Subject Resources

These lists were developed to provide a starting place for learning more about Social Studies. It is in no way intended to be an exhaustive list and the contents of these Web sites are not specifically endorsed by the Anchorage School District.

 

World History

African Studies »

African Studies  

 

Indigenous Node of the World Wide Web Virtual Library (Secondary)

The site is a repository for site links on indigenous groups and facts about indigenous cultures.

 

Using articles from National Geographic and Wildlife Conservation Society research sites students explore habitat destruction to look for ecological answers. The articles are about a pilot flying over Africa to look at the human footprint. However, there were broken links at the site. I have included the two URL sites because of the broken links.

 

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Ancient World Civilizations »

Ancient World Civilizations

Ancient Africa »

Ancient Africa

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Teacher for grades 6-12)

This curriculum unit, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to ancient and medieval West Africa, specifically Timbuktu, Mali. The Curriculum Unit is divided up into lessons, each taking several days and containing links to maps, visuals and informational web sites. Lessons can be taught separately or as a unit. Lesson topics include: Geography of Mali; Trade in Ancient West Africa; Timbuktu – a center of trade; Mansa Musa takes a trip; Timbuktu’s golden age of scholarship; The search for Timbuktu; Restoring the past; Reviewing and assessing the unit.

 

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The Aztecs »

The Aztecs

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Teacher for grades 6-12)

This lesson plan, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, focuses on pre-Columbian Aztec history and the period of the conquest. There are five activities within the lesson: Meet the Aztecs; Aspects of Aztec Culture; Huitzilopochtli and Tlaloc, top gods of the Aztecs; Tenochtitlan, Glorious Capital City; What happened to the Aztecs? Contains PDF handouts, and links to web sites. for student-research, as well as maps and pictures.

 

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Ancient Europe »

Ancient Europe

Lectures on Ancient and Early Medieval History - Main (Teacher for grades 9-12)

This webpage contains links to 30 history lectures written by Steven Kreis, Ph.D. in History, for classes he has taught. These lectures are each around 10 pages long and cover topics from the introduction to the concept of civilization to the aftermath of the Black Death. These would be useful for teachers preparing lectures and students doing research.

 

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Ancient China »

Ancient China

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Teacher for grades 6-8)

This lesson, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to the Ming Dynasty period of Chinese History through the lens of the Great Wall of China. The lesson includes links to pictures, maps and an interactive online quiz. The lesson includes three activities: Mapping the Wall; The Great Wall in History; Howdy, Neighbor!

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Ancient Egypt »

Ancient Egypt

Egypt’s Golden Empire for educators (Teacher for grades 6-12)

This PBS Web site contains links to 8 complete lesson plans created to go along with the film “Egypt’s Golden Empire.” The lesson plans have accompanying video clips (utilizing Real Player) and interactive Web sites. Lesson plan topics include: Hieroglyphics, Tombs and Afterlife, Queens, Great Leaders, Architectural Marvels, A Day in the Life of an Egyptian, Touring Ancient Egypt, Science and Technology.

 

Nova Online. Mysteries of the Nile

This PBS web site uses Quicktime (free downloadable) to give students a self-guided tour of major Egyptian statues and pyramids from the Old Kingdom period. Web site tells students what they’re looking at and gives suggestions of what to look for (kind of a hide-and-seek approach) in the Quicktime photographs. Students use the mouse to drag inside the picture to see a 360 degree view of the artifact, as well as zooming in and out. Best to use on individual computers, too small to project onto a large screen.

 

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Ancient Greece »

Ancient Greece

The Greeks (Teachers for grades 6-12)

This PBS web site contains four links to lesson plans created to accompany “The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization.” Lesson plans are comprehensive and include all needed student handouts as well as providing details for locating applicable segments of the documentary for the lesson. Lesson plan topics include: The two faces of Greece: Athens and Sparta; The Daily Athenian: A Greek Newspaper Project; Interview a Famous Greek: Reconstructing the Lives of Ancient Greeks; Oedipus the King: An Introduction to Greek Drama.

 

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Teachers for grades 9-12)

This lesson, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, focuses on the famous Battle of Thermopolyae between the Greeks and the Persians (depicted in the 2007 movie 300 based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller). This 2 day lesson has students reading Herodotus’ account of the battle, compare and contrast the leaders of the two forces and the countries they fought for. Contains links to excellent visuals as well as providing questions for students to answer as they read.

 

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Teachers for grades 9-12)

This lesson, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, examines the Crito in which Socrates argues that he should submit to the death penalty handed down at his trial. Students read the Crito, examine and analyze the arguments laid out in the dialogue and consider whether the argument that individual rights are subordinate to the rule of law still holds true today. Lesson contains links to the Crito as well as links to help teachers and students diagram the structure and flow of the arguments in Crito.

 

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Grades 6-8)

This lesson, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to the historic Olympic games through use of the online exhibit “The Ancient Olympics.” A PDF handout guides students in writing a script for an interview of a famous ancient Greek Olympic athlete. The lesson includes links to online exhibits, pictures and a PDF handout. Teachers can print information from the “Ancient Olympics” web site or have students get online to research for themselves.

 

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Ancient India »

Ancient India

The Harappan Civilization by Tarini J. Carr (Teachers for grades 6-12)

The Archaeology Online is an online publication that covers Indian archaeological topics. The Web page contains an essay and pictures about the Harappan civilization. Useful for teachers and student research.

 

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Ancient Israel »

Ancient Israel

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Israel (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web site, sponsored by Fordham University, contains links to Ancient Israel original source documents. The documents are grouped according to general topic and time period. Useful for research purposes at the high school level.

 

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Ancient Mesopotamia »

Mesopotamia

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This lesson, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, examines the context of Hammurabi’s Code as well as several of the laws themselves. Students will learn about life in Babylonia through the Code in four activities: Hammurabi speaks: a simulation; Hammurabi’s Code as an object: stele, stele, stele; An Overview of Hammurabi’s Code; Hammurabi’s Code: How does it reflect Babylonian society? The lesson includes links to the text of the Code as well as pictures of the stele and background information.

