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Truman Presidential Library

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6 to 12
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The Truman Library site contains resources from the Truman administration, including photos, documents, and links to other resources dealing with the Truman presidency. ...more
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The Truman Library site contains resources from the Truman administration, including photos, documents, and links to other resources dealing with the Truman presidency.

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Within the "education" section of the site are several lesson plans, for both elementary and secondary teachers. Lessons aren't solely excluded to Truman, but ran the gamit for U.S. history or government. Be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Red Files - PBS

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From the PBS series of the same name. The site chronicles the cold war spying duel between the Russian KGB and the western intelligence services. Seductive design and captioning will...more
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From the PBS series of the same name. The site chronicles the cold war spying duel between the Russian KGB and the western intelligence services. Seductive design and captioning will attract the "spy freaks" in your class!

tag(s): cold war (29)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a lesson or unit on the cold war. There is a LOT of information on this sites so teachers can either try to incorporate on several different days or tailor the center to focus on one specific aspect of the KGB. In order to better guide students through the site, we recommend creating a follow-along. For help making easy graphic organizers, try Mindomo, (reviewed here).

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Sputnik - New York Times

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The New York Times assisted in the creation of this site, which chronicles the Russian launch of the first orbital satellite and the American reaction which followed. Pictures, documentation,...more
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The New York Times assisted in the creation of this site, which chronicles the Russian launch of the first orbital satellite and the American reaction which followed. Pictures, documentation, and context.

tag(s): 1950s (12), cold war (29)

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The primary sources listed on this page could easily supplement a lecture or discussion about sputnik and its' effect on the Cold War. Use the primary sources for research projects or for a class activity requiring students to interpret the various headlines. Assign cooperative learning groups a small collection of the headlines available on the site and have students interpret the events that happened from the sources. The activity could compare and contrast the bias in the various sources OR students could put together a short news brief based on what they see in the headlines. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Congressional Bunker Tour - Carnegie Mellon University

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Your middle schoolers will love this tour of the 1960s - vintage bunker built under the Greenbrier Hotel to house members of Congress in the event of a nuclear attack. ...more
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Your middle schoolers will love this tour of the 1960s - vintage bunker built under the Greenbrier Hotel to house members of Congress in the event of a nuclear attack. While it may seem humorous today, these photos illustrate the deadly seriousness of the Cold War. The site was created by Carnegie Mellon University.

tag(s): 1950s (12), cold war (29)

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Use this site as an introductory activity before beginning a lesson on the Cold War and how it affected the American morale & psyche. Project the site on the interactive whiteboard, letting students take turns reading aloud the information or reading silently. Have students respond to the information, verbally or in written form, the probability of Congress ever using the bunker. Students can question how realistic the bunker would have been to use, what this says about American fears, or whether or not they would have felt the same fear during this time period. A very interesting resource!

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Cold War Links

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A collection of resources relating to the Cold War and the 1950s. ...more
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A collection of resources relating to the Cold War and the 1950s.

tag(s): 1950s (12), cold war (29)

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Save this site as a favorite on your desktop if planning for a unit on the Cold War - a lot of information for teachers in need of ideas and a refresher on the content!

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The American 1950s - University of Pennsylvania

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A look at American politics and society in the 1950s - from the University of Pennsylvania. ...more
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A look at American politics and society in the 1950s - from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Academy of Achievement: Virtual Museum

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Listen to interviews and learn the unique traits of outstanding Americans of Achievement from the 20th century. Achievers are sorted by areas of expertise and by personality traits...more
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Listen to interviews and learn the unique traits of outstanding Americans of Achievement from the 20th century. Achievers are sorted by areas of expertise and by personality traits such as passion or perseverance. This site could inspire a unit on biography or great Americans.

tag(s): biographies (88)

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Use the achievement TV segments to supplement almost any unit during a US history classroom. There's also tv segments that could easily be used in a language arts, science or art class. Really interesting segments - and in regards to history, a great way to add more of a multicultural perspective to your curriculum.

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World War II Poster Collection - Northwestern University

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A collection of posters from the war years, combined with a search engine and index. ...more
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A collection of posters from the war years, combined with a search engine and index.

tag(s): 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 propaganda in wartime, or even a lesson on Nationalism. 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. In concerns to WWII, this activity might be even more powerful if the posters were from different countries and students had to compare and contrast the posters afterwards. This will encourage some of the critical thinking skills that are so useful in history.

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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 (92), 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 (50), 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 (92)

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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 small 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 small 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 (92)

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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 (92)

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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 (92)

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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 (92), 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 (92), 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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