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Langston Hughes: Artist and Historian - Yale University

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This lesson explores Langston Hughes' poetry, setting it as a "vehicle by which students are exposed to the African-American experience in the United States of the 1920s through the...more
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This lesson explores Langston Hughes' poetry, setting it as a "vehicle by which students are exposed to the African-American experience in the United States of the 1920s through the 1960s."

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Using Film and Literature to Examine Uncle Remus: A Comparison and Analysis - Yale University

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Through the use of films, recorded books, and literary readings, this unit exposes students to the oral tradition of storytelling, provides facts about African American contributions...more
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Through the use of films, recorded books, and literary readings, this unit exposes students to the oral tradition of storytelling, provides facts about African American contributions to this tradition, and offers a comprehensive approach to understanding African American folklore.

tag(s): folktales (65)

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Social Studies Web Sites and Resources

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Here's a treasure-trove of lessons, materials, ideas, units and resources. Lots and lots of great material here from sources as various as the academy Curriculum Exchange, Houghton...more
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Here's a treasure-trove of lessons, materials, ideas, units and resources. Lots and lots of great material here from sources as various as the academy Curriculum Exchange, Houghton Mifflin, Addison Wesley, AskERIC, Encarta and the Peace Corps. Print 'em out and turn 'em loose on the kids! This is definitely worth a browse!

tag(s): black history (59), oral history (12)

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Save this site as a favorite it and browse it whenever in need of new lesson plans and materials within a social studies classroom. This is a great resource for new teachers, or for someone just looking for fresh ideas on how to cover a topic.

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Submarines! - Smithsonian Institution

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The Smithsonian presents a very complete look at the historical role of nuclear subs as peacekeepers. ...more
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The Smithsonian presents a very complete look at the historical role of nuclear subs as peacekeepers.

tag(s): navy (9)

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This site is a little text heavy, so be sure to use this with caution! If using as a learning center, pair lower & higher level readers together - allowing your lower level readers to get some help along the way. Because there is a lot of information here, only use if you have a guide or follow-along to help highlight for students what's most important off the site. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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National World War II Museum - National World War II Museum: Learn

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Visit the New Orleans-based museum all about World War II via the web site and its various interactive components. While some areas (videoconferences) are fee-based, and some feature...more
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Visit the New Orleans-based museum all about World War II via the web site and its various interactive components. While some areas (videoconferences) are fee-based, and some feature information about visiting the actual museum, there is a rich collection of information and multimedia experiences to make world war II history meaningful. Find lesson plans at the left under "Teachers." Click WWII History button at the right to find many pages of information and a timeline. Don't miss many choices under Student Projects. The See and Hear menu (up top) offers more interactive options, such as a newly re-launched Science and Technology of World War II interactive with additional lesson plans included.

tag(s): d day (8), veterans (19), world war 2 (142)

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This site could be the focal point for an extensive unit on World War II, with different student groups investigating aspects of the war. Or feature this site during a single lesson on D-Day. Ask students to decide which technology depicted in the science and technology interactive was the most important factor in the outcome of the war. Share videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard, or assign students to create their own online posters about different facets of World War II using GlogsterEDU reviewed here.
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Presidential Debates Information

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This site provides video and written coverage of the 1960 Presidential Debates. ...more
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This site provides video and written coverage of the 1960 Presidential Debates.

tag(s): debate (41), presidents (131)

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If teaching about the historic 1960 television debates, use the videos and transcripts to provide students with something more tangible than the summary in their textbook. Click on the debate history section of the site, selecting the year 1960. There are multiple transcripts and videos that can easily be printed or viewed on the interactive whiteboard. To show the impact of technology, have students listen to the debate before watching - and also select a winner. After, have students repeat the activity; this time through watching the video. Have a class discussion on how seeing the candidates affected their opinions, and whether a similar effect occurred in 1960. Great for a US government classroom!

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Forgotten Inventors - PBS

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Only few inventors become famous, but those that do not may be forgotten even though their inventions remain important. This site chronicles some of the forgotten creative minds that...more
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Only few inventors become famous, but those that do not may be forgotten even though their inventions remain important. This site chronicles some of the forgotten creative minds that gave us inventions still in common use today.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (101)

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Use this site as a starting point for individual or group projects on inventions. Have students choose a "forgotten" invention on the site, or have them research the background of another invention that they use every day.