 

Lesson: Mesopotamia (Women in World History Curriculum) (Teachers grades 7-12)

The lesson plan is developed by an organization called Women in World History Curriculum who saw a great need for usable lesson plans focusing on women in world history. This lesson uses excerpts from Mesopotamian original sources to help students understand the various roles women played in Ancient Mesopotamia.

 

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Mesopotamia (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web site, sponsored by Fordham University, contains links to Mesopotamian original source documents, interactive maps, and photo images of historic sites and ruins. The documents and images are grouped according to general topic and time period. Useful for research purposes at the high school level. Topics include: Sumeria, Akkadia, Babylonia, Kassites, Hittites, Assyria, Chaldea, Phoenicia, Carthage.

 

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Ancient Persia »

Ancient Persia

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Persia (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web site, sponsored by Fordham University, contains links to Ancient Persian original source documents. The documents are grouped according to general topic and time period. Useful for research purposes at the high school level.

 

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Ancient Rome »

Ancient Rome

The Roman Empire in the First Century. For Educators.  (Teachers grades 6-12)

This PBS web site contains links to 8 lesson plans created to go along with “The Roman Empire in the 1st Century AD” (some portions of the DVD are inappropriate for middle school and high school students). The lesson plans have accompanying video clips (utilizing Real Player) and interactive Web sites. Lesson plan topics include: Roman lifestyle, Roman emperors, religion, mapping the empire, important Roman historical figures, the violence of Ancient Rome, technology & medicine, and slaves, labor and the economy.

 

Ancient Rome – Classroom Activity (Women in World History Curriculum) (Teachers and students grades 9-12 or advanced middle school students)

The lesson plan is developed by an organization called Women in World History Curriculum who saw a great need for usable lesson plans focusing on women in world history. This lesson uses excerpts from Roman original sources to teach students about women’s rights in Ancient Rome as well as two occasions in which women used the public protest to get what they wanted.

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Asia Studies »

Asia Studies

China »

China 

EDSITEment Lesson Plan

This lesson, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to the Ming Dynasty period of Chinese History through the lens of the Great Wall of China.  The lesson includes links to pictures, maps and an interactive online quiz.  The lesson includes three activities: Mapping the Wall; The Great Wall in History; Howdy, Neighbor!

 

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Japan »

Japan

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire: Classroom Guide (Teachers grades 7-12)

This web site contains 3 lesson plans designed to go along with the PBS documentary on Japan’s Feudal Empire. Lesson plan topics include: Class structure in Feudal Japan, What is a Memoir?, Art and Literature in Feudal Japan.

 

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Imperialism in Asia »

Imperialism in Asia

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Imperialism (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, contains original source documents pertaining to European Imperialism in China, India, Africa and the Middle East, as well as American Imperialism. Good for teachers preparing lessons and students doing research.

 

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Comparative World Religions »

Comparative World Religions

World Religions (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

Information about 40 organized religions and faith groups. This site promotes religious tolerance. That is, they encourage people to respect the freedom of other individuals to follow freely their own religious and spiritual paths, without discrimination and oppression.

 

Religion Facts (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

The goal of this Web site is to provide free, reliable information on the various answers that have been given to the near-universal questions of religion, as well as the rituals and customs that go along with them. They have articles on a wide variety of world religions, both ancient and modern, as well as "ways of life," philosophies and mind-body teachings, and even some anti-religion systems like ancient Epicureanism and modern atheism. Religion Facts is an objective guide and does not promote any one religion or belief system nor even a particular view of religion.

 

The Internet Sacred Text Archive (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

The largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.

 

Wabash Center- Internet Guide to Religion (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

A selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion: syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, web sites, bibliographies, liturgies, reference resources, software, etc. The purpose of the Guide is to encourage and facilitate the incorporation of electronic resources into teaching.

 

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Constitution Day links »

Economics »

 National Council on Economic Education

The National Council on Economic Education has all sorts of resources, including lessons and practical tools to teach and learn economics concepts.

 

Foundation for Teaching Economics (Teachers grades 8-12)

This Web site has sections for teachers and students. The section for teachers includes National Economics Standards and lesson plans on a variety of economics topics.

 

Federal Reserve Bank (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This highly useful web site offers much for teachers pertaining to interactive lessons, money, personal finance, the Federal Reserve Bank.

 

National Budget Congressional Budget Office (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

News, papers on various current topics, the budget outlook, a glossary of budget and economic terms, and many other useful items of information

 

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European History »

European History

19th century Europe »

19th century Europe

PBS: Empires: Queen Victoria: Educational Resources (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

This PBS web site contains four lesson plans that introduce students to the British Empire under Queen Victoria, especially the themes of industrial revolution and imperialism. Lesson topics include: Inventions that changed the world; A Victorian Newspaper; The role of racism in Victoria’s empire; Great Leaders of the Victorian Empire.

 

IPBS: Empires: Queen Victoria: Secrets of the Realm (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

This PBS web site contains an interactive game designed to draw students into a “trip around the realm,” gathering information in order to answer three questions about the Victorian Empire. Best for younger students.

 

The Victorian Web: An Overview (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web site is an excellent research tool for teachers and students investigating Victorian England. Subtopics include the following and more: political history, social history, gender issues, philosophy, religion, science, technology.

 

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Industrial Revolution (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, contains original source documents pertaining to the industrial revolution, social conditions that sprang out of the Industrial Revolution, and textile mills. Good for teachers preparing lessons and students doing research.

 

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20th Century Europe »

20th Century Europe

Lectures on Twentieth Century Europe - Main (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web page contains links to history lectures written by Steven Kreis, Ph.D. in History, for classes he has taught at the university level. These lectures are each around 10 pages long and cover topics relating to Twentieth Century European history, including the rise of Modernism, the Russian Revolution, Totalitarianism, WWII, the rise of the Cold War, to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. These would be useful for teachers preparing lectures and students doing research.

