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World Conflict Map - Nobel Foundation

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7 to 12
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Help your secondary students gain a greater understanding of some of the 20th century's most devastating military conflicts with this compelling, interactive map. Students can discover...more
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Help your secondary students gain a greater understanding of some of the 20th century's most devastating military conflicts with this compelling, interactive map. Students can discover where specific wars took place, who the main protagonists were, and which regions of the world have experienced the most unrest. Brief explanations about each conflict are also provided along with statistical information on the geographic distribution of Nobel Peach Prize laureates and nominees from 1901 - 2001.

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Share this site over the interactive whiteboard to introduce a unit on the Modern century and the warfare that has plagued it. Introduce the site, answering any questions before allowing students to explore it in cooperative learning groups. Because there is a lot of information here, this site works best if students have a graphic organizer to guide them through and highlight what is most important. For help creating graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Geography Quiz - Learning Planet

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4 to 6
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This interactive quiz challenges students to recall and select correct state abbreviations, capitals, and locations. Make this available on a classroom computer and use as a practice...more
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This interactive quiz challenges students to recall and select correct state abbreviations, capitals, and locations. Make this available on a classroom computer and use as a practice and review activity.

tag(s): capitals (24), states (163)

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Use the geography quiz to help students review before an assessment! Students can use it as a learning center OR teachers can post the site on their teacher wiki or webpage to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom to study.
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Religions of the World - BBC

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9 to 12
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This factual guide to understanding world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism) presents historical information, basic beliefs, and common practices...more
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This factual guide to understanding world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism) presents historical information, basic beliefs, and common practices in a clear, unbiased format. Links to other helpful resources are provided, including full-length audio clips from related BBC programs - in RealPlayer format only. This is a concise and useful resource for any World Religions or World Cultures class. From BBC World Service.

tag(s): religions (61)

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These short "at a glance" looks could be a really great way to help students review major concepts during a unit on world religions. Assign students to small groups of 4-5, with each group assigned a different religion to review and present. Based on the information here and from class, have students put together a multimedia presentation that can be used to help their peers review the information.Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). These review casts can be presented in class OR posted on the class website to allow students to review both in and out of the classrom!

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Mughal India - The British Museum

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6 to 12
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This dynamic and captivating site explores the history, art, architecture, religion, and warfare of India's Mughal Empire. Visitors to the site will find themselves in a large virtual...more
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This dynamic and captivating site explores the history, art, architecture, religion, and warfare of India's Mughal Empire. Visitors to the site will find themselves in a large virtual office filled with a variety of objects (including a globe, a filing cabinet, well-stocked book shelves, and a model of the Taj Mahal) that beg to be investigated. By clicking on each item, students can enter multimedia learning environments that address many facets of one of the most grand and productive periods in India's history. Outstanding features of the site include an interactive coin cabinet, a virtual slide projector, and a helpful glossary. Interested students could easily spend hours browsing through the many nooks and crannies of this engaging sight, so be sure to give some definitive guidance to focus the experience. Also, visit the Staff Room to browse through lesson plans, worksheets, and set-up advice.

tag(s): asia (73), india (36)

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This site is a very detailed and interesting site that would make for a perfect learning center or station. Save it as a favorite on classroom computers and allow students to work on it in pairs or cooperative learning groups. This is a really great way to have students learn the activity in a non-lecture way.
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English Renaissance - University of Pennsylvania Library

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9 to 12
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This high level resource would be an excellent addition to an honors English class. Major texts from the English Renaissance are provided in their original form, and outstanding multi-media...more
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This high level resource would be an excellent addition to an honors English class. Major texts from the English Renaissance are provided in their original form, and outstanding multi-media tutorials provide serious students with in-depth background information on Shakespearean plays (King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, and the Merchant of Venice) and Renaissance book production (folios, quartos, and editing). The pace is fast! Use of the "pause" feature when viewing the tutorials is recommended to avoid whiplash. This is truly an outstanding tool for your best and brightest literature students.

tag(s): renaissance (34), shakespeare (131)

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Use the tutorials as a learning center or station where students can review 1 of the 4 Shakespeare plays. Save this site on your class wiki or web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.
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Vietnam Project - Texas Tech University

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Although this site is still very much a work in progress, it contains some riveting resources that would be valuable for use in a 20th century American History class. The ...more
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Although this site is still very much a work in progress, it contains some riveting resources that would be valuable for use in a 20th century American History class. The "Teachers' Web" is not yet up and running, but the oral history interviews, available as audio files, are wonderfully revealing primary sources. If you are interesting in presenting the Vietnam War from a very personal, human perspective, consider using this on-line archive. The site also provides a collection of historical photographs and tips for conducting Oral History interviews - an unforgettable learning experience for your students!

