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General Web sites

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
Learning Page - Library of Congress U.S. History, Civics 4-12 Teachers Dozens of teacher created, classroom tested lesson plans, on topics from U.S. History to civics to literature. Flash player required; interactive JPG; video (adjustable); audio
Library of Congress Exhibitions U.S. History; World History; Holocaust Studies 7-12   View the collections and take virtual tours of the galleries of the Library of Congress. From designs of famous architects to the history of the Wizard of Oz, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Quick Time movies; Preview or Adobe Acrobat

EASE History U.S. History 6-12   EASE (Experience Acceleration Supportive Environment) History is a rich learning environment that supports the learning of US history. Over 600 videos and photographs are currently available in EASE History. (Flash required)
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence Multi  K-12 Interdisciplinary FREE RESOURCES! This site has historical maps and information on places and people who changed the course of history. Movies, interactive PDF files
Today In History Global History 6-12   The Library of Congress began a day-by-day listing of historical events. Search the archive for the day of your choice Interactive Documents
First Ladies of the United States U.S. History 4-10   They came from different social and economic backgrounds, from many different geographical regions, and with diverse education preparation. Each First Lady served our country well and each left her own mark. Visit this site to learn more about them. N/A
Links to the Past History     Explore America's cultural resources - buildings, landscapes, archeological sites, ethnographic resources, objects and documents, structures and districts. Interactive site with primary documents
National Gallery of Art U.S. History 4-12   Choose a tour by school or medium and explore the National Gallery's collections of painting, sculpture, and graphic arts.  Lesson plans and interactive resources.

Far too much to list!

National Museum of American History U.S. History K-12   An excellent resources for visual explorations of American history.  Online exhibitions are superb.  Tools for educators are well organized Flash player required (excellent visual resources)
Our Story In History U.S. History 4-8   Our Story In History is designed to help you enjoy exploring history through museum programs featuring objects from collections, quality children's literature, and hands-on activities

Interactive PDF; Audio and Video streaming (adjustable)

 

Historiography

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
Historical Thinking Standards, 5-12: Historical Analysis and Interpretation Standards for Historical Thinking 5-12 Teachers This Web site gives the National Center for History in the School’s standards.  There are standards to engage students in five types of historical thinking: chronological thinking, historical comprehension, historical analysis and interpretation, historical research capabilities, historical issues analysis, and decision making. None
Picturing Modern America 1880-1920: Historical Thinking Exercised for Middle and High School Students Historical thinking exercises using photos Middle and High School Engaging students in interactive exercises of historical analysis.

Picturing Modern America (PMA) contains interactive exercises designed to deepen students' understanding of common topics in the study of modern America 1880-1920, build students' skills in analyzing primary sources, especially visual sources, generate questions that students can pursue by searching in American Memory and other sources. PMA exercises are built around documents in the American Memory collections from the Library of Congress, one of the best places US history teachers can go on the Web for primary sources. American Memory collections contain thousands of searchable documents in many different formats – texts, photographs, films, pamphlets, songs, music, and maps. Teachers have found that giving students direct access to these online sources, along with guidance in how to use them, gets students more motivated and engaged in doing history, and helps them adopt the stance of historical inquirers.

Extensive use of images, built around an interactive inquiry method, students can create slide shows.
American Treasures of the Library of Congress U. S History in Art 6-12   A guide to some of the "treasures" in the Library of Congress. Check out Thomas Jefferson's handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence. Flash player required. Interactive galleries.
Archives of American Art U. S. Art History 6-12 U.S. History The collections of the Archives of American Art comprise the largest source in the world of primary source documentation on the visual arts in America. You can access information through AAA's online catalog, finding aids and guides, and a committed reference staff. Interactive galleries.
 

Three Worlds Meet 1400s-1620

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
Scenes from the Eastern Woodlands: Virtual Tour 1550 Lifestyle of the Eastern Woodlands Native Americans circa 1550. Elementary and middle Learning about Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands circa 1500s and viewing visuals.

