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Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age - Smithsonian

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This site offers beautiful illustrations, photographs and interactive activities, all designed to acquaint visitors with the challenges and achievements of the Wright Brothers. In...more
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This site offers beautiful illustrations, photographs and interactive activities, all designed to acquaint visitors with the challenges and achievements of the Wright Brothers. In addition to excellent content - organized by topic in timeline format - the site features an artifact gallery and several well-planned classroom activities. An interactive "pitch, roll, and yaw" experiment is coming soon.

tag(s): wright brothers (24)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom to introduce the topic of the Wright brothers. Select 3-5 of the more powerful images, placing them on separate slides in a Powerpoint, to be displayed over the projector. Have students write down what they observe, predict and infer about each image jotting them down on a graphic organizer. (For help making graphic organizers, try: Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).) Once the class has gone through all of the images, have a class discussion based on the notes that students took during the process. This activity can be used to introduce or review, in a non-lecture format.

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Stories of the Wrights' Flight - Smithsonian

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Learn about a pivotal event in American history while strengthening research skills. This lesson plan combines primary source documents authored by the Wright brothers with newspaper...more
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Learn about a pivotal event in American history while strengthening research skills. This lesson plan combines primary source documents authored by the Wright brothers with newspaper accounts of the Kitty Hawk accomplishments. Students are asked to compare and contrast the two sources to identify discrepancies and isolate the most reliable documents.

tag(s): flight (35), wright brothers (24)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan that's offered on this site! There is even a pre-prepared graphic organizer that is available to help students catalog the information.

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Modern Ruins: Photographic Essays - Shaun O'Boyle

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Human history is elegantly presented in this collection of photographic essays depicting the architecture and objects we've left behind. Abandoned steel mills, insane asylums, coalmines,...more
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Human history is elegantly presented in this collection of photographic essays depicting the architecture and objects we've left behind. Abandoned steel mills, insane asylums, coalmines, and train yards are captured in stark images that create powerful impressions. Some of the photographs have been combined into multimedia Flash movies that are definitely worth viewing. Add this resource to a unit on 20th century American history, use the images as prompts for creative writing, or project in your classroom to inspire student photographers.

tag(s): photography (160)

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The photos on this website are beautiful and could easily be included in presentations to give students something more tangible to hold on to in a history class. Teachers could also use this photos as writing prompts. Save the webpage as a favorite and refer students to it during a unit on any of the places photographed. Have students write a short essay as to what they see in the picture, and what they can infer. Teachers can use these images to prompt letter writing, journal entries, newspaper reports, etc.
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Inside Tunnel - WGBH

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Experience one of World War II's most daring prison breaks with this interactive site that takes visitors to the Nazi POW camp Stalag Luft III. There students can take learn ...more
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Experience one of World War II's most daring prison breaks with this interactive site that takes visitors to the Nazi POW camp Stalag Luft III. There students can take learn about the clever construction of a 300 foot escape tunnel - engineered by Allied airmen, and built using tools fashioned from tin cans.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on WWII. Because it's an interactive activity, it may not need a worksheet to accompany it, but if including it in a series of stations it might work best if there is a space for students to reflect on this one. Great resource for the US history class!
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American Women's Rights Movement - Infoplease

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This helpful timeline details the major events and players in the Women's Rights Movement and provides hyperlinks to related notes and articles. A great reference site for Women's History...more
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This helpful timeline details the major events and players in the Women's Rights Movement and provides hyperlinks to related notes and articles. A great reference site for Women's History Month activities.

tag(s): 1920s (16), women (101), womens suffrage (26)

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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 Women's Rights movement. There are a lot of interesting yet random facts that can supplement lecture material. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and use it to guide students along the lecture. You can also print the information out for students to use as a follow-along if a PowerPoint is a part of your lecture. Either way it's a great organizer for putting the time period into perspective.