 

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Russian Revolution (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, contains original source documents pertaining to the Russian Revolution. Good for teachers preparing lessons and students doing research.

 

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The Age of Exploration »

The Age of Exploration

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: The Early Modern World (Teachers and students grades 5-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, is an online sourcebook containing original source documents pertaining to the Age of Discovery, Mercantile Capitalism, and Trade and the New Economy. It is an excellent source for teachers preparing lectures and lessons as well as student research.

 

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Early Modern Europe »

Early Modern Europe 

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Absolutism (Teachers and students grades 5-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, contains original source documents pertaining to the absolute kings of Spain, England and France, especially Louis XIV of France. Good for teachers creating lessons and students doing research.

 

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Constitutional States (Teachers and students grades 5-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, contains original source documents pertaining to Constitutional monarchies in England, the English Civil War, the “Glorious Revolution” and quite a few John Locke writings. Good for teachers creating lessons and students doing research.

 

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The European Reformation »

The European Reformation

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Reformation Europe (Teachers and students grades 5-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, is an online sourcebook containing original source documents pertaining to the Protestant and Catholic Reformations in Europe. Documents include writings by Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cramner, Queen Elizabeth I, John Knox, Thomas a Kempis, eyewitness accounts of the St. Bartholemew’s Day Massacre and witchcraft documents pertaining to the Papal Bull of 1484.

 

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European Socialism »

European Socialism

Heaven on Earth. For Teachers (Teachers grades 9-12)

This PBS Web site contains links to four lessons that trace the rise of socialism and look at the ways that nations have interpreted the ideas of socialism. The lessons are designed to go along with the PBS program Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism. Lesson topics include: Socialism and Marxism in the Industrial Revolution; Capitalism vs. Communism; Critical Thinking Skills, History and Perspectives; Socialism and the Jewish Kibbutz Movement.

 

Heaven on Earth. The Film: The Timeline (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This PBS supported web site contains an excellent interactive timeline of the rise and fall of socialism, complete with links and visuals. A good, quick overview of the big moments in the history of socialism.

 

History Archive (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This Web page, supported by the Marxist Internet Archive, contains links to documents focusing on Marxist history in the U.S. and in countries such as the Soviet Union, France, the Cuban Republic, Afghanistan, Algeria, Canada, Britain and Haiti. Useful for research. Some documents are original source documents.

 

Learning what Marxism is about (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web page, supported by the Marxist Internet Archive, contains useful definitions of Marxism as well as links to documents written by Marx, Engels, Lenin and Mao Tse-tung. Useful for research.

 

Lecture 22: The Utopian Socialists: Robert Owen and Saint-Simon (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web page is a written history lecture focusing on the Utopian Socialists, specifically Robert Owen and Saint-Simon. It would be useful, for context’s sake, to click on the link to Lecture 21 and brush up on Fourier. The author, Steven Kreis, holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Missouri.

 

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The French Revolution »

The French Revolution

PBS – Napoleon: Classroom Materials (Teachers and students grades 7-12)

This PBS supported web site contains four lesson plans that are designed to be paired with the PBS Napoleon video series. The lessons vary in length, and include the following topics: Napoleon becomes a man of destiny; Napoleon – hero or tyrant?; The laws live on (comparing the Napoleonic code to the U.S. Constitution); Church and state (exploring Napoleon’s use of the church to rise to power and the concept of separation of church and state).

 

PBS – Napoleon: Interactive Battle Simulator (Teachers and students grades 7-12)

This is an interactive battle simulation for the Battle of Waterloo. Players get to choose which general to be (Napoleon or Wellington) and make decisions in a number of situations (8 or more) until the battle is decided. Players are given a battle map, a description of the situation and a number of strategies to choose from.

 

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web site, supported by George Mason University and City University of New York, contains over 600 original source documents, visuals and songs, as well as maps and a timeline, covering the causes of the French Revolution, the Revolution and its aftermath. Useful for student research and teachers preparing lectures and lessons.

 

PBS - Napoleon: Timeline (Teachers and students grades 7-12)

This is an interactive timeline for Napoleon’s life covering 1769-1821. Good overview for teachers and students.

 

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The Renaissance and Enlightenment »

The Renaissance and Enlightenment

The Galileo Project (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web site, supported by Rice University, is a source of information on the life and work of Galileo (1564-1642). Good for teachers preparing lessons and students doing research.

 

Lectures on Early Modern European History - Main (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web page contains links to history lectures written by Steven Kreis, Ph.D. in History, for classes he has taught at the university level. These lectures are each around 10 pages long and cover topics from the European Renaissance to the Enlightenment. These would be useful for teachers preparing lectures and students doing research.

 

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: The Enlightenment (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, contains original source documents written by Enlightenment thinkers such as Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, Adam Smith, Hume, Kant. Good for teachers preparing lessons and students doing research

 

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World War I »

World War I

First World War (Teachers and students grades 5-12)

This is an excellent, comprehensive web site about WWI. It contains a wealth of information on WWI in a readable, easily navigable context. Among the highlights of this web site: audio and video recordings of politicians, royalty, commanders, speeches, songs from the time period, propaganda posters, diaries and memoirs, over 3,900 archive photographs conveniently divided up into categories and official, original source documents. This web site is a treasure trove for teachers preparing lessons on WWI and students doing research

 

The World War I Document Archive (Teachers and students grades 5-12)

This web site, supported by Brigham Young University, contains a wealth of original source documents pertaining to WWI, from the lead-up to the war through 1918. Along with political documents there are also diaries, personal accounts, an image archive, documents about the maritime war and the medical front. Good for teachers preparing lessons and students doing research.