Well-drawn visuals and simple, brief text about building a wigwam, tending a garden, making stone tools, playing hoop and dart games, etc.  Links to other educational Native Technology Web sites dedicated to disconnecting the term “primitive” from peoples’ perceptions of Native American technology and art.           Links to other web sites on Native American technology and art.

Drawn artwork.
Critical Bibliography on North American Indians, for K-12 of North American Native Americans listed by region. Teacher Teachers searching for materials applicable to the Native American groups they are studying. This web site is part of the Anthropology Outreach Office of the Smithsonian Institution. This bibliography was compiled by P. Ann Kaupp, Head of the Department of Anthropology's Outreach Office at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Fiona Burnett, while an intern in the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University, Maureen Malloy, now Coordinator of Public Programs at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, and Cheryl Wilson, presently editor in the Publications Office of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).  None
Library of Congress American Memory American Indians of the Pacific Northwest American Indians of the Pacific Northwest All levels Student projects involving visual original sources and documents on Native Americans. This digital collection integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to the American Indians in two cultural areas of the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Coast and Plateau. These resources illustrate many aspects of life and work, including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation, education, and employment.  Images can be searched by creator, subject, or place. The materials are drawn from the extensive collections of the University of Washington Libraries, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (formerly the Cheney Cowles Museum/Eastern Washington State Historical Society), and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle.  Go to the Collection Connections link for much more information. Digital photos, original documents.
Pre-Columbian Art and History History and art of the Maya, Olmec, Inca, and Aztec Middle school level Teachers seeking web sites or lesson plans related to pre-Columbian history, art, cultures. This web site has a plethora of links with the goal of designing an art program that uses historical inquiry, critical inquiry, aesthetic inquiry, and art production.  This site includes lesson plans, art rubrics, a student gallery, and more.

This web site itself has no multimedia; however, the web sites that it links to include video clips, audio clips, images, slideshows, artwork, original sources.

Ancient Artifacts- Geography/Ancient History lesson plan (grades 6-8)- DiscoverySchool.com Ancient American Artifacts Middle school level     Teachers to use this lesson. Discovery School presents a lesson plan for researching, creating, and identifying artifacts from the Mayas, Aztecs, or Incas. None
Edsitement- Lesson Plan- National Endowment for the Humanities Mansa Musa Middle school level This lesson helps students understand how Mansa Musa traveled to Mecca, what he was like, how he was received in Cairo, the decisions he made during and after his pilgrimage, and how Mali changed as a result of Mansa Musa’s pilgrimage. One lesson in the unit Trekking to Timbuktu.  This lesson focuses on Mansa Musa’s trip to Mecca.  This site includes other lessons, which include Ghana and Songhai empires.  These are the student lessons. None; however, linked web sites include photos, slideshows, video clips, and original source documents including maps.
Edsitement- Lesson Plan- National Endowment for the Humanities Timbuktu Middle school level Teachers In this curriculum unit, students will learn about the geography of Mali and the early trade networks that flourished there. They will study how the spread of Islam influenced the cultures and economies along the Niger River. They will find out about the three kingdoms that evolved in ancient and medieval West Africa. They will discover how Timbuktu rose from a simple watering place to the most important city in Islamic West Africa. And they will find out what is being done today to protect the city's antiquities. None; however, linked web sites include photos, slideshows, video clips, and original source documents including maps.
The Travels of Ibn Battuta- A Virtual Tour with the 14th Century Traveler Travels of Ibn Battuta Middle school level Student understanding of the world of Asia and Europe in the 1300s. This web site allows the student to follow along on trips in the footsteps of Ibn Battuta, the famous 14th century traveler. Along the way students will see many of the same sights that he saw. There are many links to help students understand what he saw. There are links that bring students into "side trips" and enable them to see into the future - beyond the 14th century.  The site includes student activities and teacher notes and was created with the support of the World Affairs Council. Photos, maps, check out the current weather reports for locations along Ibn Battuta’s travels.
MrDonn.org- Daily Life in Ancient and Medieval Africa- Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Benin, Kush, Egypt Ancient/Medieval Africa        K-12

Teachers- for finding unit or lesson plans.

