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Avian Bird Flu - MacNeil Lehrer

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Keep up-to-date on the latest information regarding the impending flu pandemic threat. This "NewsHour Extra" article provides concise information about the potential outbreak, suggestions...more
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Keep up-to-date on the latest information regarding the impending flu pandemic threat. This "NewsHour Extra" article provides concise information about the potential outbreak, suggestions for preventing wide-spread infection, and thoughts on what may happen if the flu spreads to the United States.

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Records Pertaining to John G. Roberts - National Archives

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This collection of records of the professional career of John Roberts offers an interesting, if daunting, primary resource for examining the Supreme Court nominee's past decisions....more
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This collection of records of the professional career of John Roberts offers an interesting, if daunting, primary resource for examining the Supreme Court nominee's past decisions. AP history or government students may find this one a useful research tool.

tag(s): supreme court (22)

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Too often in the upper levels students have extreme problems interpreting and comprehending decisions and memorandums written by Congress of the Supreme Court. Use this site to help students get accustomed and assimilated to the language and writing style commonly used in Judicial writings. And activity such as this would be useful before interpreting important court decisions such as Plessy v. Ferguson or Brown v Board of Education. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and open one of the memorandums written by Judge Roberts. Analyze with students each of the seperate sections or paragraph to give them familiarity. Teachers can leave it at this, or have students practice writing their own memorandums after wards, using one of his as an example.

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John Roberts Nominated as Chief Justice - NPR

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NPR's collection of stories about the Roberts nomination includes background on his career, a look at the confirmation process, and discussions of Roberts and the rare opportunity to...more
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NPR's collection of stories about the Roberts nomination includes background on his career, a look at the confirmation process, and discussions of Roberts and the rare opportunity to fill two court vacancies. Useful for individual or group use.

tag(s): senate (9), supreme court (22)

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Though there have been judges nominated and appointed more recently than Roberts, this site provides some excellent information that makes it a great resource for a lesson on judicial nominations. Use this site as a hands-on activity after a class discussion or lecture on the topic. Have cooperative learning groups explore the site with the intentions of showing how Roberts moved through the processes to become a judge. Have students create graphic organizers or concept maps demonstrating the process. Use a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here) to create and share the concept maps.

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Taming Terrorism - PBS

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Since September 11, 2001, terrorism has been an ever-present topic in current events discussions. This lesson plan addresses the question of how to stop international terrorism. After...more
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Since September 11, 2001, terrorism has been an ever-present topic in current events discussions. This lesson plan addresses the question of how to stop international terrorism. After preparing a timeline of recent terrorist activities, students examine characteristics of terrorist groups, research the efforts of various organizations who are working to eliminate terrorism, and develop recommendations for possible solutions. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): terrorism (49), terrorist (16), timelines (62)

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Foreign War and Domestic Freedom - Public Affairs Television

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Should government restrict the civil liberties of its citizens during times of war or threatened national security? This beautifully organized lesson plan guides students in an exploration...more
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Should government restrict the civil liberties of its citizens during times of war or threatened national security? This beautifully organized lesson plan guides students in an exploration of the tensions that exist between external threats and internal liberties in democratic societies. Includes a downloadable PowerPoint show and worksheets.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan during a unit on the homefront during a modern war or the construction of the Constitution. Save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval.

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Cross-Curricular Math - KQED and WBGH

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These two thought-provoking lesson plans challenge high school students to analyze relevant issues related to population growth and the depletion of oil reserves. Using math skills,...more
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These two thought-provoking lesson plans challenge high school students to analyze relevant issues related to population growth and the depletion of oil reserves. Using math skills, students must calculate when oil reserves in various countries will run out, project the percentage of increase in world and U.S. oil demand between now and the year 2020, graph and analyze population data over a period of years for a city in Brazil, and participate in related discussion questions. Links to national standards are provided.

tag(s): population (60), problem solving (272)

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Take advantage of the free and interactive lesson plans hosted on this site! This is a great way to incorporate various subjects in a history or government class to connect various principles and make it more interesting at the same time.