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Powerful Days in Black and White - Kodak

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9 to 12
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This site brings the many faces and struggles of the Civil Rights Movement into focus with riveting images by photographer Charles Moore. These moving scenes of riots, segregation,...more
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This site brings the many faces and struggles of the Civil Rights Movement into focus with riveting images by photographer Charles Moore. These moving scenes of riots, segregation, and triumph will make an unforgettable impact on your students. Use to generate reactions and open discussion in a 20th century American history class.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), civil rights (117), photography (160)

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Take some of the more powerful images in this site and use it to create a visual discovery activity. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and go through the images one at a time - giving enough time for students to analyze and interpret the images individually. Have students focus on observations, inferences and predictions they can make from the images. This activity works best if used with a graphic organizer.

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The Underground Railroad - National Geographic

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Follow in the footsteps of a slave on the Underground Railroad, with this riveting site that explores the system that helped many African slaves reach freedom and safety. Begin ...more
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Follow in the footsteps of a slave on the Underground Railroad, with this riveting site that explores the system that helped many African slaves reach freedom and safety. Begin with an interactive, virtual journey from Maryland to Canada, then examine a map of the escape routes and meet many abolitionists and civil rights leaders who played pivotal roles in the journey to freedom.

tag(s): abolition (7), slavery (72), underground railroad (11)

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Use the activity as a learning center or station during a unit on Slavery in the colonies. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to complete it in pairs or individually, dependent on the number of classroom computers available. Even if you do not have time to do the entire webquest, the links provide good background information for shorter investigations.
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Slavery and the Making of America - WNET

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Follow the development of slavery in America from its beginning in 1619 to Reconstruction. This companion site to a PBS special examines the climate in which the institution existed...more
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Follow the development of slavery in America from its beginning in 1619 to Reconstruction. This companion site to a PBS special examines the climate in which the institution existed and brings some very human, very compelling stories to light. Features include historical essays and personal narratives, primary source documents, sound files depicting the music in slave life, an interactive time line, and audio recordings of interviews with former slaves.

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

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities hosted on this site within "K-12 Learning." Save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval for a unit on Slavery leading up to the Civil War.

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Face to Face: Stories from an Aftermath of Infamy - ITVS

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This collection of real-life stories from Japanese Americans and Arab and Muslim Americans explores the issues of civil liberties in the wake of two days that changed the world forever...more
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This collection of real-life stories from Japanese Americans and Arab and Muslim Americans explores the issues of civil liberties in the wake of two days that changed the world forever - December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001. Racial hatred, fear, distrust, national loyalty, and the validity of constitutional rights are just a few of the complex issues addressed in the riveting audio interviews. A series of lesson plans guides teachers and students through a comparison of how America responded to these two ethnic groups after the two respective tragedies.

tag(s): racism (18), sept11 (21), terrorism (49), world war 2 (142)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities hosted on this site. The oral interviews would make a great in-class activity, playing them over the projector or interactive whiteboard. Select a section and play the interviews, usually around 5-10 minutes total. Have students listen to the interviews, and write or discuss a response afterwards. Very moving interviews, making a solid base for a class discussion on racism and the effects of globalization.

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Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State - Community Television of Southern California

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This is much more than a site about Auschwitz. In addition to presenting a portrait of one of Europe's most infamous concentration camps, the site explores the historical context in...more
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This is much more than a site about Auschwitz. In addition to presenting a portrait of one of Europe's most infamous concentration camps, the site explores the historical context in which Hitler and the Nazis rose to power and follows the chain of events that led to the development of mass extermination camps. There is much riveting and chilling information to be found in this resource - from interactive, captioned maps to reflections from victims and perpetrators.

tag(s): hitler (10), holocaust (39), jews (20), nazis (10), world war 2 (142)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources located on this site! A very interesting resource for a US or World History classroom.
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Stars and Stripes - Library of Congress

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The American Soldiers' Newspaper during World War I is the focus of this online collection that provides the complete 71-week run of the publication. Search by keyword or browse by...more
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The American Soldiers' Newspaper during World War I is the focus of this online collection that provides the complete 71-week run of the publication. Search by keyword or browse by date. This is an excellent resource for introducing students to the value of primary source documents.

tag(s): journalism (46)

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Take advantage of the free images and printables from this site. The site not only provides primary sources, but maps and timelines that could also be used to supplement your lecture. Be sure to look at this site before designing any presentations.