Lots of info and lesson plans including kingdom of Ghana, kingdom of Mali, kingdom of Songhay, and kingdom of Benin.

None; however, linked web sites include photos, slideshows, audio clips, video clips, and original source documents.
MrDonn.org- Middle Ages- Africa, Medieval Europe, others, K12 Lesson Plans, Activities Middle Ages K-12 Teachers- for finding unit or lesson plans. A plethora of materials and lesson plans on Normans, Saxons, Celts, Vikings, Medieval Life, Castle Life, Crusades, Magna Carta, and much more. None; however, linked web sites include photos, slideshows, audio clips, video clips, and original source documents.
The Renaissance Connection The Renaissance high school level         Student understanding of the Renaissance period. The web site is sponsored by the Allentown Art Museum (Pennsylvania).  The educational site includes digital images of artworks, interactive activities, lesson plans, a timeline, maps, and more.  In the “Be a Patron” activity, students can role-play the commissioning of an artwork.  The social studies lesson plan focuses on Humanism in the Renaissance. Extensive digital images of artwork.
Edsitement- Lesson Plan- National Endowment for the Humanities What was Christopher Columbus thinking? Grades 3-5 Investigating Christopher Columbus’ motivations and journeys. Eight lessons on Columbus’ motivation to travel to the New World, encounters with native people, reactions, and consequences. None; however, linked web sites include photos, slideshows, audio clips, video clips, and original source documents.
MrDonn.org- Age of Exploration, Explorers, Conquistadors, Pirates, K-12 World History Lesson Plans Age of Exploration & Discovery K-12 Teachers to find unit and lesson plans on the Age of Exploration. Units, lesson plans, fact sheets including Cortes, Pizarro, Vasquez de Coronado, de Soto, Da Verrazano, de Champlain, Hudson, Magellan, Ponce de Leon.  Also links to Thinkquests, school pages, and more lesson ideas. None; however, linked web sites include photos, slideshows, audio clips, video clips, and original source documents.
1492: An Ongoing Voyage An exhibit of the Library of Congress. all Student research of contact between Europeans, Americans, and Africans during the Age of Exploration. The exhibition examines the first sustained contacts between American people and European explorers, conquerors and settlers from 1492 to 1600. During this period, in the wake of Columbus's voyages, Africans also arrived in the hemisphere, usually as slaves. All of these encounters irreversibly changed the way in which peoples in the Americas led their lives.  The exhibit is divided into six sections. Original source artifacts, documents, photos, artwork, architecture.
 

