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Learning About Immigration Through Oral History

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6 to 8
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Designed as a year-long project, this unit can be adapted for a short-term lesson. The goal is to give students a realistic experience of oral history and its place in ...more
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Designed as a year-long project, this unit can be adapted for a short-term lesson. The goal is to give students a realistic experience of oral history and its place in our history, focusing on American immigrants. Students will use visual and information literacy exercises to gain an understanding of how to identify and interpret primary historical sources. There are a total of six activities; each one can serve as a "stand-alone" unit. The activities cover topics such as "Oral history methodology" and "Making meaning out of an archive," and students get to work alone and in groups.

tag(s): immigrants (21), immigration (58), migration (59)

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The library of Congress has put together an excellent lesson plan that simultaneously addresses the standards teachers need to focus on and one of the most important elements of history - oral evidence. Take advantage of this free lesson plan.

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Ohio

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The state's home page. ...more
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The state's home page.

tag(s): states (163)

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Stately Knowlege

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4 to 12
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This site from the Internet Public Library offers quick summaries about each of the 50 states: capital, state birds, flowers, etc., population, and other information. There are also...more
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This site from the Internet Public Library offers quick summaries about each of the 50 states: capital, state birds, flowers, etc., population, and other information. There are also additional links for those who need more information.

tag(s): states (163)

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In a unit or lesson on the 50 states, incorporate some of the interesting details from this site to supplement the basic content. Some of the information could help students remember capitols or information about congressional representation. At bare minimum, this site does a great job of providing a lot of context to learning about the 50 states. Very nifty resource for civics or US history teachers.

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State and Local Governments

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Piperinfo's state government site offers a meta-index of each state's web presence. The results are generally only as good as the information offered by the states themselves, but this...more
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Piperinfo's state government site offers a meta-index of each state's web presence. The results are generally only as good as the information offered by the states themselves, but this site can save tons of time in searching the sites for the precise information you're after.

tag(s): states (163)

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State and Local Government Resources - Library of Congress

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This collection from the Library of Congress includes links to state-specific govenment and legal information from a variety of official and independent sources. There are collections...more
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This collection from the Library of Congress includes links to state-specific govenment and legal information from a variety of official and independent sources. There are collections of state statutes, web site directories, state constitutions, and much more. Very useful resource for state history assignments or any study of state-specific government.

tag(s): states (163)

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Use this site as a resource if making state profiles during an American History or Government class. Assign students different states to study, allowing them to research specific aspects about their assigned state. 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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Winning the Vote - Smithsonian Institution

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This site, part of the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, presents an introduction to political campaigns, advertising strategies, and electioneering. The entire unit, including...more
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This site, part of the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, presents an introduction to political campaigns, advertising strategies, and electioneering. The entire unit, including teacher guide, discussion questions, and lesson plans, is available as a series of downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF files which can be printed and used at home or in the classroom.

tag(s): elections (78), politics (100)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! This would be a great addition to a US government class, just make sure to save it as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.
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Thomas Legislative Database - Library of Congress

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Maintained by the Library of Congress, Thomas contains information on the status of federal legislation, Federal Register, and daily schedules including committee meetings. Thomas is...more
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Maintained by the Library of Congress, Thomas contains information on the status of federal legislation, Federal Register, and daily schedules including committee meetings. Thomas is geared to provide current status on as much legislation as possible. Required reading for those studying American government.

tag(s): congress (34), house of representatives (9), senate (9)

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Use this site as a reference for finding information about specific legislation to supplement your unit. For example, teachers working on a unit about civil rights can find information about laws regarding equality and the progress that has been made. Likewise, this can be used during discussions on the Legislative Branch, Separation of powers, Healthcare reform, environmental policy, etc. A great resource for a US government class.

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The Supreme Court

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Though several law schools have maintained excellent Supreme Court sites for years, the Court now has its own site, containing dockets, decisions, historical information, and much more....more
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Though several law schools have maintained excellent Supreme Court sites for years, the Court now has its own site, containing dockets, decisions, historical information, and much more. This site is not written for students, so they may need help with some areas.

tag(s): supreme court (23)

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Use this site as a resource to find recent court cases that have come before the Supreme court as well as a means to search for opinions, writings, biographies, etc. US government teachers will be able to use this site during a unit or lesson on the judicial branch, or during a class debate about a specific piece of legislation.

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The Republican National Committee

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It's the Republicans on-line. Scroll to the bottom section to view a menu that contains links to party history, platform, issues, and more . ...more
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It's the Republicans on-line. Scroll to the bottom section to view a menu that contains links to party history, platform, issues, and more .

tag(s): elections (78), politics (100)

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Use this site to help students understand one aspect of our two-party system. Compare the platform findings on this site to that of the Democratic party in order to help students understand the similarities and differences. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here.

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The Democratic Party On-Line

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This is the Democrats' home page, with links to party positions and issues. ...more
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This is the Democrats' home page, with links to party positions and issues.

tag(s): elections (78), politics (100)

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The House of Representatives

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The House home page contains links to member pages and biographies, committee links, House history, and procedural information. ...more
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The House home page contains links to member pages and biographies, committee links, House history, and procedural information.

tag(s): congress (34), house of representatives (9)

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Use this site as a resource for class discussion and debates about current issues on the House Floor. This would be a useful resource for a US government class.

