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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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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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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.

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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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Lesson Unit: Choices and Commitments - National Park Service

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The National Park Service created this extensive lesson unit to help students understand the Civil War from a soldier's perspective. The unit uses lots of primary sources, and provides...more
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The National Park Service created this extensive lesson unit to help students understand the Civil War from a soldier's perspective. The unit uses lots of primary sources, and provides an opportunity for a creative response to the lesson content.

tag(s): civil war (145), lincoln (86)

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There is enough background information that teachers have several different options for presenting the material. This unit could form the basis for several weeks' study of the Civil War.

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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'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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Remembering Nagasaki - The Exploratorium

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This site presents and elegant, powerful photoessay showing the devastation caused by the bombing of Nagasaki. The photos were taken only a day or two after the event, and are ...more
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This site presents and elegant, powerful photoessay showing the devastation caused by the bombing of Nagasaki. The photos were taken only a day or two after the event, and are offered with only enough commentary to give them context. Local sensibilities vary, so please preview this one before using.

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

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the topic of the atomic bomb and its use at the end WWII. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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Private Art - A collection of letters to and from home

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This is a collection of letters exchanged between one soldier and his family. The material is indexed chronologically and is easy to retrieve and use, though the site is probably ...more
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This is a collection of letters exchanged between one soldier and his family. The material is indexed chronologically and is easy to retrieve and use, though the site is probably more technically complex than necessary. Nice use of graphics and illustrations.

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Pearl Harbor - Battleship Row

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This on-line collections aerial photos of Pear Harbor will interest younger students, and older users will want to read the first-hand accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack from survivors....more
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This on-line collections aerial photos of Pear Harbor will interest younger students, and older users will want to read the first-hand accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack from survivors. There are also links to related content about Japanese and American forces during the conflict.

tag(s): pearl harbor (12), world war 2 (142)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the events of Pearl Harbor to students. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor - National Geographic

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The National Geographic's visually attractive presentation on the Pearl Harbor attack includes several resources that could easily be adapted for instructional purposes, and the interest...more
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The National Geographic's visually attractive presentation on the Pearl Harbor attack includes several resources that could easily be adapted for instructional purposes, and the interest in first-person accounts and recollections could be adapted for many different subjects. This site could also be a nice resource for student research and reports.

tag(s): pearl harbor (12), world war 2 (142)

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Use the "attack map" on this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on the attack on Pearl Harbor. Students can view the map in cooperative learning groups or individually, although because there is a lot of information - we recommend creating a follow-along to highlight for students what's most important. For help creating graphic organizers, we recommend trying Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Oral Histories of World War II

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This is a collection of oral histories from people involved in the war. Most of the material has been transcribed, but there are a few bits that can be heard ...more
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This is a collection of oral histories from people involved in the war. Most of the material has been transcribed, but there are a few bits that can be heard as RealAudio clips. Many of the segments could use some additional context, but they effectively capture the scope and intensity of the experience.

tag(s): primary sources (86), veterans (19), world war 2 (142)

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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 WWI. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to have students hear some of the interviews from veterans of the Great War. Play the interviews following a lecture, and have students write down their responses at the end. This will insure students are listening and provide direction for a classroom discussion afterward.

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Japanese American Relocation

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This digital archive from the University of California offers narrative and images describing the forced internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. It offers a...more
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This digital archive from the University of California offers narrative and images describing the forced internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. It offers a troubling comparison to events that took place in other nations during the war. Interesting possibilities for discussions on discrimination, national security, etc.

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

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If looking for primary sources about Japanese relocation, this site is a treasure trove of images, letters, diary entries, orders, etc. This site provides material from both the camp and the Japanese forced to relocate there, making the perfect source for a lesson examining all sides of the issue. There are also essential question hosted on this site that could lend themselves to discussions or journal prompts to introduce the topic.

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The U.S. Holocaust Museum - US Government

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The site for the U.S. Holocaust Museum contains a collection of resources and on-line exhibits which document the history of the Holocaust, the people who perished, and those who worked...more
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The site for the U.S. Holocaust Museum contains a collection of resources and on-line exhibits which document the history of the Holocaust, the people who perished, and those who worked to save them. Note that many of the images may be disturbing to some students.

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

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Within the teachers portion of this site is a wide array of information including how and why to teach the Holocaust, specific lesson plans and activities, and even online Teacher workshops. Take advantage of the resources on this site, very useful for a World or American History classroom.

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The Home Front - BBC

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Visitors to this BBC site on World War II can find lots of information about the Battle of Britain and the extreme reality of living on the Home front for ...more
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Visitors to this BBC site on World War II can find lots of information about the Battle of Britain and the extreme reality of living on the Home front for British citizens.

tag(s): britain (35), world war 2 (142)

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Use the movies and audio files on this site to supplement a unit on WWII and how it impacted the British home front. Teachers can play these over the projector or have students look at them on classroom computers during learning centers or stations.

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