TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Mar 31, 2019

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Martin Luther King Jr. Interactive Timeline - Beth Newingham

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K to 6
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This lesson provides details on how to use images from the book, A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr., to create an interactive student timeline. Follow the directions to ...more
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This lesson provides details on how to use images from the book, A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr., to create an interactive student timeline. Follow the directions to scan or print the pictures, then challenge students to build their timeline based on the images. This activity also includes a couple of lesson extensions.
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tag(s): interactive stories (31), martin luther king (37), timelines (59)

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Although this activity seems quite simple, it provides many opportunities for extending student learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and also inspires use as an activity with other topics. Instead of using images from picture books, ask students to create their own drawings representing events from any book, a process in a scientific experiment or study, or historic events. Scan or take pictures of student work then add them into a Google SlideShow or PowerPoint as recommended on this site to use as a digital timeline activity. Take this activity a step further and modify learning using a digital timeline creator like eStory, reviewed here, to create a digital timeline including images and links to media. For additional tools and ideas, take a look at other timeline creation tools located here.

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Ford's Theatre Abraham Lincoln Teaching Resources - Ford's Theatre

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3 to 12
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Where is a better place to find resources for teaching about Abraham Lincoln than Ford's Theatre? Use the filters on the site to locate videos, lessons, primary sources, and much ...more
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Where is a better place to find resources for teaching about Abraham Lincoln than Ford's Theatre? Use the filters on the site to locate videos, lessons, primary sources, and much more to use with students in grades 3 and up. Full lessons include correlation to Common Core Standards, handouts, and rubrics for assessment. The videos reside on YouTube. If your school blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): civil war (145), lincoln (84), presidents (131), primary sources (98)

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Use the materials found on this site to supplement your lessons on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Find additional Lincoln and Civil War materials at Actively Learn, reviewed here. Lessons on Actively Learn include embedded questions correlated to Common Core Standards for developing reading and comprehension skills. Organize your entire Lincoln unit and share materials (including videos with embedded questions) with students using Edmodo, reviewed here. Create an entire learning path with all of your materials using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here. Symbaloo Learning Paths includes options for embedding videos, texts, quizzes, and more. In addition, Symbaloo Learning Paths allows the creator to create optional paths for users to follow allowing for differentiation of activities. Modify older students learning by having them create their own Learning Path as an alternative to a research project to share information they learned and create quizzes for fellow students.
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Lincoln's Assassination - Ford's Theatre

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5 to 12
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Take an in-depth investigation into the events of April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln through eyewitness accounts and exploration of the evidence...more
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Take an in-depth investigation into the events of April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln through eyewitness accounts and exploration of the evidence left behind using materials found on this interactive site. Begin with questions to consider during your investigation then continue to read about first-hand accounts provided by witnesses in different areas of the theatre. Finally, examine the physical evidence including Lincoln's clothing and items found in John Wilkes Booth's pockets. Complete the activity as you return to the original questions with evidence in hand to support your conclusions.

tag(s): civil war (145), lincoln (84), presidents (131), primary sources (98)

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Include this website with your Civil War unit, President's Day, or Abraham Lincoln lessons. Instead of gathering information from textbooks to learn about Lincoln's death, ask students to be the investigators and gather and analyze facts on their own. Begin by sharing the questions found on this site using Padlet, reviewed here. Create a column for each question in your Padlet, then have students add evidence found on this site and others to support their answer. To enhance learning and help students organize their thinking, use a timeline creator from ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to understand the order of events. Transform student learning as a final activity, by asking students to share their findings including evidence in an explainer video created with Biteable, reviewed here.

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Civil Rights Timeline - NewseumED

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8 to 12
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This interactive timeline from NewseumED uses primary source news articles and photographs, with explanations, about the events covering America's civil rights from the ratification...more
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This interactive timeline from NewseumED uses primary source news articles and photographs, with explanations, about the events covering America's civil rights from the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791 through Alexander vs. Holmes in 1969. Use the slider at the top to see all of the articles. Of course there are the usual articles about the assassinations of President Kennedy, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, the March on Washington, The Formation of the Black Panther Party, and Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963. However, there are many other interesting articles that are pertinent to today's news, too many to list here. Some of these are: Poor People's Campaign 1968, Riots Spur National Study 1967, Orangeburg Massacre 1968, Watts Riot and the Bloody Sunday March 1965, Freedom Summer Campaign for Voter Registration (and education for black children) 1964, Baptist Church Bombing 1963, and The Children's Crusade 1963. To access this timeline you must register for a FREE NeweumED account.

tag(s): black history (60), civil rights (124), constitution (91), martin luther king (37)

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Civil Rights is about more than a movement that took place forty plus years ago. Americans have fought for their civil rights going back to the late 1700s. We are still fighting for them today. Review the timeline with a projector and the whole class. Then suggest to students that some of the articles have parallel situations going on today. Have them choose an article and research the situation from back in the 1960s and then compare it to a similar situation that is ongoing in the 21st century. Challenge students to redefine their learning presenting thier findings to classmates with an interactive, multimedia infographic or interactive poster using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.

