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Modernism - Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

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6 to 12
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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism ...more
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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism that runs from the British arts and crafts movement in the 1880s through to American Art Deco of the 1940s. There are images, text, and video narration for each segment, providing a nice evolutionary tour. Use the pieces together or individually as supplemental material for art history, or as an adjunct to an American or European history class.

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of modernism in the past two centuries. Use the site's images and virtual exhibits to showcase the movement being talked about to compliment your class lectures. Another useful item is that some of the exhibits have a quick video clip that can help introduce the idea to your class in a way that foreshadows the rest of your lecture. Make sure your technology allows for the videos to be seen and not just heard!
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The Unseen Gulf War - Dirck Halstead

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9 to 12
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This is a collection of haunting, disturbing battlefield photos taken by photographer Dirck Halstead shortly after the end of the Gulf War in 1991. There is much death and destruction...more
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This is a collection of haunting, disturbing battlefield photos taken by photographer Dirck Halstead shortly after the end of the Gulf War in 1991. There is much death and destruction here, but the presentation on the realities of war is all the more powerful because it simply lets the images speak for themselves.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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Napoleon Series

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9 to 12
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This is a privately produced, web-only resource about Napoleon, the French Revolution, and related historical topics. While the content is extensive and well-written, there is no biographical...more
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This is a privately produced, web-only resource about Napoleon, the French Revolution, and related historical topics. While the content is extensive and well-written, there is no biographical information on the authors. While we assume the facts are presented accurately, teachers may want to proceed cautiously in other areas.

tag(s): evolution (100), france (40), french (88)

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Use this site as a resource for students working on a research project or paper on Napoleon Bonaparte. Make it easier for students to access the site in and out of the classroom and include it on your teacher wiki or web page! This would be a useful resource in a World History classroom studying the famous statesman.

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Chateau Versailles - Chateau Versailles

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While most of this site deals with visiting Versailles, students will find sections dealing with the King's daily routine and the life of the French court in the 17th and ...more
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While most of this site deals with visiting Versailles, students will find sections dealing with the King's daily routine and the life of the French court in the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition, there are images of some of the more notable artwork, and of course, large sections available "seulement en Francais," which we hope will please the foreign language teachers. There's nothing like it elsewhere.

tag(s): france (40)

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Women's Rights - UC Berkeley

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UC Berkeley's site on women's rights offers an interesting collection of resources. There's a time line showing women's accomplishments from the mid-eighteenth century onward, a collection...more
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UC Berkeley's site on women's rights offers an interesting collection of resources. There's a time line showing women's accomplishments from the mid-eighteenth century onward, a collection of interviews transcribed from on-campus appearances by women in leadership roles, and an activities and introduction section which offers ideas and options for further study. Teachers will probably want to excerpt selected portions for their use, but students doing research on women's history will find lots of good things here.

tag(s): women (101)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources on this site! The lesson plans are all connected to standards, and show creative ways to use the interviews hosted. This site would be interesting in a Government or US History course.
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Facing History

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9 to 12
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This one is different; it's a site built around exposing students to issues in history that have tested ethical and behavioral boundaries. Focusing on topics like anti-Semitism, eugenics,...more
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This one is different; it's a site built around exposing students to issues in history that have tested ethical and behavioral boundaries. Focusing on topics like anti-Semitism, eugenics, and genocide, the content requires students to think about the moral, political, and practical effects of actions by individuals and nations. The structure varies by subject area, and there is a combination of free and "registration required" areas. Secondary history and social sciences teachers will want to browse this one thoroughly.

tag(s): ethics (16)

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Take advantage of the free lesson and plans and classroom activities offered on this web page. Simply go to the "educator resources" section and teachers can search for materials by theme, time period or sequence. Definitely save this one as a favorite and refer to it for new material or lesson plans!

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Social Studies Activities from Scott Foresman - Scott Foresman

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This publisher's site offers a neat little collection of activities for K-6 students to accompany their text materials. Most of these are simple drag-and-drop Flash animations; some...more
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This publisher's site offers a neat little collection of activities for K-6 students to accompany their text materials. Most of these are simple drag-and-drop Flash animations; some lead to additional activities. Teachers using the publisher's texts may find these sites particularly useful.

