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The Islamic World to 1600

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Here's another introduction to Islam, this time from the University of Calgary. It's intended as a succinct college-level tutorial, but it contains a wealth of facts for either teachers...more
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Here's another introduction to Islam, this time from the University of Calgary. It's intended as a succinct college-level tutorial, but it contains a wealth of facts for either teachers or AP students. Well worth exploring if you're interested in this period.

tag(s): middle east (36)

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Use this site as a means to help students review the major concepts of the Islamic Empires to 1600. Teachers can allow students to complete it as an in-class assignment or post it to their teacher webpage to allow them to do it independently. This would be a helpful resource for a World History class.

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Shia

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Shia discusses the differences between shi'ite and more dominant Islamic traditions. The adult reading level and very dense content level will make this material challenging for students....more
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Shia discusses the differences between shi'ite and more dominant Islamic traditions. The adult reading level and very dense content level will make this material challenging for students.

tag(s): middle east (36)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on World Religions, specifically during a lesson on the differences between the two muslim sects. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning groups with the intent of summarizing the main points in a presentation piece. 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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Fog of War - Washington Post

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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by...more
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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by former commanders, the site chronicles the war's effect on the middle east while discussing the problems inherent in managing a limited conflict. Good starting point for a discussion of the interplay between military, political, and diplomatic interests in American foreign policy.

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Use this site as an extended learning center during a lesson(s) on the Gulf War. Because there is a lot of information on this site, we recommend creating a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what is the most important. For help creating easy sheets, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Middle East Information Network

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This is an easily navigated guide to the cultures, religions, and history of the middle east region. It contains a combination of original content and links to third party sources....more
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This is an easily navigated guide to the cultures, religions, and history of the middle east region. It contains a combination of original content and links to third party sources. The site does a reasonable job of remaining balanced in presenting a region in which almost everything has political overtones.

tag(s): middle east (36), religions (68)

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Teachers may find the description of Islam particularly useful.

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The Theban Mapping Project

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Learn about the discovery and mapping of Egyptian tombs in and around Thebes. Site includes pictures, maps, and historical context. ...more
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Learn about the discovery and mapping of Egyptian tombs in and around Thebes. Site includes pictures, maps, and historical context.

tag(s): egypt (70), pyramids (29)

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Use this site as a resource for students working on research projects or papers. Make sure to save it as a favorite on your class web page to allow for students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Rome

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This site from Washington State University provides college-level depth on the evolution, flowering, and decline of the Roman empire. The treatment includes political, social, and military...more
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This site from Washington State University provides college-level depth on the evolution, flowering, and decline of the Roman empire. The treatment includes political, social, and military history in sufficient detail that teachers should be able to use this site as a resource for planning an entire unit on Roman history, even at the high school level. Serious students will find a rich resource of factual information.

tag(s): romans (35), rome (27)

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Include this link on your class website (or wiki) for students to practice both in and out of the classroom. The information is more encyclopedia-like, but can help fill in the holes that students may have about the textbook or lectures. Students can use the site as a reference or for review before assessments.

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The Roman Empire

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There's lots of information here, most of it in the form of text. There are also maps, images, and the like. The site is particularly noteworthy for the depth of ...more
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There's lots of information here, most of it in the form of text. There are also maps, images, and the like. The site is particularly noteworthy for the depth of its content, which makes it a great starting point for on-line research.

tag(s): romans (35), rome (27)

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Although there may not be any current updates on this site, there is a lot of background information that could help students who need catching up do so without being singled out. Use the site as a learning center or station, clearly defining which part students should focus on. Based on what they read, have students create timelines of topics such as political rulers, battles, colonization efforts, factors leading to the fall of Rome, etc. Have students use a tool such as Timeglider, reviewed here. This would be great for a World History course.

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The Romans in Britain - BBC

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This site from the BBC takes an understandably Anglo-centric approach to presenting the exploits of the Romans, especially in Britian. The overview of the Roman empire is also worth...more
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This site from the BBC takes an understandably Anglo-centric approach to presenting the exploits of the Romans, especially in Britian. The overview of the Roman empire is also worth a visit. The graphics and presentation are approachable without diluting the content, and the site includes materials for teachers and parents as well.

tag(s): britain (35), romans (35)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Ancient Roman empire. There are pre-prepared worksheets on the site that can not only be used to guide students, but once completed can be used as an informal assessment. This is an excellent resource for a world history classroom.

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The Perseus Project - Tufts University

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Developed at Tufts University. This is a rich resource for the study of ancient Greece and its archaeological sites. Students can select regions or specific sites and investigate the...more
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Developed at Tufts University. This is a rich resource for the study of ancient Greece and its archaeological sites. Students can select regions or specific sites and investigate the archeological evidence found at those sites. Beautifully photographed and mapped, with a strong selection of related links.

tag(s): archeology (32), greece (26), greek (41), greeks (31), romans (35)

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Take advantage of the free images and background information offered on this site. Use the images and detailed information to supplement textbook information, in addition to lectures. Each image has a graphic explanation of construction, use and symbolism of each monument - something that might sound more interesting to students than information commonly found in textbooks.

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Ice Treasures Of The Inca - National Geographic

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National Geographic sites are fantastic. This particular one recreates an expedition in the Andes. Beautiful pictures, maps, and journals, as well as a discussion of prehistory and...more
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National Geographic sites are fantastic. This particular one recreates an expedition in the Andes. Beautiful pictures, maps, and journals, as well as a discussion of prehistory and anthropology.

tag(s): anthropology (11), south america (38)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Mesoamerican Civilizations. Have students complete the site individually or in cooperative learning groups. Because there is a lot of reading involved, this activity would probably work best if lower-level reading students were paired with more advanced readers.

