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Voices from the Days of Slavery - Library of Congress

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This collection of digital sound recordings (in MP3, RealAudio, and wav formats), corresponding transcripts, and photographs provide an authentic experience in the study of slavery...more
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This collection of digital sound recordings (in MP3, RealAudio, and wav formats), corresponding transcripts, and photographs provide an authentic experience in the study of slavery in America. Interviews conducted between 1932 and 1975, reveal how former slaves felt about their owners, their families, and their freedom. All recording are taken from the American Folklife Collection of the Library of Congress.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), civil war (145), oral history (12), slavery (72)

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard during a unit on slavery in the 19th century. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning groups, with the intentions of presenting a summary of the information they've seen. Students can present the information from a particularly perspective or as though they're reteaching it to their peers. Have the groups present with a podcast, using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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History Interactive - Michigan Epic

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While it is a work in progress, Michigan Epic's flash-based K-12 world history and social studies offerings promise to be a wonderful addition to social studies teachers' inventory...more
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While it is a work in progress, Michigan Epic's flash-based K-12 world history and social studies offerings promise to be a wonderful addition to social studies teachers' inventory of lesson materials. Standards referenced and thoughtfully designed, these presentations will engage students while offering significant content. The precise approaches vary by topic and grade level, so there's always something new around the next corner. This one's a real winner.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources concerning a variety of US history events. The resources include everything from simple lesson plans, to primary sources and web quests. Be sure to take a look at the site before you begin any unit to see what you can add to your classroom.
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Digital History - University of Houston

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9 to 12
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A history professor at the University of Houston has created this extensive, well structured site offering an extensive American history presentation. While there is plenty of content,...more
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A history professor at the University of Houston has created this extensive, well structured site offering an extensive American history presentation. While there is plenty of content, it's almost entirely text, with an occasional link to an archival image. This would be a great supplemental resource for students who like to read and whose access to printed texts may be limited.

tag(s): constitution (79), time (144)

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This is an EXCELLENT site for teachers who need more resources in history classroom. Access the "For teachers" menu option, and take advantage of the free lesson plans, handouts, modules, and resource guides. All of the material is linked to a standard or SOL, to insure that students are getting the required knowledge.

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New France - New Horizons - Canadian Archives

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9 to 12
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This history of French exploration and settlement in what is now Canada is elegantly designed, and it shows the striking contrast between the aims of French colonists and those of ...more
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This history of French exploration and settlement in what is now Canada is elegantly designed, and it shows the striking contrast between the aims of French colonists and those of their English counterparts to the south. Because the site relies almost entirely on archival images - with minimal explanatory text - it may be difficult for some students to use effectively. Still, the site offers a marked contrast to the "colonizing America" stories students hear more frequently.

tag(s): canada (30), colonial america (107), explorers (61), france (40)

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Use the images from this site to create a visual discovery activity. Select a few of the most powerful images and put them in a slideshow to show students. Show the images to students via interactive whiteboard or projector, and have students write down what they observe, infer and predict from each. After the class has finished with their reflections, go back to the images and discuss with students what they wrote down. Make sure when explaining the images and their importance that you are sure of what you are trying to portray with them. There is not a lot of information on this site beyond photos, so it will require information from elsewhere. Regardless, this is a great way to lead students through a lesson rather than a straight lecture.
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Ohio River Valley - 1750-1820 - Library of Congress

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Based largely on historical documents, the Library of Congress unit on exploration of the Ohio River valley could offer secondary history teachers useful resources for specific topics,...more
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Based largely on historical documents, the Library of Congress unit on exploration of the Ohio River valley could offer secondary history teachers useful resources for specific topics, especially if they are in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. The resources include a number of maps of the period showing the distribution of "plantations" throughout this "first west."

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Use these primary sources to both show students what the "wild frontier" was actually like, and how to interpret firsthand accounts appropriately. Separate students into groups and assign each a different primary source from this site. Have the groups analyze and interpret their results, with the intentions of presenting their findings to the class. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place. This way students can put their findings into perspective concerning the geography of the frontier. (Make sure when assigning sources you choose ones that connect to a geographic area AND detail what the experience was like) At the end, students not only understand what they are presenting but also garner the sense of how rough it was to settle the pioneer.

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Historical Ciphers - Trinity College, Hartford

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This presentation by students and faculty at Trinity College, Hartford includes discussions of some of history's more famous cipher and encryption machines, including the infamous German...more
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This presentation by students and faculty at Trinity College, Hartford includes discussions of some of history's more famous cipher and encryption machines, including the infamous German enigma machines. Along the way, there's a presentation on some of the basics of encryption. Students interested in math or computer security will find this one an interesting introduction to a hugely complex topic.