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HSI: Historical Scene Investigation - College of Wm & Mary and Univ of Kentucky Schools of Education

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Become the investigator and solve famous cases from history using the Historical Scene Investigation model. Each investigation follows four steps, starting with Becoming a Detective...more
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Become the investigator and solve famous cases from history using the Historical Scene Investigation model. Each investigation follows four steps, starting with Becoming a Detective and ending with Cracking the Case. Follow each investigation using the Student or Teacher View. The Student View includes links to 13 cases with primary documents, images, videos, and secondary documents to use as evidence along the way. The Teacher View includes an introduction to the case and additional teaching tips and links to standards addressed. Another benefit to using this site is the informational primary and secondary documents that help meet Common Core standards.

tag(s): american revolution (88), civil rights (124), civil war (145), constitution (91), jamestown (10), mysteries (23)

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Take advantage of these investigations to incorporate standards and use of primary documents into your classroom in a manner that appeals to today's students. Use as part of any Civil and Revolutionary War studies. Divide investigations between groups of students and have them present their findings to classmates. In your blended or flipped classroom, have students complete investigations before beginning any complementary unit. You, your gifted, or more technology inclined students could use these investigations as a model to enhance learning and create inquiries into any unit of study. Use a tool like Webs, reviewed here, a free and easy web maker, to share a project such as this.
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Teachers - Primary Source Sets - Library of Congress

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4 to 12
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This collection of primary sources from the Library of Congress is organized around key topics and themes in American History. View Primary Source Set titles in alphabetical order from...more
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This collection of primary sources from the Library of Congress is organized around key topics and themes in American History. View Primary Source Set titles in alphabetical order from Abraham Lincoln through Women's Suffrage. Choose any topic to view Teacher's Guides and analysis tools including graphic organizers for students. Sort information to find materials meeting Common Core Standards, State Standards, or national organization standards.

tag(s): 20th century (52), authors (120), black history (60), civil war (145), constitution (91), hispanic (13), jefferson (20), lincoln (84), new deal (5), primary sources (98), segregation (16), thanksgiving (33), veterans (17), washington (31), westward expansion (31), womens suffrage (26), wright brothers (19)

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When introducing a new unit, show students photos from the era and have them describe what they see and what period they think it is. Find plenty of questions and activities (including a blank analysis organizer for students) in the Teacher's Guides. Also look at Library of Congress: for Teachers, reviewed here. Encourage your students to use this tool for projects. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted for reproduction), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Slidestory, reviewed here. This site allows you to narrate a picture modifying student learning. Include this site on your class webpage for students and parents to access as a reference.
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Google Tours of America: A Narrative History - W.W. Norton

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9 to 12
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Find tours that follow major themes and events throughout US History. This tool is accessible and useful for anyone teaching or interested in history! The tours include the Revolutionary...more
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Find tours that follow major themes and events throughout US History. This tool is accessible and useful for anyone teaching or interested in history! The tours include the Revolutionary War, the path to the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement, Lewis & Clark's expedition, the Indian Removal Act, Pre-Columbian North America, the national parks system, and the 20th Century power grid. To use the tours, first be sure that you have Google Earth installed on computers. Click the tour you are interested in to download the kmz file (this is the file that Google Earth uses to bring all the information into Google Earth). Double click this file. Google Earth opens, and you will find all the files for the tour under the Temporary Places. Images and information are found in the Tour Guide pane under the globe in Google Earth. Click on each item to view the resource at each point of the tour. All of the tours include multiple images and references. Some also include tour questions for students to answer. Are you new to Google Earth? Find information about this resource, reviewed here.
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tag(s): american revolution (88), civil rights (124), civil war (145), electricity (96), lewis and clark (17), national parks (23), native americans (80), vietnam (34), world war 2 (142)

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Introduce this resource on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Share the kmz file with students on a class website or blog. Use this fantastic alternative instead of slides to present a lesson on US History. Use these resources before teaching the specifics of the unit or throughout to enhance the content learned in class. The history lessons have more impact using Google Earth and putting the locations in perspective. Employ this resource as a model of creating effective tours using Google Earth. Assign student projects using Google Earth to redefine learning and create a tour using files and resources found during their research, employing these resources as an example.

