at the turn of the century and the circumstances that led the ship Endurance...more
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Kodak offers a highly visual site about an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Learn about the scientific inquiries at the turn of the century and the circumstances that led the ship Endurance to its sorry fate. It's a great scientific adventure.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), explorers (61)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on exploration in Antarctica. Students can take the virtual tour, filling out a guide or graphic organizer along the way. For help making graphic organizers, we recommend using Mindomo, (reviewed here).
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Twain's Hanibal - Library of Congress

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This unit from the Library of Congress offers students an exposure to the use of primary resources in the study of history and literature. The Library's collection for this time ...more
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This unit from the Library of Congress offers students an exposure to the use of primary resources in the study of history and literature. The Library's collection for this time period is rich, so there are many highly visual ways to expose students to Twain's world. Students will need to spend some time with this one.

tag(s): mark twain (10)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans on this site! Be sure to save it as a favorite on your desktop to allow for easy retrieval.

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AMDOCS - Univ. of Kansas

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Created at the University of Kansas, this collection of primary sources offers coverage from the 15th century through the present, making it useful for both early and contemporary history....more
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Created at the University of Kansas, this collection of primary sources offers coverage from the 15th century through the present, making it useful for both early and contemporary history. Many of the documents are on third-party sites, so expect some level of change over time.

tag(s): american revolution (86), history day (23)

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Take advantage of the hundreds of available primary sources on this site. History teachers can use these documents for a variety of activities, from supplementing the text to using them to teach students how to analyze the validity of sources. The documents are organized by date, and can benefit both World History classes in addition to American History.

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September 11, 2001 - New York Times

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This site is a collection of the New York Times biographical sketches of those who died in the 9-11 attacks. Poignant, simple, and inspiring, this is a site which invites ...more
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This site is a collection of the New York Times biographical sketches of those who died in the 9-11 attacks. Poignant, simple, and inspiring, this is a site which invites a response.

tag(s): sept11 (21), terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Try using it with students as a springboard for writing or other creative expression.

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Mark Twain in his Times - University of Virginia

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This site from the University of Virginia is a welcome addition to the general lack of good Twain material on the web. The site concentrates on Twain's career and the ...more
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This site from the University of Virginia is a welcome addition to the general lack of good Twain material on the web. The site concentrates on Twain's career and the manner in which Sam Clemens turned Twain into an institution. There are also links to critical information and e-texts of Twain's major works, along with illustrations.

tag(s): biographies (87), mark twain (10)

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Good site for lesson ideas, or for independent use by students.

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Wrapped in Pride - Kente Cloth - Smithsonian Institution

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For an interesting lesson idea, start with this presentation on the creation and use of Ghanian Kente cloth, used in African festivals and ceremonies. This site from the Smithsonian...more
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For an interesting lesson idea, start with this presentation on the creation and use of Ghanian Kente cloth, used in African festivals and ceremonies. This site from the Smithsonian shows how the cloth is made and describes the various ways in which Africans use it. The content is adaptable to many age levels.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), kwanzaa (9)

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Use this activity here in your own classroom during a unit on African culture. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to guide the classroom on how and when to wear Kente cloth. Students can do this with their own cloth, just so long as they are still grasping the significance of the real thing. This would be a fun activity during a class period that's devoted to presentations & the like.

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Japanese Americans and the Constitution - Smithsonian Institution

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The Smithsonian presents this nicely-designed site describing the internment and discrimination against Japanese Americans during World War II. Students can listen to an audio introduction...more
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The Smithsonian presents this nicely-designed site describing the internment and discrimination against Japanese Americans during World War II. Students can listen to an audio introduction which provides a summary of the events of the period, and sets the stage for the larger presentation. This one is well worth a visit.

tag(s): constitution (79), japan (61), japanese (42), world war 2 (142)

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This site is a great way to address the topics of racism and the Japanese internment in your classroom. Teachers can either save this and use it as a learning center or have the students do it together on classroom computers. Don't teach this topic without looking at this site first!

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Advertising in America - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress has created a site which presents information and images from early American adverstising efforts - 1850-1920. The site uses the Library's standard HTML layout,...more
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The Library of Congress has created a site which presents information and images from early American adverstising efforts - 1850-1920. The site uses the Library's standard HTML layout, and as usual, the stars of the exhibit are the archival images that have been digitized and included. If advertising is a measure of society's interests, this site offers a unique glimpse into the past.

tag(s): advertising (33), industrialization (15), news (261), newspapers (94)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on the Industrial Revolution. The site shows the growth of the economy and its impact on the private sector in a way students most likely have not thought about. Separate students into cooperative learning groups and have them create advertisements for the many inventions and technologies that were developed during the time period. Use the site for inspiration!

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History Matters - George Mason University

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George Mason University has created what is almost a one stop shopping site for American History. This is a rich resource of primary source materials, introductions to historical analysis,...more
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George Mason University has created what is almost a one stop shopping site for American History. This is a rich resource of primary source materials, introductions to historical analysis, factual material, and much more. The site concentrates on both historical content and the craft of teaching history. This makes it an ideal starting point for social studies or history teachers interested in a fresh approach to their curriculum.

tag(s): states (162)

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This site offers a treasure trove of primary sources that would be useful for any history classroom. Teachers can either use the sources to supplement their lectures, or can use them to start a debate with students on the qualities of effective primary sources. Separate students into groups, and provide each group with a different primary source, although from the same time frame you are studying in class. Have the groups analyze the sources, and a list of reasons as to why or why not their source is a reliable source. From then on, have the groups debate in class which is the most reliable by way of class debate. Not only will the kids synthesize the important information within the sources, but they will also get a handle as to what makes a source reliable.

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Inventors of the Industrial Revolution - TeachersFirst

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This unit provides an on-line introduction to inventors and inventions of the industrial revolution in England and the United States. In addition to information on key inventors and...more
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This unit provides an on-line introduction to inventors and inventions of the industrial revolution in England and the United States. In addition to information on key inventors and their inventions, there are interactive activities designed for student involvement, timelines, and an interactive quiz. An extensive list of "invention links" lets students learn more about inventions and inventors.This unit is written for middle and high school but is also adaptable for upper elementary.

tag(s): evolution (100), industrial revolution (25), inventors and inventions (101)

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See the lesson ideas page for ways to use this on your interactive whiteboard or with students working on their own. There are several ideas for projects and competitions to engage, challenge, and assess. You will definitely want to share this link on your teacher web page as a review tool, as well.

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