tag(s): 1960s (30), 1970s (12), asia (73), vietnam (36)

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Access the section entitled "Teachers Resource Web," and take advantage of the free lesson plans and collection resources.
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The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students - Holocaust Memorial Museum

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8 to 12
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This well-organized site presents an authentic and factual view of the Holocaust in a format appropriate for middle and high school students. Text, historical photographs, maps, images...more
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This well-organized site presents an authentic and factual view of the Holocaust in a format appropriate for middle and high school students. Text, historical photographs, maps, images of artifacts, and audio clips provide a riveting experience for visitors. This resource is organized by themes which include Nazi Rule, Jews in Germany, the "Final Solution," Nazi Camps, and Rescue and Resistance. Each theme is supported by in-depth information, a helpful glossary and timeline, and a list of key dates and events.

tag(s): holocaust (39), jews (20), nazis (10), world war 2 (142)

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Use the images on this site to design a picture walk in your classroom about the holocaust. Select 10-15 of the more powerful images, choosing a variety of subjects. Assign students to begin at specific numbers, before allowing the class to rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds. At each image, students should quickly write down what they observe, infer and predict about each image. At the end of the picture walk, have a class discussion based on the notes students took during the walk. This would be a very interesting way to introduce the topic in a non-lecture format. For help creating the graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Japan: Memories of a Secret Empire - PBS

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Explore 16th to 19th century-Japan with this interactive and engaging site. Visitors can enter the city of Edo (the site of present day Tokyo), meet the artisans who lived and ...more
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Explore 16th to 19th century-Japan with this interactive and engaging site. Visitors can enter the city of Edo (the site of present day Tokyo), meet the artisans who lived and worked there, and participate in some cultural activities. Students can create a virtual woodblock print and interact with a variety of distinctive musical instruments. A virtual trip down the busy Tokaido highway brings students in contact with fellow travelers as well as the many merchants and tradesmen whose shops and inns lined the roadside. The interactive timeline feature allows students to view Japanese history against the backdrop of world events. Three helpful classroom guides, aligned to national standards, can be downloaded.

tag(s): japan (61), japanese (42)

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Now here is a great site to accompany a World History classroom studying early modern Japan. This site would make a great learning center or station - if so we recommend creating a follow-along for students using a program such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here). There are also lesson plans connected to National Standards that Social Studies teachers should take advantage of!
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Race: The Power of an Illusion - PBS

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9 to 12
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This thoughtful resource examines race-related myths, misconceptions, and assumptions that often create injustice and inequity in our society. Students can independently explore an...more
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This thoughtful resource examines race-related myths, misconceptions, and assumptions that often create injustice and inequity in our society. Students can independently explore an interactive tutorial that investigates the concept of "race" and participate in interactive activities that reveal the dangers and difficulties of arbitrary racial classification. The content provides excellent material for class discussions. One of the outstanding features of the sight is a collection of beautifully constructed "slide shows" that focus on the significant role race plays in all of our lives. Considering combining this resource with a lesson on civil rights or immigration. Lesson plans and background readings are provided. Created by California Newsreel.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), segregation (15)

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Use this site as an in-class activity to provide students with the background knowledge of what race is before beginning a unit on civil rights and the racial strife of the 20th century.(and beyond if necessary) Have students create concept maps for the ideas presented in the piece, showing new information to them as well as how it's all connected. Use a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here) to create and share the concept maps.
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Frontline - The Invasion of Iraq - PBS

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10 to 12
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This thought-provoking site brings together analysis from a variety of sources to help students understand the many facets of the war on Iraq. Interviews with war correspondents, policymakers,...more
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This thought-provoking site brings together analysis from a variety of sources to help students understand the many facets of the war on Iraq. Interviews with war correspondents, policymakers, and military leaders are presented along with a timeline of events, and a revealing video describing the bitter debate between the U.S. Army and the Pentagon. The teacher materials provided on the site assume that students have viewed a companion video; however, the "pre-viewing" lesson plan can be used independently to provide background knowledge or summarize a current events discussion.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site! They incorporate the material on the site as well as the current events in the War of Iraq. This is a great resource for a US government or World History class.

