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Chinese in California - Library of Congress

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8 to 12
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The American Memory Project at the Library of Congress offers this collection of documents on the experiences of Chinese immigrants in California. Though they faced severe discrimination,...more
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The American Memory Project at the Library of Congress offers this collection of documents on the experiences of Chinese immigrants in California. Though they faced severe discrimination, the Chinese were an invaluable source of labor, especially for the construction of the transcontinental railroad. The collection includes many archival photos. As such, it could be a great teaching tool for the use of original historic resources.

tag(s): california (27), chinese (48), immigration (58), migration (59), railroads (10)

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Too often students are lacking in their understanding of historical thinking and processes, including the importance of primary sources. Select 5-6 different primary sources from this site, with varying authors and perspectives. Divide students into 5-6 groups, with each group assigned a different primary source to read and evaluate. (Sources should come from various perspectives to make the game more interesting) Have the groups present quick summaries of their source to the class, making sure to mention who the author is and whether or not there could be bias. After all have presented, have each team pick a representative to argue in front of the class as to why their source is the most reliable and valid. After all have made their argument, have the class vote off the least reliable "survivor style" until you are left with just one! At the end of class students will not only have learned the content within the sources but an additional skill.

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Wright Brothers' History - Centennial of Flight Commission

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The US Centennial of Flight Commission has prepared an extensive look at the Wright Brothers and their efforts to build a successful aircraft. This section of a larger site offers ...more
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The US Centennial of Flight Commission has prepared an extensive look at the Wright Brothers and their efforts to build a successful aircraft. This section of a larger site offers details on the journals, the specifications, and the reconstruction of the original Wright flyer. History and physics teachers alike will enjoy this one.

tag(s): air (163), aviation (39), north carolina (4), wright brothers (25)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered! There are also games that teachers can either print out and use as quick review activities or as a learning center or station. If using as a learning station, save the site as a favorite and have kids peruse it during a unit on Flight, the evolution of transportation or the Industrial Growth of the early 20th century.
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Wright Flyer Project

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The 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight is in fall of 2003, and this site documents an effort to replicate that achievement by replicating the original Wright Flyer....more
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The 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight is in fall of 2003, and this site documents an effort to replicate that achievement by replicating the original Wright Flyer. In turns out to be more difficult than even the experts imagined. Learn more here.

tag(s): air (163), aviation (39), inventors and inventions (101), wright brothers (25)

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Maine Memory Network

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9 to 12
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This offering from the Maine Historical Society offers access to lots of historical Maine images, but it leaves the context and the storytelling to the user. The search and display...more
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This offering from the Maine Historical Society offers access to lots of historical Maine images, but it leaves the context and the storytelling to the user. The search and display features work well, though we're assuming that this is a work in progress, and more content will be forthcoming. Teachers will likely want to use this site themselves to find suitable images for use in their classes.

tag(s): maine (4), states (163)

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Post this website on the teacher web page to allow students to access it in and out of school. An excellent source of primary documents, the source could be the perfect fit for any student working on a research project in a social studies or literature class. Although the site is mainly focused on Maine, there is plenty of primary information on influential people in history such as Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - to name a few.
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Connecting Minnesota - Forests, Fields, and the Falls

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This is a nicely done animated site about the history of Minnesota for elementary students. It concentrates on major industries of the state as the basis for a portrayal of ...more
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This is a nicely done animated site about the history of Minnesota for elementary students. It concentrates on major industries of the state as the basis for a portrayal of life in Minnesota in the late 1800s. the illustrations and stories have a sort of "comic book" feel, but the information is well designed and well presented. Students in other states will find this a nice introduction to nineteenth century life on the prairie.

tag(s): minnesota (4), states (163)

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Use this site as an introductor or activator on a lesson concerning Westward Expansion. Introduce the site on the Interactive whiteboard or projector, before allowing students to explore the site in pairs. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.
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Voices of the Colorado Plateau

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This intriguing site uses images, audio, and video clips to relate the history of the "four corners" region of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The site lets users focus ...more
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This intriguing site uses images, audio, and video clips to relate the history of the "four corners" region of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The site lets users focus on people, places, or topics, and teachers may find the last of these most useful. Because the site concentrates primarily on audio, it may be more appropriate for middle and high school students.

tag(s): mexico (34), states (163), utah (2)

