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What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?

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This is a collection of oral history information compiled by high school students in Rhode Island as a class project. Well-done student effort. ...more
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This is a collection of oral history information compiled by high school students in Rhode Island as a class project. Well-done student effort.

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

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Use the timeline on this site to guide your class through the events of WWII. It is primarily focused on Womens history, but the content is well-researched and pertinent to a classroom studying WWII. Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and maneuver through it during your lecture.

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Voices of the Holocaust

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Illinois Institute of Technology hosts this site, developed to share first-hand experiences of holocaust survivors. The site is particularly interesting, because the memories were collected...more
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Illinois Institute of Technology hosts this site, developed to share first-hand experiences of holocaust survivors. The site is particularly interesting, because the memories were collected only a year or so after the end of the war, and were transcribed verbatim by interviewers. The result is a collection of several dozen interviews which are remarkable for their clarity. This site would be a great primary resource for any holocaust study.

tag(s): holocaust (39), world war 2 (142)

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These very powerful and graphic interviews from Dr. Boder could be extremely beneficial to a class studying the Holocaust - as long as the maturity level of your students is high enough to be able to take the content seriously. Have students listen to an interview as a starter or introduction to a unit or lesson on the genocide. Have the audio playing as students are coming into the class, with instructions written on the board explaining what the clip is and what students are to do while it's playing. Some teachers prefer for students to listen and reflect afterwards OR take notes of the audio for a class discussion afterwards. Regardless of what you choose, be sure students understand so that you can quickly move on to a discussion of the audio and how it represents what happened to victims of the Holocaust. Teachers could easily incorporate the interviews into learning centers, a cooperative group exercise or as a writing prompt to close the unit with. An excellent resource for any history teacher covering WWII.

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U-Boat U-505 - Chicago Museum of Science

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We're not sure how a German submarine ended up at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, but this site will tell you about it. The contents include both an ...more
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We're not sure how a German submarine ended up at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, but this site will tell you about it. The contents include both an on-line tour of the boat and background information on the role of the U-boats in World War II, and what life was like inside these machines. Great fodder for a report or research project.

tag(s): museums (49), world war 2 (142)

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Within the learning tools portion of the site are some brief but interesting interactive games that would make for great learning centers or stations during a lesson on the atlantic front of WWII as well as a lesson on the new technology that was being utilized by either side. Allow students to complete the site individually on classroom computers - just be sure to save it as a favorite on the computer to allow for easier retrieval of the site.

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Trinity Web - The nuclear bombing of Japan - Seattle Times

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Created by the Seattle Times, this site focuses on the initial nuclear tests that preceded the bombing of Japan to end the war. Additional links to first-person chronicles, other related...more
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Created by the Seattle Times, this site focuses on the initial nuclear tests that preceded the bombing of Japan to end the war. Additional links to first-person chronicles, other related W.W.II sites, and nuclear resources. Well done.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), world war 2 (142)

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During a unit on WWII or Nuclear Technology, this site would be a great supplementary resource that teachers could use for classroom activities or to buff up on their background information. In regards to classroom activities, teachers could use this site for a cooperative learning activity. Have students read the articles on the site in groups, and have students use the information in some of the interactive activities provided. Teachers can differentiate for students, allowing them to reflect in a writing prompt, take the quiz or try and complete the calculations activity. There is also a study guide at the bottom that students can use to help them review and teachers can peruse to find more classroom ideas. A lot of information on this site - history teachers will enjoy this one.

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Teaching Vietnam

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This site was created to provide a historical perspective on America's involvement in Vietnam, and was funded by a large group of corporate underwriters. The site is based on a ...more
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This site was created to provide a historical perspective on America's involvement in Vietnam, and was funded by a large group of corporate underwriters. The site is based on a series of thematic timelines, each of which tracks the history of American involvement in Vietnam. Visually attractive, with lots of links to supplementary information.

tag(s): vietnam (36)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities within the "Teach Vietnam" portion of this site! A very useful resource in a US history classroom.

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Remembrance

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This "labor of love" site offers a collection of essays and other writing by Vietnam veterans. The essays describe dozens of events, people, campaigns, and other aspects of the Vietnam...more
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This "labor of love" site offers a collection of essays and other writing by Vietnam veterans. The essays describe dozens of events, people, campaigns, and other aspects of the Vietnam conflict.

tag(s): veterans (19), vietnam (36)

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Women in the Civil War - National Archives

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On-line exhibit from the National Archives. ...more
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On-line exhibit from the National Archives.

tag(s): civil war (145), women (101)

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While the text portion of this site is interesting and informative, for this activity download and share only the images at first on your interactive whiteboard or projector. One at a time show students an image, and ask what they see. What does this seem to imply? After having a class discussion on why a woman had to disguise herself, or the possible frequency of this issue - then go through the text with students to gather the correct information. Formulating questions before getting answers will really get students thinking about the images and their meaning in a more creative way. This would be a great activity in either a Civil War unit or a unit on Women's rights.

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The Southern Homefront - 1861-65

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

tag(s): civil war (145)

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

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

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

tag(s): civil war (145), slavery (72)

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

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The Civil War Center - Louisiana State University

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

tag(s): civil war (145)

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

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Photos from the Library of Congress - Library of Congress

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

tag(s): civil war (145)

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

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Civil War Women - Duke University

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

tag(s): civil war (145), women (101)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of the role of women during the Civil War. Look at some of the documents and images with students, with the intent being to show them a perspective of society rarely looked at in classrooms. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Women and the Holocaust

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

tag(s): holocaust (39), women (101), world war 2 (142)

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

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Women in World History

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

tag(s): women (101)

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

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4000 years of women in Science

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

tag(s): women (101)

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

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Women Writer's Project - Brown University

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

tag(s): women (101), writers workshop (31)

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Women's History - The History Channel

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

tag(s): women (101), womens suffrage (26), world war 2 (142)

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

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Votes for Women - Library of Congress

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

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

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

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Women's Suffrage Time Line - Library of Congress

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

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

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

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The Seneca Falls Convention - Library of Congress

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

tag(s): women (101)

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

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