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The Avalon Project - Yale University

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Developed by the Law School at Yale University, the Avalon Project is a compilation of primary source documents of American History from the 15th century onward. The resources are available...more
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Developed by the Law School at Yale University, the Avalon Project is a compilation of primary source documents of American History from the 15th century onward. The resources are available by time period, and there is also a search feature. Users searching for a more linear presentation may want to use the Project's American History Timeline. The collection is a great research for research projects or any study of American history.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Save this site as a favorite and reference it for primary sources for history units. The timespan covered spans virtually all that would be covered in any US history course, and also offers many documents that would also apply to World or European history courses. Teachers can also refer students to this site for research projects or papers.

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Statistical Abstract of the United States - US Government

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The government's concise presentation of statistical information on hundreds of aspects of life in the United States. Although this site only goes up to 2000 (at the time of this ...more
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The government's concise presentation of statistical information on hundreds of aspects of life in the United States. Although this site only goes up to 2000 (at the time of this review), it could be very useful in comparing historical data. Make sure to reference back for new stats after the 2010 census is done!

tag(s): demographics (19), population (60), statistics (122)

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Use this site as a point of reference for any and all statistical information about the US population. Teachers can use this to find voter and state information, which would be useful in a discussion about apportion of state delegates in the House of Representatives.

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Social Studies Web Sites and Resources

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Here's a treasure-trove of lessons, materials, ideas, units and resources. Lots and lots of great material here from sources as various as the academy Curriculum Exchange, Houghton...more
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Here's a treasure-trove of lessons, materials, ideas, units and resources. Lots and lots of great material here from sources as various as the academy Curriculum Exchange, Houghton Mifflin, Addison Wesley, AskERIC, Encarta and the Peace Corps. Print 'em out and turn 'em loose on the kids! This is definitely worth a browse!

tag(s): black history (59), oral history (12)

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Save this site as a favorite it and browse it whenever in need of new lesson plans and materials within a social studies classroom. This is a great resource for new teachers, or for someone just looking for fresh ideas on how to cover a topic.

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Submarines! - Smithsonian Institution

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The Smithsonian presents a very complete look at the historical role of nuclear subs as peacekeepers. ...more
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The Smithsonian presents a very complete look at the historical role of nuclear subs as peacekeepers.

tag(s): navy (9)

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This site is a little text heavy, so be sure to use this with caution! If using as a learning center, pair lower & higher level readers together - allowing your lower level readers to get some help along the way. Because there is a lot of information here, only use if you have a guide or follow-along to help highlight for students what's most important off the site. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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National World War II Museum - National World War II Museum: Learn

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Visit the New Orleans-based museum all about World War II via the web site and its various interactive components. While some areas (videoconferences) are fee-based, and some feature...more
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Visit the New Orleans-based museum all about World War II via the web site and its various interactive components. While some areas (videoconferences) are fee-based, and some feature information about visiting the actual museum, there is a rich collection of information and multimedia experiences to make world war II history meaningful. Find lesson plans at the left under "Teachers." Click WWII History button at the right to find many pages of information and a timeline. Don't miss many choices under Student Projects. The See and Hear menu (up top) offers more interactive options, such as a newly re-launched Science and Technology of World War II interactive with additional lesson plans included.

tag(s): d day (8), veterans (19), world war 2 (142)

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This site could be the focal point for an extensive unit on World War II, with different student groups investigating aspects of the war. Or feature this site during a single lesson on D-Day. Ask students to decide which technology depicted in the science and technology interactive was the most important factor in the outcome of the war. Share videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard, or assign students to create their own online posters about different facets of World War II using GlogsterEDU reviewed here.
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Presidential Debates Information

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This site provides video and written coverage of the 1960 Presidential Debates. ...more
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This site provides video and written coverage of the 1960 Presidential Debates.

tag(s): debate (41), presidents (131)

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If teaching about the historic 1960 television debates, use the videos and transcripts to provide students with something more tangible than the summary in their textbook. Click on the debate history section of the site, selecting the year 1960. There are multiple transcripts and videos that can easily be printed or viewed on the interactive whiteboard. To show the impact of technology, have students listen to the debate before watching - and also select a winner. After, have students repeat the activity; this time through watching the video. Have a class discussion on how seeing the candidates affected their opinions, and whether a similar effect occurred in 1960. Great for a US government classroom!

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Visit a Refugee Camp

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This on-line tour of the issues and remedies associated with war, displacement, and refugees will make students think twice about their own lives. Visually engaging, well-written, with...more
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This on-line tour of the issues and remedies associated with war, displacement, and refugees will make students think twice about their own lives. Visually engaging, well-written, with sound clips and interviews that students can hear. Any study of armed conflict should include a visit here.

tag(s): conflict resolution (8)

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Use the "About Refugees and IDP's" section to provide students with some basic knowledge about refugees before beginning a class discussion on the effects of war. This would be a great way to answer questions, and ensure that students are coming into your classroom with the same background knowledge.

