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Histories of the First Nations

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Here's a site that offers concise summaries of several dozen Native American tribes. Each of these in turn links to a far more detailed history of that tribe. This makes ...more
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Here's a site that offers concise summaries of several dozen Native American tribes. Each of these in turn links to a far more detailed history of that tribe. This makes the site suitable for students at many levels, and for many purposes. We wish there were more historical or thematic indexing, but this is still a great resource.

tag(s): native americans (77)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. The site has brief blips about many of the Native American tribes that existed pre-colonial America, although it varies in content. There are a lot of interesting details that students will find interesting.

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Camping with the Sioux - Smithsonian Institution

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This simple, elegant site from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History offers the diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher, a 41-year-old American woman who spent an Autumn living and learning...more
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This simple, elegant site from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History offers the diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher, a 41-year-old American woman who spent an Autumn living and learning from the Sioux. The site includes her diary, with comments from her contemporaries, as well as numerous photos of the people and territory she was exploring. The site has interesting possibilities for the study of Native Americans, the roles of women in the 19th century, and the use of primary sources in history and research. There is also an extensive bibliography.

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If you have time to do the adapting, there are lots of possibilities in this one.

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American Indians of the Pacific Northwest - University of Washington

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The University of Washington has created this site to document cultural and historic materials dealing with northwest Native peoples. Segmented by tribal groups, the collection includes...more
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The University of Washington has created this site to document cultural and historic materials dealing with northwest Native peoples. Segmented by tribal groups, the collection includes images and text, as well as search capabilities.

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Use this site as a reference point to search for primary source material concerning Native American tribes of the Northwest. These materials could easily supplement a unit on Native Americans, Westward Expansion, tensions between the US government and the various tribes, etc.

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Untold Stories - Descriptions of the treatment of slaves - New York Times

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This lesson from the New York Times explores the wide variety of descriptions of the treatment of African American slaves during the nineteenth century. The lesson lets students explore...more
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This lesson from the New York Times explores the wide variety of descriptions of the treatment of African American slaves during the nineteenth century. The lesson lets students explore possible reasons for the variation in the descriptions of slave conditions.

tag(s): africa (175), african american (113), slavery (72)

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Stories from Across the Seacoast

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This site tells stories from across the Seacoast. It is specific to the geography of New Hampshire including a detailed history of African Americans in this area. Easily directed by...more
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This site tells stories from across the Seacoast. It is specific to the geography of New Hampshire including a detailed history of African Americans in this area. Easily directed by person, place, movie, articles, etc. A great avenue to explore when doing a report on New Hampshire.

tag(s): african american (113), new hampshire (5), short stories (25)

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North by South

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This site offers brief explanations of three major migrations of African Americans from southern regions to northern cities in the 19th and 20th centuries. It could be useful in understanding...more
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This site offers brief explanations of three major migrations of African Americans from southern regions to northern cities in the 19th and 20th centuries. It could be useful in understanding the effects of these migrations on both the people who made them and the cities in which they arrived.

tag(s): africa (175), african american (113), migration (59)

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Living Pictures Representing the History of Black Dance - Yale University

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Through the study of paintings, books, photography, and poetry, students will learn about the history of Black dance. With an emphasis on the evolution of Black dance from the African...more
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Through the study of paintings, books, photography, and poetry, students will learn about the history of Black dance. With an emphasis on the evolution of Black dance from the African period through the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, this unit emphasizes research as a tool for meaningful choreography. The culminating activity is a video production that chronicles a living history through movement.

tag(s): africa (175), african american (113), dance (28)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this web page. The focus is interdisciplinary, and although lengthy offers a lot of valuable information. Definitely take a look at this one!

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Internet African American Challenge

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This site has three levels of quizzes made to be fun and educational. After taking the quiz, you receive a score, but not the correct answers. You must read the ...more
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This site has three levels of quizzes made to be fun and educational. After taking the quiz, you receive a score, but not the correct answers. You must read the profiles on these historical African American figures to find the answers. Profiles are brief, to the point, and have pictures.

tag(s): africa (175), african american (113)

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There is a special section for teachers on how to make this a classroom supplement.

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Road to Equality - CNN

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CNN has updated its collection of black history resources, many of which can be useful year-'round for the study of black history. ...more
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CNN has updated its collection of black history resources, many of which can be useful year-'round for the study of black history.

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Save this site as a favorite on classroom computers and allow students to teach each other about the progression of civil rights. Put students into pairs or cooperative learning groups and assign each group and article or video seen on the CNN site. Have each group observe, read and analyze their source. After they are done have each student create a quick graphic of what they learned from the site. The end result will be for students to present their findings to the class. For quicker projects, create electronic "posters" or word graphics for adopted word using tools such as Piclits (reviewed here) or Typogenerator (reviewed here).

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African American Odyssey - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress offers this nine-part introduction to the history of African Americans. The site relies on primary sources - images, letters, speeches - to illustrate contemporary...more
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The Library of Congress offers this nine-part introduction to the history of African Americans. The site relies on primary sources - images, letters, speeches - to illustrate contemporary views and chronicle their evolution from the Revolution through the civil rights movement. There are hundreds of ways to adapt this material to the classroom, and the site offers numerous suggestions and starting points. This one's a must!

tag(s): africa (175), african american (113)

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Use the images on this site for a picture-walk during a unit on African American History, from slavery to Emancipation. Print and hang pictures around the classroom, with students assigned to different stations. Have students rotate around the classroom, looking at a new image every minute. Once students have walked through everything, have a class discussion about what students saw and learned. This activity works best with a graphic organizer - to create one, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Blues Impulse - An Era and the Ambiguity of Adolescence - Yale University

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Help students learn about the Harlem Renaissance and about themselves through this investigation of the blues. ...more
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Help students learn about the Harlem Renaissance and about themselves through this investigation of the blues.

