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Facing History

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9 to 12
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This one is different; it's a site built around exposing students to issues in history that have tested ethical and behavioral boundaries. Focusing on topics like anti-Semitism, eugenics,...more
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This one is different; it's a site built around exposing students to issues in history that have tested ethical and behavioral boundaries. Focusing on topics like anti-Semitism, eugenics, and genocide, the content requires students to think about the moral, political, and practical effects of actions by individuals and nations. The structure varies by subject area, and there is a combination of free and "registration required" areas. Secondary history and social sciences teachers will want to browse this one thoroughly.

tag(s): ethics (16)

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Take advantage of the free lesson and plans and classroom activities offered on this web page. Simply go to the "educator resources" section and teachers can search for materials by theme, time period or sequence. Definitely save this one as a favorite and refer to it for new material or lesson plans!

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U.S. Air Force Museum - U.S. Air Force

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Here's a site with dozens of images and histories of military and civilian aircraft. The site also includes histories of many aircraft used by U.S. presidents. This site could assist...more
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Here's a site with dozens of images and histories of military and civilian aircraft. The site also includes histories of many aircraft used by U.S. presidents. This site could assist with research on aviation history or related topics.

tag(s): air (163), aircraft (24), aviation (38), flight (35)

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Click on "museum exhibits" for photos of each plane and weapon featured in the museum. Aerospace teachers can use this site for example photos of planes being studied in class, while history teachers can use those same photos in units concerning the evolution of transportation or warfare. This site truly is an interdisciplinary webpage, and can be used to supplement lectures in many classrooms. E

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Flags of the World

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OK, it's a site that list flags...but there are LOTS of flags. Thousands of them. Flags of countries, states, historical groups, religious organizations, darned near everything. On...more
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OK, it's a site that list flags...but there are LOTS of flags. Thousands of them. Flags of countries, states, historical groups, religious organizations, darned near everything. On top of that, there's lots of interesting narrative about many of these. It's a great place to look for flag information for research projects.

tag(s): flags (21)

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Elementary social studies teachers may find this one addictive.

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Fats Waller Forever - Rutgers University

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This site from the Rutgers Institute for Jazz Studies offers a "jumpin" tribute to jazz legend Fats Waller, complete with lots of music. Though the layout of the site is ...more
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This site from the Rutgers Institute for Jazz Studies offers a "jumpin" tribute to jazz legend Fats Waller, complete with lots of music. Though the layout of the site is a bit odd, there are plenty of sound clips and images - many from the collection of Waller's manager. Good background site for a discussion of jazz, black history, or American music.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), jazz (15)

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Use this site to showcase a prominant musician who was an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students who Fats Waller is, and how he was similar to many of the other stars of his day. This would be a great resource for an American History or Music studies course.
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History - MIT Open Courseware - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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tag(s): advanced placement (21)

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High school history teachers, especially those teaching AP students, may find MIT's online course materials useful. MIT has committed to putting its entire curriculum on the web, and these early offerings include syllabi, reading materials, and a variety of subject-specific class notes. Before using these pages, teachers, students, and parents should all be aware of what Open Courseware is and is not.

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Political Science - MIT Open Courseware - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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tag(s): advanced placement (21)

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High school government and history teachers, especially those teaching AP students, may find MIT's online course materials useful. MIT has committed to putting its entire curriculum on the web, and these early offerings include syllabi, reading materials, and a variety of subject-specific class notes. Before using these pages, teachers, students, and parents should all be aware of what Open Courseware is and is not.

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Japanese American Internment Curriculum - National Japanese American Historical Society

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Developed by the National Japanese American Historical Society, this page is a well-organized meta-list of lessons relating to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War...more
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Developed by the National Japanese American Historical Society, this page is a well-organized meta-list of lessons relating to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The lessons include material for all grade levels, and they address the historical, literary, and constitutional aspects of these Americans' experiences. Today's students can learn much from this experience.

tag(s): constitution (79), japan (61), japanese (42), world war 2 (142)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site! Save this site as a favorite for easy use and retrieval for future unit planning. Social studies teachers will love this one!

