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Women and the Holocaust

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9 to 12
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A haunting, sometimes disturbing site that chronicles the experiences of women in the holocaust. This is an important story to tell. ...more
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A haunting, sometimes disturbing site that chronicles the experiences of women in the holocaust. This is an important story to tell.

tag(s): holocaust (39), women (101), world war 2 (142)

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Women in World History

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6 to 12
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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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1936 Olympics - Smithsonian Holocaust Museum

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6 to 12
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This site, based on an exhibit from the American Holocaust Museum, uses the 1936 games as a starting point for a visual synopsis of the evolution of the Nazi regime, ...more
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This site, based on an exhibit from the American Holocaust Museum, uses the 1936 games as a starting point for a visual synopsis of the evolution of the Nazi regime, with a particular focus on its racial and ethnic policies. The result is a succinct, though stark, introduction that should be useful for many students. The site features an online exhibition with video clips, pictures, and articles of interest.

tag(s): german (64), germany (28), olympics (47), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site to spark a discussion and study of the role of the Olympics in politics and foreign policy (especially during an Olympic year as an extension of your study of current events). You may want to share some of the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Why not have a class debate about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
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Yugoslavia and the Balkans - BBC

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7 to 12
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This BBC site presents an elegant retracing of the history of the Balkans and their ethnic divisions. While it concentrates on the present, the information includes timelines going...more
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This BBC site presents an elegant retracing of the history of the Balkans and their ethnic divisions. While it concentrates on the present, the information includes timelines going back hundreds of years which show the origins of many present-day conflicts. Good resource for teachers or students working individually or in groups.

tag(s): yugoslavia (2)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on WWII and how borders and political boundaries were changed in the aftermath. This activity will work best if students have a graphic organizer to follow with, we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Ukraine Information and Resources

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6 to 12
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This site offers a collection of cultural, government, and economic information and resources about the Ukraine. It includes information on the roles of women, as well as a historical...more
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This site offers a collection of cultural, government, and economic information and resources about the Ukraine. It includes information on the roles of women, as well as a historical chronology of the nation.

tag(s): women (101)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have students compare and contrast the stories they find about the Ukraine and what's predominantly showcased in American newspapers. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). This would be a great activity during a unit on post-cold war politics, and how the old USSR states have since changed.

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Scottish History - BBC

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6 to 12
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This on-line treatment from the BBC offers lots of depth, particularly in its treatment of early and medieval Scotland. It's not turf that's found in the typical American curriculum,...more
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This on-line treatment from the BBC offers lots of depth, particularly in its treatment of early and medieval Scotland. It's not turf that's found in the typical American curriculum, but this site might appeal to students interested in a world cultures report with a different twist. The site could also be useful as background for study of English literature.

tag(s): britain (35), scotland (7)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Scottish History or specifically a lesson on Mary Queen of Scots, or the Reformation. Be sure to save the section you want to use as a favorite on classroom computers to ensure easy access for students & to help keep them on task. This learning center would work best with a graphic organizer. To help make one for your class, we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Renaissance

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9 to 12
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This elegant site - part of a college-level world culture series - presents the Italian Renaissance and discusses the social, political, and economic trends which contributed to the...more
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This elegant site - part of a college-level world culture series - presents the Italian Renaissance and discusses the social, political, and economic trends which contributed to the flowering of renaissance art and culture. Excellent, dense content would be suitable for advanced high school research, or as background reading for teachers working with this subject. From Washington State University.

tag(s): renaissance (34)

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Use this site as a source for research projects! The information is a little text heavy, but it provides a lot of great information for students to search for a start to their thesis.