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Use this site as a quick lesson during a history or statistics class, in an attempt to teach students about how some ciphers were solved and how it affected history. Peruse a few of the ciphers as a class on the interactive whiteboard, as a challenge have students try to make or solve one on their own! Students can present their ciphers on the interactive whiteboard, and try to stump their peers!

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America on the Move - Smithsonian Institution

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Here's an extremely well-designed site about the history of American transportation that really moves. Users can approach the content in several ways: an eighteen part chronology filled...more
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Here's an extremely well-designed site about the history of American transportation that really moves. Users can approach the content in several ways: an eighteen part chronology filled with images, thematic presentations on immigration, technology, etc., or a sizeable collection of reproducible lessons and teaching materials. Middle schoolers should handle the writing level adequately, and the site is sufficiently visual that upper elementary users will follow the presentation. This one should be a welcome addition to anyone's transportation unit.

tag(s): air (163), railroads (10), transportation (40)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities hosted on this site! Most detail specific ways to use the site itself in a lesson & would compliment a unit based on transportation and the effect of technologies such as railroads and the automobile.
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Dutch Exploration in America - Library of Congress

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This excellent effort by the Library of Congress at narrating the explorations and effects of Dutch exploration in North America is really better suited to post-secondary students....more
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This excellent effort by the Library of Congress at narrating the explorations and effects of Dutch exploration in North America is really better suited to post-secondary students. That said, motivated students will find the basics on the history of Dutch exploration and settlement, and some interesting background on the Dutch place names that persist in the U.S. today. Those interested in digging more deeply can learn more about the extent and influence of eighteenth century Dutch trade and exploration on the emerging American nation.

tag(s): explorers (61), new york (26)

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Include the images and maps in the website to supplement your lecture. The text is probably too heavy for students to read, but it can easily be included in a class lecture. Save this site as a favorite and refer to it for images and primary sources. (although keep in mind - all the sources are in Dutch)

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San Francisco Historical Photographs - San Francisco Public Library

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The San Francisco Public Library offers a searchable online collection of photos, with information about additional collections available locally. While this collection will be of interest...more
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The San Francisco Public Library offers a searchable online collection of photos, with information about additional collections available locally. While this collection will be of interest primarily in northern California, its collection of images taken after the 1906 earthquake would be useful for any study of earthquakes and their effects. Read the basics on the home page, then click to Search Digitized Images or Browse one of the collections.

tag(s): air (163), earth (228), earthquakes (48)

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Allow students to use the images (with appropriate citations under Fair Use, of course) as part of their reports or PowerPoint presentations on California, earthquakes, the twentieth century, and more!

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Constitution for Kids - Constitution Center

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Philadelphia's new Constitution Center offers a full collection of online information and activities for students. Both format and quality vary, but the Flash activity about the Bill...more
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Philadelphia's new Constitution Center offers a full collection of online information and activities for students. Both format and quality vary, but the Flash activity about the Bill of Rights is a good start. Click elsewhere to learn lots more about the Constitution, how it was created, and what it means today. Requires FLASH.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), constitution (79)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the constitution and the creation of the bill of rights. This would be a great tool to use for a review session, and could break up the monotony of a study guide. Very useful for a US history course.
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Great Lakes Maritime History

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This one may be beyond the scope of all but the most interested secondary student, but its collection of archival books and records of great lakes shipping in the 19th ...more
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This one may be beyond the scope of all but the most interested secondary student, but its collection of archival books and records of great lakes shipping in the 19th and early 20th centuries offers an unusually detailed picture of that industry. Some of the most interesting elements are the period advertisements. History teachers may also find this one an interesting sidebar to a history of American and Canadian commerce.

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This site would be appropriate for a student working on a research project concerning the beginnings of water transport. Post this site on your teacher web page to allow those students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Frontline Teachers Guide - PBS Frontline

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The PBS Frontline series regularly challenges viewers' assumptions about controversial issues. This teacher portal for the series offers direct access to supplementary materials for...more
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The PBS Frontline series regularly challenges viewers' assumptions about controversial issues. This teacher portal for the series offers direct access to supplementary materials for many current and past programs, all sorted by subject area. If your field is government or social studies and you enjoy letting students wrestle with ideas, you will find lots of possibilities in this one.

tag(s): politics (99)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! Be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.
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American Journeys - Wisconsin Historical Society

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The Wisconsin Historical Society offers this collection of first-hand accounts of historical events, from the early explorers through the settling of the United States. After a quirky...more
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The Wisconsin Historical Society offers this collection of first-hand accounts of historical events, from the early explorers through the settling of the United States. After a quirky search process, the site ultimately displays scanned images of venerable publications containing the material. While this approach is certainly historically accurate, it may be limiting for use with secondary students.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on the "teachers" portion of this site! Teachers can also use this site to search for primary sources that can be utilized in their classroom during a unit on early American exploration.