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Photos from the Chicago Daily News: 1902-1933 - Library of Congress

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Historical images always fascinate, and this searchable collection from the Library of Congress' outstanding American Memory collection offers students and teachers a wonderful look...more
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Historical images always fascinate, and this searchable collection from the Library of Congress' outstanding American Memory collection offers students and teachers a wonderful look at daily life in American during the early twentieth century. While elementary students may enjoy looking at the images, older students will find this a great source of illustrations for research projects.

tag(s): chicago (5), illinois (9), primary sources (86)

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Teachers will need to supply their own context and creativity in using this site, but it's a rich resource nonetheless.

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Pathways to Freedom - Maryland and the Underground Railroad - Maryland Public Television

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Created by Maryland Public Television, this site offers middle or high school students a look at how escaping slaves found their way northward toward Canada. ...more
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Created by Maryland Public Television, this site offers middle or high school students a look at how escaping slaves found their way northward toward Canada.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), slavery (72), underground railroad (11)

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There are interesting stories here, but the instructional content is thinner than some teachers will want.
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Freedom - A History of US - PBS

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This web site is from the PBS production of the same name, and is based on the book A History of US by Joy Hakim. It offers a multi-episode look ...more
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This web site is from the PBS production of the same name, and is based on the book A History of US by Joy Hakim. It offers a multi-episode look at the achievements and tensions that have shaped the evolution of the United States throughout its history. The site includes timelines, quizzes, and numerous images in addition to the narrative text.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), tolerance (10)

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While there are plenty of resources and content here, history teachers may or may not find this site's thematic approach compatible with the rest of their curriculum.
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The Golden Door

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Teachers studying immigration may find this collection of turn-of-the-century photos interesting as a way of showing how immigrants to both American coasts lived and worked. ...more
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Teachers studying immigration may find this collection of turn-of-the-century photos interesting as a way of showing how immigrants to both American coasts lived and worked.

tag(s): immigration (58), migration (59)

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If your class responds to, "What's going on in this picture?" discussions, there's plenty of material here.

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Lessons from Teaching with Historic Places - National Park Service

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This National Park Service page offers dozens of lesson plans based on American historic sites and events. While all are ostensibly for grades 5-12, these vary widely in their complexity,...more
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This National Park Service page offers dozens of lesson plans based on American historic sites and events. While all are ostensibly for grades 5-12, these vary widely in their complexity, and teachers will need to determine the actual utility of these for their classrooms. There are enough options here, however, that those interested in American history should routinely check for curriculum connections.

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This is a great resource for ANY history teacher! Save this site as a favorite on your classroom desktop and use it as a reference point when in need of new material.

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Civil War Battlefields by State - National Park Service

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This useful listing from the National Park Service offers state-by-state summaries of important (and less important) Civil War battles. These include many skirmishes that never make...more
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This useful listing from the National Park Service offers state-by-state summaries of important (and less important) Civil War battles. These include many skirmishes that never make the history texts, but could have particular interest if they took place near your school. This site could also be useful for students working on research papers related to the Civil War.

tag(s): battles (16), civil war (145)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have groups look for the closest battles to your state (that is if in the Continental US) and how the battle impacted the environment. If out of the continental US select an arbitrary state and do the same. Have students present to the class what they thought the most important nearby battle was and why. This activity is a good way for students to understand how the Civil war affected their local environment in a way make the subject more tangible.

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Native American Dioramas - University of Michigan

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This is a collection of images showing lifestyles of about a dozen different Native American tribes. The text and descriptions are minimal, and the site seemed sluggish when we ...more
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This is a collection of images showing lifestyles of about a dozen different Native American tribes. The text and descriptions are minimal, and the site seemed sluggish when we tried it. If you're looking for examples of different Native cultures, however, these would be a good start.

tag(s): india (36), native americans (78)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a unit of Westward expansion or colonization. Allow students to view the images to garner a more realistic vision of what Native Americans were like during that time period. Use the images as inspiration for students to create their own dioramas, although be careful in making sure that the students don't create exact replicas of the originals.

