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The Southern Homefront - 1861-65

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9 to 12
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This site from the University of North Carolina contains full-text documents written by southerners during the course of the Civil War. Students may need some help establishing the...more
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This site from the University of North Carolina contains full-text documents written by southerners during the course of the Civil War. Students may need some help establishing the context for these writings, but they form an interesting picture of the life and mindset of southerners during this conflict.

tag(s): civil war (145)

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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 life in the Antebellum South through the Civil War. The images and primary sources all show different perspectives of what society was like in our Southern States during this time. Teachers can also use this site as an example of great primary sources or to demonstrate what kind of evidences historians can withdraw from sources such as this by having group-work focused on analyzing a particular source from the site.

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North American Slave Narratives - Beginnings to 1920 - University of North Carolina

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A collection from the University of North Carolina's "Documenting the American South" series, this site contains original writings and transcripts of interviews with slaves and former...more
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A collection from the University of North Carolina's "Documenting the American South" series, this site contains original writings and transcripts of interviews with slaves and former slaves collected prior to 1920. As such, they differ from some other accounts which were recorded as part of a depression-era effort to recapture this portion of our history. Interesting as a primary resource for research.

tag(s): civil war (145), slavery (71)

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Use these primary sources to supplement text in teaching about Slavery in the Antebellum South. Divide students into groups, with each group to analyze and interpret a separate source pre-selected from the site. Have groups read their sources with the intentions of presenting their findings to the class. To additionally educate students about the validity of sources, teachers can have students present and then defend their sources to the other groups as to the validity and reliability of the document. Have the class vote off sources Survivor style, with the last source to be the most reliable and valid! By the end of this lesson, students will not only understand slavery as a way of life but also how to interpret primary sources.

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The Civil War Center - Louisiana State University

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Home page for the civil war center at Louisiana State University ...more
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Home page for the civil war center at Louisiana State University

tag(s): civil war (145)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the civil war. The site has a virtual museum that could be used either on the interactive whiteboard or on classroom computers. Be sure to specify which of the "museums" you want students to look at. One great way to assess what students have learned is to create a concept map of what they think the most important points of the exhibit are. We recommend using a site such as bubbl.us (reviewed here)

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Photos from the Library of Congress - Library of Congress

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This site offers examples from the Library of Congress collection of civil war photos by Matthew Brady and other photographers of the era. ...more
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This site offers examples from the Library of Congress collection of civil war photos by Matthew Brady and other photographers of the era.

tag(s): civil war (145)

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Useful as an introduction to the use of primary source materials in teaching history.

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Civil War Women - Duke University

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This site from Duke University offers information and links to a small selection of journals, diaries, and other writing from women during the Civil War. There is also additional information...more
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This site from Duke University offers information and links to a small selection of journals, diaries, and other writing from women during the Civil War. There is also additional information about women who played important roles during the conflict.

tag(s): civil war (145), women (92)

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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 the role of women during the Civil War. Look at some of the documents and images with students, with the intent being to show them a perspective of society rarely looked at in classrooms. 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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Lesson Unit: Choices and Commitments - National Park Service

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The National Park Service created this extensive lesson unit to help students understand the Civil War from a soldier's perspective. The unit uses lots of primary sources, and provides...more
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The National Park Service created this extensive lesson unit to help students understand the Civil War from a soldier's perspective. The unit uses lots of primary sources, and provides an opportunity for a creative response to the lesson content.

tag(s): civil war (145), lincoln (86)

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There is enough background information that teachers have several different options for presenting the material. This unit could form the basis for several weeks' study of the Civil War.

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Women and the Holocaust

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A haunting, sometimes disturbing site that chronicles the experiences of women in the holocaust. This is an important story to tell. ...more
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A haunting, sometimes disturbing site that chronicles the experiences of women in the holocaust. This is an important story to tell.

tag(s): holocaust (39), women (92), world war 2 (141)

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Teachers may want to think carefully about how and when it is presented.

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Women in World History

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A collection of information and resources on famous women through history. ...more
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A collection of information and resources on famous women through history.

tag(s): women (92)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources put together on this website! There are also biographies of important women in history that could benefit a class more geared towards social history. Use the appropriate biographies to supplement the normal topics they would belong to.

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4000 years of women in Science

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A site which explores the discoveries of women around the world and long ago. Here's a great starting point for those who may not realize the extent of women's contributions ...more
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A site which explores the discoveries of women around the world and long ago. Here's a great starting point for those who may not realize the extent of women's contributions through the ages.

tag(s): women (92)

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Use this biographies on this site to assist students working on research projects or papers about women in science. The lists are in ABC order and can would be a great addition to a class wiki or web page, allowing students to access the information both in and out of the classroom.