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Use these collections for review activities before assessments in your US or World history course. Each collection is separated and divided by time period or events, (Age of Exploration for example) and could easily be divided to better suit the curriculum you've studied. Have students complete the activities as learning centers or stations, individually or as cooperative learning groups.
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Flags of the World

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OK, it's a site that list flags...but there are LOTS of flags. Thousands of them. Flags of countries, states, historical groups, religious organizations, darned near everything. On...more
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OK, it's a site that list flags...but there are LOTS of flags. Thousands of them. Flags of countries, states, historical groups, religious organizations, darned near everything. On top of that, there's lots of interesting narrative about many of these. It's a great place to look for flag information for research projects.

tag(s): flags (21)

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Elementary social studies teachers may find this one addictive.

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Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans - Detroit Institute of Art

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4 to 12
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From the Detroit Institute of Art comes this nicely illustrated collection of teacher-created lesson plans about ancient Egypt. Suitable for a wide range of grades, these lessons encompass...more
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From the Detroit Institute of Art comes this nicely illustrated collection of teacher-created lesson plans about ancient Egypt. Suitable for a wide range of grades, these lessons encompass both art and ancient history. The materials lists vary considerably, so assess your resources before assigning these.

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

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It really doesn't get more creative than this! Take advantage of the free lesson plans and examples provided on this site! This is a great resource for Elementary School teachers, as the subject literally spans almost every content.

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Japanese American Internment Curriculum - National Japanese American Historical Society

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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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WorldoMeters - Osearth

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World cultures or government classes will find the multidimensional counters on this site a wonderful way to illustrate the growth (or depletion) population, resources, and other global...more
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World cultures or government classes will find the multidimensional counters on this site a wonderful way to illustrate the growth (or depletion) population, resources, and other global activity. It's a very tangible illustration of the rate at which things are changing in our world. Teachers can be creative with this one.

tag(s): ecology (135), population (60), resources (112)

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This is a really great way to demonstrate a lot of the concepts taught in a Cultural Geography or US government class. Assign cooperative learning groups to investigate a portion of this site, based on what's being taught at the time. A good example would be having environmental sustainability group looking at water and land resources, as well as the growing population. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here

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Cambodia - Beauty and Darkness - Privately published

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This privately created site offers an interesting, though disjointed, look at Cambodia's people and recent past. In addition to the prerequisite almanac material, there are chronicles...more
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This privately created site offers an interesting, though disjointed, look at Cambodia's people and recent past. In addition to the prerequisite almanac material, there are chronicles of the conflict of the past 30 years. Of particular interest are the haunting contemporary Hmong artworks showing a country at once troubled and beautiful. This one could be an interesting supplement to a world cultures study of Asia.

tag(s): asia (73)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom. Select 3-5 of the more powerful images, preferably diverse subjects. (i.e. religion, economics, agriculture, etc) Placing the images in a PowerPoint, have students write down what they observe, infer and predict about each image as the slide show progresses. After students have finished the presentation, have a class discussion based on what students recorded. This would be a great review activity, allowing students to apply classroom content to the subjects of the images. Great source for a World History classroom!

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Cultural Astronomy - Bringing the Heavens to Earth - Adler Planetarium

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Chicago's Adler Planetarium offers this interesting introduction to the way in which early cultures interpreted the heavens. There are dozens of examples drawn from as many ancient...more
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Chicago's Adler Planetarium offers this interesting introduction to the way in which early cultures interpreted the heavens. There are dozens of examples drawn from as many ancient cultures, and all organized into themes that would have been essential to these civilizations. A set of lesson plans rounds out this intriguing unit.

tag(s): calendars (44), stars (61)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it for an all-around resource for a unit on astronomy. Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered in addition to the sections that could be used as learning centers by themselves. This is a great resource for an inter-disciplinary lesson about astronomy.

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First World War.com - Privately Published

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This remarkably well-organized site provides extensive background, chronological, and biographical information on the people and events of World War I. While the writing is best suited...more
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This remarkably well-organized site provides extensive background, chronological, and biographical information on the people and events of World War I. While the writing is best suited to high school or undergraduate students, the time lines and other features could be useful to younger students studying this time period.

tag(s): england (57), france (40), german (64), germany (28), russia (38), world war 1 (54)

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This one would be a great "term paper" site!

