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Islam: Empire of Faith - PBS

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This site explores the culture, religion, innovations, and historical figures of the Islamic civilization. The forerunner of many modern Muslim Countries, the lessons on this site provide...more
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This site explores the culture, religion, innovations, and historical figures of the Islamic civilization. The forerunner of many modern Muslim Countries, the lessons on this site provide wonderful background for world cultures courses. There are video clips from the original video production available as real time files, as well as interactive lesson plans.

tag(s): religions (61)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! This is a great way to introduce the background of the Islamic Empire as well as the spread of Islam across Europe, Asia and North Africa. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom desktop to allow for easy access and retrieval of the lesson plans!

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Napoleon - PBS

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This site examines Napoleon's rise and fall. Originally the companion to a four-part video series by the same title, this site has strong biographical information about Napoleon, as...more
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This site examines Napoleon's rise and fall. Originally the companion to a four-part video series by the same title, this site has strong biographical information about Napoleon, as well as interactive resources like a simulation of the Battle of Waterloo. There are also lesson plans for using the site.

tag(s): france (40), french (88)

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Select almost any of the Special Features on this site and use it as a learning center or station while reviewing a unit on Napoleon. There are also free lesson plans and classroom uses for the site within the classroom materials section. This is a great resource for the World History Classroom!

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Wide Angle - PBS

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This PBS site focuses on world events by providing a detailed look at a new region each week. From al-Jezeera to Aids in Africa, this series is geared towards bringing ...more
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This PBS site focuses on world events by providing a detailed look at a new region each week. From al-Jezeera to Aids in Africa, this series is geared towards bringing students to a greater understanding of global current events through briefings, interactive maps, and additional resources for each of the "focus" areas. This is a site worth checking in on once a week to see what new area the series is profiling.

tag(s): africa (180)

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Use the short clips or longer episodes on this site to show students real-life issues that are affecting people globally. This would be a great way to have students practically apply information they've learned about American government or NGO's in a government class. Have students look at some of the situations and brainstorm solutions from NGO's or international organizations such as the UN. Not only are students getting an understanding or the practical application or learning about the UN, but it also makes them more aware global citizens.
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Anthropology on the Internet for grades K-12 - Smithsonian Institution

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This Smithsonian Institute Libraries' site introduces students to the various elements of the anthropology, the science that examines the origins, physical characteristics, and cultural...more
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This Smithsonian Institute Libraries' site introduces students to the various elements of the anthropology, the science that examines the origins, physical characteristics, and cultural development of humankind. This serves as a gateway for anthropology resources, providing links to additional resources for archaeology, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology. This is a good resource for students to use in conducting individual research.

tag(s): anthropology (11)

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Use this site to search for virtual exhibits that could benefit your World history class. Students can also use this site to research for projects or papers. There is a lot of information here - be sure to investigate the site before allowing students to explore independently.

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The Exploration of Canada- Pathfinders and Passageways - National Library of Canada

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This site has wonderful resources for learning about Canadian history and Canadian explorers. Whether you're interested in early exploration in general, or specific history of the Nation,...more
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This site has wonderful resources for learning about Canadian history and Canadian explorers. Whether you're interested in early exploration in general, or specific history of the Nation, this site has information on each of Canada's multiple explorers, as well as a sequential look at the evolution of the landmass. A great site for social studies resources from the 11th through 20th Centuries.

tag(s): canada (30), landforms (45)

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This site is a little text heavy, but the information is all interesting and pertinent to a study of world explorers. Use this site as a point of reference when learning about the explorers who began to colonize our neighbor to the North. The site has a lot of information but would also be great for shorter investigations. Refer students to the site if working on research projects of papers about explorers. The information makes for a great jumping off point, and is reliable.

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Civilisations - BBC

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Though its design is complex, this site allows students to watch the spread of various world religions through a combination of interactive maps and timelines. By hitting play on the...more
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Though its design is complex, this site allows students to watch the spread of various world religions through a combination of interactive maps and timelines. By hitting play on the timeline, students can watch the spread of Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and Sikhism, as well as the spread of Roman and British control throughout the world. Modern political map overlays demonstrate the way in which political borders are at odds with religious borders in some regions of the world. While this site might be too complicated for individual student use, it serves as a great teaching aid for class room discussions of western heritage and world cultures topics.

