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Lesson Plans from the State Department - U.S. State Department

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The U.S. State Department offers a surprisingly rich collection of lesson plans and related information about American history and foreign policy, past and present. The units on Vietnam...more
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The U.S. State Department offers a surprisingly rich collection of lesson plans and related information about American history and foreign policy, past and present. The units on Vietnam and the Cuban missile crisis look particularly interesting.

tag(s): cultures (105), foreign policy (16)

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There's a wealth of information here; teachers will need to examine it closely to see how it might fit into secondary government or history curricula.
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Who's Who in Post-War Iraq - BBC

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BBC's presentation on the key players in today's Iraq will help teachers and students sort out both the individuals and the many movements and factions that are now vying for ...more
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BBC's presentation on the key players in today's Iraq will help teachers and students sort out both the individuals and the many movements and factions that are now vying for influence in that nation. This one would make a great backgrounder for a discussion on balancing power in Iraq in the effort to build a democratic government there.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the War on Terror and the fighting in the Middle East. Because there is a lot of information on this site, this activity works best with a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what's most important. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Beyond the War in Iraq - NPR

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National Public Radio's web content about the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Iraq offers a nice blend of interviews, factual reporting, and images from the scene. There's an emphasis...more
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National Public Radio's web content about the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Iraq offers a nice blend of interviews, factual reporting, and images from the scene. There's an emphasis on political, economic, cultural, and military issues and their relationships with one another. Try this one as a starting point for an in-depth current events discussion.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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Use this site as a resource for a class discussion on the effects of the Iraq war on both US soldiers and Iraqi civilians. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. This allows students to prepare for a class discussion adequately. This would be a great resource for a US government or history class.
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Rulers

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Deceptively simple and not at all pretty, this site offers a wealth of information on the historical governance of scores of countries. (Where else could you find a chronological list...more
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Deceptively simple and not at all pretty, this site offers a wealth of information on the historical governance of scores of countries. (Where else could you find a chronological list of the prime ministers of Spain?) It doesn't offer complete histories, but secondary students studying the history of other countries may find its synopsis-by-ruler an interesting starting point.

tag(s): countries (77), presidents (130)

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Save this site as a favorite on your class wiki or webpage and refer students to it for reference. It's best use would be to help students compile the executive history of a country and search that way, rather than searching for information on a specific ruler. This would be a great starting point for a student studying monarchy in a particular country such as Britain or Saudi Arabia.

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Churchill - PBS

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One of the twentieth century's real giants, Churchill's accomplishments go well beyond the content on this companion site to the PBS series of the same name. While most famous as ...more
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One of the twentieth century's real giants, Churchill's accomplishments go well beyond the content on this companion site to the PBS series of the same name. While most famous as a World War II leader, his influence on the British government stretched from the 1920s well into the 1950s. This site is a great introduction, but serious secondary students should be prepared to delve more deeply.

tag(s): churchill (5), middle east (30), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on WWII. Because there is a lot of information on this site, it would probably work best if students had a graphic organizer to guide them through. For help creating graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Classics Unveiled

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Ancient history isn't always approachable, and this site offers great information on Greek mythology and the history and civilization of Rome in a context that both elementary teachers...more
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Ancient history isn't always approachable, and this site offers great information on Greek mythology and the history and civilization of Rome in a context that both elementary teachers and secondary students will find interesting. If you teach Latin, "Salve!" - there are great resources here.

tag(s): greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30), latin (22), romans (35), rome (27)

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Use this site as a way to approach the tons of information students are expected to learn about the Roman empire. Assign students into pairs or cooperative learning groups, and have them choose one of the many topics to research in the "Rome Exposed" section. Have each student group research their topic, with the intent to present their information to the class. Have each group prepare a quick presentation by creating online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Books can be read and presented to the class via interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Antarctic Slang Dictionary

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Geography, world cultures, and science students exploring Antarctica may want to prowl through this glossary of terms used at the scientific stations in Antarctica. While the site is...more
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Geography, world cultures, and science students exploring Antarctica may want to prowl through this glossary of terms used at the scientific stations in Antarctica. While the site is useful mostly to give a sense of the off-beat flavor of this environment, it does have some interesting "life in Antarctica" elements between the lines. Teachers and parents should preview this one thoroughly before turning their students loose on it.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), slang (15)

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If studying Antartica in depth, use this vocabulary as a way to show students what living on "The Ice," is like. Have students write short stories or letters, from the perspective of someone who is there - using the vocabulary on this site. Students will probably be entertained at how ridiculous some of it sounds, but it will definitely get them engaged in the topic.