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Al-Islam - Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project

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Use this searchable resource to foster understanding of Islamic history, law, and practice. The "Discover Islam" section provides a beginner's introduction to understanding Islam and...more
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Use this searchable resource to foster understanding of Islamic history, law, and practice. The "Discover Islam" section provides a beginner's introduction to understanding Islam and Muslim traditions, as well as essays addressing similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity. The site includes a Shi'ite encyclopedia, photos of sites sacred to Islam, examples of Islamic artwork, and a collection of downloadable fact sheets - available in numerous languages - covering a range of topics.

tag(s): religions (61)

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This site would be extremely useful in an upper-level course, in which teachers are comfortable with the student's reading ability. Some of the articles explain the background of Islam in a way that is both easy to understand and concise. Use the articles to supplement the textbook! This site would also be great for students working on research projects about Islam. Post the site on the teacher wiki or web page to allow them to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Mideast Files

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This continually updated, site created and hosted by college seniors at Yale and New York Universities - provides great in-depth analysis of Middle East politics, foreign policy, the...more
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This continually updated, site created and hosted by college seniors at Yale and New York Universities - provides great in-depth analysis of Middle East politics, foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli peace process, terrorism, security, religion and much more. Visitors can read translated versions of Middle Eastern newspapers and related commentary on the news of the day. A thought provoking resource for a discussion of recent events in the Arab world.

tag(s): arab (18), iran (12), iraq (32), israel (17), palestine (7)

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Use this site to include up-to-date information about current events in the Middle East, an excellent addition to a U.S. government or history class. Assign cooperative learning groups specific days or weeks to study and present a report on current events, educating their peers for discussion or other various classroom activities. Have cooperative learning groups create online books of the current events using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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2004 - The Year in Pictures - New York Times

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The Times' review of 2004 includes some of the most powerful images from the past 12 months. While there's nothing here that hasn't already been published, teachers may want to ...more
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The Times' review of 2004 includes some of the most powerful images from the past 12 months. While there's nothing here that hasn't already been published, teachers may want to exercise some discretion with the images from the war in Iraq.

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Whether studying the War in Iraq or the election campaign, use these images to create a visual discovery activity to preface a lecture or classroom discussion on either. 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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2004 in review - CNN

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CNN's annual review page includes fewer photos than many others, but it adds links to stories and expanded coverage about various events. There's a heavy focus on domestic US events....more
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CNN's annual review page includes fewer photos than many others, but it adds links to stories and expanded coverage about various events. There's a heavy focus on domestic US events.

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Though outdated for current events, use this site as a time capsule to iterate for students the political climate of 2004 when studying the now historic election. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard, showing students the context of the environment before studying the events that transpired. Great for a US government class!
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Day In Pictures - Reuters

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Reuters' new photo service offers several image collections, including a review of every week and month. Users will need to scroll down the page a bit to find it, but ...more
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Reuters' new photo service offers several image collections, including a review of every week and month. Users will need to scroll down the page a bit to find it, but the images are striking, covering a wide variety of issues and events.

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Use these images as writing prompts in an English or government classroom focused on providing real-world examples. Post an image on the interactive whiteboard or projector and have students respond to the image by a specific written format, or to the content presented in the picture. This is a great way to provide a face to the content being learned in a government class, or to help students stretch their imaginations with new prompts in an English class.
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10 X 10 - Jonathan Harris

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Current events at the global level are updated hourly on this visual grid of words and pictures that highlights leading international news. Click on a thumbnail photo to read the ...more
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Current events at the global level are updated hourly on this visual grid of words and pictures that highlights leading international news. Click on a thumbnail photo to read the related story. More compelling than a scan of the daily headlines, this ever-changing, unbiased site would be an excellent addition to a daily discussion of world events.

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Beyond the Fire - Teen Experiences of War - Independent Television Service

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Use this site to help students understand the true cost of war. The real-life experiences of 15 teenagers, living in seven war zones, are documented in interactive segments that include...more
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Use this site to help students understand the true cost of war. The real-life experiences of 15 teenagers, living in seven war zones, are documented in interactive segments that include text, movies, and a "World Traveler" commentary board. Students can acquire "passports," pick up travelogs, and make virtual trips to these war-ravaged parts of the world.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site. The lessons and stories could be used to cover perspectives of specific wars or to discuss the negatives of modern warfare. This would be useful for a US government or World History classroom.