Colonization and Settlement 1585-1763

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
Colonial Williamsburg Official Site Where History Lives Colonial American life All levels Extensive background info on 18th century colonial life The Explore & Learn section includes info on people such as: Colonial Children, African Americans, George & Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Wythe, the Randolfs, and the Geddys.  The See the Places section shows over 20 historic buildings and colonial sites.  The Experience the Life section includes: African American experience, animals, Christmas, family, food, gardening, manners, politics, religion, tools, and trades.  The unique clothing section includes: women’s clothing, men’s clothing, children’s clothing, the milliner shop, costume design, a scrapbook of African American clothing, a scrapbook of tradesmen’s clothing, dressing the part: an interactive adventure, and an eighteenth-century paper doll interactive game.  The Teacher Resources section includes: Tour the Town, Mapping Colonial America, live electronic field trips, on-line glossaries and maps, lesson plans, the Teacher Gazette e-newsletter. The Multimedia section includes: slideshows, videos, audio, interactive, podcasts, daily jigsaw, and downloads.
The National Archives: Education: Revolution and the New Nation Images of the American Revolution, Observing Constitution Day, Launching the New United States Navy, Eli Whitney’s Patent for the Cotton Gin, U.S. v. Thomas Cooper: a Violation of the Sedition Law, Tally of the 1824 Electoral College Vote Secondary Teacher lesson planning, student research NARA’s web site has teacher lessons on the above listed subjects.  Online lesson resources include primary documents (can include pictures, written documents, artifacts, cartoons, maps, posters, photographs, sound, etc.), standards correlations, teaching activities, and document analysis worksheets. Digital primary sources
Rediscovering George Washington- PBS George Washington Secondary Ten lesson plans including: George Washington as Military Leader, George Washington and Religious Liberty, George Washington and the Problem of Slavery, George Washington and the Rule of Law, George Washington and Civic Virtue. Sections include- George Washington: Father of His Country, Washington in the Classroom, Timeline: George Washington’s Life, Multimedia Room, The Washington Collection, and Milestones. Audio readings of Washington documents (read by Charlton Heston, Larry Arnn, and Pat Sajak), digital images.
NARA- The National Archives Experience Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the US, Bill of Rights All levels For understanding the making of the Charters of Freedom   The NARA web site includes high-resolution images of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  Information on the Founding Fathers, the Making of the Charters, and the Impact of the Charters. Primary source digital images
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Jefferson’s estate- Monticello All levels Background info on Jefferson and specific info on Monticello Information includes: A Day in the Life of Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Biography, Timeline of Jefferson’s Life, Jefferson’s West- The Lewis and Clark Expedition, Brief Reports on Jefferson’s Life and Interests by Topic, Teaching Resources, Study Resources, the Jefferson Library, Publications, Collections, Conferences, Fellowships. An in-depth, multimedia look at Monticello with 3-D models of the house, narrated tours, special animations, and an interactive map.
Africans in America Slavery’s beginnings and expansion in America Secondary Good companion to viewing of the video series or segments of the videos. This web site is the companion to the PBS series Africans in America.  America's journey through slavery is presented in four parts. For each era (The Terrible Transformation 1450-1750, Revolution 1750-1805, Brotherly Love 1791-1831, Judgment Day 1831-1865), there’s a historical narrative, a resource bank of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries, and a teacher's guide for using the content of the web site and television series in U.S. history courses. Interactive map, primary source images
Slavery and the Making of America This web site is the companion to the four-part PBS series documenting the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies to its end in the Southern states and the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. all levels The primary source material in this web site can enhance understanding of slavery during the Expansion and Reform era. This web site includes slave memories, timelines, extensive original narratives, subjects for exploration are: the family; living conditions; education, arts and culture; religion, legal rights and government; men, women, and gender; responses to enslavement; freedom and emancipation.  Interactive activities include political cartoon event identification, you-be- the-judge of slavery related trials, listen to religious songs, work songs, recreational songs, go on an archeological exploration to discover objects used in the religious rites and spiritual practices of slaves, consider the slave’s dilemma and choose what you would do.  The K-12 Learning portion includes lesson plans, historical readings, and a virtual museum where students can add their own exhibits. Audio clips (Real Player), interactive games, slide show
Liberty! - The American Revolution | PBS The American Revolution Secondary Good companion to this six-part PBS series - LIBERTY! Online is the official online companion to the PBS series LIBERTY! The American Revolution. It features a wealth of interactive information on the American Revolution, a game challenging Revolution knowledge, video clips from the series, perspectives on liberty, a chronicle of the Revolution, teacher’s guide. Interactive game, video clips, audio clips, primary source material
Spy Letters of the American Revolution—Gallery of Letters Information about spying during the American Revolution Secondary Suitable for a deeper exploration of the intrigues of war An exhibit of Revolutionary War spy letters from the Sir Henry Clinton Collection at the Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Provides images and transcriptions of original sources in an interpretive, educational framework. Sections include: Letters, Stories, Methods, People, Routes, Timelines, Teachers’ Lounge (with classroom activities, interpreting primary sources, curricular themes, and study questions).   Spies include: Benedict Arnold, Ann Bates, Benjamin Church, Benjamin Thompson, and Miss Jenny.