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Women Writer's Project - Brown University

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This site from the Women Writer's project at Brown University offers information on contemporary women writers, as well as resources for aspiring writers. ...more
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This site from the Women Writer's project at Brown University offers information on contemporary women writers, as well as resources for aspiring writers.

tag(s): women (92), writers workshop (32)

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Women's History - The History Channel

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The popular cable channel's women's history site provides images, content, and links to related resources. ...more
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The popular cable channel's women's history site provides images, content, and links to related resources.

tag(s): women (92), womens suffrage (26), world war 2 (141)

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This site has plenty of relatively short videos that could easily be played in class to supplement lecture. For a unit on WWII, play the short 3 minute video about the Women Auxiliary Corp on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Short and sweet, the video addresses what the domestic front was like and addresses the issues of women's rights simultaneously. Have students watch the video, and then hold a class discussion as to the differences seen in the WAC video and videos that they might have seen concerning the mens army. After the discussion, have students create venn diagrams highlighting the differences. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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Votes for Women - Library of Congress

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This collection of original documents and images from the Library of Congress traces the evolution of women's suffrage from the early 19th century through the 1920s. While there are...more
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This collection of original documents and images from the Library of Congress traces the evolution of women's suffrage from the early 19th century through the 1920s. While there are many texts and writings, the images are the most approachable element of this site, which could form the basis for many sorts of research presentation.

tag(s): women (92), womens suffrage (26)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a resource for students working on research projects or papers about a suffragette or suffragism. Teachers can also use the primary sources on this site to find images an texts that can supplement your textbook material during a lesson or unit on women's suffrage. American History teachers will find plenty of materials in this site that can be incorporated into their classroom.

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Women's Suffrage Time Line - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress created this "just the facts" timeline to introduce the people and events of the American suffrage movement. There are links to archival images of many of ...more
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The Library of Congress created this "just the facts" timeline to introduce the people and events of the American suffrage movement. There are links to archival images of many of the personalities. Great for sorting out who did what, and when.

tag(s): women (92), womens suffrage (26)

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Separate students into partners, and have the kids select what the think are the 5 most important events in the history of women's suffrage. For added interest, you could have the students illustrate the events that they selected.

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The Seneca Falls Convention - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress offers this collection of newspaper clippings and other information about the famous 1848 women's rights convention. ...more
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The Library of Congress offers this collection of newspaper clippings and other information about the famous 1848 women's rights convention.

tag(s): women (92)

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Introduce the copy of the Seneca Falls Declaration to students via projector before covering the topic deeper with the newspaper clippings hosted on the site. Assign cooperative learning groups a newspaper article, making sure that every group has a different article. Have students analyze their articles, preferably with the help of a guided worksheet. (For help making graphic organizers, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).) After students are done, have them present each of their articles, focusing on bias and perspective as well as facts covered in the story. This is a great way to teach students how to analyze and summarize as well as indirectly cover the important content. American History teachers will appreciate this one!

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center

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The foremost organization for the study and memorialization of the holocaust provides a variety of resources for those researching this topic. ...more
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The foremost organization for the study and memorialization of the holocaust provides a variety of resources for those researching this topic.

tag(s): holocaust (39), world war 2 (141)

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If looking for more materials and information about the Holocaust or anti-semitism in general, check out the library and archives section of this website for primary sources, a searchable catalog of materials, and even a "ask a survivor" portion of the site dedicated to providing students with a better understanding of the Holocaust. US & World history teachers will like this one - particularly the "ask a survivor" portion of this site. If your class was doing an in-depth study, it would be a great way to introduce or finish the unit!

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Remembering Nagasaki - The Exploratorium

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This site presents and elegant, powerful photoessay showing the devastation caused by the bombing of Nagasaki. The photos were taken only a day or two after the event, and are ...more
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This site presents and elegant, powerful photoessay showing the devastation caused by the bombing of Nagasaki. The photos were taken only a day or two after the event, and are offered with only enough commentary to give them context. Local sensibilities vary, so please preview this one before using.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), world war 2 (141)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the topic of the atomic bomb and its use at the end WWII. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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Private Art - A collection of letters to and from home

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This is a collection of letters exchanged between one soldier and his family. The material is indexed chronologically and is easy to retrieve and use, though the site is probably ...more
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This is a collection of letters exchanged between one soldier and his family. The material is indexed chronologically and is easy to retrieve and use, though the site is probably more technically complex than necessary. Nice use of graphics and illustrations.

tag(s): world war 2 (141)

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Pearl Harbor - Battleship Row

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This on-line collections aerial photos of Pear Harbor will interest younger students, and older users will want to read the first-hand accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack from survivors....more
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This on-line collections aerial photos of Pear Harbor will interest younger students, and older users will want to read the first-hand accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack from survivors. There are also links to related content about Japanese and American forces during the conflict.

tag(s): pearl harbor (12), world war 2 (141)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the events of Pearl Harbor to students. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor - National Geographic

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The National Geographic's visually attractive presentation on the Pearl Harbor attack includes several resources that could easily be adapted for instructional purposes, and the interest...more
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The National Geographic's visually attractive presentation on the Pearl Harbor attack includes several resources that could easily be adapted for instructional purposes, and the interest in first-person accounts and recollections could be adapted for many different subjects. This site could also be a nice resource for student research and reports.

tag(s): pearl harbor (12), world war 2 (141)

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Use the "attack map" on this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on the attack on Pearl Harbor. Students can view the map in cooperative learning groups or individually, although because there is a lot of information - we recommend creating a follow-along to highlight for students what's most important. For help creating graphic organizers, we recommend trying Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Oral Histories of World War II

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This is a collection of oral histories from people involved in the war. Most of the material has been transcribed, but there are a few bits that can be heard ...more
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This is a collection of oral histories from people involved in the war. Most of the material has been transcribed, but there are a few bits that can be heard as RealAudio clips. Many of the segments could use some additional context, but they effectively capture the scope and intensity of the experience.

tag(s): primary sources (90), veterans (20), world war 2 (141)

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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 WWI. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to have students hear some of the interviews from veterans of the Great War. Play the interviews following a lecture, and have students write down their responses at the end. This will insure students are listening and provide direction for a classroom discussion afterward.

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