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Use this site as an introductory activity to a lesson on world religions. Share the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector - using it as either a class activity to show where religions are physically, or as a cooperative group activity analyzing the content. If using it as a group activity, have groups answer questions focused on why certain religions are concentrated where they are, and relating physical barriers to cultural ones. For help making graphic organizers, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Illuminating the Renaissance - Getty Museum

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The Getty Museum has produced a fine site to accompany their exhibit of illuminated renaissance books, or "Flemish Manuscripts." Examine an online sampling of the paintings, or read...more
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The Getty Museum has produced a fine site to accompany their exhibit of illuminated renaissance books, or "Flemish Manuscripts." Examine an online sampling of the paintings, or read up on the background of the history of renaissance art as it can be found on the pages of these beautiful books.

tag(s): painting (66), renaissance (34)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, clicking on the section entitled "Zoom & Explore." Use this site as an activator or introduction to a unit on interpreting Renaissance Art. The site provides dialogue about the paintings origins in addition to allowing users to zoom in on selected parts to see the very fine details. Art history teachers will love this one!
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Proceedings of the Old Bailey London

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This is an interesting collection of primary resources for those interested in British History ; the site has the texts of over 100,000 proceedings of London's Central Criminal Court....more
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This is an interesting collection of primary resources for those interested in British History ; the site has the texts of over 100,000 proceedings of London's Central Criminal Court. There is also a good introduction in the "For Schools" section on how to structure a legal and civic history lessons using the site. The teacher's page is geared towards British Curriculum standards, but it is still helpful in describing the site's application to British History.

tag(s): britain (35), courts (15), england (57), great britain (16)

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Beyond the free lesson plans, use this site to obtain plenty of primary resources from early to modern England. During a unit on the American Revolution, use this site as a way to address the treason of Benedict Arnold. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and search for crimes related to treason or espionage. Go through the cases with students, highlighting sentencing and judicial opinions related to the offense. Once you have gone through a few cases, use the results you found to discuss what British attitudes may have been towards their own "turncoat" and how this may have impacted Benedict Arnold's future working for the British Empire. This would also be a great activity to discuss how these same attitudes in combination with Arnold's actions impacted American legislation towards treason. This could be used in either a civics or American History course.

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Teach Vietnam - The Learning Experience - Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund

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Created by the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund, the full title of this site is "Echoes From The Wall: History, Learning and Leadership through the Lens of The Vietnam War Era." ...more
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Created by the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund, the full title of this site is "Echoes From The Wall: History, Learning and Leadership through the Lens of The Vietnam War Era." The approaches the Vietnam War era with a focus on history, leadership, citizenship, and civic responsibility. The site has good primary source research materials and an interactive timeline, as well as a detailed teacher's guide with teaching modules.

tag(s): 1960s (30), memorial day (13), vietnam (36)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site! All are related back to standards of learning, and provide great resources for teachers who need to cover the Vietnam War. Save the site as a favorite on your classroom computer and refer to it when in need of fresh ideas.

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Who What When

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This site is an interesting resource for history research. The database allows you to build timelines based upon specific dates, people, and events. The timelines are helpful for putting...more
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This site is an interesting resource for history research. The database allows you to build timelines based upon specific dates, people, and events. The timelines are helpful for putting events into their appropriate historical context and the events themselves contain links to a Google search to find more information on the topic

tag(s): timelines (62)

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Use this site to help students review before an assessment. Have students create their own timelines concerning the events of the unit. This would also be useful in the context of a World History class. Before a final SOL or class assessment, this would be a great way to show students how some of the events studied may or may not have been occurring at or around the same time.
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Mostly Medieval

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4 to 12
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Those studying castles, knights, and the feudal system will find a surprisingly rich collection of information and lifestyle trivia at this site. The emphasis is on life in the medieval...more
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Those studying castles, knights, and the feudal system will find a surprisingly rich collection of information and lifestyle trivia at this site. The emphasis is on life in the medieval era, from medicine and food to religion, music, heraldry, and folklore. Lots of tidbits and interesting ideas here. Elementary students will need lots of help with this one.

tag(s): medieval (27)

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Use the ballads on this site as a means to combine history and creative writing. Show students several of the ballad examples over the interactive whiteboard, allowing volunteers to read aloud some of the pieces. Based on the styles and lyrics seen, have students write their own ballads summarizing some point of Medieval culture or history. For a fun break, have students read aloud their ballads to the class - it's always interesting to see how creative people can get!

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UPI Photo Library - UPI

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This searchable library of UPI news photos could be a great addition to in-class current events discussions. ...more
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This searchable library of UPI news photos could be a great addition to in-class current events discussions.

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We've looked in vain for copyright statements regarding educational use. While there's a wealth of content here, tread carefully if you plan to use these outside the classroom.