Primary source images

The Electric Franklin All things Benjamin Franklin Secondary

Taking a more detailed look at the genius AKA as Ben Franklin

Sections include: Temple’s Diary, Quick Biography, Timeline, The Kite, “The Ben Show,” Philadelphia, Pictures, Quotes, Franklin Court, Autobiography, Biography, The Courant, Special Articles, Fun and Games, Links. Interactive video, video clips, primary source material
Washington Crossing Historic Park The Crossing of the Delaware on Dec. 25, 1776 Secondary Detailed understanding of this turning point victory for the Commander George Washington and the Continental Army The Washington Crossing Historic Park in connection with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission created this web site  Sections include: Revolutionary War Timeline, Washington’s Crossing, The Durham Boat, Free and Enslaved People, What Was a “Hessian”?, Artillery and the Crossing, Order of Battle, Military Hospitals and the Thompson-Neely House, Washington Crosses Again, Taylorsville, What’s Wrong with this Painting, FAQs, Journal Entry from Captain Thomas Rodney, Letters from Washington and British Colonel William Harcourt, and Links. Primary source material
The Price of Freedom: Exhibition The War of Independence Secondary A very visual, interactive look at the American Revolution This Smithsonian National Museum of American History web site offers students a look at many artifacts and topics such as Life in Camp, Northern Campaign, War in the South, War at Sea, Yorktown, British Troops, British Seamen, German Soldiers, Continental Troops, French Troops, Washington’s Legacy. Videos, slideshows, extensive primary source material
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens Washington’s estate, life, papers All levels Research on George Washington’s estate, life, papers

The Learn section includes: Meet George Washington, Timeline of GW’s Life, George Washington and Slavery, Ask a Question, People from GW’s Past, Resources for Teachers, Lesson Plans.  The Explore Mount Vernon section has images and info on all buildings and the grounds.  There are also sections on the Collections, Preservation & Archeology, and the Papers of George Washington Digital Edition.

Movies, interactive quizzes, interactive archeological dig game, primary source material

Colonial Williamsburg American Colonization/ Williamsburg – Leading up to the American Revolution Middle and High School- teacher and student Unit 3- Colonization and Settlement 

Comprehensive interactive site, which discusses the history of Colonial Williamsburg and life in 17th and 18th century America.  Students can read about actually people from Williamsburg- everyone from the royal governor to slaves, look at buildings, watch videos and podcasts, even practice dressing people from various socioeconomic classes and play games.  Site also includes teacher resources.

