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The Midnight Ride - Paul Revere House

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A stockpile if information on Paul Revere's midnight ride. There is an interactive map, copies of primary sources, and a few illustrated depictions of his journey. ...more
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A stockpile if information on Paul Revere's midnight ride. There is an interactive map, copies of primary sources, and a few illustrated depictions of his journey.

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Independence Hall - National Park Service

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A history of Independence Hall, as well as images and descriptions of the site - as preserved by the National Park Service. ...more
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A history of Independence Hall, as well as images and descriptions of the site - as preserved by the National Park Service.

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The Pilgrims - National Park Service

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A Short history of the Pilgrims, from the National Park Service. They also have images, videos and information on Cape Cod National Park. ...more
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A Short history of the Pilgrims, from the National Park Service. They also have images, videos and information on Cape Cod National Park.

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How the Grinch Stole Election Day

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Humor for election day (based on the election of 2000). Although this resource was created for the 2000 election, the background information and story is valuable for teaching about...more
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Humor for election day (based on the election of 2000). Although this resource was created for the 2000 election, the background information and story is valuable for teaching about elections in general and for comparing elections as part of U.S. history.

tag(s): elections (75)

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This would be a cute way to teach students about the events of the 2000 election and the voting process. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, either playing the audio version or have students take turns reading the lyrics. VERY useful for a US history or Government classroom.

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Presidential Biographies - IPL

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Though the title is probably misleading, this site's collection of information about the presidencies of our nation's leaders has plenty of facts, but little context. One of the more...more
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Though the title is probably misleading, this site's collection of information about the presidencies of our nation's leaders has plenty of facts, but little context. One of the more interesting features are the links to historical documents from different presidencies. This one's useful for very basic research, but it lacks the "who did what" aspects that can make history really interesting.

tag(s): presidents (131)

In the Classroom

Because this is a very organized presentation of the presidents, it would be extremely easy to compare presidents about very specific points. This would be useful in a class discussion of political party differences, campaign spending & finance, and legislation decisions. For comparison purposes, we recommend using an online Venn Diagram to be used on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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This would be good for students doing their own research. Dan, OR, Grades: 0 - 6
This would be great for students doing their own research. Dan, OR, Grades: 0 - 6

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Apollo 11

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Brief narrative with clickable photos and audio files recounts the course of the mission. From The History Place. ...more
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Brief narrative with clickable photos and audio files recounts the course of the mission. From The History Place.

tag(s): moon (72), space (205)

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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 Space travel. The audio and images on this site would work really well either on the whiteboard or placed within a powerpoint lecture. This would be a useful resource for an American History course, especially as all the information is practically laid out in lecture format.

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1968 - The Whole World was Watching - Brown University

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This is a fascinating oral history project, created by Rhode Island high school students and Brown University, which documents individual recollections of the turbulent events of 1968,...more
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This is a fascinating oral history project, created by Rhode Island high school students and Brown University, which documents individual recollections of the turbulent events of 1968, from the war in Viet Nam to assassinations and political upheaval. Written texts as well as audio files make the information available using any browser. Great discussion starter; can also be used as a reference for more detailed study.

tag(s): vietnam (36)

In the Classroom

Play these interview within your own classroom to supplement text or lecture material about Vietnam, Civil rights or Women's Rights. Play the interviews over the interactive whiteboard or projector, allowing students to follow along with the transcripts for better comprehension. One way to assess what students are hearing and learning from the interviews is to have students create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. This would be an excellent resource for a US history course.

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Truman Presidential Library

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The Truman Library site contains resources from the Truman administration, including photos, documents, and links to other resources dealing with the Truman presidency. ...more
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The Truman Library site contains resources from the Truman administration, including photos, documents, and links to other resources dealing with the Truman presidency.

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Within the "education" section of the site are several lesson plans, for both elementary and secondary teachers. Lessons aren't solely excluded to Truman, but ran the gamit for U.S. history or government. Be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Red Files - PBS

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From the PBS series of the same name. The site chronicles the cold war spying duel between the Russian KGB and the western intelligence services. Seductive design and captioning will...more
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From the PBS series of the same name. The site chronicles the cold war spying duel between the Russian KGB and the western intelligence services. Seductive design and captioning will attract the "spy freaks" in your class!

tag(s): cold war (29)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a lesson or unit on the cold war. There is a LOT of information on this sites so teachers can either try to incorporate on several different days or tailor the center to focus on one specific aspect of the KGB. In order to better guide students through the site, we recommend creating a follow-along. For help making easy graphic organizers, try Mindomo, (reviewed here).

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Sputnik - New York Times

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The New York Times assisted in the creation of this site, which chronicles the Russian launch of the first orbital satellite and the American reaction which followed. Pictures, documentation,...more
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The New York Times assisted in the creation of this site, which chronicles the Russian launch of the first orbital satellite and the American reaction which followed. Pictures, documentation, and context.

tag(s): 1950s (12), cold war (29)

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The primary sources listed on this page could easily supplement a lecture or discussion about sputnik and its' effect on the Cold War. Use the primary sources for research projects or for a class activity requiring students to interpret the various headlines. Assign cooperative learning groups a small collection of the headlines available on the site and have students interpret the events that happened from the sources. The activity could compare and contrast the bias in the various sources OR students could put together a short news brief based on what they see in the headlines. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Congressional Bunker Tour - Carnegie Mellon University

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Your middle schoolers will love this tour of the 1960s - vintage bunker built under the Greenbrier Hotel to house members of Congress in the event of a nuclear attack. ...more
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Your middle schoolers will love this tour of the 1960s - vintage bunker built under the Greenbrier Hotel to house members of Congress in the event of a nuclear attack. While it may seem humorous today, these photos illustrate the deadly seriousness of the Cold War. The site was created by Carnegie Mellon University.

tag(s): 1950s (12), cold war (29)

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Use this site as an introductory activity before beginning a lesson on the Cold War and how it affected the American morale & psyche. Project the site on the interactive whiteboard, letting students take turns reading aloud the information or reading silently. Have students respond to the information, verbally or in written form, the probability of Congress ever using the bunker. Students can question how realistic the bunker would have been to use, what this says about American fears, or whether or not they would have felt the same fear during this time period. A very interesting resource!

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Cold War Links

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A collection of resources relating to the Cold War and the 1950s. ...more
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A collection of resources relating to the Cold War and the 1950s.

tag(s): 1950s (12), cold war (29)

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Save this site as a favorite on your desktop if planning for a unit on the Cold War - a lot of information for teachers in need of ideas and a refresher on the content!

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The American 1950s - University of Pennsylvania

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A look at American politics and society in the 1950s - from the University of Pennsylvania. ...more
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A look at American politics and society in the 1950s - from the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Wars for Vietnam - Vassar College

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Historical perspective on Vietnam, its history, and the evolution of American involvement. ...more
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Historical perspective on Vietnam, its history, and the evolution of American involvement.

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This site hosts a TON of information about the Vietnam war - from overviews to primary sources! During a unit studying the Vietnam war, have students use this site as a means to learn some of the basic concepts in a non-lecture format. Create a follow-along for this site using a tool such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here). Have students read through the overview offered on classroom computers, while filling out their organizers.

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Academy of Achievement: Virtual Museum

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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 (87)

In the Classroom

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.

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In the Classroom

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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6 to 12
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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.

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In the Classroom

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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