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Use these oral interviews to enlighten students about a variety of topics that affected people in the Colorado Plateau. One topic includes the Great Depression, which is not entirely Colorado specific. Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and play the oral interviews concerning the Depression to students. There are a variety of other topics, but this was one in particular that was valid all over the US. This site would be useful in a US history course.
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Connecticut History Online

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This is a large, rich resource about both Connecticut history and industry and commerce in nineteenth century America. There is a collection of archival photos and photo essays. ...more
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This is a large, rich resource about both Connecticut history and industry and commerce in nineteenth century America. There is a collection of archival photos and photo essays.

tag(s): connecticut (4), states (163)

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The classroom section includes lesson plans, as well as a series of very well done "journeys" that describe the industries and people that have had an effect on Connecticut history. Many of these are suitable for use in other states. There's lots of great content in this one.
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Flight History

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This British site includes a large collection of images of famous European and American aircraft, along with stories about many of them. Many of the stories concentrate on the circumstances...more
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This British site includes a large collection of images of famous European and American aircraft, along with stories about many of them. Many of the stories concentrate on the circumstances in which the aircraft were used. Try using this site as a supplement to a study of aeronautics or events of the early twentieth century.

tag(s): air (163), aircraft (24), aviation (39)

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While some of the information on this site is targeted towards travelers, there is useful information here that can be used to supplement a lecture on the origins of flight and the Wright Brothers. Open the section about the Wright Brothers on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and use the timeline provided as a guide for students to follow. This would also be a great jumping off point for students working on research projects or papers about the Wright Brothers - save this site on your class wiki or webpage to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom. This would be useful in a US history or Physics classroom following the evolution of flight.

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Immigration - The Changing Face of America - Library of Congress

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The American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress does it again with this survey of the waves of immigration that have swept the American shores. While this site has ...more
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The American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress does it again with this survey of the waves of immigration that have swept the American shores. While this site has a number of incomplete "exhibit" areas, the associated lesson plans are there, and well worth a look for those whose curricula include immigration. It may take some trial and error to find those resources that fit best.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), china (66), chinese (48), immigration (58), japan (61), japanese (42), migration (59)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! Be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.
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From Slavery to Civil Rights - Library of Congress

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Secondary social studies teachers with a love for primary documents will love this Library of Congress edition of an African American time line. For each time period there are links...more
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Secondary social studies teachers with a love for primary documents will love this Library of Congress edition of an African American time line. For each time period there are links to primary documents - it's a rich collection - for that period. This is the sort of "the way it really was" context that can give life to historical events. Add a little creativity and you can have some great lesson ideas.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), civil rights (117), slavery (72)

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing the topic of African American's struggle for equality. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about what is equal in our society. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!
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Literary Traveler

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Here's a site that combines information about literary figures and their travels. The site blends background information on the lives of literary figures with descriptions of the places...more
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Here's a site that combines information about literary figures and their travels. The site blends background information on the lives of literary figures with descriptions of the places they lived and visited, creating a nice context for a study of the factors that influence an author's work. Secondary English teachers will find this an interesting resource for taking a new twist on a familiar author.

tag(s): authors (120)

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Animated Engines - privately published

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Looking for a nice animated illustration to add to your discussion of inventors and technology? This site offers accurate "wire-frame" illustrations of how several different types of...more
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Looking for a nice animated illustration to add to your discussion of inventors and technology? This site offers accurate "wire-frame" illustrations of how several different types of internal combustion and steam engines operate. Each includes a step-by-step explanation of how the engine operates, making it easy to compare differences among engine designs. Even grownups will like this one.

tag(s): industrialization (15), inventors and inventions (101)

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Women in Sports

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Sports history buffs will appreciate this very complete, but very all-text, chronology of achievements in women's sports from antiquity to the present. This is useful content, and it...more
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Sports history buffs will appreciate this very complete, but very all-text, chronology of achievements in women's sports from antiquity to the present. This is useful content, and it is interspersed with links to additional sites about some of the athletes mentioned.

tag(s): sports (96), women (101)

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Include this resource as a handout for students while working on a unit about the changing roles of women and the equal rights movement for the sexes. Although some of the information is more trivial than necessary, this would be an interesting way to show students how the involvement of women in sports evolved, matching their involvement or desired involvement in the political process. Because this includes several different countries, this would be a great way to lead into a discussion of how womens' rights varied among many countries.