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Indian Parliament - Government of India

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Those studying the Indian subcontinent may be interested in the home page of India's constitutional government. It includes schedule and proceedings information for both houses of parliament,...more
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Those studying the Indian subcontinent may be interested in the home page of India's constitutional government. It includes schedule and proceedings information for both houses of parliament, as well as links and other facts and information about government in India.

tag(s): asia (73), democracy (12), india (36)

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A World History or government class could use this site to compare and contrast the government structure of India to that of the United States. Share the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and use an online venn diagram to compare what they're reading about India to what they already know about the US. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). This would be a great segway into a discussion of the effects of globalization, varying cultures, or even a dialogue on how India came to have the government they do.

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Imaging Everest - Royal Geographic Society

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Would-be explorers chained to their computers will find this British chronicle of mountain-climbing in Nepal a great escape. The photo collections are available thematically, and they...more
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Would-be explorers chained to their computers will find this British chronicle of mountain-climbing in Nepal a great escape. The photo collections are available thematically, and they include some interesting categories dealing with the culture of the Himalayas. Of course, there are the obligatory homages to the climbers, especially Hillary. Many of these images aren't available elsewhere.

tag(s): mountains (13)

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Use this site as an activator, introducing the topic of Mt. Everest. This website would benefit a Geography class, exploring the significance of the Himalayas while simultaneously studying the geographic forces that made the mountain chain.

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Anne Frank the Writer - Smithsonian

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This site documents the US Holocaust Museum's recent exhibit about Anne Frank's unpublished writings. The site includes an introduction, interviews, excerpts from a number of unpublished...more
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This site documents the US Holocaust Museum's recent exhibit about Anne Frank's unpublished writings. The site includes an introduction, interviews, excerpts from a number of unpublished works, and a series of links for additional information. This one could be an interesting bridge between a writing assignment and the study of World War II.

tag(s): anne frank (10), holocaust (39), world war 2 (142)

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Use the virtual exhibit as a learning center or station during a unit on WWII in a history class or during a study of her book in an English class. This would be a great way to introduce Anne Frank, the exhibit serving to put all students at the same level of understanding of her life. If in need of some sort of assessment to see what students have learned from the site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.
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The Greeks - PBS

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Part of the PBS Civilizations series, this site explores ancient Greece, complete with virtual tours of the acropolis and the Parthenon temple. In the Greeks Interactive section, students...more
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Part of the PBS Civilizations series, this site explores ancient Greece, complete with virtual tours of the acropolis and the Parthenon temple. In the Greeks Interactive section, students can view interactive maps and experiment with the Greek alphabet. There is also an educational resources section, complete with lesson plans for using the site.

tag(s): greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Ancient Greeks. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning groups on classroom computers. Have students research specific aspects of the site, with the intentions of students "teaching" their peers about the many different sections. Have students create paper-posters OR use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Oral Histories of the Holocaust

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This site, created by High School Students in San Francisco, presents personal oral Holocaust accounts in written and audio formats. The site provides a unique perspective on the manner...more
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This site, created by High School Students in San Francisco, presents personal oral Holocaust accounts in written and audio formats. The site provides a unique perspective on the manner in which the Holocaust affected so many lives, by providing the detailed accounts of six survivors. Due to the nature of the subject matter, teachers may want to limit access of this site to older students.

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

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Beyond the obvious testimonials this provides to the content, this site can also be used as the perfect example of how students can complete a similar project. During a modern history unit, select a topic that students have the potential to interview their own family members on. Instead of the typical tape recording, try a new technology similar to one used on the website. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Peter and Paul, and the Christian Revolution - PBS

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Though not as interactive as other installments in the PBS Empires series, this site has helpful resources for tracing the history of Christianity in the context of High School ...more
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Though not as interactive as other installments in the PBS Empires series, this site has helpful resources for tracing the history of Christianity in the context of High School World Cultures and Western Heritage courses. The timeline, in particular, helps illustrate the simultaneous evolution of the Roman Empire and Christianity.

tag(s): religions (61), rome (27)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it as a learning center or station. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. This site would be an interesting perspective to examine the monstrosity that was the Roman Empire, and how it impacted areas all over the world.

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Egypt's Golden Empire - PBS

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A wonderful glimpse of life in Egypt from 1550-1200 BC. This site's ancient Egyptian resources examine each of the pharaohs, as well as provide information about daily life in Egypt....more
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A wonderful glimpse of life in Egypt from 1550-1200 BC. This site's ancient Egyptian resources examine each of the pharaohs, as well as provide information about daily life in Egypt. The interactive map and hieroglyph translator provide an interesting lens through which students can view life in this era. Like other PBS empire sites, this site has a listing of lesson plans for expanding on these resources.

