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Number 10 Downing Street

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9 to 12
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This is the official site of the British Prime Minister, offering current news, the histories of famous prime ministers, and background information on political issues in the United...more
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This is the official site of the British Prime Minister, offering current news, the histories of famous prime ministers, and background information on political issues in the United Kingdom. Lots of flash and design; a good site to include in researching British government.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57)

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Use this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a unit on British History. Use the biographies of the prime ministers in your classroom to help discuss and discover important politicians of the time period being studied. Students could use the site to identify important political leaders during the American Revolution or WWI for example.

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Internet Modern European History Sourcebook

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6 to 12
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Fordham University has created this outline of European history since about 1500, complete with links to quotable (no copyright) primary documents from various periods. It's an easy...more
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Fordham University has created this outline of European history since about 1500, complete with links to quotable (no copyright) primary documents from various periods. It's an easy to use research resource for term papers or other assignments, and also a simple way to bring historical documents into the classroom.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Use this site to obtain primary sources that can supplement classroom lectures. This site runs the gammit for World History II courses, so save it as a favorite on your classroom computer to reference it for new materials. One way to combine learning the content with learning how to interpret primary sources is to pair students in groups, with each assigned a different primary source. Have students analyze the source with the intentions of presenting it to the class. Once every group has presented their source, the class will vote "survivor style" which source is the most reliable. You would be surprised how much students get into it!

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Modern European History - BBC

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This Shockwave enhanced site from the BBC's education section provides a very concise walk through modern European history (1918 forward). The text - and it's mostly text - is presented...more
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This Shockwave enhanced site from the BBC's education section provides a very concise walk through modern European history (1918 forward). The text - and it's mostly text - is presented in easily-digested segments, and there are supporting maps and other documentation where necessary. The site is particularly useful for its willingness to examine not just what happened, but why it happened. On-line quizzes make the site useful for self-study.

tag(s): 1900s (33), europe (75)

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Use this site as a way to review students before assessments. There are lots of short quizzes on a variety of subjects that can be either printed or shared on the interactive whiteboard or projector. One way to use them is to have students complete the quizzes for warmups as they come into class. If used in that way, they can also be used as activators to introduce a new unit. This way teachers can assess what knowledge the students already have and which areas need to be covered the most.
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The Marshall Plan - Library of Congress

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This section from the Library of Congress' American Memory site provides an overview and details of the Marshall Plan for the economic reconstruction of Europe in the years immediately...more
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This section from the Library of Congress' American Memory site provides an overview and details of the Marshall Plan for the economic reconstruction of Europe in the years immediately following World War II. It's text-heavy, but there's enough information here for a really good term paper or any student interested in learning about the people and policies which helped rebuild post-war Europe.

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

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Use this site to demonstrate the importance of primary documents for both history and civics. Have students look at the text via interactive whiteboard or projector, and then examine the documents that accompany it. Use this to start a discussion on the different views that both secondary and primary provide before continuing to study the site as it was intended. An excellent site to examine the Marshall plan and primary documents!

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The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies

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9 to 12
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This site which is text heavy, provides the student scholar with college-level electronic resources in the field of Medieval Studies. Under development is a section for students in...more
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This site which is text heavy, provides the student scholar with college-level electronic resources in the field of Medieval Studies. Under development is a section for students in grades K-12.

tag(s): medieval (27)

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This is a good site to refer students to if working on a research project. Students can search the site for various topics, all of which are academic sources. Make sure to post the site on your teacher web page or wiki to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Iceland

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This site offers a historical and cultural introduction to Iceland, its people, and its culture. Well illustrated, with useful information on each section. Students may need a little...more
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This site offers a historical and cultural introduction to Iceland, its people, and its culture. Well illustrated, with useful information on each section. Students may need a little help with the cryptic section headings.

tag(s): cultures (105)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector during a world history unit. Allow students to explore the site, and then as a class compare the facts they have learned about Iceland and compare it to the United States. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). This can also be opened on the Interactive Whiteboard or projector. A site like this would be great at the end of the year so students have the knowledge to compare it to the United States.