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Newspaper Pictorials: WWI Rotogravures - Library of Congress

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In the second decade of the twentieth century, rotogravure printing provided newspaper publishers with a new and high-quality process for reproducing images. The Library of Congress...more
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In the second decade of the twentieth century, rotogravure printing provided newspaper publishers with a new and high-quality process for reproducing images. The Library of Congress has assembled a searchable collection of these vivid illustrations as part of a photo exhibition on World War I. Flip through these images for a visual history lesson reflecting American culture, wartime sentiment, and the people and places that played a significant role in America's history during that era.

tag(s): 20th century (51)

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Take advantage of the images on this site to supplement text in an ESL classroom. Include the images in your classroom and presentations to give students a visual concept to grasp on to while learning the terms and concepts of WWI.
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Berlin Wall Online

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This comprehensive site covers all aspects of the Berlin Wall, from its construction in 1961 to its symbolic presence today. History students can find outstanding information in the...more
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This comprehensive site covers all aspects of the Berlin Wall, from its construction in 1961 to its symbolic presence today. History students can find outstanding information in the form of a timeline, facts and FAQs, a collection of memories from Berliners, and vintage photos.

tag(s): cold war (29), german (64), germany (28)

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This site has a lot of resources that could be used in a class discussing the Cold War and how it specifically impacted what was East and West Berlin. For one, teachers can use the images to supplement a lecture or to prompt discussion. There are also eye-witness accounts in which people reflect on their experiences with either side of Berlin's wall. Open one of the transcripts on the interactive whiteboard or projector to share with the class. Have students respond in a reflection piece how a wall in the middle of their school, home or town would affect them and what their own reaction would be. This is a great way to tie the concept of the wall to something more personal and help them connect it.

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Declaration of Independence - National Archives

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The National Archives has created an intriguing site that reveals some little known information about this historic document. Discover the number of signers who were born in Europe,...more
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The National Archives has created an intriguing site that reveals some little known information about this historic document. Discover the number of signers who were born in Europe, meet the signer who was a musician, and find out who was the youngest at the time of the signing. A special feature allows you to add your own signature to the document. Also includes a time line detailing the creation of the document.

tag(s): american revolution (86), declaration of independence (13), evolution (100)

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Use the "Meet the founding fathers" section as the basis of character roles for a in-class town hall meeting, recreating the events of the constitutional convention. Assign students different roles, i.e. founding fathers, and have them use the biographies of this site to allow them to research who their role was and what their beliefs were for a debate as to whether or not to sign the Declaration of Independence. If students stick to their assigned perspectives, the town-hall meeting can be a great way to review the important reasons for independence and the various perspectives that existed.
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Beyond the Fire - Teen Experiences of War - Independent Television Service

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Use this site to help students understand the true cost of war. The real-life experiences of 15 teenagers, living in seven war zones, are documented in interactive segments that include...more
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Use this site to help students understand the true cost of war. The real-life experiences of 15 teenagers, living in seven war zones, are documented in interactive segments that include text, movies, and a "World Traveler" commentary board. Students can acquire "passports," pick up travelogs, and make virtual trips to these war-ravaged parts of the world.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site. The lessons and stories could be used to cover perspectives of specific wars or to discuss the negatives of modern warfare. This would be useful for a US government or World History classroom.