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Library of Congress: for Teachers - U.S. Library of Congress

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This site is the homepage for teachers using the Library of Congress, the nation's largest library. Find primary source sets on various topics, professional development opportunities,...more
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This site is the homepage for teachers using the Library of Congress, the nation's largest library. Find primary source sets on various topics, professional development opportunities, thematic collections, and extensive materials and lesson plans for TPS (Teaching with Primary Sources) The teacher resources highlight nearly 10 million primary source resources available on line through this site.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Use the learning page as a launch pad for planning your own lessons in conjunction with the vast array of resources available from the Library of Congress. Many of the documents and images are in the public domain and can therefore be used as visuals in other multimedia projects created by teachers and students. Be sure to read the permissions. Share an image on your projector or interactive whiteboard or a voice recording to start a lesson. Assign students to explore and explain collections you select. Be sure to check out the self-directed professional development modules, as well.
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The flight of Apollo 11 - NASA

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Facts and pictures from NASA's archives. These photos are the real thing. ...more
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Facts and pictures from NASA's archives. These photos are the real thing.

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American Studies Web - Georgetown University

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Current American Studies topics from Georgetown University. ...more
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Current American Studies topics from Georgetown University.

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The Kent State Shootings - Kent State University

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This site commemorates the shootings of students at Kent State University during Vietnam war protests in 1974. ...more
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This site commemorates the shootings of students at Kent State University during Vietnam war protests in 1974.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts - Smithsonian Institution

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Home to a collection of on-line exhibits and other information on women artists. ...more
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Home to a collection of on-line exhibits and other information on women artists.

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The Mormon Trail

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Examines life on the trails and the settling of Utah. Information and materials for all grade levels. ...more
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Examines life on the trails and the settling of Utah. Information and materials for all grade levels.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities hosted on this site during a unit on the settling of Utah or Westward Expansion. The lesson plans range from elementary to 12th grade, so be sure to pass this on to teachers of different levels if they need it!

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The Donner Party - American Experience - PBS

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The teachers guide from the PBS series offers a series of discussion questions based on the events described in the television program. You can also use the material if you ...more
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The teachers guide from the PBS series offers a series of discussion questions based on the events described in the television program. You can also use the material if you have another way of introducing the narrative.

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Take advantage of the free video(s) on this site during a unit on Westward expansion, particularly in discussing the perils of moving people cross-country during that time period. Play the clips over your projector, making sure to pause in between to summarize what happened as well as answer any questions students may have. If looking for a follow-along or sheet students need to complete during the movie, we recommend quickly creating one using a site such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Bibliography of North American Indians - Smithsonian Institution

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This annotated bibliography was created for K-12 teachers by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The authors, both Native Americans, have reviewed a large collection...more
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This annotated bibliography was created for K-12 teachers by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The authors, both Native Americans, have reviewed a large collection of K-12 books dealing with North American Indians, noting biases and inaccuracies, as well at those texts which provide accurate representations of Indian culture.

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

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A useful tool for planning lessons and resource lists for studies of Native Americans at any grade level. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer, to research for more information about Native Americans.

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Mythweb Lessons

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This page offers a number of lesson ideas linked to the Mythweb site for Greek mythology studies. There are a number of suggestions on how to integrate the material into ...more
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This page offers a number of lesson ideas linked to the Mythweb site for Greek mythology studies. There are a number of suggestions on how to integrate the material into other classroom activities.

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Take advantage of the free teacher guides and lesson plans offered on this site! Definitely a helpful resource for a world history classroom.

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Playing the Race Card: Two Famous Criminal Trials - Yale University

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A study of the trials of O.J. Simpson and Bernhard Goetz addresses the question, "When is race an important factor in the American justice system?" and goes beyond the individual ...more
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A study of the trials of O.J. Simpson and Bernhard Goetz addresses the question, "When is race an important factor in the American justice system?" and goes beyond the individual trials to look at race in our criminal system and lessons we have learned from the trials.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! US history and government teachers alike will enjoy this one - just be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Multicultural Issues and the Law: Gender and Race Based Schooling - Yale University

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This unit uses five legal cases to probe issues of gender and race-based schooling and their relationship to the fourteenth amendment. ...more
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This unit uses five legal cases to probe issues of gender and race-based schooling and their relationship to the fourteenth amendment.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! US History and Government teachers alike will love this one - just be sure to save it as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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The Impact of Culture on U.S. Law - Yale University

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By enacting mock-trials and other role-play on the direct conflict with the U.S. legal system and immigrants from the Hmong of Southeast Asia, Samoans, Japanese, Cuban, African and...more
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By enacting mock-trials and other role-play on the direct conflict with the U.S. legal system and immigrants from the Hmong of Southeast Asia, Samoans, Japanese, Cuban, African and Vietnamese because of cultural and/or religious practices, students face the "growing pains that result from our great diversity" in this unit originally designed for gifted students.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site during a unit on immigration and the legal system. US history and Government teachers will appreciate this one - be sure to save this one as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval later on!

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The Zimmerman Telegram - National Archives

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The Library of Congress presents this lesson plan based on the decoding of the Zimmerman telegram, one of the key events in the American entry into World War I. Includes ...more
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The Library of Congress presents this lesson plan based on the decoding of the Zimmerman telegram, one of the key events in the American entry into World War I. Includes lesson outline, sources for activities, and related information.

tag(s): world war 1 (54)

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Take advantage of this free lesson plan during a unit on WWI. The documents are all provided and the lesson is applicable for grades 7-12.

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