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The Reach of War - New York Times

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Students and teachers in search of broadly-based information on the Iraq conflict and its implications will do well here. The Times has an advantage in having regular, first-hand reporting...more
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Students and teachers in search of broadly-based information on the Iraq conflict and its implications will do well here. The Times has an advantage in having regular, first-hand reporting that goes beyond headlines and photos to examine issues and atitudes.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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Use this site as a resource during a unit on current events in the Iraqi political spectrum. Students can use this as a source for a current events report during the unit or for additional research for a project or paper. This would be a great resource for a government or World history course.
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What the World Thinks of America - Guardian Unlimited

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Current Events, U.S. Government, U.S. History - Use this site to generate some heated discussion in your classroom, if you dare, and bring a global view to the 2004 Presidential ...more
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Current Events, U.S. Government, U.S. History - Use this site to generate some heated discussion in your classroom, if you dare, and bring a global view to the 2004 Presidential election. Although this resource was created for the 2004 election, the information is valuable for teaching about elections in general and for comparing elections as part of U.S. history. Summary articles and survey results from polls conducted throughout the world provide insight into peoples' opinions of the policies, president and people of the United States.

tag(s): foreign policy (16)

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Although the information is a little out of date, this could be useful for discussing the impact of globalization on American Politics. Share the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, using it to start a discussion as to why this is important. Teachers can also use the information as a writing prompt. Pull up the results of the poll on the interactive whiteboard and have students write a short essay as to whether or not the results surprised them, what this could mean, and how this impacts foreign relations. This would be useful in either a civics or history class.

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FactCheck - Annenberg Public Policy Center

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This searchable, nonpartisan site analyzes and comments on the claims and statements made by U.S. politicians. TV ads, political debates, interviews, and speeches are carefully examined...more
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This searchable, nonpartisan site analyzes and comments on the claims and statements made by U.S. politicians. TV ads, political debates, interviews, and speeches are carefully examined to uncover distortions, misstatements, and mangled facts. A great resource to incorporate into a lesson on the 2008 election process. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): elections (75), news (261)

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After presidential debates, go to Fact Check to see what was true and what was "stretched." Have students use this site for research about the candidates.
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Mount St. Helen's Teacher's Corner - National Park Service

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Here's a collection of resources that teachers can use to help students understand the effects of an active volcano on the surrounding habitats. You'll also find a nice collection of...more
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Here's a collection of resources that teachers can use to help students understand the effects of an active volcano on the surrounding habitats. You'll also find a nice collection of information on the history of the volcano itself. Worth a visit if you're planning a unit on volcanoes or national forests.

tag(s): forests (29), volcanoes (61)

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Science teachers will love all the summary tables and resources offered on this site. In teaching about Mt St. Helens, many of the summary tables can actually be cleared and printed to allow students to use them as a graphic organizer to follow along a lecture. This site is also great for refreshing the events of that day as well as the volcanic history of the mountain. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer for easy reference.

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Best of Still Photojournalism - National Press Photographers Association

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Inspire your photography students with these award-winning photographs from photo editors, web editors, and photojournalists from around the world. Organized by subject. ...more
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Inspire your photography students with these award-winning photographs from photo editors, web editors, and photojournalists from around the world. Organized by subject.

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September 11: Bearing Witness to History - Smithsonian

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This virtual exhibit provides a collection of stories, images, and objects that represent a material record of September 11, 2001. More than just another 9.11 Web site, this resource...more
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This virtual exhibit provides a collection of stories, images, and objects that represent a material record of September 11, 2001. More than just another 9.11 Web site, this resource sensitively documents the people and stories behind the commonplace objects that survived and were carefully preserved. Audio clips of personal narratives by museum curators are included. This is a thought-provoking, awe-inspiring site that could be used to generate a discussion about the value of material artifacts in historical interpretation. Use with AP or Honors level history students.

tag(s): sept11 (21), terrorism (49)

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The portion of this site with the most impact is the video posted with live footage of the ABC broadcast as the events of 9/11 were unfolding. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and play the video for students as a way to introduce the topic. What's nice about it is that it brings everyone to the same page, as some kids may not remember the details or may have forgotten the extreme emotion involved in that moment. It is a very powerful video, and really relays the significance and the pure shock on the part of News Anchors and Civilians alike on that day. Use the video to lead into a lecture or conversation about what followed the report.

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Genesis: Search for Origins - NASA

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Despite its untimely crash to earth, the Genesis spaceship still managed to bring back tiny samplings of raw material from the sun for eager scientists to analyze. This site provides...more
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Despite its untimely crash to earth, the Genesis spaceship still managed to bring back tiny samplings of raw material from the sun for eager scientists to analyze. This site provides an overview of the entire mission, video clips, photographs, and descriptions of the processes scientists are using to investigate the Genesis canister and its contents. Younger students will enjoy the interactive games and activities related to the mission and follow-up investigation by NASA. Be sure to check out the Creator's Kitchen for teacher resources and suggestions.

tag(s): nasa (39), solar system (119), space (205), sun (71)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! Use the simulations to teach students about space, space travel, even elements. Great for science teachers of almost all grades!
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