Yes; interactive games, slide shows of Colonial Williamsburg.
Primary Source Documents Primary documents in early American history. Secondary Research for teachers or students. This web site is definitely A TREASURY OF PRIMARY DOCUMENTS pertaining to early American history.  It is a collection of links to historical works, which contributed to the formation of American politics, culture, and ideals.  This is a massive collection of the literature and documents, which were most relevant to the colonists' lives in America. It is arranged in chronological sequence (500 BC- 1800 AD) None
Historic Jamestowne Jamestowne colony Lessons at elementary, middle, and high school levels Teachers seeking lessons on Jamestowne This web site includes interactive archaeological exercises.  The middle school level lesson plans are: Henry Spelman: The Powhatan Indians’ English Boy, Reading Trees, Jamestown in the Media: Distinguishing Fact from Opinion, It’s All in the Cellar, The Demise of Copper’s Trading Power, How to Think Like an Archaeologist, and What Lies Beneath. PowerPoint, some digital photos.
Virtual Jamestown Jamestown K-12 Many possibilities- the Virtual Jamestown in the Classroom section gives several teaching scenarios using cross-curricular and problem-solving techniques. This site includes interactive maps & images, court records, labor contracts, public records, first hand accounts & letters, newspapers, and teaching materials. Web site supporters include NEH, Virginia Tech, and the Mellon Foundation. Extensive interactive maps & images, video interviews.
The Plymouth Colony Archive Project The Plymouth Colony Secondary Research on the Plymouth colony. This Plymouth Colony Archive presents a collection of fully searchable primary source materials such as texts, including: court records, colony laws, seventeenth century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans, maps, and fort plans; research and seminar analyses of numerous topics; biographical profiles of selected colonists; and architectural, archaeological and material culture studies. None
Mayflower History All things Mayflower and Plymouth Elementary and Secondary Most useful for research on the Mayflower passengers. Info includes the Mayflower (the ship’s history)- with pictures, drawings, and diagrams; the voyage- with route maps and events; the Wampanoag; Exploring Cape Cod, the Pilgrims- biographies of every passenger; Life in Plymouth; Modern Plymouth; and Additional Readings. The site includes links to full-text primary sources and extensive genealogical information on the Pilgrims.   Particularly fun for teachers is the “Debunking of a Popular Internet Lesson Plan” on teaching about Thanksgiving. None
Africans in America Slavery’s beginnings and expansion in America. Secondary Good companion to viewing of the video series or segments of the videos. This web site is the companion to the PBS series Africans in America.  America's journey through slavery is presented in four parts. For each era (The Terrible Transformation 1450-1750, Revolution 1750-1805, Brotherly Love 1791-1831, Judgment Day 1831-1865), there’s a historical narrative, a resource bank of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries, and a teacher's guide for using the content of the web site and television series in U.S. history courses.   Interactive map, primary source images.
Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive Salem witch trials of 1692 Secondary Research for teachers or students The Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project consists of an electronic collection of primary source materials relating to the Salem witch trials of 1692 and a new transcription of the court records. The Archive's historical maps of Salem Village, Salem, and Andover show the locations of the houses of many of the people involved in the trials. The Archive also contains educational information, such as biographical profiles, a collection of images containing portraits of notable people involved in the trials, pictures of important historic sites, historical paintings and published illustrations taken from 19th and early 20th century literary and historical works. Interactive maps, primary source visuals.
Colonial Williamsburg Official Site Where History Lives Colonial American life All levels Extensive background info on 18th century colonial life The Explore & Learn section includes info on People such as: Colonial Children, African Americans, George & Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Wythe, the Randolfs, and the Geddys.  The See the Places section shows over 20 historic buildings and colonial sites.  The Experience the Life section includes: African American experience, animals, Christmas, family, food, gardening, manners, politics, religion, tools, and trades.  The unique clothing section includes: women’s clothing, men’s clothing, children’s clothing, the milliner shop, costume design, a scrapbook of African American clothing, a scrapbook of tradesmen’s clothing, dressing the part: an interactive adventure, and an eighteenth-century paper doll.  The Teacher Resources section includes: Tour the Town, Mapping Colonial America, live electronic field trips, on-line glossaries and maps, lesson plans, the Teacher Gazette e-newsletter. The Multimedia section includes: slideshows, videos, audio, interactive, podcasts, daily jigsaw, and downloads.
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic, Library of Congress Exhibition Religion’s impact and influence in the founding of America. Secondary Research for teachers or students.      Encompassing over 200 objects including early American books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings, artifacts, and music from the Library of Congress's collections and complemented by loans from other institutions, Religion and the Founding of the American Republic explores the role religion played in the founding of the American colonies, in the shaping of early American life and politics, and in forming the American Republic.  The seven sections of the exhibition are: America as Refuge: The Seventeenth Century; Religion in Eighteenth-Century America; Religion and the American Revolution; Religion and the Congress of the Confederation; Religion and the State Governments; Religion and the Federal Government; Republican Religion. Primary source images.
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries- Diving America: Religion and the National Culture- TeacherServe This web site is designed to help teachers of American history bring their students to a greater understanding of the role religion has played in the development of the United States. Secondary Excellent background info for teachers seeking to understand the religious climate of early America and its role in the colonial period. The National Humanities Center offers eight topics for exploration and explanation: Native American Religion in Early America; Puritanism & Predestination; Witchcraft in Salem Village, The First Great Awakening, Religious Pluralism in the Middle Colonies; The Church of England in Early America; Religion, Women, & the Family; Religion & the American Revolution.  Each is set up with background information and then Guiding Student Discussion, Historians Debate, and links. Slideshows
Teacher Resources- Collection- The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 Westward expansion into the Ohio River Valley, The French and Indian War, The War of 1812. Secondary Research for teachers or students This Library of Congress American Memory Collection documents the travels of the first Europeans to enter the trans-Appalachian west, the maps tracing their explorations, and relations with Native American people.  Books and letters in the collection record land acquisitions, agricultural development, navigation, trade, and political affairs in the early Federal period including western conspiracies. The First American West supplements the study of early American history and provides insights into the settlement of the first westward frontier. Documents in the collection explore the numerous hostile encounters between Europeans and Native Americans from the Seven Years’ War (The French and Indian War) through the War of 1812.  Primary source documents in digital format.
 

