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Japanese American Internment Curriculum - National Japanese American Historical Society

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6 to 12
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Developed by the National Japanese American Historical Society, this page is a well-organized meta-list of lessons relating to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War...more
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Developed by the National Japanese American Historical Society, this page is a well-organized meta-list of lessons relating to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The lessons include material for all grade levels, and they address the historical, literary, and constitutional aspects of these Americans' experiences. Today's students can learn much from this experience.

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

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site! Save this site as a favorite for easy use and retrieval for future unit planning. Social studies teachers will love this one!

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Photos from the Chicago Daily News: 1902-1933 - Library of Congress

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Historical images always fascinate, and this searchable collection from the Library of Congress' outstanding American Memory collection offers students and teachers a wonderful look...more
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Historical images always fascinate, and this searchable collection from the Library of Congress' outstanding American Memory collection offers students and teachers a wonderful look at daily life in American during the early twentieth century. While elementary students may enjoy looking at the images, older students will find this a great source of illustrations for research projects.

tag(s): chicago (5), illinois (9), primary sources (86)

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Teachers will need to supply their own context and creativity in using this site, but it's a rich resource nonetheless.

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Pathways to Freedom - Maryland and the Underground Railroad - Maryland Public Television

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Created by Maryland Public Television, this site offers middle or high school students a look at how escaping slaves found their way northward toward Canada. ...more
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Created by Maryland Public Television, this site offers middle or high school students a look at how escaping slaves found their way northward toward Canada.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), slavery (72), underground railroad (11)

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There are interesting stories here, but the instructional content is thinner than some teachers will want.
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The Golden Door

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Teachers studying immigration may find this collection of turn-of-the-century photos interesting as a way of showing how immigrants to both American coasts lived and worked. ...more
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Teachers studying immigration may find this collection of turn-of-the-century photos interesting as a way of showing how immigrants to both American coasts lived and worked.

tag(s): immigration (58), migration (59)

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If your class responds to, "What's going on in this picture?" discussions, there's plenty of material here.

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Lessons from Teaching with Historic Places - National Park Service

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This National Park Service page offers dozens of lesson plans based on American historic sites and events. While all are ostensibly for grades 5-12, these vary widely in their complexity,...more
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This National Park Service page offers dozens of lesson plans based on American historic sites and events. While all are ostensibly for grades 5-12, these vary widely in their complexity, and teachers will need to determine the actual utility of these for their classrooms. There are enough options here, however, that those interested in American history should routinely check for curriculum connections.

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This is a great resource for ANY history teacher! Save this site as a favorite on your classroom desktop and use it as a reference point when in need of new material.

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Civil War Battlefields by State - National Park Service

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This useful listing from the National Park Service offers state-by-state summaries of important (and less important) Civil War battles. These include many skirmishes that never make...more
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This useful listing from the National Park Service offers state-by-state summaries of important (and less important) Civil War battles. These include many skirmishes that never make the history texts, but could have particular interest if they took place near your school. This site could also be useful for students working on research papers related to the Civil War.

tag(s): battles (16), civil war (145)

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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 groups look for the closest battles to your state (that is if in the Continental US) and how the battle impacted the environment. If out of the continental US select an arbitrary state and do the same. Have students present to the class what they thought the most important nearby battle was and why. This activity is a good way for students to understand how the Civil war affected their local environment in a way make the subject more tangible.

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Native American Dioramas - University of Michigan

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This is a collection of images showing lifestyles of about a dozen different Native American tribes. The text and descriptions are minimal, and the site seemed sluggish when we ...more
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This is a collection of images showing lifestyles of about a dozen different Native American tribes. The text and descriptions are minimal, and the site seemed sluggish when we tried it. If you're looking for examples of different Native cultures, however, these would be a good start.

tag(s): india (36), native americans (78)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a unit of Westward expansion or colonization. Allow students to view the images to garner a more realistic vision of what Native Americans were like during that time period. Use the images as inspiration for students to create their own dioramas, although be careful in making sure that the students don't create exact replicas of the originals.