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans and activities! This site would be an excellent resource during a unit on the Harlem Renaissance or during Black History Month!

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Remember - A People's History of the Holocaust & Genocide

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This site offers a wealth of holocaust information. Although the design and layout are a bit confusing, the information is there. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom...more
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This site offers a wealth of holocaust information. Although the design and layout are a bit confusing, the information is there. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site! Save this site as a favorite on your classroom desktop to allow for easy access and retrieval in a search for new activities during a unit on the Holocaust. This would be a great site for a World or US history class. ADULT SUPERVISION SUGGESTED

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

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Within the education portion of the site are teacher and student resources that can be utilized in your classroom during a unit or lesson on the holocaust. Take advantage of the free lesson plans, quizzes, information, etc. A great resource for World or US history teachers.

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Historic American Maps - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress has produced this collection of historic maps in half a dozen categories ranging from convervation to cities to military campaigns. Users can view maps online...more
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The Library of Congress has produced this collection of historic maps in half a dozen categories ranging from convervation to cities to military campaigns. Users can view maps online or download them for inclass use.

tag(s): explorers (65), maps (293)

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Teachers will probably want to suggest which maps are most useful.

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Chronologies from WebChron - North Park University

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This site offers a collection of time lines which are interrelated in outline format. The information spans western and eastern cultural development going back as far as the evolution...more
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This site offers a collection of time lines which are interrelated in outline format. The information spans western and eastern cultural development going back as far as the evolution of the first hominids. While the information is strictly limited to dates and events, the site could be useful for building time-lines, or for comparing contemporaneous events in different cultures. From the department of history at North Park University.

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Good resource for lesson development.

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Mythweb

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Don't let the cartoon style fool you! This site is a very complete resource for students to study'? Greek mythology, stories, characters, and more. It presents the content is small,...more
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Don't let the cartoon style fool you! This site is a very complete resource for students to study'? Greek mythology, stories, characters, and more. It presents the content is small, visually appealing doses, and includes links to lesson plans and other related information. Well worth a look if you want a site that students can use on their own.

tag(s): greek (41)

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Use the stories on this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Ancient Greece OR a unit on myths/fables, depending on whether it is for a Language Arts or History classroom. Have students recreate the stories in an online book with a tool like Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Trails to Utah and the Pacific

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Located in the Library of Congress collection is a variety of primary source accounts of pioneers who travelled across the Wild West. ...more
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Located in the Library of Congress collection is a variety of primary source accounts of pioneers who travelled across the Wild West.

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Search this site, or have students search this site, to find primary sources that accurately display what the experience of traveling west was like.

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The Berlin Airlift - Project Whistlestop

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This site chronicles the airlift that kept West Berlin alive during the period immediately after World War II. Though written from an American perspective, there is coverage of the...more
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This site chronicles the airlift that kept West Berlin alive during the period immediately after World War II. Though written from an American perspective, there is coverage of the broader European involvement in one of the first cold war crises.

tag(s): cold war (28)

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Use this site as a resource to find primary sources about the Cold War and the end of WWII. 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) 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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National Constitution Center Lesson Plans

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The teacher section of this site offers a collection of topical lesson plans and discussion themes on current events issues with constitutional implications. Topics include Internet...more
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The teacher section of this site offers a collection of topical lesson plans and discussion themes on current events issues with constitutional implications. Topics include Internet speech, the Electoral College, and school vouchers. Each presentation presents pro-con arguments along with the relevant constitutional issues.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! Within the classroom resources page are plenty of online games and quizzes that can be used to help students review. Post the site on your class wiki or webpage to allow students to review it both in and out of the classroom!

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What do YOU see?

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Students learn to analyze photographs for key information in the course of this unit. From selected Civil War photographs, students must answer questions about what they see, and come...more
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Students learn to analyze photographs for key information in the course of this unit. From selected Civil War photographs, students must answer questions about what they see, and come up with some of their own. More detailed captions are then provided, and students are expected to re-evaluate their original conclusions. Once they have learned to analyze the given pictures, they must find their own, draw conclusions, and present their findings to the class. After studying the pictures and captions in this manner, students will recognize links between the Civil War and American industrialization.

tag(s): civil war (144), primary sources (93)

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Take advantage of this free lesson plan about pictures and interpreting history. This activity could be done on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a class, but could also work having students separated into cooperative learning groups.

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You Be The Historian - Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.

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Play the role of a historian using objects to figure out what life was like in another time. Look at historic objects from New Castle, Delaware and think about how ...more
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Play the role of a historian using objects to figure out what life was like in another time. Look at historic objects from New Castle, Delaware and think about how objects from today might be viewed by future historians looking back at our times. The 'what about you?' sections of the activity encourage you to think about the study of history at a personal level. What can future historians learn about your school, your class, etc. What evidence are you leaving behind? This site provides questions to think about, especially if you are interested in careers that use History.

tag(s): careers (140), local history (14), museums (50)

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You Be the Historian can be an excellent springboard for class discussion about primary and secondary sources and the historical process. The activity can also be used as an introduction (or supplemental material) when studying life in the late 1700s. Special Features include a teacher's guide to using this web site in the classroom on or offline.

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