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Fur Traders & Mountain Men

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5 to 12
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A look at fur trading in the Rocky Mountain west. ...more
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A look at fur trading in the Rocky Mountain west.

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Use this site as a resource to find primary source material about the fur traders, as well as what life was like for the first American settlers on the west. This site would be useful during a unit on Westward Expansion, and primary sources can be used a variety of ways. Try finding a shorter letter or piece and projecting it on the board as students are first walking into your classroom. Have immediate directions posted on the board, instructing students to sit down and respond to a specific aspect of the piece in some sort of journal entry. This process not only sets the tone for the material to be covered in class, but it also gives you and students the time needed to settle down and get focused and ready to learn. Great resource for an American history teacher.

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The Journals of Lewis & Clark - University of Virginia

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This site from the University of Virginia provides an edited version of Lewis & Clark's journals recounting their two-year journey to the Pacific and back. Good site for students interested...more
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This site from the University of Virginia provides an edited version of Lewis & Clark's journals recounting their two-year journey to the Pacific and back. Good site for students interested in primary sources.

tag(s): explorers (65), lewis and clark (15), westward expansion (29)

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Use these journal pages to supplement a unit on Westward expansion and these two men's travels. Select specific journal articles that would interest your students, sharing them on the interactive whiteboard while students have their own copies at their desks too. Read aloud the specific quotes you think are important, or have a volunteer do the same, asking students what this means, the impact, perspective, etc. This is a great way to segway into a lesson about analyzing, as well as summarization. At the end of the activity, have students summarize the articles in a journal, afterwards responding to a specific aspect they did or did not agree with. Interesting resource for a US history teacher.

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Lewis & Clark - PBS

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This is the web site for Ken Burns' PBS series on the travels of Lewis and Clark. It provides a significant resource for studying the explorers' travels, along with study ...more
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This is the web site for Ken Burns' PBS series on the travels of Lewis and Clark. It provides a significant resource for studying the explorers' travels, along with study suggestions.

tag(s): explorers (65), lewis and clark (15)

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Such a great site! Use this site as a resource for anything and everything concerning Lewis and Clark. Use the interactive map over the projector to show students how far their travels extended, as well as to show the growing size of the United States at that time. There is also an interactive story that could be used as a learning center, primary sources that could be used in discussion, and various other activity ideas on this site. US history teachers will appreciate this one!

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Daniel Boone - University of Virginia

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The University of Virginia's Daniel Boone site provides a discussion of the roles of Boone as both an "empire builder" and a primitivist. Interesting site for a student interested in...more
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The University of Virginia's Daniel Boone site provides a discussion of the roles of Boone as both an "empire builder" and a primitivist. Interesting site for a student interested in how historical characters acquire mythic proportions.

tag(s): heroes (26), westward expansion (29)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on the famous character. Because there is a lot of information on this site, we recommend creating a follow-along to highlight for students what's most important, as well as provide you with some assessment of their participation. For help creating graphic organizers, try Mindomo, (reviewed here).

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Along the Chisholm Trail

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Here's a well-designed "labor of love" site that introduces a trail used by cattlemen. Along the trail, you'll learn why the Missouri ranchers didn't like the Texas ranchers, why a...more
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Here's a well-designed "labor of love" site that introduces a trail used by cattlemen. Along the trail, you'll learn why the Missouri ranchers didn't like the Texas ranchers, why a longhorn is a great steer, and other vital facts. There's serious history in all this, and the narrative makes it fun to read.

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Use this site to teach about the "wild west," and how it was affected by the pioneers who settled it. Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the West and Westward Expansion. This site would probably work best with a graphic organizer to accompany it. We recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Voices from the Trading Post - Northern Arizona University

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This site from the University of Northern Arizona offers archival photos and transcripts of interviews with Native Americans whose ancestors were involved in trading. The trading post,...more
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This site from the University of Northern Arizona offers archival photos and transcripts of interviews with Native Americans whose ancestors were involved in trading. The trading post, though, is mostly a convenient meeting point for native and western cultures. There are some striking images and powerful text here. The site would be a great starting point for a look at "authentic" native experiences.

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Not only are there oral interviews and other primary sources on this site - but there are also free lesson plans provided that help teachers use them creatively in the classroom! This is a great find for a US history or government class - just make sure to save it as a favorite for easy retrieval later on.

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Photographs of Edward S. Curtis - Library of Congress

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This Library of Congress exhibit contains dozens of photographs made of Native Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection concentrates in the Pacific northwest,...more
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This Library of Congress exhibit contains dozens of photographs made of Native Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection concentrates in the Pacific northwest, and was an attempt to record the cultural life of the tribes there. Though some of the images were "staged" by modern standards, these images offer a "real world" glimpse of cultures many students can only read about.

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing the topic of Native American cultures. 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 the specific tribes studied. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains - Montana State University

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Created at Montana State University, this site offers archival photos, descriptions, and related information organized around the tribes of the northern great plains. These photos show...more
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Created at Montana State University, this site offers archival photos, descriptions, and related information organized around the tribes of the northern great plains. These photos show tribal customs and activities, and may sometimes be a more accurate portrayal of native American cultures than that commonly available.

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Use this site as a point of reference in searching for primary sources and images of the Native American tribes from the Northwest. These images could easily be used to supplement a unit on the tribes themselves, Westward Expansion, and the tensions between the US government and the various tribes in that region. Useful resource for a US history or government classroom.

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Histories of the First Nations

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Here's a site that offers concise summaries of several dozen Native American tribes. Each of these in turn links to a far more detailed history of that tribe. This makes ...more
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Here's a site that offers concise summaries of several dozen Native American tribes. Each of these in turn links to a far more detailed history of that tribe. This makes the site suitable for students at many levels, and for many purposes. We wish there were more historical or thematic indexing, but this is still a great resource.