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League of Nations - Indiana University

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This extensive site about the international organization that existed from just after World War I until 1946 offers text and images that describe the League's aims and activities in...more
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This extensive site about the international organization that existed from just after World War I until 1946 offers text and images that describe the League's aims and activities in detail. Housed at Indiana University, this site could be a great resource for a high school history term paper, or an interesting assignment for the study of World War I.

tag(s): world war 1 (54)

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Use these images in your classroom to supplement your lectures on the close of World War I. There are images of virtually all of the leaders, in addition to locations, assemblies and more. Putting a face to the name can help students who are more visually stimulated.

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Modern Haiku

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Fans of this Japanese poetry form will find fascinating samples and other haiku trivia at this on-line journal. ...more
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Fans of this Japanese poetry form will find fascinating samples and other haiku trivia at this on-line journal.

tag(s): japan (61), japanese (42), poetry (228)

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Try it for samples of contemporary haiku efforts, or submit the best works from your class.

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Bluepack Project - Academy for Educational Development

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The Academy for Educational Development is operating a project to provide backpacks with educational supplies to school children in Afghanistan. Teachers and parents may find this an...more
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The Academy for Educational Development is operating a project to provide backpacks with educational supplies to school children in Afghanistan. Teachers and parents may find this an attractive service opportunity for students eager to "do something" about the plight of civilians in Afghanistan and the middle east. The backpacks cost $10 each.

tag(s): afghanistan (7)

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For students interested in how they can help the economic and educational problems in Afghanistan, recommend this site as a means for them to get involved. While a teacher shouldn't require participation in a relief effort like this - it's still a great idea to pass it around in the hopes that someone can make a difference.

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Iraq - American Friends Service Committee - American Friends Service Committee

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AFS, a part of the Quaker tradition, has a long history of commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution. This page offers substantive opportunities for those opposing the war with Iraq...more
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AFS, a part of the Quaker tradition, has a long history of commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution. This page offers substantive opportunities for those opposing the war with Iraq to express their views and work to repair the damage to property and lives which the war will inevitably cause.

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Use the resources section of this side to provide students with one perspective of the war in Iraq. If students are working on a debate pro-ing and con-ing the need to continue fighting in Iraq, this would be a really great resource for the con side. This site would be a great supplement in a government or civics classroom.

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Flight History

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This British site includes a large collection of images of famous European and American aircraft, along with stories about many of them. Many of the stories concentrate on the circumstances...more
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This British site includes a large collection of images of famous European and American aircraft, along with stories about many of them. Many of the stories concentrate on the circumstances in which the aircraft were used. Try using this site as a supplement to a study of aeronautics or events of the early twentieth century.

tag(s): air (163), aircraft (24), aviation (38)

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While some of the information on this site is targeted towards travelers, there is useful information here that can be used to supplement a lecture on the origins of flight and the Wright Brothers. Open the section about the Wright Brothers on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and use the timeline provided as a guide for students to follow. This would also be a great jumping off point for students working on research projects or papers about the Wright Brothers - save this site on your class wiki or webpage to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom. This would be useful in a US history or Physics classroom following the evolution of flight.

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Mideast Maps from BBC - BBC

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Prepared as background material to the increasing tensions in Iraq and the rest of the mideast, this BBC map collection offers surprisingly detailed information on force strengths in...more
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Prepared as background material to the increasing tensions in Iraq and the rest of the mideast, this BBC map collection offers surprisingly detailed information on force strengths in various mideastern nations. The page includes links to similarly detailed information on other aspects of this looming conflict.

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Use these maps on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a supplement to text for a discussion or lecture on the war in the Middle East. Because of the focus on the Iraq War, these maps do a great job of emphasizing the impact of the military in these regions. These would be a great addition to a World History or Cultural Geography class.
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Surrounded by Beauty - Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley,...more
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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley, the Plains, the Southwest, and the Northwest Coast, the site offers images and text that can enhance any unit on Native Americans. There are also links to tribal web sites.

tag(s): india (36)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Native American culture. Have students explore the site with the intentions of presenting summaries of specific cultures or artworks. Have students create a multimedia presentation using YUtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo of the art, the tribes or the regions (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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Modernism - Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism ...more
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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism that runs from the British arts and crafts movement in the 1880s through to American Art Deco of the 1940s. There are images, text, and video narration for each segment, providing a nice evolutionary tour. Use the pieces together or individually as supplemental material for art history, or as an adjunct to an American or European history class.

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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 modernism in the past two centuries. Use the site's images and virtual exhibits to showcase the movement being talked about to compliment your class lectures. Another useful item is that some of the exhibits have a quick video clip that can help introduce the idea to your class in a way that foreshadows the rest of your lecture. Make sure your technology allows for the videos to be seen and not just heard!
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