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General Web sites

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia

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
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
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)

 

Historiography

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
Historical Thinking Matters Topics for historical thinking include the Battle of Lexington in 1774, the Spanish American War, the Scopes Trial, Social Security, Women & the 1950s, Rosa Parks     High school students

Having students work their way through a topic of study (see list above) using historical inquiry methods from start to finish to draw logical conclusions.

This Web site is designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources and how to critique and construct historical narratives. The web site is a project of the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, and School of Education, Stanford University with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and additional support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Teacher resources and guidance is online with standards of learning, classroom materials, classroom strategies, sample student work, and additional resources.

Images, QuickTime movies, primary source documents.

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. History in Art 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.
 

Review of American History through 1824

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
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 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
American Memory U.S. History 4-12     U.S. History foundations of democracy

Visit the digital library and learn all about American history and culture.

JPG, PDF, QuickTime Video (Very good quality resources)

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

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
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.

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.

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 Web pages on the “Forgotten War”- the War of 1812.

None on this web site; however, linked pages include multimedia.

 

Jacksonian Era 1825-1849

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
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.       
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.
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.

 

Expanding Nation 1820-1868

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
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
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 Primary sources documents and images. Not really: images
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
 

Antebellum through Reconstruction 1850-1877

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
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.
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
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

 

Changing Nation 1867-1900

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
           
 

Progressive Era 1900-1920

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
Edison National Historic Site U.S. History 4-10   Edison’s improvements to the telegraph and the telephone placed him on the cutting edge of communication technology at the turn of the Twentieth Century. If Edison were living today, he would be interested in both the Internet and the World Wide Web, a technology that can now make the legacy of the world's most famous inventor available to you. N/A
 

Imperialism 1898-1914

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
           
 

Isolation and World War I 1914-1920

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
           
 

Post World War I (Roaring Twenties) 1919-1929

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
           
 

Depression, The New Deal, and Neutrality

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
           
 

World War II

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
The National WWII Museum American History, World History, European Studies Teachers, Students grade 6-12 World War II This National museum offers numerous opportunities for teachers and students interested in exploring more about WWII.  Lesson plans, art & essay contests, quiz games, virtual field trips and other resources can be found here. None
 

Cold War 1945-1989

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
           
 

The American Dream

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
           
 

Civil Rights and the Social Revolution

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
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
 

Contemporary American 1968-present

Web site Subjects Level Applicable Synopsis Multimedia
Hands On Science Center American History & Science 6-12 History Science The Hands On Science Center offers visitors a deep and practical understanding of the role science plays in American history and daily life. Interactive Resources; Movies (Good quality); JPG downloadable; PDF Files

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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