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History on the Net - Heather Wheeler

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7 to 12
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History on the Net contains a wide variety of resources for a broad range of history topics. Begin a search by exploring history topics or by searching resources such as ...more
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History on the Net contains a wide variety of resources for a broad range of history topics. Begin a search by exploring history topics or by searching resources such as online lessons or worksheets. Explore the Titanic, World War I, Vikings, Mayans, and so much more! Look through a large selection of reference materials: dictionaries, timelines, and more. History on the Net is a great starting point when looking for lessons and materials for teaching history across the ages!
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tag(s): african american (107), aztecs (10), battles (19), black history (60), britain (35), civil rights (124), cold war (30), egypt (61), elizabethan (16), greeks (33), mayans (14), myths and legends (26), native americans (80), olympics (51), romans (36), victorian (20), vikings (11), worksheets (62), world war 1 (56), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. This site is a perfect addition to use with President's Day activities, when learning about the Olympics, or as part of a Black History Month lesson. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class. Enhance students' learning by having them use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a president, a passenger on the Titanic, a famous scientist, or another person learned about on this site. Have students modify their learning by creating an interactive, multimedia infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.
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Sinking of the Titanic - NBC Learn/Scientific American

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4 to 12
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Sink into the Titanic using this boatload of FREE resources. A collection of archival news videos, Scientific American articles, photos, and other teaching and learning resources commemorate...more
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Sink into the Titanic using this boatload of FREE resources. A collection of archival news videos, Scientific American articles, photos, and other teaching and learning resources commemorate this historic event. View a video of a live report from a ship doing a 3-D scan of the wreckage or an interview with oceanographer, Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic wreckage. Each video has a transcript, and support is available if you are having trouble viewing the videos. You can also read a photocopy of the hand-written account by the captain of the RMS Carpathia describing his response to the distress signal received "by wireless" from the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, after the Titanic collided with an iceberg. NBC Learn charges for access to many of their resources but offers this collection for free.

tag(s): 20th century (52), decades (10)

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Use this site as a resource for teaching the Titanic as part of an early twentieth century history lesson or as enrichment when reading any novel about the Titanic. Include the Titanic as one of many topics for twentieth century "decades" research projects. Discuss the difference between primary and secondary sources. Share the images on your interactive whiteboard or projector for the students to analyze and discuss. Have cooperative learning groups research the time period and the exploration of the wreckage. Have them write journal entries (replacing pen and paper with blogs) from the point of view of one of the cruisers on board or as an explorer of the wreckage. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Loose Leaves, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration.

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Ultimate Titanic - UltimateTitanic.com

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4 to 12
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Ultimate Titanic is a site put together by teachers and historians dedicated to giving a clear understanding of the people and the events related to RMS Titanic. The site contains ...more
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Ultimate Titanic is a site put together by teachers and historians dedicated to giving a clear understanding of the people and the events related to RMS Titanic. The site contains hours of footage from survivors, animations, and documentaries as well as hundreds of photographs and documents to explore. Use the categories listed at the top of the page to find and narrow information to view. Choose from options such as the ship, the tragedy, or news. Within the education section are links to teaching ideas, a timeline, and several documentaries. The site has a few occasional typos but is still worthwhile. (Give bonus points to students who find a typo!) Some of the video clips are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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tag(s): 1910s (8), 20th century (52), disasters (43)

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Use this site as a resource for information and ideas for teaching the Titanic as part of an early 20th century history lesson or as enrichment when reading any novel about the Titanic. Use the materials available here to talk about the difference between primary and secondary sources. Use the site's timeline as a starting point and then redefine learning by challenging students create their own multimedia Titanic timeline (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Timeline JS, reviewed here. Create a newspaper using a site such as Printing Press, reviewed here, extending learning and telling the details of events of the Titanic.
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CurriConnects Book List: Civil War and Slavery - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This CurriConnects list features books about the U.S. Civil War and slavery. This is a great match for student independent reading during units about the Civil War at any grade ...more
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This CurriConnects list features books about the U.S. Civil War and slavery. This is a great match for student independent reading during units about the Civil War at any grade level. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''''''® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): book lists (127), civil war (145), slavery (67), underground railroad (11)

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As you study the Civil War and slavery, let students select books from this collection of fiction and historical fiction. As we honor and move beyond the 150th anniversary of many Civil War events, what better way for students to make a more personal connection to the people who lived during those tumultuous times.