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

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities offered on this site. This would be a great resource for a World History classroom, middle or high school!
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Queen Victoria's Empire - PBS

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Part of the PBS Empires series, this site provides a detailed look at the reign of Queen Victoria. With articles on the queen, her family, and the events of the ...more
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Part of the PBS Empires series, this site provides a detailed look at the reign of Queen Victoria. With articles on the queen, her family, and the events of the era, this site provides a wealth of useful information. There is also an interactive game to test your knowledge of the era, as well as a list of lesson plans for the site.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57), victorian (21)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities listed on this page! The interactive game can also be used to help students review for an assessment on Queen Victoria within a learning center or station. This would be useful in a British or World History Classroom.

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Islam: Empire of Faith - PBS

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This site explores the culture, religion, innovations, and historical figures of the Islamic civilization. The forerunner of many modern Muslim Countries, the lessons on this site provide...more
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This site explores the culture, religion, innovations, and historical figures of the Islamic civilization. The forerunner of many modern Muslim Countries, the lessons on this site provide wonderful background for world cultures courses. There are video clips from the original video production available as real time files, as well as interactive lesson plans.

tag(s): religions (61)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! This is a great way to introduce the background of the Islamic Empire as well as the spread of Islam across Europe, Asia and North Africa. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom desktop to allow for easy access and retrieval of the lesson plans!

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Napoleon - PBS

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This site examines Napoleon's rise and fall. Originally the companion to a four-part video series by the same title, this site has strong biographical information about Napoleon, as...more
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This site examines Napoleon's rise and fall. Originally the companion to a four-part video series by the same title, this site has strong biographical information about Napoleon, as well as interactive resources like a simulation of the Battle of Waterloo. There are also lesson plans for using the site.

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

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Select almost any of the Special Features on this site and use it as a learning center or station while reviewing a unit on Napoleon. There are also free lesson plans and classroom uses for the site within the classroom materials section. This is a great resource for the World History Classroom!

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Anthropology on the Internet for grades K-12 - Smithsonian Institution

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This Smithsonian Institute Libraries' site introduces students to the various elements of the anthropology, the science that examines the origins, physical characteristics, and cultural...more
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This Smithsonian Institute Libraries' site introduces students to the various elements of the anthropology, the science that examines the origins, physical characteristics, and cultural development of humankind. This serves as a gateway for anthropology resources, providing links to additional resources for archaeology, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology. This is a good resource for students to use in conducting individual research.

tag(s): anthropology (11)

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Use this site to search for virtual exhibits that could benefit your World history class. Students can also use this site to research for projects or papers. There is a lot of information here - be sure to investigate the site before allowing students to explore independently.

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The Exploration of Canada- Pathfinders and Passageways - National Library of Canada

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This site has wonderful resources for learning about Canadian history and Canadian explorers. Whether you're interested in early exploration in general, or specific history of the Nation,...more
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This site has wonderful resources for learning about Canadian history and Canadian explorers. Whether you're interested in early exploration in general, or specific history of the Nation, this site has information on each of Canada's multiple explorers, as well as a sequential look at the evolution of the landmass. A great site for social studies resources from the 11th through 20th Centuries.

tag(s): canada (30), landforms (45)

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This site is a little text heavy, but the information is all interesting and pertinent to a study of world explorers. Use this site as a point of reference when learning about the explorers who began to colonize our neighbor to the North. The site has a lot of information but would also be great for shorter investigations. Refer students to the site if working on research projects of papers about explorers. The information makes for a great jumping off point, and is reliable.

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Illuminating the Renaissance - Getty Museum

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The Getty Museum has produced a fine site to accompany their exhibit of illuminated renaissance books, or "Flemish Manuscripts." Examine an online sampling of the paintings, or read...more
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The Getty Museum has produced a fine site to accompany their exhibit of illuminated renaissance books, or "Flemish Manuscripts." Examine an online sampling of the paintings, or read up on the background of the history of renaissance art as it can be found on the pages of these beautiful books.

tag(s): painting (66), renaissance (34)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, clicking on the section entitled "Zoom & Explore." Use this site as an activator or introduction to a unit on interpreting Renaissance Art. The site provides dialogue about the paintings origins in addition to allowing users to zoom in on selected parts to see the very fine details. Art history teachers will love this one!
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