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Witness to the Holocaust

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9 to 12
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Primary source material including photographs and personal interviews form the basis for this revealing look at the Holocaust. Visitors can explore three separate paths: a history section...more
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Primary source material including photographs and personal interviews form the basis for this revealing look at the Holocaust. Visitors can explore three separate paths: a history section that provides a brief overview of the Holocaust and the experiences of the victims; a liberators section that offers 10 transcriptions of interviews with those involved in the liberation of concentration camps; and a camps section that profiles four of the most notorious concentration camps. The images and recollections are troubling, so use carefully in the classroom. Developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center.

tag(s): holocaust (39), jews (20), nazis (10), world war 2 (142)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. The information is very dark and graphic, but if your students are mature enough it provides amazing insight into the camps and havoc they wreaked. Have students explore the site and challenge them to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.
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Theban Mapping Project

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9 to 12
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This virtual archaeological experience provides visitors with an up close and personal introduction to the Valley of the Kings. From the digs at Thebes, where students can zoom into...more
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This virtual archaeological experience provides visitors with an up close and personal introduction to the Valley of the Kings. From the digs at Thebes, where students can zoom into the atlas and explore tombs by watching movies, to interactive diagrams and revealing thumbnail shots, the experience of revealing the secrets of an ancient culture is impressively simulated. Other features of the site include interactive maps that can be used to measure distance and elevation, printable tomb maps in PDF format, an exhaustive archaeological and image database, and a comprehensive timeline and glossary.

tag(s): egypt (67), pyramids (29)

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This is an extensive resource, so provide your students with a plan of attack before turning them loose. Created by the Theban Mapping Project at the American University in Cairo.
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Graphic Witness

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9 to 12
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Visual arts and social commentary come together in this site that looks at human history through the lens of artists and illustrators. Topics include graphic arts in wartime, 19th century...more
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Visual arts and social commentary come together in this site that looks at human history through the lens of artists and illustrators. Topics include graphic arts in wartime, 19th century news illustrations, 9-11 aftermath, and art under duress. Use this site to provoke discussion, guide reflective writing, or inspire personal artistic expression. These compelling images would make very effective anticipatory sets when projected in the classroom.

tag(s): sept11 (21)

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Use the images to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom - for example, use the collection of drawings to teach the events of 9/11 to your students. Share the images on the interactive whiteboard or projector, with students filling out reflections about each image. Reflections should focus on what they observe, infer and predict about each image. After showing a few of the more powerful images, have a class discussion as to what students wrote in their reflections. Going back to each image - what did we learn? What can we assume? What does this picture tell us about this event? You would be surprised about the emotional impact students learn, in addition to the content. This would be a good activity to do as a review, when students are able to use the information on class to project about the images. A great resource for a US history course.

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The New Americans - PBS

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7 to 12
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Take your students on a virtual adventure that will help them to understand the personal lives and experiences of 21st century immigrants to America. Students can meet the various families...more
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Take your students on a virtual adventure that will help them to understand the personal lives and experiences of 21st century immigrants to America. Students can meet the various families profiled on the site, learn about their cultural traditions, and take a quiz on the myths and realities of immigration. The site features interactive maps, timelines, and exercises in determining the effect of immigration on the American society. Be sure to investigate the resources for educators and the eleven lesson plans, aligned to national standards, which challenge students to analyze demographic data, investigate U.S. immigration policy, and conduct oral history interviews with first or second generation immigrants. Created by PBS and Independent Lens.

tag(s): immigrants (20), immigration (58), migration (59)

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Use the myths and realities quiz on this site to assess student preconceptions before beginning a unit on immigration or a unit on immigration reform. Have students complete the quiz on individual computers in class, and print their results. Use the results as a way to start a class discussion on immigration and what surprised students. Focus on what students learned and what they had assumed previously. This would be a great activity for a civics or US history course.

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Muslims, Islam and Iraq - University of Georgia

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Help your students gain an accurate cultural understanding of the people of Iraq with this comprehensive resource that presents scholarly unbiased information. Topics include breaking...more
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Help your students gain an accurate cultural understanding of the people of Iraq with this comprehensive resource that presents scholarly unbiased information. Topics include breaking news, an interactive map of Iraq, the modern history of Islam, Muslim sects, underlying causes of the crisis, the Muslim response to the war, and so much more. Because of the overwhelming amount of information on this site, make sure that you provide some direction for your students. Use this source as a starting point for independent research projects, web quests, or current events analysis

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There is a TON of information on this site, so be sure to know what you are looking for if entering. One aspect that is extremely helpful are all the maps provided. Save and download some of the maps to use in presentation about the current or historical events in Iraq. Students are often confused about the geography of the Middle East, so the image can help them organize their thoughts. This sight would also be useful for any students completing a research project or paper on Iraq. Definitely useful for a government or World history classroom.