 

 

The Great War (Teachers and students grades 5-12)

This PBS web site contains a wealth of information on WWI, including four “chapters” that tell the story, a timeline of WWI, excellent animated maps of Europe and specific battles, a glossary of terms and definitions, and an interesting page that shows how the aftershocks of WWI are still being felt today. Excellent for teachers designing lessons and students doing research.

 

The Heritage of the Great War/First World War 1914-1918 Graphic Color Photos (Teachers and students grades 5-12)

This web site contains links at the bottom of the page to photo slide shows from WWI photos. The slideshows are divided up into general topics including “Kid-soldiers in the Great War” and “250 color pictures of WWI.” The photos are unique and varied, not just the textbook classic pictures; some are quite graphic.

 

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World War II »

World War II

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State. PBS (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This PBS web site is a companion to a program about the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz. The web site includes interactive maps, blueprints, drawings and archival maps of Auschwitz, a timeline of the history of the camp, the evolution of the camp and eyewitness accounts as well as lesson plans useful for high school students as they watch the program. Excellent PBS material.

 

Nova Online. Teachers. Classroom activity. Decoding Nazi Secrets. PBS (Teachers grades 5-12)

This PBS web site contains a lesson plan designed to allow students to experience how ciphers can conceal and protect information. Interesting, short lesson related to the codes of WWII. Includes links to an article on the Enigma code breaking machine and Bletchley Park in England, the home of the Enigma machine.

 

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Nazism (Teachers and students grades 5-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, contains original source documents pertaining to the Weimar Republic, Nazism, Adolph Hitler, the church and Nazism. Good for teachers preparing lessons and students doing research.

 

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Holocaust (Teachers and students grades 5-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, contains original source documents pertaining to anti-Semitism, the “Final Solution” for European Jews, as well as the handicapped, homosexuals, Roma (Gypsies), Serbs, and post-WWII genocides. Good for teachers preparing lessons and students doing research.

 

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: World War II (Teachers and students grades 5-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, contains original source documents pertaining to WWII. Topics include: the lead-up to War, War in Europe, War in Asia, After the War. Good for teachers preparing lessons and students doing research.

 

The National WWII Museum (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

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.

 

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General Social Studies »

Geography »

Geography

Games »

Games

Test your Geography Knowledge (Students grades 4-12)

Interactive map quiz site – Just pick the part of the world and drag and drop political and physical features.

 

Ilike2learn.com (Students grades 4-12)

Site provides a selection of games for learning geography. A map pops up and you select the country/feature required.

 

Maps.com Map and Map Games (Students grades 4-12)

Site provides a selection of games for learning geography.

 

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Other Sites »

Other Sites

National Geographic (Teachers and students grades K-12)

Home site of National Geographic with ties to specialized areas

 

New York Times Learning Network (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

Daily top news stories with teacher lesson plans.

 

Analyzing Populations with Maps (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

This lesson from Columbia University uses the “Earth Exploration Toolbook” a elementary GIS type program to show demographics from the Mexican border area compared with other areas of the U.S. It is a good geography/technology lesson. The directions are very easy to follow and could be done by students in the lab or by a teacher with a projector.

 

Exploratorium (Students grades K-8)

This teacher’s lesson plan involves an excursion outside the classroom to use the sun in determining which direction is north.

 

Xpeditions Lesson Plans: 6-8 (Teacher and students grades 6-12)

Interactive sites grouped by the geography standards.

 

One World – Nations Online – The Nations Online Project, a world destination guide (Teachers and students grades 4-12)

Information on continents, countries – great links and beautiful pictures

 

Houghton Mifflin Social Studies GEONET (Teachers and students grades 5-8)

Houghton Mifflin’s review game is perfect if you have a few minuets left over in the computer lab.

 

Global Eye (Teachers and students grades 7-12)

This site is an interactive geography magazine maintained by Cambridge University. You can use the current issue or search back issues. Tied to important development issues the site explores important sites around the world.

 

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The Holocaust »

The Holocaust  

Holocaust Documents (Teachers and students grades K-12)

Many educators appreciate the value of using primary source materials in the classroom. The documents selected for this section provide many possibilities for classroom discussion or student activities. Including Robert Jackson's Opening Address at the Nuremberg Trials. This lengthy address gives an overview of Nazi activity and states the United States' case against the accused at Nuremberg.

 

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School (Teachers and students grades 7-12)

This site is a great resource for locating material for DBQs (document based questions).

 

Holocaust Virtual Reality Movies (Teachers and students grades 7-12)

A visual journey to the locations of Holocaust atrocities. Each panorama movie is available in two file sizes. The small movies display at the same size on your computer screen as the large movies, but the small movies do not allow you to zoom in on as much detail as the large movies do. All movies are a full circle (360 degrees) unless noted otherwise.

 

The Holocaust (Teachers and students grades 7-12)

While the Japanese-Americans were kept behind barbed wire, a far worse fate comes to pass for millions of people in Europe. ‘Learn about the Holocaust.” The role of the United States has been chronicled at the Holocaust Museum.

 

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Latin America »

Latin America

Creative Connections (Teachers and students grades 4-7)

This site requires a sign-up, but it is free. There are sections on the Galapagos, Amazon, and Andes. The geography is tied to poetry.

 

The Southern Cone (Teachers and students grades 7-12)

The site is an interactive learning site of SA history. There are nine parts of SA selected with each touching a lesson in history.

 

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The Middle East »

The Middle East

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Israel (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This Web site, sponsored by Fordham University, contains links to Ancient Israel original source documents. The documents are grouped according to general topic and time period. Useful for research purposes at the high school level.

 

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Imperialism (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This web site, supported by Fordham University, contains original source documents pertaining to European Imperialism in China, India, Africa and the Middle East, as well as American Imperialism. Good for teachers preparing lessons and students doing research.