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Countdown to Kitty Hawk - Experimental Aviation Association

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6 to 12
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A site maintained by the Experimental Aviation Association and the Ford Motor Company, it is focused on the replication of the "Wright Flyer" the plane flown by the Wright Brothers...more
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A site maintained by the Experimental Aviation Association and the Ford Motor Company, it is focused on the replication of the "Wright Flyer" the plane flown by the Wright Brothers in 1903. Most of the site consists of side by side comparisons between the original Flyer and the 2003 replica. Not as rich as many of the other sites about the Wrights.

tag(s): aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Use the images on this site to supplement powerpoint lectures and displays about the Wright Brothers. Students can also use this site as a resource for research projects, for images and primary sources.

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Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company

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Billed as a virtual museum, the site is divided into "wings." There is an enormous amount of information on this site! The History "wing" includes biographies of the ...more
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Billed as a virtual museum, the site is divided into "wings." There is an enormous amount of information on this site! The History "wing" includes biographies of the Wright Brothers, information about the history of flight and some little known facts in an area called "aviation's attic." Along the side are links to music files with music of the early 1900s such as the Wrights might have listened to. The Adventure "wing" looks at models of airplanes and the science of flight, and includes more music files. The "Information Desk" includes news about local Dayton, Ohio commemorations of the centennial of flight. No lesson plans and no areas specifically for educators, but lots of facts and pictures spread out all over the site.

tag(s): aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a lesson on the Wright Brothers and their impact on flight. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Assign each group a "wing" or subsection to read and research with the intent being for them to present their findings to their peers. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report that their classmates know virtually nothing about. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here. This makes the most sense if the reports and presented chronologically so students can piece together the history of the Wrights brothers.

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The Wright Brothers - Henry Ford Museum

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Maintained by the Henry Ford Museum, a small site focused on biographies of the Wright Brothers and a time line of their flights. The main Henry Ford Museum site ...more
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Maintained by the Henry Ford Museum, a small site focused on biographies of the Wright Brothers and a time line of their flights. The main Henry Ford Museum site has more information on the historical context of the times in which the Wrights lived.

tag(s): aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Although it's a short site, this would make a great learning center during a unit on the Wright brothers and the history of flight. Based on the information on the site, have students create "historical heads" about the wright brothers. Simply have students draw the outline of a head, and fill the head with illustrations that represent the achievements and events in the brothers' lives! This would be a great tool to help students review as well as introduce the topic.

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The Wright Stuff - PBS

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From the PBS American Experience Site, this site includes both RealAudio clips and transcripts of interviews with two historians about the Wright Brothers, a Quick Time movie of a recreation...more
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From the PBS American Experience Site, this site includes both RealAudio clips and transcripts of interviews with two historians about the Wright Brothers, a Quick Time movie of a recreation of the Wright Brothers' flight, and narrative about the PBS American Experience program on the Wright Brothers. "Read More Learn More" is simply a (non-hyperlinked) bibliography.

tag(s): aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Use the audio interviews as a group activity during a lesson on the Wright Brothers and the history of flight. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. 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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Centennial of Flight: Rediscovering the Challenges of Flight - NASA

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2 to 12
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Click on "Educator Resources" for a collection of lesson plans focused on the NASA project to replicate the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flight. Includes information on meeting national standards,...more
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Click on "Educator Resources" for a collection of lesson plans focused on the NASA project to replicate the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flight. Includes information on meeting national standards, assessment activities, profiles on famous people related to flight and further internet resources.

tag(s): aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Lesson plans focus on all grade levels from K-12.

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Wright Brothers' Flying Machine - PBS Nova

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This companion site to the NOVA program of the same name includes some slick interactive components that would let student experience some of the problems with which the Wright brothers...more
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This companion site to the NOVA program of the same name includes some slick interactive components that would let student experience some of the problems with which the Wright brothers had to grapple to make their airplane fly. These help illustrate how the two reverted to "first principles" in solving problems, rather than building on the theories of others. This one puts lots of information into readily available form.

tag(s): air (163), aircraft (24), aviation (39), flight (36), wright brothers (25)

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Use the teachers guide to search for lesson plans and classroom activities for your history classroom. The lessons guide teachers with incorporating the site into their classroom - a great find for a US history classroom!
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Railroad Pictures

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This searchable collection of old railroad photos could be a useful reference for a student doing a research paper on American history, industrialization, transportation or commerce....more
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This searchable collection of old railroad photos could be a useful reference for a student doing a research paper on American history, industrialization, transportation or commerce. While the site permits very specific searches, most students will likely find even a general search returns useful images.

tag(s): railroads (10)

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Use the images from this site to supplement a lecture on transportation and the railroads. They are extremely detailed images and can be searched to find those that meet the time period being studied.

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