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Egyptian Art & Archaeology

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Use the images in the exhibit for a visual discovery activity. Select 3-4 images, placing them on a slide-show presentation. Have students take notes on each of the images, noting what they observe, infer and predict about each one. After the presentation, have a class discussion based around student notes. This would be great review activity before an assessment, allowing students to apply the knowledge just learned. This would be a great resource for a world history classroom.

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Ancient Egypt

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This site from the British Museum offers a literate, visually attractive, yet very approachable on-line study resource on Egyptian culture, customs, and history. The site has numerous...more
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This site from the British Museum offers a literate, visually attractive, yet very approachable on-line study resource on Egyptian culture, customs, and history. The site has numerous topics and layers, with most content delivered through stories. There are also instructional games and quizzes. Five stars for this one! The games require SHOCKWAVE. The site includes the link to get it, or you can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): egypt (70)

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The "staff room" feature is especially nice for teachers, offering teacher instructions directly from each student page, or in sequence if you prefer.

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Akhnet

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This British site about Egyptian tombs, burial practices, and culture offers lots of photos coupled with personalized commentary about the ways in which the ancient Egyptians buried...more
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This British site about Egyptian tombs, burial practices, and culture offers lots of photos coupled with personalized commentary about the ways in which the ancient Egyptians buried their dead and the state of their tombs today. The design is a little dated, but the information's thousands of years old anyway, and the presentation doesn't suffer for it. Good site for basic student research.

tag(s): egypt (70), pyramids (29)

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Have students explore this site in cooperative learning groups, researching a specific aspect of Ancient Egyptians and their burial processes. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. The books can help students review and reenforce information through presentation. World History teachers will find this one very useful.

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Orinoco Online

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This foundation-supported site offers information on the various native cultures found in the Orinoco region of Venezuela. Learn about tribal customs, shamans and religious beliefs,...more
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This foundation-supported site offers information on the various native cultures found in the Orinoco region of Venezuela. Learn about tribal customs, shamans and religious beliefs, and the cultures of these native peoples in an educational site with spectacular design and elegant execution.

tag(s): cultures (110), south america (38)

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Use the online exhibit as a introductory activity to some of the native culture of Venezuela. Have students look at the site in cooperative learning groups, with the intentions of summarizing the points of the collection in a multimedia presentation. Have students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here. Zeemaps allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place.

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Mexican Folklorico

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A site offering information and resources on Mexican cultural celebrations, including resources for creating a celebration and schedules of celebrations in communities in the U.S. and...more
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A site offering information and resources on Mexican cultural celebrations, including resources for creating a celebration and schedules of celebrations in communities in the U.S. and Mexico.

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Canadian Heritage Information Network

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This site from the Canadian government offers a huge compilation of online resources about Canadian heritage from museums in all disciplines, government agencies, educational instutions....more
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This site from the Canadian government offers a huge compilation of online resources about Canadian heritage from museums in all disciplines, government agencies, educational instutions. If you're in search of things Canadian, this is an excellent starting point.

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Malaysia

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This site offers historical, cultural, political, and travel information about Malaysia. The reading level may be a bit high for some middle schoolers, but the site could be a great...more
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This site offers historical, cultural, political, and travel information about Malaysia. The reading level may be a bit high for some middle schoolers, but the site could be a great source of research information for studies of other cultures and peoples.

tag(s): asia (71), religions (68)

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Use the historic timeline to study the spread of Islam to Malaysia and the rest of South East Asia during the 15th century. The timeline is extremely detailed and can actually be used as a learning center or station too. To help guide students through the content, we recommend creating a graphic organizer. For help making those, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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India and Its Neighbors

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This site offers a thorough and graphically well-designed introduction to the history, cultures, and 20th century politics of India and its neighbors. While a bit text-heavy, visuals...more
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This site offers a thorough and graphically well-designed introduction to the history, cultures, and 20th century politics of India and its neighbors. While a bit text-heavy, visuals support most of the sections, and the content could be useful for research projects or general information. The site includes a short biography of Mahatma Ghandi. This is a "labor of love" site created by two faculty members at UCLA.

tag(s): india (37)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit studying India. This activity works best if students have a graphic organizer to accompany the information - we recommend a tool such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Lothal - On the Indus River

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This is an elegant Indian site describing archeological excavations at the site of Lothal, an ancient city on the Indus river. There are interactive maps, descriptions of life in the...more
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This is an elegant Indian site describing archeological excavations at the site of Lothal, an ancient city on the Indus river. There are interactive maps, descriptions of life in the ancient city, and a catalog of artifacts found during the excavations. Beautiful quality, and a little slow as a result, but if you're looking for examples of how archaeologists work, it's worth the wait.

tag(s): archeology (32), india (37)

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Use the images in this site to create a visual discovery activity during a unit on the Indus River Valley. Select 3-5 of the more powerful images, placing them in a Powerpoint presentation to be displayed over the interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow the class to view the images for 30-45 seconds each, writing down what they observe, infer and predict about each image. After all the images have been seen, start a class discussion based on student's findings. This is a great way to review material, as it allows students to apply classroom knowledge.

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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 (79)

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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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