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Camelot Village: the Tower of London - Knight International

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7 to 12
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Take a virtual field trip to one of the most famous and intriguing historic structures in the world. The Tower of London's crucial role in English history is provided along ...more
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Take a virtual field trip to one of the most famous and intriguing historic structures in the world. The Tower of London's crucial role in English history is provided along with an interactive map of the entire complex that permits independent investigation of every nook and cranny. Students can meet the prisoners who met their fate within the tower and those who succeeded in escaping. Read some spine-tingling ghost stories and discover the legend behind those ever-present ravens. Consider spicing up a study of the history of Great Britain with this entertaining and educational site.

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

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Use this site as a guide for a group activity researching the Tower of London. Seperate students in groups, randomly assigning each one of the many subject headings within the site. Have the groups read and interpret the contents of their section, to be presented to the class as a whole. Have students narrate and add text to an image using UtellStory, reviewed here. 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. Something like this will take up a whole class period, so only use it if you have the flexibility schedule-wise.
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Eternal Egypt

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6 to 12
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Explore the rich art, history, people, places and myths of the ancient land of Egypt. This beautifully designed site presents five thousand years of Egyptian civilization through images,...more
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Explore the rich art, history, people, places and myths of the ancient land of Egypt. This beautifully designed site presents five thousand years of Egyptian civilization through images, animations, virtual environments, remote cameras, three-dimensional models and much more. There is quite a bit to look at, explore, and listen to on this site. Before using with students, map out a plan of attack to guide the experience! High speed Internet connection recommended.

tag(s): egypt (67), pyramids (29)

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Use the timeline on this site as a way to help students review the information they have learned about Ancient Egypt. Save the site as a favorite on classroom computers and use it as a learning center or station. Have students save their finished timeline OR print it out to assess their participation in the activity.
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Iraq: Year One - PBS

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The successes and failures of the Iraq war are examined in this lesson plan (aligned to national standards) that examines the status of reconstruction efforts in Iraq one year after...more
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The successes and failures of the Iraq war are examined in this lesson plan (aligned to national standards) that examines the status of reconstruction efforts in Iraq one year after the U.S.-led conflict there began. Students can review background information and analyze on-line news articles to consider whether or not coalition efforts have been successful. Based on their research, students are asked to project what they think should happen in the next year. This is a relevant and well-organized activity, perfect for a two-day experience in the computer lab.

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This is a great lesson plan, but if used will need to be updated for the current situation rather than that of 2005. If using this lesson plan, just make sure to add in the events of the past 5 years in addition to what their questions call for. This would be a great segway into a discussion of the war in Afghanistan in a government class.

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Stories from a Small Planet - PBS Frontline

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Bring current events to life in your classroom with this resource that connects students with international events. Politics, economics, geography, and culture are addressed by lesson...more
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Bring current events to life in your classroom with this resource that connects students with international events. Politics, economics, geography, and culture are addressed by lesson plans (aligned to national standards) that challenge students to think deeply about global issues. Articles are written at a fairly high reading level and issues are complex. This is definitely a high-powered resource for concentrated analysis and serious discussion.

tag(s): air (163), politics (99)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and readings to help connect students to the content being taught in your social studies class. Be sure to save this site as a favorite to allow easy retrieval later on.

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Lost Liners - PBS

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World history, U.S. history, rhetoric and debate, health, and technology are addressed by this comprehensive examination of some of the greatest disasters in maritime history - the...more
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World history, U.S. history, rhetoric and debate, health, and technology are addressed by this comprehensive examination of some of the greatest disasters in maritime history - the Titanic, the Lusitania, and the Empress of Ireland. Full lesson plans (these are really outstanding!), aligned with national standards are provided. Topics include The Blame Game (a great role-playing experience), Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Higher (a comparison of the Titanic and Challenger disasters), and Titanic Artifacts (what we've discovered about the lives of those lost). Students can even learn about effective Internet search strategies in the Lost Liners scavenger hunt activity.

In the Classroom

Click on the section entitled "teacher resources" and take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered. Most require a basic knowledge of the 5 major liners that sank, so the day before activities have students explore the site on the interactive whiteboard or individual computers. To assess what students are learning, put them in groups and have groups select a liner that they will be researching. Groups will go through the information offered by the site and possibly other sites in an effort to attain images and information about their lost ship. Have groups create an online graphic telling the story of their liner and its immediate impact. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place.

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