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Library of Congress: for Teachers - U.S. Library of Congress

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This site is the homepage for teachers using the Library of Congress, the nation's largest library. Find primary source sets on various topics, professional development opportunities,...more
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This site is the homepage for teachers using the Library of Congress, the nation's largest library. Find primary source sets on various topics, professional development opportunities, thematic collections, and extensive materials and lesson plans for TPS (Teaching with Primary Sources) The teacher resources highlight nearly 10 million primary source resources available on line through this site.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Use the learning page as a launch pad for planning your own lessons in conjunction with the vast array of resources available from the Library of Congress. Many of the documents and images are in the public domain and can therefore be used as visuals in other multimedia projects created by teachers and students. Be sure to read the permissions. Share an image on your projector or interactive whiteboard or a voice recording to start a lesson. Assign students to explore and explain collections you select. Be sure to check out the self-directed professional development modules, as well.
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The flight of Apollo 11 - NASA

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Facts and pictures from NASA's archives. These photos are the real thing. ...more
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Facts and pictures from NASA's archives. These photos are the real thing.

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The Kent State Shootings - Kent State University

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This site commemorates the shootings of students at Kent State University during Vietnam war protests in 1974. ...more
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This site commemorates the shootings of students at Kent State University during Vietnam war protests in 1974.

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The Klondike Gold Rush

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Great for kids, with information on the gold rush, Alaska, and the Yukon. ...more
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Great for kids, with information on the gold rush, Alaska, and the Yukon.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts - Smithsonian Institution

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Home to a collection of on-line exhibits and other information on women artists. ...more
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Home to a collection of on-line exhibits and other information on women artists.

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The Interactive Santa Fe Trail Homepage - University of Kansas

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Information and pictures. ...more
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The Mormon Trail

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Examines life on the trails and the settling of Utah. Information and materials for all grade levels. ...more
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Examines life on the trails and the settling of Utah. Information and materials for all grade levels.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities hosted on this site during a unit on the settling of Utah or Westward Expansion. The lesson plans range from elementary to 12th grade, so be sure to pass this on to teachers of different levels if they need it!

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The Donner Party - American Experience - PBS

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The teachers guide from the PBS series offers a series of discussion questions based on the events described in the television program. You can also use the material if you ...more
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The teachers guide from the PBS series offers a series of discussion questions based on the events described in the television program. You can also use the material if you have another way of introducing the narrative.

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Take advantage of the free video(s) on this site during a unit on Westward expansion, particularly in discussing the perils of moving people cross-country during that time period. Play the clips over your projector, making sure to pause in between to summarize what happened as well as answer any questions students may have. If looking for a follow-along or sheet students need to complete during the movie, we recommend quickly creating one using a site such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Bibliography of North American Indians - Smithsonian Institution

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This annotated bibliography was created for K-12 teachers by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The authors, both Native Americans, have reviewed a large collection...more
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This annotated bibliography was created for K-12 teachers by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The authors, both Native Americans, have reviewed a large collection of K-12 books dealing with North American Indians, noting biases and inaccuracies, as well at those texts which provide accurate representations of Indian culture.

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

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A useful tool for planning lessons and resource lists for studies of Native Americans at any grade level. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer, to research for more information about Native Americans.

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Mythweb Lessons

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This page offers a number of lesson ideas linked to the Mythweb site for Greek mythology studies. There are a number of suggestions on how to integrate the material into ...more
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This page offers a number of lesson ideas linked to the Mythweb site for Greek mythology studies. There are a number of suggestions on how to integrate the material into other classroom activities.

tag(s): greek (41), greeks (30)

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Take advantage of the free teacher guides and lesson plans offered on this site! Definitely a helpful resource for a world history classroom.

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Playing the Race Card: Two Famous Criminal Trials - Yale University

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A study of the trials of O.J. Simpson and Bernhard Goetz addresses the question, "When is race an important factor in the American justice system?" and goes beyond the individual ...more
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A study of the trials of O.J. Simpson and Bernhard Goetz addresses the question, "When is race an important factor in the American justice system?" and goes beyond the individual trials to look at race in our criminal system and lessons we have learned from the trials.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! US history and government teachers alike will enjoy this one - just be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Multicultural Issues and the Law: Gender and Race Based Schooling - Yale University

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This unit uses five legal cases to probe issues of gender and race-based schooling and their relationship to the fourteenth amendment. ...more
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This unit uses five legal cases to probe issues of gender and race-based schooling and their relationship to the fourteenth amendment.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! US History and Government teachers alike will love this one - just be sure to save it as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Justice Demands an End to Segregation, But it Does Not End - Yale University

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This unit centers on the civil rights movement of the nineteen sixties and uses this as the foundation for understanding Constitutional rights and the history of legal cases that clarified...more
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This unit centers on the civil rights movement of the nineteen sixties and uses this as the foundation for understanding Constitutional rights and the history of legal cases that clarified rights as we know them today.

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