Revolution and New Nation 1764-1801

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
Publishing the Declaration Civics     This webcast discusses the American Declaration of Independence, focusing on its distribution through early American History MIMM Plug-in required
First Ladies of the United States U.S. History 4-10   They came from different social and economic backgrounds, from many different geographical regions, and with diverse education preparation. Each First Lady served our country well and each left her own mark. Visit this site to learn more about them. N/A
Join the Signers! Civics; U.S. History 4-10 History Elementary to Secondary At this site, you have the opportunity to explore the legacy of our Founding Fathers through special features, exhibits, classroom activities, and more. Interactive Declaration of Independence
American Memory U.S. History 4-12 U.S. History foundations of democracy the digital library and learn all about American history and culture. JPG, PDF, QuickTime Video (Very good quality resources)
Enactment of a Law Civics; AP Comparative Government 8 and 10 U.S. History; Civics Library of Congress site about the steps to enact a law in the U.S. Government Interactive Documents
Constitution of the United States U.S. History, Civics 4-12   This is a great site to view high resolution scans of the original, signed Constitution; read an essay about the Constitutional convention; learn dozens of fascinating facts about the Constitution; and learn about each of the signers at this site from the National Archives and Records Administration. Adobe Acrobat or PDF viewer required, flash player
Kids in the House Civics 4-8   Explore the role the Office of the Clerk plays in the U.S. House of Representatives. Learn about the legislative process.           Interactive Site; PDF Resources; Virtual Tours.
U.S. House of Representatives Civics 6-12   Great site for Government homework projects. Contains lots of documents related to the legislative process. Podcasts
 

Expansion and Reform 1801-01861

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
War of 1812 War of 1812 Secondary

Teachers to find resources on the War of 1812 or for student research.

This web site is an extensive list of linked webpages on the “Forgotten War”- the War of 1812. None on this web site; however, linked pages include multimedia.
The U.S.-Mexican War The Mexican-American War Middle and High School Study of the war with Mexico. The purpose of PBS/KERA's bi-national education project, "The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)," is to provide schools and other educational institutions with accurate, substantive and editorially balanced materials that shed light on one of the most significant events in the history of the United States and Mexico. Incorporating substantial teacher input, the resources developed not only examine the war, but also address the complex issues that confronted the two young republics as they struggled to define themselves and their place in the world. Video library of clips from the PBS documentary “The U.S.-Mexican War”, interactive timeline, primary source materials including maps, illustrations, posters, and articles.
Trail of Tears The forced removal of over 20,000 Cherokee Indians from their native lands of Appalachian valleys of Georgia and the Carolinas to present day Oklahoma. Middle grades 6-8 Teachers to find lesson plans on the Trail of Tears or for student research. This web site is an extensive list of linked web sites on the topic of the Trail of Tears with a few assessment ideas. None on this web site; however, linked pages include multimedia.
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Women’s rights movement, Seneca Falls Secondary Teacher or student research on women’s rights. This companion web site to the PBS series “Not for Ourselves Alone” shows the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Track key events in the suffrage movement, delve into historic documents and essays, and take a look at where women are today. Teacher resources include lesson plans.  The Kids section of the web site has interactive activities: A Day in the Life: History Game, Kids’ Bill of Rights: Talk Back, Photo Gallery, and Take Action: In Your Town Digital photos
African American Historical Art U.S. History 6-12 African American Art History Archives of American Art are the personal papers of more than seventy African American painters, sculptors, and printmakers from the late 19th century to the present. Interactive Galleries
Presidents of the United States U.S. History     The biographies of the presidents' give us a clear look into the highs and lows of American history. Learn more about the presidents and the change we faced in the past and challenges yet to come.  
The Erie Canal: A Journey Through History Westward Movement/ American Expansion Middle and High School   Interactive site exploring the building and impact of the Erie Canal. Yes; interesting podcast about the Erie Canal.  Includes interactive maps, photos, and songs.
The Underground Railroad Slavery/ Westward movement Middle and High School   Interesting interactive site exploring the Underground Railroad.  Student can role-play, explore historic sites, examine artifacts, and read journals.  SITE contains areas for students, “kids” and teachers. Some; pictures, students make choices as to stay a slave or run away.
Questions for Pondering -- About the Lowell Mill Girls   Advanced Middle School and High School Social Movements of the early 18th Century/ Women’s History/ Early Industrialization. Site combines an image with questions about the life and times of Lowell Mills girls. Not really- images
19th Century American Women Women’s History Advanced Middle School and High School   Advanced site which explores the birth and early development of the Women’s movement. SITE DOES TAKE SOME EXPLORING, BUT LOTS OF GOOD INFORMATION.  Primary sources documents and images Not really: images
The Oregon Trail Useful for 5th and 8th Social Studies – Westward Movement/ Oregon Trail Upper Elementary/ Middle School- teacher and student   Comprehensive site discussing the history and progress of the Oregon Trail and general Westward Movement.  Includes textbook information, interactive maps, PRIMARY RESOURCES, and a fun facts page.  CONTAINS LIKS TO SITES ABOUT THE GOLD RUSH AND TRAILBLAISERS. Some; interactive maps.
Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark Lewis and Clark Expedition Intermediate- 5th grade possibly 8th   GAME            - Interactive game where students become members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  They make decisions, read maps and excerpts from Lewis’ journals. Yes- interactive role playing game.
Discovering Lewis and Clark Lewis and Clark Expedition Middle and High School   Interactive site where students can explore the trail from journals, aerial photos, natural history, technology of the day, as well as artifacts from the expedition.