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Uniting the Kingdoms - British National Archives

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9 to 12
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This site from Britain's National Archives documents the political evolution of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and France from about 1066 through the death of Elizabeth I. While...more
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This site from Britain's National Archives documents the political evolution of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and France from about 1066 through the death of Elizabeth I. While most of this content is absent from American curricula, this site does an elegant job of summarizing the people and events that ultimately resulted in the emergence of the United Kingdom.

tag(s): england (57), france (40), ireland (12), scotland (7)

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American teachers will find background here for the study of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Those elsewhere may be able to put the material to more direct use.

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International Justice on Trial - Minnesota Public Radio

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What is the proper role of international courts in keeping world order? This site from the American Radioworks series examines the precedents, premises, and problems inherent in using...more
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What is the proper role of international courts in keeping world order? This site from the American Radioworks series examines the precedents, premises, and problems inherent in using international law to punish war criminals and keep the peace internationally. AP high school students will find this one a challenging issue.

tag(s): courts (15)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on International Trials or the legal consequences of Genocide in a US government or history course. The site is a little text-heavy, and would work best with higher level high school classes. To assess student learning and differentiate between the trial events, have students create a timeline describing the events of all three events. We recommend using an online tool such as Who What When (reviewed here)
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After 9/11 - SSRC Teaching Resources - Social Studies Research Council

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The Social Studies Research Council has collected an impressive collection of essays and articles on topics relating to the aftermath of 9/11 and American foreign and domestic policies...more
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The Social Studies Research Council has collected an impressive collection of essays and articles on topics relating to the aftermath of 9/11 and American foreign and domestic policies since then. Thematically indexed, it offers a wide range of perspectives on issues such as balancing personal freedoms and national security. AP government, social studies, and history teachers will find this one especially useful.

tag(s): constitution (79), freedom of speech (10), speech (92), terrorism (49)

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Use these teaching guides and lesson plans in your classroom. The site also has lists internet sources that could be good resources for any students working on a research paper or project. If applicable, list the site on the class wiki or web page to allow students to explore the resources listed on their own.

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Muhammad - Legacy of a Prophet - PBS

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6 to 12
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This web site - a companion to the PBS program of the same name - offers pofiles of both the prophet Muhammad and several contemporary American Muslims who describe the ...more
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This web site - a companion to the PBS program of the same name - offers pofiles of both the prophet Muhammad and several contemporary American Muslims who describe the meaning of their faith. The web site contains additional historical and biographical information as well as background information on Islam.

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Try this one if your students are studying either the mideast, comparative religions, or American cultural traditions.

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Discover Peru

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Here's a guide to Peru created by a pair of students. There are links on Peruvian history, climate, and lots more. While not fully authoritative, this content seems well suited ...more
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Here's a guide to Peru created by a pair of students. There are links on Peruvian history, climate, and lots more. While not fully authoritative, this content seems well suited to a student-to-student application.

tag(s): peru (6)

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This would be a great resource for a beginning Spanish or World History class. Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce to students one of the many countries that predominantly speaks spanish, or plays a role in World History. This would be a great resource for students working on presentations or research projects.

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KFF - World AIDS Day - Kaiser Family Foundation

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The Kaiser Family Foundation prepared this guide to AIDS events and resources, with a particular emphasis on information recognizing the global AIDS epidemic and the efforts that will...more
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The Kaiser Family Foundation prepared this guide to AIDS events and resources, with a particular emphasis on information recognizing the global AIDS epidemic and the efforts that will be required to combat further AIDS spread in Asia and Africa. Thoughtful students will find much to ponder here. The dates extend through 2007, but much of the information remains accurate.

tag(s): diseases (66), hiv/aids (18)

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Plan a "World AIDS Day" activity in your health class or as part of a discussion of current events and challenges to global health and economics. Have students create online posters using Padlet (reviewed here) or multimedia presentations using UtellStory, reviewed here, to share on a class wiki or a cafeteria kiosk to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS around the world.

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