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WASP on the Web

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6 to 12
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While this site really assumes the user knows the story of the women who helped ferry aircraft of all sorts from factory to front during World War II, the various ...more
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While this site really assumes the user knows the story of the women who helped ferry aircraft of all sorts from factory to front during World War II, the various site elements offer glimpses of the people, airplanes, and places that made the WASPs an indispensable element of the war effort. The sounds add some additional realism.

tag(s): air (163), aviation (39), women (101), world war 2 (142)

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Use the audio/video on this site over the interactive whiteboard to show students who the WASPS were as well as the contribution they made to the war effort. This would be a great addition to a lesson on WWII as well as the fight for equality between the sexes. History teachers will like this one.
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Women Come to the Front - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress does its usually thorough job in this presentation on the roles of female journalists during World War II. These included domestic and foreign assignments. While...more
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The Library of Congress does its usually thorough job in this presentation on the roles of female journalists during World War II. These included domestic and foreign assignments. While we wish more of these images were available on line, there are certainly enough photos in this collection to provide students with a sense of what war meant to America in the 1940s.

tag(s): journalism (46), women (101), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the battle front in WWII. The content is still valid, and would be a great center to break up others based on the battles and the men who are normally focused on. A useful resource for a US history classroom.

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Women and Social Movements in the United States - SUNY Binghamton

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Originally created at SUNY Binghamton, this site offers interesting perspective on the involvement of women in American social movements from the 1830s onward. Go straight to the "Teachers'...more
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Originally created at SUNY Binghamton, this site offers interesting perspective on the involvement of women in American social movements from the 1830s onward. Go straight to the "Teachers' Corner" for synopses and write-ups ordered chronologically. These can provide some interesting additional texture for American history elements already in your curriculum.

tag(s): abolition (7), slavery (72), women (101)

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One of the most useful parts of the site are the pre-prepared DBQ's that are seen predominantly in classes preparing for the AP exam. Use the Document Based Questions on this site to help students prepare and practice for their exam. Make sure to pass this one on to other AP teachers!

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Surrounded by Beauty - Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley,...more
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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley, the Plains, the Southwest, and the Northwest Coast, the site offers images and text that can enhance any unit on Native Americans. There are also links to tribal web sites.

tag(s): india (36)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Native American culture. Have students explore the site with the intentions of presenting summaries of specific cultures or artworks. Have students create a multimedia presentation using YUtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo of the art, the tribes or the regions (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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Modernism - Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism ...more
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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism that runs from the British arts and crafts movement in the 1880s through to American Art Deco of the 1940s. There are images, text, and video narration for each segment, providing a nice evolutionary tour. Use the pieces together or individually as supplemental material for art history, or as an adjunct to an American or European history class.

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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 modernism in the past two centuries. Use the site's images and virtual exhibits to showcase the movement being talked about to compliment your class lectures. Another useful item is that some of the exhibits have a quick video clip that can help introduce the idea to your class in a way that foreshadows the rest of your lecture. Make sure your technology allows for the videos to be seen and not just heard!
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Unified Vision - The Prairie School - Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

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It's an art and architectural style, not a school building. This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts offers a visual perspective on the art and architecture of Frank ...more
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It's an art and architectural style, not a school building. This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts offers a visual perspective on the art and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, William Gray Purcell, and others. In addition to showing works of art, the site offers several interactive tours of Wright houses, many in the twin cities area. Art teachers will use this one as a great American design example.

tag(s): air (163), prairie (10)

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Women's Rights - UC Berkeley

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UC Berkeley's site on women's rights offers an interesting collection of resources. There's a time line showing women's accomplishments from the mid-eighteenth century onward, a collection...more
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UC Berkeley's site on women's rights offers an interesting collection of resources. There's a time line showing women's accomplishments from the mid-eighteenth century onward, a collection of interviews transcribed from on-campus appearances by women in leadership roles, and an activities and introduction section which offers ideas and options for further study. Teachers will probably want to excerpt selected portions for their use, but students doing research on women's history will find lots of good things here.

tag(s): women (101)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources on this site! The lesson plans are all connected to standards, and show creative ways to use the interviews hosted. This site would be interesting in a Government or US History course.
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Facing History

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

tag(s): ethics (16)

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

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

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

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

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

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Flags of the World

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

tag(s): flags (21)

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Elementary social studies teachers may find this one addictive.

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Fats Waller Forever - Rutgers University

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

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

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

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

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Political Science - MIT Open Courseware - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

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Japanese American Internment Curriculum - National Japanese American Historical Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lessons from Teaching with Historic Places - National Park Service

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

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

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Civil War Battlefields by State - National Park Service

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

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

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

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