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Civil War@Smithsonian - Smithsonian

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This outstanding site examines America's most profound national experience through artifacts that are housed in the Smithsonian Institution. Twelve topics - including Slavery and Abolition,...more
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This outstanding site examines America's most profound national experience through artifacts that are housed in the Smithsonian Institution. Twelve topics - including Slavery and Abolition, Appomattox, Life and Culture, Weapons, and Mathew Brady - link to virtual collections of objects that can be individually explored. A Civil War timeline is included. Some of the interactives require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): abolition (7), civil war (145), lincoln (86), slavery (71)

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This site is an excellent addition to a unit on slavery and the Civil War OR an art class! Have students write captions for the pictures. Challenge students to create a blog entry from Lincoln, a slave, Mathew Brady, or someone else shown in pictures. What were they thinking? Why did they do what they did? How would life have been different if the Internet was around during the Civil War?
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TeachersFirst: Lesson Ideas for Lincoln - TeachersFirst

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For Lincoln's birthday or any time of year, here are ideas to better acquaint students with the life, times, and work of the 16th president of the United States. These ...more
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For Lincoln's birthday or any time of year, here are ideas to better acquaint students with the life, times, and work of the 16th president of the United States. These ideas feature both technology-enhanced lessons and non-tech experiences. Choose from the lesson titles (sorted by level) to find lesson ideas best suited to your students and the subjects you teach.

tag(s): civil war (145), debate (44), lincoln (86), presidents (130)

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No matter what subject you teach, you can find something to fit in your plans for Presidents Day or the Lincoln Bicentennial. Use these ideas and adapt at will. You can even email an idea to your teacher colleague to save a friend time!

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Online NewsHour: Inaugural Fashion - PBS

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Are you looking for a new way to get your students attention in history class? This site is perfect for those students who view fashion as the only thing worth ...more
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Are you looking for a new way to get your students attention in history class? This site is perfect for those students who view fashion as the only thing worth their attention! The site focuses on the gowns that the first ladies wore to the inaugural ceremony (from a variety of time periods). The significance of the gowns is discussed. Several photos are included. The video clips date back to 2001 and no longer work. For commentary and speculation on what Mrs. Obama and the Obama children will wear, see this article from Womens Wear Daily

tag(s): fashion (10), inauguration (11)

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Share the pictures of the gowns on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students research an inaugural ceremony and write a blog entry (from the first lady of their choice) discussing the inaugural ceremony (and what they wore). Or have your budding journalists write a mock-commentary on the political "message" sent by a chosen first lady via her fashion choices.

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A New Birth of Freedom - Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

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K to 12
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Are you gearing up for Inauguration Day with your students? Check out this site, dedicated to the "New Birth of Freedom." Visit the History link, learn about the events for ...more
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Are you gearing up for Inauguration Day with your students? Check out this site, dedicated to the "New Birth of Freedom." Visit the History link, learn about the events for the 2009 Inauguration, see photos, view video clips, and more. The videos require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): inauguration (11), lincoln (86)

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Assign a student "pre-inaugural reporter" from the class each day during the month of January to share the latest news and plans about the Inauguration. Have cooperative learning groups compare historical information on inaugurations. Then have the students write a paper or blog entry explaining what their own inauguration would be like if they were ever elected president.
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Presidents of the United States

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Although TeachersFirst doesn't typically review hotlists, this one provides a great deal of information on the presidents, Inauguration Day, the White House, and other "presidential"...more
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Although TeachersFirst doesn't typically review hotlists, this one provides a great deal of information on the presidents, Inauguration Day, the White House, and other "presidential" topics. There are printables, lesson plans (many with standards), photos, video clips, and more. The link Presidential Inaugurations lists countless resources to use in your classroom. Some of the links require Adobe Acrobat or Flash. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): inauguration (11)

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Have students use this site to investigate one aspect of the presidency as an Inauguration Day or Presidents Day project. Cooperative learning groups could choose a topic of interest and then create a wiki page or Bookemon book reviewed here on their topic.
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Inauguration Day Events - Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

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This site shares Inauguration Day events: Morning Worship Service, Procession to the Capitol, Vice President's Swearing In Ceremony, President's Swearing In Ceremony, Inaugural Address,...more
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This site shares Inauguration Day events: Morning Worship Service, Procession to the Capitol, Vice President's Swearing In Ceremony, President's Swearing In Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Departure of the Outgoing President, Inaugural Luncheon, Inaugural Parade, and the Inaugural Ball. Each topic has a Learn More link and provides authentic photos and historical information.

tag(s): inauguration (11)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector on Inauguration Day. Divide your class into nine groups and have each group learn about one of the "events" of the day. Have the groups share their "event" with the class on a PowerPoint.