 

Lawrence of Arabia. Home. PBS (Teachers and students grades 9-12)

This PBS web site is a companion to the two-part program Lawrence of Arabia: the battle for the Arab world. It contains links to short articles on the major players in the conflict, the Arab Revolt itself, how the modern Middle East region emerged since 1914 and information on desert survival and Arab warfare. It also contains lesson plans for high school and middle school students that help students learn about the Middle East at the time of WWI.

 

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U.S. History 

Elementary »

Elementary

General websites »

General websites

Learning Page - Library of Congress (Teachers and students grades 4-12)

Dozens of teacher created, classroom tested lesson plans, on topics from U.S. History to civics to literature.

 

Links to the Past

Explore America's cultural resources - buildings, landscapes, archeological sites, ethnographic resources, objects and documents, structures and districts.

 

American Treasures of the Library of Congress (Teachers and students grades 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.

 

Today In History (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

The Library of Congress began a day-by-day listing of historical events. Search the archive for the day of your choice.

 

Archives of American Art (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

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.

 

National Museum of American History (Teachers and students grades K-12)

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.

 

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Grade 3: Alaska »

Grade 3: Alaska 

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Grade 4: Exploration and Encounters »

Grade 4: Exploration and Encounters

Scenes from the Eastern Woodlands: Virtual Tour 1550 (Elementary and middle school teachers and students)

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.

 

Edsitement- Lesson Plan- National Endowment for the Humanities (Teachers and students grades 3-5)

Eight lessons on Columbus’ motivation to travel to the New World, encounters with native people, reactions, and consequences.

 

MrDonn.org- Age of Exploration, Explorers, Conquistadors, Pirates, K-12 World History Lesson Plans (Teachers and students grades K-12)

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.

 

1492: An Ongoing Voyage (All teachers and students)

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.

 

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Grade 4: U.S. Colonization »

Grade 4: U.S. Colonization

Colonial Williamsburg Official Site Where History Lives (All teachers and students)

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.

 

NARA- The National Archives Experience (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Slavery and the Making of America (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Historic Jamestowne (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Virtual Jamestown (Teachers and students grades K-12)

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.

 

Mayflower History (Teachers and students grades K-12)

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.

 

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens (All teachers and students)

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.

 

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Grade 5: New Nation »

Grade 5: New Nation

Publishing the Declaration

This Web cast discusses the American Declaration of Independence, focusing on its distribution through early American History.

 

Constitution of the United States (Teachers and students grades 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.

 

Join the Signers! (Elementary teachers and students)

At this site, you have the opportunity to explore the legacy of our Founding Fathers through special features, exhibits, classroom activities, and more.

 

Slavery and the Making of America (All teachers and students)

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.

 

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Grade 5: Westward Expansion »

Grade 5: Westward Expansion

The Oregon Trail (Teachers and students grades 5-8)

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 LINKS TO SITES ABOUT THE GOLD RUSH AND TRAILBLAZERS.

 

Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark (Teachers and students grades 5-8)

GAME - Interactive game where students become members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. They make decisions, read maps and excerpts from Lewis’ journals.

 

Lewis and Clark/ PBS (Teacher for grades 6-12)

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.

 

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Grade 5: Nation Divided »

Grade 5: Nation Divided

Slavery and the Making of America  (All teachers and students)

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.

 

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Grade 5: Civics »

Grade 5: Civics

iCivics

American Memory (Teacher and students grades 4-12)

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

 

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Grade 6: The Twentieth Century »

Grade 6: The Twentieth Century

 

The National WWII Museum (Teacher for grades 6-12)

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.

 

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8th Grade »

8th Grade

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General Websites

Learning Page - Library of Congress (Teachers and students grades 4-12)

Dozens of teacher created, classroom tested lesson plans, on topics from U.S. History to civics to literature.

 

Learning Page - Library of Congress (Teachers and students grades 4-12)

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.

 

Today In History (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

The Library of Congress began a day-by-day listing of historical events. Search the archive for the day of your choice.

 

Links to the Past

Explore America's cultural resources - buildings, landscapes, archeological sites, ethnographic resources, objects and documents, structures and districts.

 

National Gallery of Art (Teachers and students grades 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.

 

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Historiography »

Historiography

 

Picturing Modern America 1880-1920: Historical Thinking Exercised for Middle and High School Students (Teachers and students grades 7-12)

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.

 

American Treasures of the Library of Congress (Teachers and students grades 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.

 

Archives of American Art (Teacher for grades 6-12)

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.

 

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Three Worlds Meet 1400s-1620 »

Three Worlds Meet 1400s-1620

Scenes from the Eastern Woodlands: Virtual Tour 1550 (Elementary and middle school teachers and students)

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.

 

Library of Congress American Memory American Indians of the Pacific Northwest (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Edsitement- Lesson Plan- National Endowment for the Humanities (Middle school teachers and students)

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.

 

Edsitement- Lesson Plan- National Endowment for the Humanities (Teacher for grades 6-12)

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.

 

MrDonn.org- Daily Life in Ancient and Medieval Africa- Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Benin, Kush, Egypt (All teachers and students)

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

 

MrDonn.org- Middle Ages- Africa, Medieval Europe, others, K12 Lesson Plans, Activities (All teachers and students)

A plethora of materials and lesson plans on Normans, Saxons, Celts, Vikings, Medieval Life, Castle Life, Crusades, Magna Carta, and much more.

 

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Teacher for grades 6-12)

This curriculum unit, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to ancient and medieval West Africa, specifically Timbuktu, Mali. The Curriculum Unit is divided up into lessons, each taking several days and containing links to maps, visuals and informational web sites. Lessons can be taught separately or as a unit. Lesson topics include: Geography of Mali; Trade in Ancient West Africa; Timbuktu – a center of trade; Mansa Musa takes a trip; Timbuktu’s golden age of scholarship; The search for Timbuktu; Restoring the past; Reviewing and assessing the unit.

 

The Renaissance Connection (High school teachers and students)

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.

 

Edsitement- Lesson Plan- National Endowment for the Humanities (Teachers and students grades 3-5)

Eight lessons on Columbus’ motivation to travel to the New World, encounters with native people, reactions, and consequences.