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WASP on the Web

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While this site really assumes the user knows the story of the women who helped ferry aircraft of all sorts from factory to front during World War II, the various ...more
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While this site really assumes the user knows the story of the women who helped ferry aircraft of all sorts from factory to front during World War II, the various site elements offer glimpses of the people, airplanes, and places that made the WASPs an indispensable element of the war effort. The sounds add some additional realism.

tag(s): air (163), aviation (39), women (101), world war 2 (142)

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Use the audio/video on this site over the interactive whiteboard to show students who the WASPS were as well as the contribution they made to the war effort. This would be a great addition to a lesson on WWII as well as the fight for equality between the sexes. History teachers will like this one.
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Women Come to the Front - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress does its usually thorough job in this presentation on the roles of female journalists during World War II. These included domestic and foreign assignments. While...more
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The Library of Congress does its usually thorough job in this presentation on the roles of female journalists during World War II. These included domestic and foreign assignments. While we wish more of these images were available on line, there are certainly enough photos in this collection to provide students with a sense of what war meant to America in the 1940s.

tag(s): journalism (46), women (101), world war 2 (142)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the battle front in WWII. The content is still valid, and would be a great center to break up others based on the battles and the men who are normally focused on. A useful resource for a US history classroom.

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Women and Social Movements in the United States - SUNY Binghamton

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Originally created at SUNY Binghamton, this site offers interesting perspective on the involvement of women in American social movements from the 1830s onward. Go straight to the "Teachers'...more
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Originally created at SUNY Binghamton, this site offers interesting perspective on the involvement of women in American social movements from the 1830s onward. Go straight to the "Teachers' Corner" for synopses and write-ups ordered chronologically. These can provide some interesting additional texture for American history elements already in your curriculum.

tag(s): abolition (7), slavery (72), women (101)

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One of the most useful parts of the site are the pre-prepared DBQ's that are seen predominantly in classes preparing for the AP exam. Use the Document Based Questions on this site to help students prepare and practice for their exam. Make sure to pass this one on to other AP teachers!

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Surrounded by Beauty - Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley,...more
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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley, the Plains, the Southwest, and the Northwest Coast, the site offers images and text that can enhance any unit on Native Americans. There are also links to tribal web sites.

tag(s): india (36)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Native American culture. Have students explore the site with the intentions of presenting summaries of specific cultures or artworks. Have students create a multimedia presentation using YUtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo of the art, the tribes or the regions (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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First Ladies - The White House

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This section from the White House web site offers short histories and biographies of America's First Ladies. These include attention to twentieth century women who made their own accomplishments...more
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This section from the White House web site offers short histories and biographies of America's First Ladies. These include attention to twentieth century women who made their own accomplishments while living in the White House. Elementary students may find this one useful as part of a women's history study, or while learning about the presidency.

tag(s): first ladies (2), presidents (130), white house (13)

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This site would be extremely useful during an American History class. Use this site to provide students with knowledge of the too often forgotten members of the White House - our first ladies. Towards the end of the semester, use this site as a spring board for research projects on the first ladies. Students can use this site as a beginning in their quest for information.

Another use would be to show the ever-evolving role of the First Lady. Review with students the information found on one of the initial first ladies - Martha Washington is an interesting one, and have students compare her role with that of a more recent First lady. To compare the two,use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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Modernism - Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism ...more
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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism that runs from the British arts and crafts movement in the 1880s through to American Art Deco of the 1940s. There are images, text, and video narration for each segment, providing a nice evolutionary tour. Use the pieces together or individually as supplemental material for art history, or as an adjunct to an American or European history class.

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of modernism in the past two centuries. Use the site's images and virtual exhibits to showcase the movement being talked about to compliment your class lectures. Another useful item is that some of the exhibits have a quick video clip that can help introduce the idea to your class in a way that foreshadows the rest of your lecture. Make sure your technology allows for the videos to be seen and not just heard!
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Unified Vision - The Prairie School - Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

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It's an art and architectural style, not a school building. This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts offers a visual perspective on the art and architecture of Frank ...more
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It's an art and architectural style, not a school building. This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts offers a visual perspective on the art and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, William Gray Purcell, and others. In addition to showing works of art, the site offers several interactive tours of Wright houses, many in the twin cities area. Art teachers will use this one as a great American design example.

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