Some; looking at artifacts, photos, etc.

Teacher Resources- Feature- American Memory Timeline: National Expansion and Reform The three main topics are pre-Civil War African-American slavery, reformers and crusaders, and traveling on the overland trails, 1843-1860. secondary Material on this web site can be used to examine primary source documents of the Expansion and Reform period.  All sources begin with an explanatory section and ask the reader questions to promote understanding of the piece. This Library of Congress web site includes primary source materials such as photographs, maps, reports, oral histories, convention speeches, essays, pamphlets, journals, and autobiographies.

Photos, maps

Slavery and the Making of America This web site is the companion to the four-part PBS series documenting the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies to its end in the Southern states and the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. all levels The primary source material in this web site can enhance understanding of slavery during the Expansion and Reform era. This web site includes slave memories, timelines, extensive original narratives, subjects for exploration are: the family; living conditions; education, arts and culture; religion, legal rights and government; men, women, and gender; responses to enslavement; freedom and emancipation.  Interactive activities include political cartoon event identification, you-be- the-judge of slavery related trials, listen to religious songs, work songs, recreational songs, go on an archeological exploration to discover objects used in the religious rites and spiritual practices of slaves, consider the slave’s dilemma and choose what you would do.  The K-12 Learning portion includes lesson plans, historical readings, and a virtual museum where students can add their own exhibits. Audio clips (Real Player), interactive games, slide show
Lewis and Clark/ PBS The companion web site to the PBS series on the Corps of Discovery’s 1804-1806 journey through the new Louisiana Purchase and on to the Pacific Ocean and the return trip. all levels This web site is particularly helpful to the study of Lewis and Clark’s journey and can help students to understand the vastness of the Louisiana Territory Purchase, the diversity of Native American groups, the variety of plant and animal life, and the exploratory push for new land to farm and fish. The web site includes biographical information about the members of the Corps, the equipment needed for the expedition, a view of the US in 1803, information on 16 Native American groups met by Lewis and Clark, a timeline of the trip, journal excerpts (searchable, chronological compilation), interviews with experts (audio), links to online resources, an interactive journey activity, an interactive trail map, and classroom resources. Audio clips (RealPlayer), interactive games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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