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Holocaust Timeline

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6 to 12
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A holocaust time line from the History Place. Adult supervision suggested ...more
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A holocaust time line from the History Place. Adult supervision suggested

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

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Use this timeline as a guide to classroom presentations during a unit on the second World War. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing students to look at it individually with the intentions of selecting one major event to present to the class. Allow sufficient class time for students to research and prepare presentations, to be presented adjacent to the timeline in chronological order. For more tailored results, highlight specific events that students can choose among rather than the broad spectrum on the timeline. This would be a great way to teach the events of WWII in a non-lecture format, most likely at the high school level. For projects, 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. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents From Western Europe

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9 to 12
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This site is a collection of links that connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light...more
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This site is a collection of links that connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries and would be useful to expose students to the use of primary sources in research and history.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Save this site as a favorite on your desktop and use it as a reference point for finding resources on one of the many European countries. This could be helpful brushing up on your own knowledge or finding materials to supplement a unit. This would be a great resource for a World or European history classroom.

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Genealogy of the Kings & Queens of Europe

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6 to 12
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Relationships and biographies of important monarchs ...more
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Relationships and biographies of important monarchs

tag(s): britain (35)

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Although it is a little text-heavy, this website is a great way to relay the inter-connectivity between early British monarchs and Christianity. Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the early monarchs and religion. To direct students, we recommend using a graphic organizer to help them focus in on what are the most important parts of the site. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using a site such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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British History Encyclopedia

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A slightly quirky British resource which provides basic information on people and events in British history. We found lots of details on the lives of monarchs and prime ministers, but...more
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A slightly quirky British resource which provides basic information on people and events in British history. We found lots of details on the lives of monarchs and prime ministers, but not a lot of summary information to put it all in context. Good site for details that other overviews might not include.

tag(s): biographies (87), britain (35), england (57)

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Use this site as a point of reference when studying British history. Some of the information isn't cited or verifiable, but it is in depth and seemingly accurate. Use it for further research or to refer to students who are working on research projects or paper!

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Britannia - British History on the Web

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This is a commercial British site which offers an extensive collection of British historical reference materials, including biographies of monarchs and prime ministers, dates, and background...more
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This is a commercial British site which offers an extensive collection of British historical reference materials, including biographies of monarchs and prime ministers, dates, and background information on historical events. This is a great reference source for term papers and other uses.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57)

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Use the primary sources on this site to supplement both class and lecture when studying an aspect of British History. Teachers can either print the documents out OR share them on the interactive whiteboard! (save trees!)

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The Battle of Hastings

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6 to 12
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This extensive site provides a wealth of detail on the Battle of Hastings in 1066, including military, political, and social background on medieval Europe. Great resource for studies...more
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This extensive site provides a wealth of detail on the Battle of Hastings in 1066, including military, political, and social background on medieval Europe. Great resource for studies of the Norman Conquest, the evolution of English law, or a multidisciplinary look at the middle ages. Privately published.

tag(s): england (57)

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Use the timelines from this site on the interactive whiteboard to guide your class through a lecture on the Battle of Hastings. There are also a ton of images and maps that could supplement a PowerPoint lecture too. This would be a great resource for a British or World History class.

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All About the European Union - European Union

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9 to 12
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The EU has created a web page that provides summary information in a format with which most students can cope. This site is still somewhat Eurocentric, but it outlines ...more
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The EU has created a web page that provides summary information in a format with which most students can cope. This site is still somewhat Eurocentric, but it outlines the basic principles behind European cooperation and economic interdependence. As such, it could be a valuable starting point for students interested in exploring the future of Europe.

tag(s): europe (75)

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Use this site as an introductory point for a unit on economic unions such as the EU. Have students explore the site in pairs or cooperative learning groups in order to understand more about the principles and advantages of membership. This activity works well with a graphic organizer to guide students OR as a means for students to explore on their own with the intentions of presenting what they deem to be the most important points to the class. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Holocaust Bibliographies and Books

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A thorough listing of links to booklists on the Holocaust. ...more
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A thorough listing of links to booklists on the Holocaust.

tag(s): holocaust (39), reading lists (75)

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Use this site as a means to find literary resources for a unit on the Holocaust. Save this site as a favorite on your desktop to allow for easy retrieval and access.