 

MrDonn.org- Age of Exploration, Explorers, Conquistadors, Pirates, K-12 World History Lesson Plans (All teachers and students)

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.

 

1492: An Ongoing Voyage (All teachers and students)

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.

 

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Colonization and Settlement 1585-1763 »

Colonization and Settlement 1585-1763

Colonial Williamsburg Official Site Where History Lives (All teachers and students)

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 National Archives: Education: Revolution and the New Nation (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

NARA- The National Archives Experience (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (All teachers and students)

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.

 

 

Slavery and the Making of America (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Liberty! - The American Revolution | PBS (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

The Electric Franklin (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

Washington Crossing Historic Park (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

The Price of Freedom: Exhibition (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Historic Jamestowne (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Virtual Jamestown (All teachers and students)

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.

 

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

 

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic, Library of Congress Exhibition (Secondary teachers and 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.

 

The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries- Diving America: Religion and the National Culture- TeacherServe (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

Teacher Resources- Collection- The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 (Secondary teachers and 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.

 

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Revolution and New Nation 1764-1801 »

Revolution and New Nation 1764-1801

Publishing the Declaration

This webcast discusses the American Declaration of Independence, focusing on its distribution through early American History

 

Join the Signers! (Teacher and students grades 4-10)

At this site, you have the opportunity to explore the legacy of our Founding Fathers through special features, exhibits, classroom activities, and more.

 

American Memory (Teachers and students grades 4-12)

The digital library and learn all about American history and culture.

 

U.S. House of Representatives (Teachers and students 6-12)

Great site for Government homework projects. Contains lots of documents related to the legislative process.

 

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Expansion and Reform 1801-1861 »

Expansion and Reform 1801-1861

War of 1812 (Secondary teachers and students)

This web site is an extensive list of linked webpages on the “Forgotten War”- the War of 1812.

 

The U.S.-Mexican War (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

Trail of Tears (Middle school teachers and students)

This web site is an extensive list of linked web sites on the topic of the Trail of Tears with a few assessment ideas.

 

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (Secondary teachers and students)

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

 

19th Century American Women (Advanced middle school and high school teachers and students)

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

 

The Oregon Trail (Teachers and students grades 5-8)

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 LINKS TO SITES ABOUT THE GOLD RUSH AND TRAILBLAZERS.

 

Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark (Teachers and students grades 5-8)

GAME - Interactive game where students become members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. They make decisions, read maps and excerpts from Lewis’ journals.

 

Discovering Lewis and Clark (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

Teacher Resources- Feature- American Memory Timeline: National Expansion and Reform (Secondary teachers and students)

This Library of Congress web site includes primary source materials such as photographs, maps, reports, oral histories, convention speeches, essays, pamphlets, journals, and autobiographies.

 

Slavery and the Making of America (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Lewis and Clark/ PBS (All teachers and students)

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.

 

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11th Grade »

11th Grade

General Web Sites »

General Web Sites

Library of Congress Exhibitions (Teachers and students grades 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.

 

Today In History (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

The Library of Congress began a day-by-day listing of historical events. Search the archive for the day of your choice.

 

Learning Page - Library of Congress (Teachers and students grades 4-12)

Dozens of teacher created, classroom tested lesson plans, on topics from U.S. History to civics to literature.

 

Links to the Past

Explore America's cultural resources - buildings, landscapes, archeological sites, ethnographic resources, objects and documents, structures and districts.

 

National Gallery of Art (Teachers and students grades 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.

 

National Museum of American History (All teachers and students)

An excellent resources for visual explorations of American history. Online exhibitions are superb. Tools for educators are well organized.

 

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Historiography

Historical Thinking Matters (High school teachers and students)

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.

 

Picturing Modern America 1880-1920: Historical Thinking Exercised for Middle and High School Students (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

American Treasures of the Library of Congress (Teacher for grades 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.

 

Archives of American Art (Teacher for grades 6-12)

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.

 

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Review of U.S. History Through 1824 »

Review of U.S. History Through 1824

Colonial Williamsburg Official Site Where History Lives (All teachers and students)

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.

 

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Teacher for grades 6-12)

This curriculum unit, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to ancient and medieval West Africa, specifically Timbuktu, Mali. The Curriculum Unit is divided up into lessons, each taking several days and containing links to maps, visuals and informational web sites. Lessons can be taught separately or as a unit. Lesson topics include: Geography of Mali; Trade in Ancient West Africa; Timbuktu – a center of trade; Mansa Musa takes a trip; Timbuktu’s golden age of scholarship; The search for Timbuktu; Restoring the past; Reviewing and assessing the unit.

 

The National Archives: Education: Revolution and the New Nation (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

NARA- The National Archives Experience (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (All teachers and students)

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.

 

 

Slavery and the Making of America (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Liberty! - The American Revolution | PBS (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

The Electric Franklin (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

Washington Crossing Historic Park (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

The Price of Freedom: Exhibition (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens (All teachers and students)

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.

 

American Memory (Teachers and students grades 4-12)

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

 

Constitution of the United States (Teachers and students grades 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.

 

The Erie Canal: A Journey Through History (Secondary teachers and students)

Interactive site exploring the building and impact of the Erie Canal.p>

 

Discovering Lewis and Clark (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

War of 1812 (Secondary teachers and students)

This web site is an extensive list of linked Web pages on the “Forgotten War”- the War of 1812.

 

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The Jacksonian Era 1825-1849

 

Teacher Resources- Feature- American Memory Timeline: National Expansion and Reform (Secondary teachers and students)

This Library of Congress web site includes primary source materials such as photographs, maps, reports, oral histories, convention speeches, essays, pamphlets, journals, and autobiographies.

 

The U.S.-Mexican War (Secondary teachers and students)

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.

 

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Lewis and Clark/PBS (All teachers and students)

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.

