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History Writing Guide - Bowdoin College

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This college-level writing guide for history papers from Bowdoin College may be beyond the scope of some secondary students. But for those who can already compose a cogent paragraph,...more
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This college-level writing guide for history papers from Bowdoin College may be beyond the scope of some secondary students. But for those who can already compose a cogent paragraph, it offers great suggestions on research process and assembling a paper that uses primary resources. AP history and social studies teachers may want to review this one and suggest or adapt it for their students. There's a wealth of information here.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and have students read the information before beginning their first big research paper. (Teachers can also print the information, but why not save some trees?) The short introductory essay offers some great tips for paper writing and has reference points for students with more questions. Have students look at the rest of the information on their own or refer students with questions to it. Save this site as a favorite on the class wiki or webpage so students can access it both in and out of the classroom.

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UPI Photo Library - UPI

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This searchable library of UPI news photos could be a great addition to in-class current events discussions. ...more
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This searchable library of UPI news photos could be a great addition to in-class current events discussions.

tag(s): images (266), news (261)

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We've looked in vain for copyright statements regarding educational use. While there's a wealth of content here, tread carefully if you plan to use these outside the classroom.

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Technology and the Future - Privately published

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This is a collection of annotated columns about technology issues over the past fifty years or so, and how society has coped with them. There's a surprisingly wide range of ...more
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This is a collection of annotated columns about technology issues over the past fifty years or so, and how society has coped with them. There's a surprisingly wide range of subject areas, and the implications of some of these innovations has been vast. Try this one when making connections between the scientific and social implications of inventions.

tag(s): computers (95)

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League of Nations - Indiana University

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This extensive site about the international organization that existed from just after World War I until 1946 offers text and images that describe the League's aims and activities in...more
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This extensive site about the international organization that existed from just after World War I until 1946 offers text and images that describe the League's aims and activities in detail. Housed at Indiana University, this site could be a great resource for a high school history term paper, or an interesting assignment for the study of World War I.

tag(s): world war 1 (54)

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Use these images in your classroom to supplement your lectures on the close of World War I. There are images of virtually all of the leaders, in addition to locations, assemblies and more. Putting a face to the name can help students who are more visually stimulated.

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AMU Cartoon Reprints

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This site is a searchable archive of cartoons (both comics and editorials) available ONLY FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM. It's a wonderful source of discussion starters and topical humor,...more
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This site is a searchable archive of cartoons (both comics and editorials) available ONLY FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM. It's a wonderful source of discussion starters and topical humor, but please read the copyright information carefully. Government and social studies teachers will find the editorial collections particularly interesting.

tag(s): air (163), comics and cartoons (74)

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Use this site as a means to search for political cartoons or cartoons that reflect upon current political events. Showing the image on the interactive whiteboard, use them as a springboard to have a class discussion on where we get information and biases from in the media. What is it that these artists are trying to say? Is humor more effective in getting a point across than text? A very interesting resource for a US government class.

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Justice Learning - NPR - New York Times

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National Public Radio and the New York Times have jointly created this site dealing with controversial justice and legal themes. Secondary social studies, government, and debating teachers...more
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National Public Radio and the New York Times have jointly created this site dealing with controversial justice and legal themes. Secondary social studies, government, and debating teachers will find this a site that asks many questions and leaves it to the users to formulate answers. Though some of the issues are troubling, it's a great "What do you think?" site.

tag(s): courts (15), debate (41), supreme court (22)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans within the "Teacher materials" portion of this site! There are a lot here so be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Lost Labor

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Social studies students and teachers will find this photo collection fascinating. The images document jobs and industries that no longer exist, but which were important in their day...more
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Social studies students and teachers will find this photo collection fascinating. The images document jobs and industries that no longer exist, but which were important in their day to keep the economy moving. The images date from around 1900 through the 1930s and 40s. Try this one to help answer the question, "What kind of jobs did people have back then?"

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing the topic of manual labor before the technological revolution after WWII. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about life pre-modern technology. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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Lyndon Johnson Library - University of Texas

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Lyndon B. Johnson was a politician's politician, and the site from his presidential library offers tools that both scholars and students can use to trace his career and the accomplishments...more
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Lyndon B. Johnson was a politician's politician, and the site from his presidential library offers tools that both scholars and students can use to trace his career and the accomplishments of his administration. There's an extensive "Kids' Section" with information on the Johnson Administration.

tag(s): civil rights (117), presidents (131), texas (4)

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Use the kids portion of this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on the Johnson Presidency. Based on what they've learned in the site, have students resummarize it in a "breaking news 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. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.
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Centennial of Flight Commission - US government

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This government site offers information the celebration of the Wright Brothers' Flight centennial, as well as a great collection of printable posters and commemorative lesson materials....more
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This government site offers information the celebration of the Wright Brothers' Flight centennial, as well as a great collection of printable posters and commemorative lesson materials. These could make great classroom decorations, and the lesson materials are thorough and grade-specific. Try this one on students interested in the physics of flight or a career in aviation.

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

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Use the games on this site as a way to help students review the information in learning centers or during a lull in class time. Teachers can also post this on their class wiki to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom!
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Chinese in California - Library of Congress

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

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

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

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Wright Brothers' History - Centennial of Flight Commission

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

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

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

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

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

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Maine Memory Network

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

tag(s): maine (4), states (162)

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

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

tag(s): mexico (34), states (162), utah (2)

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

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

tag(s): connecticut (4), states (162)

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

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

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

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

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Immigration - The Changing Face of America - Library of Congress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Women in Sports

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

tag(s): sports (97), women (101)

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

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