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History in Pictures - Time, Inc.

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The Life magazine web site offers many thematic collections of images from the 1930s through the 60s. While all are copyrighted, they provide elegant illustrations of what life was...more
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The Life magazine web site offers many thematic collections of images from the 1930s through the 60s. While all are copyrighted, they provide elegant illustrations of what life was like in the mid 20th century. Try this one if you need illustrations for a lesson unit or subject area.

tag(s): air (163)

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Use this site as a means to search for images to be used in a visual discovery activity. Select 3-5 images from this site, to be placed on a PowerPoint presentation. Have students view images one at a time, while filling out a graphic organizer asking them to observe, infer and predict the events seen in the image. This activity is a great way to get students talking about the content in a way that's helping them review simultaneously. After students have seen all the images, a great way to review is to have students discuss what their answers were and how they came to find them.

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First World War.com - Privately Published

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9 to 12
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This remarkably well-organized site provides extensive background, chronological, and biographical information on the people and events of World War I. While the writing is best suited...more
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This remarkably well-organized site provides extensive background, chronological, and biographical information on the people and events of World War I. While the writing is best suited to high school or undergraduate students, the time lines and other features could be useful to younger students studying this time period.

tag(s): england (57), france (40), german (64), germany (28), russia (38), world war 1 (54)

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This one would be a great "term paper" site!

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Remember, Rebuild, Renew - Lower Manhattan Development Corp.

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The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's site offers presentations on the 7 designs submitted for reclaiming the area once occupied by the World Trade Center buildings. Users can...more
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The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's site offers presentations on the 7 designs submitted for reclaiming the area once occupied by the World Trade Center buildings. Users can view slide shows for each proposal and read the architects' descriptions of how their design best meets the LMDC's three-part goal.

tag(s): sept11 (21)

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What do your students think the best memorial would be?
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Ghost Town Gallery

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This site's eclectic collection of photos from ghost towns in the American west offers both history and some excellent photos. While the curriculum connections may be sparse, these...more
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This site's eclectic collection of photos from ghost towns in the American west offers both history and some excellent photos. While the curriculum connections may be sparse, these images give a sense of what life was like in these mining and farming towns more than 100 years ago.

tag(s): gold rush (19), pioneers (8)

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Try this site for a "what would life have been like?" lesson.

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International Justice on Trial - Minnesota Public Radio

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What is the proper role of international courts in keeping world order? This site from the American Radioworks series examines the precedents, premises, and problems inherent in using...more
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What is the proper role of international courts in keeping world order? This site from the American Radioworks series examines the precedents, premises, and problems inherent in using international law to punish war criminals and keep the peace internationally. AP high school students will find this one a challenging issue.

tag(s): courts (15)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on International Trials or the legal consequences of Genocide in a US government or history course. The site is a little text-heavy, and would work best with higher level high school classes. To assess student learning and differentiate between the trial events, have students create a timeline describing the events of all three events. We recommend using an online tool such as Who What When (reviewed here)
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Civil War Letters of Calvin Shedd - University of Miami

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The library at the University of Miami has put together this collection of letters from Calvin Shedd, a Union soldier from New Hampshire who spent much of the Civil War ...more
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The library at the University of Miami has put together this collection of letters from Calvin Shedd, a Union soldier from New Hampshire who spent much of the Civil War in Florida. They will be interesting to history teachers interested in teaching with original source materials, and to those interested in studying the Civil War from a personal perspective.

tag(s): civil war (145), florida (11), new hampshire (5)

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Beyond the obvious insight this sight provides concerning the gritty details of the revolution, but it can also be used as an excellent example of a useful primary source. Open one of the documents on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students read the document and then have a classroom discussion as to the reliability of the source. Question students as to the motive of the writer, bias, information quality, and how that affects how they interpret the source. An interesting starting point to discuss the variability of history, and how historians interpret different sources.

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