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Price of Freedom - Americans at War - National Museum of American History

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American military conflicts, from the War of Independence to the War in Iraq, are presented in this beautifully designed multimedia exhibit that examines their effect on American society...more
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American military conflicts, from the War of Independence to the War in Iraq, are presented in this beautifully designed multimedia exhibit that examines their effect on American society and our nation's history. Click on the interactive time line to access movies, photographs, artifacts, and text that provide succinct and riveting overviews of each conflict. This site would make an excellent independent computer lab activity. To enhance the experience, develop some essential questions and a "road map" to guide your students - then turn them loose. Downloadable teacher's manual available.

tag(s): civil war (145), vietnam (36), world war 2 (142)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to this unit or as review. The site hosts vast amounts of information about almost every major American conflict in exhibit form. Go through the exhibits with students through out the lecture as the images are of high quality and can supplement the lecture being given. This site also has valuable information for students working on research projects or papers. If thats the case, save this site as a favorite and refer students with questions to it.
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What the World Thinks of America - Guardian Unlimited

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Current Events, U.S. Government, U.S. History - Use this site to generate some heated discussion in your classroom, if you dare, and bring a global view to the 2004 Presidential ...more
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Current Events, U.S. Government, U.S. History - Use this site to generate some heated discussion in your classroom, if you dare, and bring a global view to the 2004 Presidential election. Although this resource was created for the 2004 election, the information is valuable for teaching about elections in general and for comparing elections as part of U.S. history. Summary articles and survey results from polls conducted throughout the world provide insight into peoples' opinions of the policies, president and people of the United States.

tag(s): foreign policy (16)

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Although the information is a little out of date, this could be useful for discussing the impact of globalization on American Politics. Share the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, using it to start a discussion as to why this is important. Teachers can also use the information as a writing prompt. Pull up the results of the poll on the interactive whiteboard and have students write a short essay as to whether or not the results surprised them, what this could mean, and how this impacts foreign relations. This would be useful in either a civics or history class.

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Perspectives on Terrorism - Terrorism Research Initiative

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When does a freedom fighter or revolutionary become a terrorist? That's the central question in this presentation that introduces the issues of international law and cooperation that...more
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When does a freedom fighter or revolutionary become a terrorist? That's the central question in this presentation that introduces the issues of international law and cooperation that bear on the global pursuit of terrorists. The site combines multimedia presentations, web content, and extensive external links to help students understand the premises behind international cooperation, and the ways in which terrorism tests the limits of that cooperation.

tag(s): iran (12), iraq (32), terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Try this one in an AP government or history class, or as part of a World Cultures unit.
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The War of 1812 - History Channel

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This companion site to a History Channel special provides some outstanding background information and multimedia presentations documenting the complex and tragic events of the War of...more
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This companion site to a History Channel special provides some outstanding background information and multimedia presentations documenting the complex and tragic events of the War of 1812. Even if you don't view the program, the video clips, timelines, lists of key players, and connections to the world news of the day are worth investigating.

tag(s): pennsylvania (6), war of 1812 (14)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to access some of the extremely informative videos that are offered about the War of 1812. The videos take several different perspectives, some from James Madison, the British, or from the eye of a historian. Select one of the videos and watch it with the class - although we highly recommend creating a follow along to accompany it.

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September 11: Bearing Witness to History - Smithsonian

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10 to 12
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This virtual exhibit provides a collection of stories, images, and objects that represent a material record of September 11, 2001. More than just another 9.11 Web site, this resource...more
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This virtual exhibit provides a collection of stories, images, and objects that represent a material record of September 11, 2001. More than just another 9.11 Web site, this resource sensitively documents the people and stories behind the commonplace objects that survived and were carefully preserved. Audio clips of personal narratives by museum curators are included. This is a thought-provoking, awe-inspiring site that could be used to generate a discussion about the value of material artifacts in historical interpretation. Use with AP or Honors level history students.

tag(s): sept11 (21), terrorism (49)

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The portion of this site with the most impact is the video posted with live footage of the ABC broadcast as the events of 9/11 were unfolding. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and play the video for students as a way to introduce the topic. What's nice about it is that it brings everyone to the same page, as some kids may not remember the details or may have forgotten the extreme emotion involved in that moment. It is a very powerful video, and really relays the significance and the pure shock on the part of News Anchors and Civilians alike on that day. Use the video to lead into a lecture or conversation about what followed the report.

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