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Remembering the Great War - BBC

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This site from the BBC presents a distinctly European remembrance of World War I. There are links to first-hand accounts, as well as to some of the literature written during ...more
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This site from the BBC presents a distinctly European remembrance of World War I. There are links to first-hand accounts, as well as to some of the literature written during the war. It's an appropriate way to show how deeply Europe suffered from the events of that war.

tag(s): primary sources (86), world war 1 (54)

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The most powerful elements of this site are the "images and newsreel" and "archive radio interviews" section. Open the site on the Interactive whiteboard or projector and play the segments for the class. The sound clips and images help exhibit the tremendous strain the Great War put on Europe, and pushes students to understand the events beyond the textbook.

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Number 10 Downing Street

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This is the official site of the British Prime Minister, offering current news, the histories of famous prime ministers, and background information on political issues in the United...more
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This is the official site of the British Prime Minister, offering current news, the histories of famous prime ministers, and background information on political issues in the United Kingdom. Lots of flash and design; a good site to include in researching British government.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57)

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Use this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a unit on British History. Use the biographies of the prime ministers in your classroom to help discuss and discover important politicians of the time period being studied. Students could use the site to identify important political leaders during the American Revolution or WWI for example.

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Internet Modern European History Sourcebook

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6 to 12
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Fordham University has created this outline of European history since about 1500, complete with links to quotable (no copyright) primary documents from various periods. It's an easy...more
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Fordham University has created this outline of European history since about 1500, complete with links to quotable (no copyright) primary documents from various periods. It's an easy to use research resource for term papers or other assignments, and also a simple way to bring historical documents into the classroom.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Use this site to obtain primary sources that can supplement classroom lectures. This site runs the gammit for World History II courses, so save it as a favorite on your classroom computer to reference it for new materials. One way to combine learning the content with learning how to interpret primary sources is to pair students in groups, with each assigned a different primary source. Have students analyze the source with the intentions of presenting it to the class. Once every group has presented their source, the class will vote "survivor style" which source is the most reliable. You would be surprised how much students get into it!

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Modern European History - BBC

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9 to 12
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This Shockwave enhanced site from the BBC's education section provides a very concise walk through modern European history (1918 forward). The text - and it's mostly text - is presented...more
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This Shockwave enhanced site from the BBC's education section provides a very concise walk through modern European history (1918 forward). The text - and it's mostly text - is presented in easily-digested segments, and there are supporting maps and other documentation where necessary. The site is particularly useful for its willingness to examine not just what happened, but why it happened. On-line quizzes make the site useful for self-study.

tag(s): 1900s (33), europe (75)

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Use this site as a way to review students before assessments. There are lots of short quizzes on a variety of subjects that can be either printed or shared on the interactive whiteboard or projector. One way to use them is to have students complete the quizzes for warmups as they come into class. If used in that way, they can also be used as activators to introduce a new unit. This way teachers can assess what knowledge the students already have and which areas need to be covered the most.
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The Marshall Plan - Library of Congress

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This section from the Library of Congress' American Memory site provides an overview and details of the Marshall Plan for the economic reconstruction of Europe in the years immediately...more
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This section from the Library of Congress' American Memory site provides an overview and details of the Marshall Plan for the economic reconstruction of Europe in the years immediately following World War II. It's text-heavy, but there's enough information here for a really good term paper or any student interested in learning about the people and policies which helped rebuild post-war Europe.

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

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Use this site to demonstrate the importance of primary documents for both history and civics. Have students look at the text via interactive whiteboard or projector, and then examine the documents that accompany it. Use this to start a discussion on the different views that both secondary and primary provide before continuing to study the site as it was intended. An excellent site to examine the Marshall plan and primary documents!