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Genealogy of the Kings & Queens of England - British Government

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From the British Monarchy site. (Who would know better?) ...more
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From the British Monarchy site. (Who would know better?)

tag(s): britain (35), england (57)

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An excellent addition to any unit on Early - Modern British history! Assign students monarchs for your appropriate time period, and have them research the site to find out more about their specific person. Have each student create a quick biography of their monarch in an attempt to show how important their roles were to English Society. 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. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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A Medieval Technology Timeline

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There's more here than meets the eye. This site offers a time-line showing the evolution of simple tools and technologies during the middle ages. Those who are persistent will also...more
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There's more here than meets the eye. This site offers a time-line showing the evolution of simple tools and technologies during the middle ages. Those who are persistent will also find more detailed drawings and explanations of the various implements. This is a great site to show how major changes can arise from simple inventions.

tag(s): feudalism (3), inventors and inventions (99), medieval (27)

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Use this site to find time-lines to supplement your classroom discussions and lectures throughout your curriculum. Share the time-lines on the interactive whiteboard or projector during instruction to aid student understanding of the succession of events. This would be extremely useful for any Social Studies classroom.

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Trebuchet.com

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This privately published site documents and illustrates the history of the trebuchet, a marvel of medieval physics that could hurl heavy things great distances. Students can learn how...more
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This privately published site documents and illustrates the history of the trebuchet, a marvel of medieval physics that could hurl heavy things great distances. Students can learn how to build their own miniature version, and they can study why the trebuchet worked so efficiently. This one's both fun and instructional.

tag(s): medieval (27)

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Share this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a unit or lesson on the physics of throwing machines. Use this site to provide a historic example of their many uses. Teachers can focus simply on the history of mechanics of the machinery OR can have students attempt to create their own based on the directions and resources provided. This would be a great resource for either a History or Physics classroom.

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Vive La France! - Washington Post

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Bring the world to your classroom. Experience the French culture with this fact-filled site. Find out what's in the news in France with a direct link to the Washington Post ...more
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Bring the world to your classroom. Experience the French culture with this fact-filled site. Find out what's in the news in France with a direct link to the Washington Post and AP newswires, get today's exchange rates for world currencies. You can even get today's weather forecast throughout France. With links to over 200 countries, this site lets you create a World's Fair in your classroom.

tag(s): france (40), french (88)

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Use this site as a starting point for any and all research projects based on France. Students can research current events, history, geography and economic statistics all from the homepage. Post this site on assignment worksheets requiring research as well as your teacher wiki or web page.

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Paris Pages

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4 to 12
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Large, colorful site presenting extensive information about Paris - in English and French versions. ...more
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Large, colorful site presenting extensive information about Paris - in English and French versions.

tag(s): france (40), french (88)

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In a personal economy lesson, use this site to help students "plan a trip" to Paris. Assign students to cooperative learning groups, with each group receiving a hypothetical amount of money, and directions to find lodging, food, transportation while surveying the sites of Paris. This is a great way to teach students how to budget with real world prices and figures. For an emphasis on French history, require students to participate in certain tourist activities in their hypothetical situation - simultaneously creating challenges to their budgets. A great way to add some relevance to an economics lesson.

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Gallica Classique

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9 to 12
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This French site offers on-line full texts of a number of classic French Literary works, and more are being added regularly. C'est tout en Francais, but we were able to ...more
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This French site offers on-line full texts of a number of classic French Literary works, and more are being added regularly. C'est tout en Francais, but we were able to find the literature listings with little trouble. If you're searching for more reading material for your students, look no further.

tag(s): france (40), french (88)

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