 

19th Century American Women/a> (Advanced middle school and high school teachers and students)

Primary sources documents and images.

 

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Antebellum Through Reconstruction 1850-1877

 

Slavery and the Making of America (All teachers and students)

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.

 

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (Secondary teachers and students)

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

 

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The Progressive Era 1900-1920

 

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The National WWII Museum (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

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.

 

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Civil Rights and The Social Revolution

 

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Contemporary America 1968-present

 

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Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention (Library of Congress) (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

Has many primary sources useful for research projects or seminar. This site contains digital interactive resources.

 

NARA Exhibit Hall: The Charters of Freedom (Teachers and students 6-12)

The National Archives offers a copy of the U.S. Constitution and biographies of the document's fifty-five framers. The article "A More Perfect Union" is an in-depth look at the Constitutional Convention and the ratification process. "Questions and Answers Pertaining to the Constitution" presents dozens of fascinating facts about the Constitution.

 

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids (Teachers and students grades K-12)

This site by the U.S. Government Printing Office teaches K-12 students how the U.S. government works. There are resources for teachers and parents.

 

The American President: An Online Reference Resource (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

This Web site is geared toward teaching the history of the American presidency, primarily to high school students, and contains detailed biographies of each president.

 

The Constitution Society

The Constitution Society is a private non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education on the principles of constitutional republican government. It publishes documentation, engages in litigation, and organizes local citizens groups to work for reform. It offers a Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics, a Constitutional Weblog, and a Constitutional Examination.

 

FindLaw: Supreme Court Opinions (Teachers and students grades 7-12)

Provides full texts of Supreme Court decisions since 1893.

 

In Congress Assembled: Continuity & Change in the Governing of the U.S. (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

This site provides a unit that includes four lessons using primary sources to examine continuity and change in the governing of the United States. Lessons one and two are focused on a study of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and provide access to primary source documents from the Library of Congress. Lesson three investigates important issues which confronted the first Congress and has students examine current congressional debate over similar issues. Lesson four features broadsides from the Continental Congress calling for special days of thanksgiving and remembrance. The first three lessons are intended for middle and high school students. Lesson four provides a historical context for elementary school lessons that focus on celebrating national holidays.

 

Famous Trial (Teachers and students 6-12)

Excellent for Seminar or Mock Trails. A professor of law at the University of Minnesota-Kansas City Law School has created a web site on famous trials that include: the Salem Witchcraft Trials (1692), Amistad Trials (1839-40), Andrew Johnson Impeachment Trial (1868), Susan Anthony Trial (1873), Sacco-Vanzetti Trial (1921), Scopes Monkey Trial (1925), Scottsboro Trials (1931-37), Nuremberg Trials (1945-49), Rosenberg Trial (1951), Mississippi Burning Trial (1967), Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial (1969-70) and the My Lai Court Martial (1970). Most of these include background information on the case, biographies and photographs of trial participants, trial transcript excerpt and articles from newspapers that covered the trial.

 

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Teacher for grades 6-12)

This curriculum unit, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to ancient and medieval West Africa, specifically Timbuktu, Mali. The Curriculum Unit is divided up into lessons, each taking several days and containing links to maps, visuals and informational web sites. Lessons can be taught separately or as a unit. Lesson topics include: Geography of Mali; Trade in Ancient West Africa; Timbuktu – a center of trade; Mansa Musa takes a trip; Timbuktu’s golden age of scholarship; The search for Timbuktu; Restoring the past; Reviewing and assessing the unit.

 

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Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877 (Teachers and students grades 8-12)

This Library of Congress exhibition contains succinct overviews of several aspects of the Civil War and Reconstruction and features primary sources, maps, and images.

 

Civil War Resources from the VMI Archives (High school teachers and students)

This site highlights collections of the Virginia Military Institute, including manuscripts and battle resource guides. Special topics include VMI's Civil War generals, Stonewall Jackson's resources, a war chronology, Robert E. Lee's funeral, and more.p>

 

The Valley of the Shadows (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

The Valley of the Shadow depicts two communities, one Northern and one Southern, through the experience of the American Civil War. The project focuses on Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and creates a social history of the coming, fighting, and aftermath of the Civil War. The project is a hypermedia archive of thousands of sources for the period before, during, and after the Civil War for Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Those sources include newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, maps, church records, population census, agricultural census, and military records. Students can explore the conflict and write their own histories, or reconstruct the life stories of women, African Americans, farmers, politicians, soldiers, and families.

 

Civil War @ Smithsonian (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

Explore the Civil War through the extensive collections of the Smithsonian Institution. Includes a timeline and many images of artifacts and documents.

 

Abraham Lincoln Papers (Secondary teachers and students)

The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 20,000 documents. The collection is organized into three "General Correspondence" series which include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of speeches, and notes and printed material. Most of the 20,000 items are from the 1850s through Lincoln's presidential years.

 

Lincoln/Net (Secondary teachers and students)

Lincoln/Net provides historical materials from Abraham Lincoln's Illinois years, including Lincoln's writings and speeches, as well as other materials illuminating antebellum Illinois. This site includes interpretive materials, featuring a brief Lincoln biography and discussions of eight major historical themes. Lincoln/Net provides over fifteen million words of primary source materials, over 1500 images, video commentary on various aspects of Lincoln's life by historians and, and even a sound archive. Lincoln/Net also offers lesson plans that utilize the primary source documents found in the Lincoln/Net database.