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USAGov - US Government

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This Websiteis a federal government portal with a plus. In addition to offering links into most of the nooks and crannies of the federal government, USAgov also links to relevant ...more
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This Websiteis a federal government portal with a plus. In addition to offering links into most of the nooks and crannies of the federal government, USAgov also links to relevant resources from the rest of the world. If you're looking for statistics, information, regulations, or related information - federal, state, or local - this is a great starting point.

tag(s): branches of government (50)

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Use the free lesson plan about voting in the "elections" section of the website. In that same area is a link entitled "Kid's Guide to the election process," that would make an excellent learning center or station. The digital tour explains government and the process of elections that makes it easier to understand for elementary students. That particular section could be used for students as young as 2nd grade, so pass it on to fellow teachers in the younger grades if they are working on a unit about voting!

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Tour the U.S. Capitol - US Government

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This site from the Architect of the U.S. Capitol offers historical information as well as a collection of photos showing key features. There is also an "interactive tour," but the ...more
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This site from the Architect of the U.S. Capitol offers historical information as well as a collection of photos showing key features. There is also an "interactive tour," but the site navigation is complex enough that you should probably do some serious previewing before turning students loose on this one.

tag(s): architecture (85)

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If teaching about initial plans for the construction of DC and how those developed, use the images from this site to compliment a class discussion or lecture. Within the teacher and students page, there are numerous images that detail L'enfant's original ideas for DC. Teachers can incorporate these in graphic organizers or even a slide-show over the interactive whiteboard.

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The Capitol - An Interactive Tour - University of Virginia

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6 to 12
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Well, sort of. This site from the University of Virginia offers lots of images of artwork and statues in the U.S. Capitol, as well as additional references, but interactive 3D ...more
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Well, sort of. This site from the University of Virginia offers lots of images of artwork and statues in the U.S. Capitol, as well as additional references, but interactive 3D it isn't. Still, it's an interesting collection of images for those interested in a glimpse of what's inside.

tag(s): architecture (85)

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Use any of the separate sections on this website as learning center or stations during lesson(s) on the architecture and symbolism of our capitol's historic buildings. Have students explore the site individually or cooperative learning groups as an introductory activity. Because there is a lot of material on the site, create follow-alongs to guide students and highlight what is most important on the site. For help making easy graphic organizers, try: Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Congressional Directory

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tag(s): biographies (88), congress (34)

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Use this site as a starting point for students working on biographies or research projects about specific congressmen. Although the biographies are short, they provide other resources that could easily be followed up with!

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The American Presidents

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tag(s): biographies (88), presidents (132)

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Use this site as a point of reference for information about our Presidents. Students could use this site as a spring board for research projects, or historical heads. For historical heads, have students draw inside of a blank outline of a human face graphic representations of the president chosen for their project. Students should be able to describe and explain all representations, but it's a great way for them to organize their ideas and provide more memorable symbols for facts that they need to know.

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A Biography of America - CPB/Annenberg

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This American History survey site from the Annenberg Project was created as a companion to the video series of the same name. The chief resource avialable is a collection of ...more
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This American History survey site from the Annenberg Project was created as a companion to the video series of the same name. The chief resource avialable is a collection of transcripts of the programs. There are also timelines, discussion questions, and far fewer images than one would imagine in such a project. This could be a resource for discussion ideas on American history topics or an introductory survey for a student searching for an independent study project.

tag(s): american revolution (89)

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The possibilities for this site are virtually limitless. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and select one of the many topics that is applicable to your unit. Teachers can play the video for students to review material, use the map to provide something for visual learners can connect to, or use the time-line to guide student learning. This is really an amazing tool for teachers trying to utilize technology in the classroom!

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U. S. Historical Documents

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A more extensive collection, helpfully organized. From the University of Oklahoma. ...more
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A more extensive collection, helpfully organized. From the University of Oklahoma.

tag(s): primary sources (90)

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Primary sources could be used to teach both the content and historical thinking skills in your classroom. Divide students into 5-6 groups, with each group assigned a different primary source to read and evaluate. (Sources should come from various perspectives to make the game more interesting) Have the groups present quick summaries of their source to the class, making sure to mention who the author is and whether or not there could be bias. After all have presented, have each team pick a representative to argue in front of the class as to why their source is the most reliable and valid. After all have made their argument, have the class vote off the least reliable "survivor style" until you are left with just one!

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Historic Documents of the United States of America - Brigham Young University

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A simple, complete documents collection.

tag(s): primary sources (90)

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Use this site as a point of reference for finding important primary sources and government documents, useful for a US government or history classroom. Be sure to save this one as a favorite.

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National Archives: The Digital Classroom - National Archives

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This site is meant to assist teachers in their use of archival documents when teaching. Choose "Primary Sources and Activities" for reproducible primary documents, photographs, and...more
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This site is meant to assist teachers in their use of archival documents when teaching. Choose "Primary Sources and Activities" for reproducible primary documents, photographs, and lesson plans correlated to the National History Standards, and cross-curricular connections. The site includes interesting activities for use in studying events in U.S. History.

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This is an excellent site for any history, art history, or civics teacher attempting to put forth something more tangible for students to grasp. Click on "Images of the American Revolution," and open up the pictures on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Question students as to the meaning and context of the illustrations, to help them understand how images were used to convey certain meanings. Ask the students to create their own cartoons about something controversial in their town, or about the unit being studied, and encourage them to use some of the same subtle concepts the original illustrators did.
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