Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the primary documents on this site to introduce the Slave trade AND the importance of analyzing primary sources in history. Print out 5-6 of the primary sources on this site assigning student groups one of the sources. Have groups analyze and interpret the content of their source with the intentions of presenting their results to the class briefly through a speech. After all the groups have presented their findings, each group will send one representative to the front of the class where students will defend their piece by its validity and reliability. Survivor style, the class will vote off documents in rounds until one piece is left standing - the most valid and reliable. An interesting way to combo both content and historical thinking skills in one class!
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomCreate small groups of students. From the menu on the left, click African American History. Under Browse Our Online Encyclopedia assign one of the Entries About...(People, Places, etc.) to each small group. Ask students to choose on topic per student in the group from their Entries About. After reading their encyclopedia entry and taking notes with an online tool like Simplenote, reviewed here, have them share the info they learned with their small group. Tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Simple note allows you to access and update across all devices. If you have the time, you could then mix the groups up and have them share what they learned with the new group, thus giving students a little more knowledge about a huge topic: African American History.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomA good resource for teachers to make selections for classroom TV specials, art work and topic ideas.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomView video clips with your class on your interactive whiteboard. Share a link with students for use on any project relating to United States presidents or John F Kennedy. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore the site independently or in small groups. Have students choose one speech and create a simple infographic sharing their findings about its themes using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
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