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. The site has brief blips about many of the Native American tribes that existed pre-colonial America, although it varies in content. There are a lot of interesting details that students will find interesting.

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Camping with the Sioux - Smithsonian Institution

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This simple, elegant site from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History offers the diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher, a 41-year-old American woman who spent an Autumn living and learning...more
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This simple, elegant site from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History offers the diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher, a 41-year-old American woman who spent an Autumn living and learning from the Sioux. The site includes her diary, with comments from her contemporaries, as well as numerous photos of the people and territory she was exploring. The site has interesting possibilities for the study of Native Americans, the roles of women in the 19th century, and the use of primary sources in history and research. There is also an extensive bibliography.

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If you have time to do the adapting, there are lots of possibilities in this one.

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American Indians of the Pacific Northwest - University of Washington

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The University of Washington has created this site to document cultural and historic materials dealing with northwest Native peoples. Segmented by tribal groups, the collection includes...more
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The University of Washington has created this site to document cultural and historic materials dealing with northwest Native peoples. Segmented by tribal groups, the collection includes images and text, as well as search capabilities.

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Use this site as a reference point to search for primary source material concerning Native American tribes of the Northwest. These materials could easily supplement a unit on Native Americans, Westward Expansion, tensions between the US government and the various tribes, etc.

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Untold Stories - Descriptions of the treatment of slaves - New York Times

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This lesson from the New York Times explores the wide variety of descriptions of the treatment of African American slaves during the nineteenth century. The lesson lets students explore...more
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This lesson from the New York Times explores the wide variety of descriptions of the treatment of African American slaves during the nineteenth century. The lesson lets students explore possible reasons for the variation in the descriptions of slave conditions.

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Stories from Across the Seacoast

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This site tells stories from across the Seacoast. It is specific to the geography of New Hampshire including a detailed history of African Americans in this area. Easily directed by...more
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This site tells stories from across the Seacoast. It is specific to the geography of New Hampshire including a detailed history of African Americans in this area. Easily directed by person, place, movie, articles, etc. A great avenue to explore when doing a report on New Hampshire.

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North by South

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This site offers brief explanations of three major migrations of African Americans from southern regions to northern cities in the 19th and 20th centuries. It could be useful in understanding...more
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This site offers brief explanations of three major migrations of African Americans from southern regions to northern cities in the 19th and 20th centuries. It could be useful in understanding the effects of these migrations on both the people who made them and the cities in which they arrived.

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Internet African American Challenge

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This site has three levels of quizzes made to be fun and educational. After taking the quiz, you receive a score, but not the correct answers. You must read the ...more
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This site has three levels of quizzes made to be fun and educational. After taking the quiz, you receive a score, but not the correct answers. You must read the profiles on these historical African American figures to find the answers. Profiles are brief, to the point, and have pictures.

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There is a special section for teachers on how to make this a classroom supplement.

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Black History Month Salute

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Extensive Black history links and information. ...more
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Extensive Black history links and information.

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Save this site as a favorite on your teacher wiki or webpage to allow students to use it for review both in and outside of the classroom. One useful feature is the practice quiz the site hosts. Teachers can print this out and use it to assess what students may already know or need to know at the beginning of a unit on the Civil Rights movement. An easy way to determine any gaps in student knowledge!

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Road to Equality - CNN

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CNN has updated its collection of black history resources, many of which can be useful year-'round for the study of black history. ...more
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CNN has updated its collection of black history resources, many of which can be useful year-'round for the study of black history.

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Save this site as a favorite on classroom computers and allow students to teach each other about the progression of civil rights. Put students into pairs or cooperative learning groups and assign each group and article or video seen on the CNN site. Have each group observe, read and analyze their source. After they are done have each student create a quick graphic of what they learned from the site. The end result will be for students to present their findings to the class. For quicker projects, create electronic "posters" or word graphics for adopted word using tools such as Piclits (reviewed here) or Typogenerator (reviewed here).

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African American Odyssey - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress offers this nine-part introduction to the history of African Americans. The site relies on primary sources - images, letters, speeches - to illustrate contemporary...more
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The Library of Congress offers this nine-part introduction to the history of African Americans. The site relies on primary sources - images, letters, speeches - to illustrate contemporary views and chronicle their evolution from the Revolution through the civil rights movement. There are hundreds of ways to adapt this material to the classroom, and the site offers numerous suggestions and starting points. This one's a must!

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Use the images on this site for a picture-walk during a unit on African American History, from slavery to Emancipation. Print and hang pictures around the classroom, with students assigned to different stations. Have students rotate around the classroom, looking at a new image every minute. Once students have walked through everything, have a class discussion about what students saw and learned. This activity works best with a graphic organizer - to create one, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Blues Impulse - An Era and the Ambiguity of Adolescence - Yale University

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Help students learn about the Harlem Renaissance and about themselves through this investigation of the blues. ...more
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Help students learn about the Harlem Renaissance and about themselves through this investigation of the blues.

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans and activities! This site would be an excellent resource during a unit on the Harlem Renaissance or during Black History Month!

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Remember - A People's History of the Holocaust & Genocide

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This site offers a wealth of holocaust information. Although the design and layout are a bit confusing, the information is there. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom...more
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This site offers a wealth of holocaust information. Although the design and layout are a bit confusing, the information is there. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site! Save this site as a favorite on your classroom desktop to allow for easy access and retrieval in a search for new activities during a unit on the Holocaust. This would be a great site for a World or US history class. ADULT SUPERVISION SUGGESTED

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Within the education portion of the site are teacher and student resources that can be utilized in your classroom during a unit or lesson on the holocaust. Take advantage of the free lesson plans, quizzes, information, etc. A great resource for World or US history teachers.

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