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A Class Divided - Frontline/PBS-WGBH Educational Foundation

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6 to 12
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This is one of the most requested programs for effectively conveying the reality of discrimination, what it feels like, and how it can change a person. Frontline, the PBS news-magazine...more
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This is one of the most requested programs for effectively conveying the reality of discrimination, what it feels like, and how it can change a person. Frontline, the PBS news-magazine show, produced this gripping piece that tackles the controversy, complexity, and consequences of discrimination that have shaped our society. This film and collection of activities are based on the 1970 documentary of the daring lesson that teacher Jane Elliott taught her third-grade class to give them a firsthand experience in the meaning of discrimination, immediately following the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. The film shows what she taught the children and the impact that lesson had on their lives. It includes three major segments: the footage of the original documentary of Jane Elliott's third-graders, (approximately 20 minutes), the reunion of those third-graders 14 years later who talk about the effect her lesson has had on their lives, (approximately 7 minutes), and also Elliott teaching her lesson to adult employees of Iowa's prison system and how their reactions to her exercise were similar to those of the children, (approximately 20 minutes). A Teachers' Guide, as well as an abundance of supplementary materials that allow students to wrestle with realistic ideas, are available on this site.

tag(s): black history (60), bullying (50), civil rights (124), diversity (34), racism (17), segregation (16), tolerance (9)

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Help your students understand why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and raise their awareness of discrimination and the struggle for civil rights by involving them in active viewing of A Class Divided projected on your classroom interactive whiteboard or projector. You can view the film in its entirety, or in separate chapters followed by the Discussion Questions. You may want to give students a specific task to do during the film. For example, you might ask them to listen for a particular issue or the answers to a set of questions, or take notes in preparation for one of the post-viewing activities. As a way to accomplish this and extend learning in your classroom use playposit, reviewed here, or TurboNote (a chrome extension), reviewed here. Replay the video or pause for discussion whenever you choose with these tools for focused, in depth exploration. Depending on your students' background knowledge and grade level, you may want to review or introduce some of the basic tenets of the United States Constitution that provide the legal grounding for equality and protection of individual rights. Explain that there are examples in American history when individuals' rights were denied and that many civil rights activists were arrested for either challenging, demonstrating, or breaking rules that they thought were unfair. Pose some of the questions for written assignments and discussion. This is a perfect lesson for Black History Month! Divide the class into groups to brainstorm situations that exist today within our own communities, and how they would feel and deal with it if they were the subjects. Students can easily create mind maps, replacing paper and pen, by using free tools from Teachersfirst, such as TUZZit, reviewed here, or ProcessOn, reviewed here. Have students choose words from songs to explore themes of freedom and equality, using Stories Behind the Songs, reviewed here. High school students could extend this to a reading and study of the final chapter of "One America in the 21st Century," the 1998 report of President Bill Clinton's Initiative on Race, which lists 10 things that every American should do to promote racial reconciliation. Ask students to add anything they think is missing and make a commitment to continue the crusade to end discrimination.

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Finishing the Dream - NBC Learn

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5 to 12
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Discover a collection of videos on the Civil Rights Movement. Topics range from Brown Vs. Board of Education to the assassination of Martin Luther King. The time span is from ...more
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Discover a collection of videos on the Civil Rights Movement. Topics range from Brown Vs. Board of Education to the assassination of Martin Luther King. The time span is from the 1950s to 2010, the most current being a special produced by NBC asking about "finishing the dream." Each of the ten topic areas links to many news clips that focus on the particular topic of that civil rights problem. Each clip can be "flipped" to see more information about its source, description etc. Finishing the Dream is a free area of the broader NBC Learn video site that is subscription-based. There is even an embeddable widget to make the collection available on other web sites or blogs.

tag(s): civil rights (124), martin luther king (37)

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Include this site when your students are going to do a research project on civil rights or MLK. Use one of the videos from the site to introduce a civil rights unit. Transform learning by having cooperative learning groups explore one of the videos/topics together and create multimedia presentations using Genial.ly, reviewed here, to share with the class. With Genial.ly students can choose the type of presentation they want to create. Another tool to augment, modify, or transform learning (depending on your requirements) is ThingLink, reviewed here. Challenge groups to narrate or annotate a picture. Compare videos from this site to examine the question of how King's vision is being implemented today. If you know how, embed the widget for the entire collection on your class web page for students to access in and out of school during your civil rights unit or in January near Martin Luther King Day.
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Citizen King - PBS Online

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8 to 12
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View this Youtube Playlist to see a PBS special focused on the last five years of Dr. Martin Luther King's life, from his "I Have a Dream" Speech in 1963 ...more
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View this Youtube Playlist to see a PBS special focused on the last five years of Dr. Martin Luther King's life, from his "I Have a Dream" Speech in 1963 to his assassination in 1968. Highlights include a discussion of his non-violence philosophy. This is a great resource for a 20th century American history class. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable.

tag(s): 1960s (30), africa (163), african american (107), black history (60), civil rights (124), martin luther king (37)

In the Classroom

Share the interactive videos clips and timelines on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Extend learning by using a tool such as playposit, reviewed here, where you can insert questions for students to discuss. Use this site for research about the civil rights movement or the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Then show your students how to embed media transforming their work into a multimedia presentation with a tool like Lucid Press, reviewed here, or Canva, reviewed here.

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