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Martin Luther King - Leaders and Revolutionaries - Time, Inc.

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The Time 100 site, created for the year 2000 celebrations, offers a nice King biography, along with links to related materials and other leading figures of the 20th century....more
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The Time 100 site, created for the year 2000 celebrations, offers a nice King biography, along with links to related materials and other leading figures of the 20th century. This one could be a nice starting point for school reports.

tag(s): africa (178), african american (113), civil rights (120), martin luther king (38)

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Use this site for research about King. Create a class wiki for students to discuss and compare the lives and legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr and Barack Obama. What characteristics do the men share? How are they different?

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NewsHour Extra Lesson Plan: What is the Role of Civil Disobedience - PBS

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This site, affiliated with the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, presents a lesson plan related to the history of civil disobedience. The site provides a short handout for students, and...more
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This site, affiliated with the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, presents a lesson plan related to the history of civil disobedience. The site provides a short handout for students, and a more detailed summary for teachers to prepare for discussion on civil disobedience and its role in creating change. There is also a collection of historical quotes focused on the issue, including the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Henry David Thoreau, and Bishop Desmond Tutu. You need Acrobat Reader to print the quotes and other downloadable documents. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): civil rights (120)

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Encouraging students to think of disobedience (of any kind) as a positive force for change will delight some students and confuse and trouble others. Depending upon their age and their intellectual and moral development, teachers should be prepared for these varied reactions. Although there is brief mention in the lesson plan of Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war protestor, there is no discussion of other contemporary issues related to terrorism, freedom versus security, or privacy. Teachers should also be prepared to have these topics enter the discussion. The historical quotes would make good bulletin board fodder or discussion (either verbal or written) prompts. Maybe try one on your class blog!
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Virtual Freedom Shrine - National Exchange Club

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This searchable, no-frills site brings together thirty historical documents that were instrumental in creating the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. It's all here - the Mayflower Compact,...more
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This searchable, no-frills site brings together thirty historical documents that were instrumental in creating the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. It's all here - the Mayflower Compact, the 19th Amendment, Martin Luther King, Jr,'s "I have a dream" speech, and much more. Good reference site for a history or civics class.

tag(s): bill of rights (29), constitution (82), presidents (130), speech (92), speeches (17)

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Have each student in your class research one of these documents or speeches. Challenge students to create a multi-media presentation: PowerPoint, blog, wiki, or video. Share these documents around Martin Luther King's birthday or President's Day.

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Remembering Jim Crow - Minnesota Public Radio

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This site from the American Radioworks series uses a series of documentary audio recordings along with text and images to tell the story of the Jim Crow segregation laws in ...more
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This site from the American Radioworks series uses a series of documentary audio recordings along with text and images to tell the story of the Jim Crow segregation laws in the United States. Featuring remembrances by those who where there, the site offers an engaging perspective on an era that ended more recently than many realize. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): africa (178), african american (113), civil rights (120), racism (18), segregation (15)

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Try this one along with Martin Luther King, Black History, or American history activities. Share the images and audio on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students write captions for the pictures or a blog entry from the perspective of the individuals in the photos.
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Martin Luther King Papers Project - Stanford University

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Stanford's collection of King resources is among the most complete, and includes biographical and contextual information on King and his work. There are original documents as well as...more
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Stanford's collection of King resources is among the most complete, and includes biographical and contextual information on King and his work. There are original documents as well as timelines and other study aids. Visit the Liberation Curriculum to find lesson plans, an online dictionary, and other features. The lesson plans are linked to California standards. The site also includes video clips that require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): 1960s (30), africa (178), african american (113), civil rights (120), martin luther king (38)

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Use this site for research about King. Share the videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their own videos about Martin Luther King, Jr. Be sure to check out the lesson plans: they are detailed and simple to use.
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Powerful Days in Black and White - Kodak

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4 to 12
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Kodak's site featuring the photos of Charles Moore contains many images of Dr. King and the nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the American south during the 1960s. These are...more
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Kodak's site featuring the photos of Charles Moore contains many images of Dr. King and the nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the American south during the 1960s. These are striking images. Preview before sharing with younger students.

tag(s): africa (178), african american (113), civil rights (120), martin luther king (38)

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Share the photos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Discuss the pictures as a class. What were the lives of those in the photos like? Have students choose one photo that was the most powerful and write a journal entry about that photo.

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Day of Service - U.S. Government

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Here's a site that asks students to live up to Dr. King's ideals by engaging in a service project to help those less fortunate than they. Learn about King, his ...more
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Here's a site that asks students to live up to Dr. King's ideals by engaging in a service project to help those less fortunate than they. Learn about King, his ideals, and how to serve.