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History in Pictures - Time, Inc.

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The Life magazine web site offers many thematic collections of images from the 1930s through the 60s. While all are copyrighted, they provide elegant illustrations of what life was...more
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The Life magazine web site offers many thematic collections of images from the 1930s through the 60s. While all are copyrighted, they provide elegant illustrations of what life was like in the mid 20th century. Try this one if you need illustrations for a lesson unit or subject area.

tag(s): air (163)

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Use this site as a means to search for images to be used in a visual discovery activity. Select 3-5 images from this site, to be placed on a PowerPoint presentation. Have students view images one at a time, while filling out a graphic organizer asking them to observe, infer and predict the events seen in the image. This activity is a great way to get students talking about the content in a way that's helping them review simultaneously. After students have seen all the images, a great way to review is to have students discuss what their answers were and how they came to find them.

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Remember, Rebuild, Renew - Lower Manhattan Development Corp.

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The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's site offers presentations on the 7 designs submitted for reclaiming the area once occupied by the World Trade Center buildings. Users can...more
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The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's site offers presentations on the 7 designs submitted for reclaiming the area once occupied by the World Trade Center buildings. Users can view slide shows for each proposal and read the architects' descriptions of how their design best meets the LMDC's three-part goal.

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What do your students think the best memorial would be?
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Ghost Town Gallery

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This site's eclectic collection of photos from ghost towns in the American west offers both history and some excellent photos. While the curriculum connections may be sparse, these...more
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This site's eclectic collection of photos from ghost towns in the American west offers both history and some excellent photos. While the curriculum connections may be sparse, these images give a sense of what life was like in these mining and farming towns more than 100 years ago.

tag(s): gold rush (19), pioneers (8)

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Try this site for a "what would life have been like?" lesson.

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Civil War Letters of Calvin Shedd - University of Miami

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The library at the University of Miami has put together this collection of letters from Calvin Shedd, a Union soldier from New Hampshire who spent much of the Civil War ...more
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The library at the University of Miami has put together this collection of letters from Calvin Shedd, a Union soldier from New Hampshire who spent much of the Civil War in Florida. They will be interesting to history teachers interested in teaching with original source materials, and to those interested in studying the Civil War from a personal perspective.

tag(s): civil war (145), florida (11), new hampshire (5)

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Beyond the obvious insight this sight provides concerning the gritty details of the revolution, but it can also be used as an excellent example of a useful primary source. Open one of the documents on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students read the document and then have a classroom discussion as to the reliability of the source. Question students as to the motive of the writer, bias, information quality, and how that affects how they interpret the source. An interesting starting point to discuss the variability of history, and how historians interpret different sources.

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Wisconsin Pioneer Experience - University of Wisconsin

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Here is a collection of original letters and other manuscripts written by those who settled the farms and prairies of Wisconsin. Secondary teachers teaching Wisconsin state history...more
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Here is a collection of original letters and other manuscripts written by those who settled the farms and prairies of Wisconsin. Secondary teachers teaching Wisconsin state history may want to make use of some of these first-hand accounts of pioneer life. The site would also be a great resource for teachers building an interdisciplinary "life on the frontier" unit.

tag(s): pioneers (8), primary sources (86), wisconsin (3)

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Use these primary sources as a way to teach students what it was like to be a pioneer during the period of Westward expansion in the United States. Select documents that are at the appropriate reading level for your class, and have groups read and analyze assigned ones. Have groups present their findings to class in order to portray what life was like from all different perspectives. This can be easily used in either a Wisconsin History course, or a US history class.