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The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies

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9 to 12
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This site which is text heavy, provides the student scholar with college-level electronic resources in the field of Medieval Studies. Under development is a section for students in...more
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This site which is text heavy, provides the student scholar with college-level electronic resources in the field of Medieval Studies. Under development is a section for students in grades K-12.

tag(s): medieval (27)

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This is a good site to refer students to if working on a research project. Students can search the site for various topics, all of which are academic sources. Make sure to post the site on your teacher web page or wiki to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Knighthood, Chivalry, and Tournaments

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Here's a site for the fans of knights in armor. There are details about life in the middle ages, how knights were expected to behave, how they fought, and their ...more
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Here's a site for the fans of knights in armor. There are details about life in the middle ages, how knights were expected to behave, how they fought, and their place in society. There are also a number of links to medieval reenactor groups and activities. Great resource for elementary reports and students interested in lots of detail.

tag(s): feudalism (3), medieval (27)

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This is a great find for gifted students as they can do more in-depth research on knights, chivalry, and the like. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. This would be a good way to review the topic after instruction, useful for a world history classroom.

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Iceland

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6 to 12
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This site offers a historical and cultural introduction to Iceland, its people, and its culture. Well illustrated, with useful information on each section. Students may need a little...more
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This site offers a historical and cultural introduction to Iceland, its people, and its culture. Well illustrated, with useful information on each section. Students may need a little help with the cryptic section headings.

tag(s): cultures (105)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector during a world history unit. Allow students to explore the site, and then as a class compare the facts they have learned about Iceland and compare it to the United States. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). This can also be opened on the Interactive Whiteboard or projector. A site like this would be great at the end of the year so students have the knowledge to compare it to the United States.

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Holocaust Timeline

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A holocaust time line from the History Place. Adult supervision suggested ...more
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A holocaust time line from the History Place. Adult supervision suggested

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

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Use this timeline as a guide to classroom presentations during a unit on the second World War. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing students to look at it individually with the intentions of selecting one major event to present to the class. Allow sufficient class time for students to research and prepare presentations, to be presented adjacent to the timeline in chronological order. For more tailored results, highlight specific events that students can choose among rather than the broad spectrum on the timeline. This would be a great way to teach the events of WWII in a non-lecture format, most likely at the high school level. For projects, have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (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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Remember - A People's History of the Holocaust & Genocide

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This site offers a wealth of holocaust information. Although the design and layout are a bit confusing, the information is there. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom...more
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This site offers a wealth of holocaust information. Although the design and layout are a bit confusing, the information is there. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site! Save this site as a favorite on your classroom desktop to allow for easy access and retrieval in a search for new activities during a unit on the Holocaust. This would be a great site for a World or US history class. ADULT SUPERVISION SUGGESTED

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

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Within the education portion of the site are teacher and student resources that can be utilized in your classroom during a unit or lesson on the holocaust. Take advantage of the free lesson plans, quizzes, information, etc. A great resource for World or US history teachers.

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EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents From Western Europe

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This site is a collection of links that connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light...more
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This site is a collection of links that connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries and would be useful to expose students to the use of primary sources in research and history.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Save this site as a favorite on your desktop and use it as a reference point for finding resources on one of the many European countries. This could be helpful brushing up on your own knowledge or finding materials to supplement a unit. This would be a great resource for a World or European history classroom.

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Genealogy of the Kings & Queens of Europe

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Relationships and biographies of important monarchs ...more
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Relationships and biographies of important monarchs

tag(s): britain (35)

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Although it is a little text-heavy, this website is a great way to relay the inter-connectivity between early British monarchs and Christianity. Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the early monarchs and religion. To direct students, we recommend using a graphic organizer to help them focus in on what are the most important parts of the site. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using a site such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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British History Encyclopedia

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4 to 12
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A slightly quirky British resource which provides basic information on people and events in British history. We found lots of details on the lives of monarchs and prime ministers, but...more
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A slightly quirky British resource which provides basic information on people and events in British history. We found lots of details on the lives of monarchs and prime ministers, but not a lot of summary information to put it all in context. Good site for details that other overviews might not include.

tag(s): biographies (87), britain (35), england (57)

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Use this site as a point of reference when studying British history. Some of the information isn't cited or verifiable, but it is in depth and seemingly accurate. Use it for further research or to refer to students who are working on research projects or paper!

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