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Teachers looking for a meaningful way to honor Dr. King might find this approach attractive. Share the Why Serve link with your class and discuss how serving can change their lives. Why not come up with a class community service project to do in honor of Dr. King?

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March on Washington Lesson - PBS Newshour

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This lesson, from the web site for the PBS Newshour, offers both a set of structuring questions about integration and racism and a set of resources that documents Dr. King ...more
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This lesson, from the web site for the PBS Newshour, offers both a set of structuring questions about integration and racism and a set of resources that documents Dr. King and the struggle for equal rights in America. The lesson includes links to important documents (some PDF files, others require Flash), extension activities, thinking questions, audio and video footage, and correlations to National Standards in history, civics, culture, and more. This site requires Adobe Acrobat and Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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This lesson plan is ready to use and easy to follow! The extension activities offer some excellent higher order thinking questions. After sharing video footage with your students, why not project one of the extension activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create a blog answering the questions in the extension activities.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History - A Detailed Resource - Lousiana State Univ.

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As good as any book --this site includes a lot of text. Within the text is a large number of links to other useful sites. The beginning is dedicated to ...more
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As good as any book --this site includes a lot of text. Within the text is a large number of links to other useful sites. The beginning is dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. then the rest is about Black History Month. Some of the links lead you to book resources - providing the author, name of the book, and reference ID.

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This site is great for research papers and choosing topics related to Black History. Check your local library (before the lesson) to see if any of the listed books are available.

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Seattle's tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. - Seattle Times

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This site, created by the Seattle Times, offers an impressive look into the life and words of Martin Luther King, Jr. This extensive site includes a timeline, several study guides ...more
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This site, created by the Seattle Times, offers an impressive look into the life and words of Martin Luther King, Jr. This extensive site includes a timeline, several study guides with various higher order thinking activities, biographical information, video and audio clips, printables, links for more information, and authentic photos. This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Check out these free study guides, perfect for your MLK Jr. celebration or even Black History Month. Have students respond to the "thinking questions" by creating a journal entry or blog written by King. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Famous Quotes of Martin Luther King, Jr. - wikiquote

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This site features countless quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. with reference to where and when he said them. This site can be helpful as a starting point for students ...more
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This site features countless quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. with reference to where and when he said them. This site can be helpful as a starting point for students to find important dates and events in Martin Luther King's life. Be aware this site is user-contributed, but most quotes include attribution to a source. The Discussion tab at the top reveals comments by other user-contributors regarding certain quotes that they dispute.

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Share these quotes with your students around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The quotes can also be used throughout the month posted for reflection or read aloud. Have students rewrite the quotes in their own words.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the Net - Holidays on the Web

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At first glance, this site may look a bit "plain vanilla," but dig a little deeper and you will find some real gems! The site (all about Martin Luther King, ...more
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At first glance, this site may look a bit "plain vanilla," but dig a little deeper and you will find some real gems! The site (all about Martin Luther King, Jr.) offers research information and videos of several of King's famous speeches. There are links to learn more about King, Rosa Parks, and the MLK Jr. Holiday.

Be aware: this site does have numerous advertisements. At the time of this review all advertisements were appropriate. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students close their eyes and visualize being at the speech in person.. what did they see, what did they hear, what did the feel, etc.. Have students write letters to Dr. King expressing their feelings about the speech. Use this site for research on Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Civil Rights movement. This site is a great addition to Black History month or Martin Luther King, Jr holiday.
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Martin Luther King, Jr.- American Civil Rights Leader - Lucidcafe: Library

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This thorough website provides a wealth of information about Martin Luther King, Jr. The site includes research information about the Civil-Rights leader, related websites, and several...more
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This thorough website provides a wealth of information about Martin Luther King, Jr. The site includes research information about the Civil-Rights leader, related websites, and several video clips. There are also books and DVDs available for purchase. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Use this site for research about this great Civil-Rights leader. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Dissect the speeches together with your students. Discuss America during King's time versus America in the 21st century. Have the class participate in a discussion via a wiki all about the speech that you share and how it had an impact on today.
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From Greece to Main Street - Kennedy Center

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Introduce characteristics of Greek architecture with this lesson plan that draws comparisons between The Lincoln Memorial and the Parthenon, then challenges students to identify elements...more
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Introduce characteristics of Greek architecture with this lesson plan that draws comparisons between The Lincoln Memorial and the Parthenon, then challenges students to identify elements of Greek architecture within their own communities. Nice opportunity for a low-cost, high impact field trip! Downloadable worksheets, standards, detailed activity instructions, and an assessment rubric are provided. This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): architecture (84), greece (26), greek (41), lincoln (86)

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Use this ready-to-go lesson plan with your students. Share the visual interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students work with a partner to research other famous monuments and present multi-media presentations to the class.
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