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A Mohawk Iroquois Village - New York State Museum

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This online exhibit from the New York State Museum uses drawings, text, and illustrations to show how the Mohawk built villages and dwellings. There are also firsthand accounts, plans...more
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This online exhibit from the New York State Museum uses drawings, text, and illustrations to show how the Mohawk built villages and dwellings. There are also firsthand accounts, plans for a model longhouse, annotated illustrations, and examples of artifacts. This could be a useful site for study of Native American tribes and cultures.

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When They Were Young - Library of Congress

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This Library of Congress exhibition showing historic photos of children probably has some academic application. We've included it, however, as an eloquent statement of why children...more
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This Library of Congress exhibition showing historic photos of children probably has some academic application. We've included it, however, as an eloquent statement of why children are important, and why teachers teach. Try showing one of these pictures to your class and asking them to write about what the child in the picture might be thinking or doing.

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Use the images on this site to inspire some creative writing! Allow students to explore the site on classroom computers, picking one of the images to choose as the subject of a creative writing piece. Have students write an essay, poem, editorial - depending on what's being studied, based on what they see in their image. Attach the images to their pieces, and it could make a great display in your classroom too! A fun site for a Literature or Language classroom.

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Prints and Photographs On Line - Library of Congress

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Welcome to the Library of Congress' photo archive. This site offers a searchable database containing thousands of photos all almost any subject. History and social studies teachers...more
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Welcome to the Library of Congress' photo archive. This site offers a searchable database containing thousands of photos all almost any subject. History and social studies teachers will find this a rich resource for "what was life like then?" images, old maps, and other printed matter. Note that not all of these images are guaranteed "copyright free," but this collection was established largely for educational and research uses, so most images are freely usable in that context.

tag(s): air (163), maps (287), posters (36)

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing any number of the topics hosted. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about historical events. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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Life in the White House - US Government

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Created by the White House, this "inside look" offers lots of current photos, images and interviews. There are also a number of historical tidbits scattered through the site - just...more
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Created by the White House, this "inside look" offers lots of current photos, images and interviews. There are also a number of historical tidbits scattered through the site - just enough to show how the nation's first home has changed over the years. Add this one to your list of "What's it really like???" sites.

tag(s): white house (14)

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Have cooperative learning groups explore this site during a lesson on the White House and its' history. Have students create a multimedia 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 - summarizing the history of the White House. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here. This would be a great review activity before an end of the year assessment, or a quiz on the topic.
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Nerds 2.0.1 - PBS

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This second installment in the PBS Nerds series chronicles the evolution of today's computers from their early mechanical ancestors in World War II. There are also biographies and profiles...more
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This second installment in the PBS Nerds series chronicles the evolution of today's computers from their early mechanical ancestors in World War II. There are also biographies and profiles of key figures in the development of computers and computing.

tag(s): computers (95)

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If your curriculum includes the history of computing, don't miss this one.

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National Constitution Center

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This center for the study of the U.S. Constitution provides a nice introduction to the Constitution and the principles of governance on which it is based. Resources include an interactive...more
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This center for the study of the U.S. Constitution provides a nice introduction to the Constitution and the principles of governance on which it is based. Resources include an interactive Constitution, podcasts, and educational resources including lesson plans and games.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), civil rights (117), constitution (79)

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Take advantage of the many games and lesson plans featured on this site. Include with your Constitution Day activities.
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Hispanic Historic Places - National Park Service

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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Hispanic culture in the U.S. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS...more
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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Hispanic culture in the U.S. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS Teaching with Historic Places series. These lessons are a nice way to integrate Hispanic themes and contemporary accounts into an American history unit.

tag(s): hispanic (18), resources (112)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans listed on this site! A great resource for a history or geography classroom, just be sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Native American Historic Places - National Park Service

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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Native Americans. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS Teaching with...more
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This site from the National Park Service shows several historic sites associated with Native Americans. It also leads to an appropriate selection of lessons from the NPS Teaching with Historic Places series. These lessons are a nice way to integrate Native American themes and contemporary accounts into an American history unit.

tag(s): india (36), native americans (78), resources (112)

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