 

Mr. Lincoln's White House (and affiliated sites) (Teacher and students grades 4-12)

CORRELATES WITH CLIO COLLOQUIA. This Lincoln Institute site describes the White House and nearby Washington, and profiles Lincoln family members, Cabinet officers and Vice Presidents, members of Congress, generals, and others. Mr. Lincoln and Freedom, a related site, details the progress of Mr. Lincoln's opposition to slavery from his years in the Illinois State Legislature to the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery. Other related sites include: Mr. Lincoln and Friends, which reviews the many men and a few women whose friendships helped determine Mr. Lincoln's political progress and success in the state capital in Springfield, Illinois and the nation's capital in Washington, D.C.; Mr. Lincoln and the Founders, which examines the impact of the Founders, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution on Mr. Lincoln's life, political thinking and political actions in the 1850s and 1860s; and Mr. Lincoln and New York, which appraises how the center of political, media, and economic power in 19th century America interacted with, supported, and tormented Mr. Lincoln both before and during his Presidency.

 

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Teacher for grades 6-12)

This curriculum unit, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to ancient and medieval West Africa, specifically Timbuktu, Mali. The Curriculum Unit is divided up into lessons, each taking several days and containing links to maps, visuals and informational web sites. Lessons can be taught separately or as a unit. Lesson topics include: Geography of Mali; Trade in Ancient West Africa; Timbuktu – a center of trade; Mansa Musa takes a trip; Timbuktu’s golden age of scholarship; The search for Timbuktu; Restoring the past; Reviewing and assessing the unit.

 

Harper's Weekly Reports, 1857-1874 (Teachers and students grades 8-12)

For over a quarter of a century, Harper’s Weekly captured the lion’s share of the national newspaper audience. Materials from the magazine are presented in order to give a true historical picture of the leading 19th-century newspaper’s view of black Americans.

 

Racial Satire and the Civil War (High school teachers and students)

Presented by the University of Virginia, this site is a case study that explores racial caricature in editorial cartoons at the time of Lincoln.

 

The Battle of Antietam (Teachers and students grades 8-12)

This NPR audio clip features the views of renowned historian James McPherson who argues that Antietam was a turning point in the war.

 

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War (Secondary teachers and students)

This Smithsonian web site skillfully integrates Flash video and text to examine armed conflicts involving the U.S. from the Revolutionary War to the war in Iraq. Each conflict contains a brief video clip, statistical information, and a set of artifacts. There is also a Civil War mystery, an exhibition self-guide, and a teacher's guide. The Civil War section contains an introductory movie and short essay on the conflict as well as historic images and artifacts.

 

The Crisis at Fort Sumter (Teachers and students grades 8-12)

Crisis at Fort Sumter is an interactive historical simulation and decision making program. Using text, images, and sound, it reconstructs the dilemmas of policy formation and decision making in the period between Abraham Lincoln's election in in November 1860 and the battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861.

 

Teaching with Documents (Lesson Plan) (All teachers)

The NARA has compiled many Civil War primary sources, including several sound files of interviews with the last surviving confederate veteran. Lesson plans and activity worksheets are at the bottom of the page and can be applied to any visual document.

 

Ladies, Contraband, and Spies: Women in the Civil War – Lesson Plan (High school teachers and students)

In this concise lesson, students use primary sources from the Library of Congress’ American Memory collections to research and understand the impact of the Civil War on women. By studying women who had different roles in and perspectives on the war, ranging from plantation mistresses to slave women and spies, students have to consider how the war affected women based on their position in society. In addition to advancing skills in using primary sources.

 

Lesson Plan: Lincoln Goes to War (High school teachers and students)

In this this lesson plan, students examine Abraham Lincoln's decision to mobilize the Union Army against the South. Particular attention is paid to external factors that influenced the President's decision.

 

Teaching with Documents Lesson Plan: The Fight For Equal Rights: Black Soldiers on the Battlefield (Teachers and students grades 8-12)

This NARA lesson plan contains a lot of good background information and many online resources, as well as Teacher activities and Student assignments.

 

Women in the American Civil War (Teachers and students grades 8-12)

You will learn about military battles and the lives of women during the American Civil War, 1861-1865, using both the Internet and other resources.

 

Timeline of the Civil War (Teachers and students grades 8-12)

Library of Congress.

 

Battle of Shiloh Video

Help your students understand the Civil War with this battlefield recreation

 

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The Gilded Age

 

Mark Twain in his Times (Teachers and students 6-12)

Contained here are dozens of texts and manuscripts, scores of contemporary reviews and articles, hundreds of images, and many different kinds of interactive exhibits.

 

Jim Crow Online (High school teachers and students)

Jim Crow Online is the official companion Web site to the PBS documentary, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. The Web site, exploring segregation from the end of the Civil War to the onset of the Civil Rights Movement, uses interactive features that enable visitors to learn more about the history of Jim Crow in the United States and the real-life crusaders of the period who fought against it. There are first-hand narratives and interactive maps and in the Tools and Activities section students can analyze images, post their comments online, and explore the legacy of Jim Crow.

 

EDSITEment – Lesson Plan (Teacher for grades 6-12)

This curriculum unit, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to ancient and medieval West Africa, specifically Timbuktu, Mali. The Curriculum Unit is divided up into lessons, each taking several days and containing links to maps, visuals and informational web sites. Lessons can be taught separately or as a unit. Lesson topics include: Geography of Mali; Trade in Ancient West Africa; Timbuktu – a center of trade; Mansa Musa takes a trip; Timbuktu’s golden age of scholarship; The search for Timbuktu; Restoring the past; Reviewing and assessing the unit.

 

A History of American Sweatshops (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

Has three history sections: 1820-1880, 1880-1940, and 1940-1997. Virtual Museum tour.

 

Inventing Entertainment (All teachers and students grades 6-12)

The collections in the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division contain an extraordinary range of the surviving products of Edison's entertainment inventions and industries. This site features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles.

 

American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 (All teachers and students grades 6-12)

The American Variety Stage is a multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings. This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920.

 

Child Labor in America (Library of Congress lesson plan) (Secondary teachers and students)

Using historic photographs and primary sources, students will research and learn about child labor in America with this LOC lesson plan. The plan provides its own printable handouts and discussion questions.

 

Workers and Work in America, 1600-Present (Teachers and students grades 6-12)

A multimedia web site with many useful links.

 

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