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The Japanese-American Historical Society

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Though its focus is by no means entirely on World War II, that war was no doubt the most trying time for Japanese Americans. This site contains numerous resources on ...more
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Though its focus is by no means entirely on World War II, that war was no doubt the most trying time for Japanese Americans. This site contains numerous resources on the experiences of Japanese Americans during the war, as well as other resources highlighting the accomplishments of Japanese Americans and their efforts to preserve their ethnic heritage.

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The Story of Africa - BBC

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The BBC's presentation of African history works forward from about 200 AD, examining cultures of various African regions and the influences of Islam, colonialism, and the like. There...more
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The BBC's presentation of African history works forward from about 200 AD, examining cultures of various African regions and the influences of Islam, colonialism, and the like. There are extensive subdivisions, each with its own presentation, images, timeline, and resources. There's a wealth of information here for any study of Africa and its history.

tag(s): africa (180)

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Use this site to add something tangible to the study of Africa. While there is an abundance of informational text, what is really great about this site are the audio files embedded with in each section. There are files of African music, professors talking, geologists, politicians, etc - all exhibiting the importance of African per historical era. The site dates back to the birth of mankind and precedes through the present day, so use this site in every time period of a world history class!

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Maps Of Africa

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Special features: great database of African maps. This site offers many different maps on African countries ...anything from vegetation to political (many political). There is also...more
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Special features: great database of African maps. This site offers many different maps on African countries ...anything from vegetation to political (many political). There is also a range in years; some maps date back as far as 1975. This site may be useful if you're looking for specific detail (agriculture in 1994); however, the map files are large and may take a while to download.

tag(s): africa (180), maps (287)

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These maps would be an excellent addition to any civics or world history class. During a unit on Africa, open one of these maps on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Keep the map up during lecture so students can understand the location of events geographically. Geography of Africa is often ignored in schools, so it would certainly be useful to have the map open as a point of reference for students.

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African Voices

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The Smithsonian has created a colorful, if sometimes awkward, resource for studying African history, art, and culture. The site features works by African sculptors and artists, but...more
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The Smithsonian has created a colorful, if sometimes awkward, resource for studying African history, art, and culture. The site features works by African sculptors and artists, but the African history time-line is the most useful instructional component. It shows African influences in Spain, the New World, and many other places. We hope the content for these sections will expand over time. Still, this is a very useful resource for explaining the evolution and spread of African cultural elements.

tag(s): africa (180), spain (9)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a unit about the slave trade in Africa or as review. The timeline begins in the 1400's with the Portuguese, and extends until the mid 1800's. What is nice about the timeline is that to access the additional information, you have to click on the specific event. Which means that before you access the event, you can test student knowledge before checking the answer in the background. This would be a great quick review tool at the end of a lesson right before students are about to leave your classroom.

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Africam

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Here's a South African site that offers images and camera feeds from a variety of wildlife parks and refuges in Africa. There's no way to know exactly what you'll find, ...more
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Here's a South African site that offers images and camera feeds from a variety of wildlife parks and refuges in Africa. There's no way to know exactly what you'll find, and the speed of your connection will certainly affect the performance, but you can find great images here.

tag(s): africa (180), webcams (6)

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This is an excellent site to supplement a unit on Africa specifically, or one that is focused on different environments over the world. Save the site as a favorite on classroom computers, and have students look at in pairs or cooperative learning groups. Use the site to show kids how different the African country-side is from their own. Because one can not predict when or where animals will appear, it is probably best to have students check periodically through the day or classroom period. Have students observe the camera-view, and write a comparative piece on the differences between the region shown and their own. Post pictures of the site and students work to display around the classroom during the unit!

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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

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This site is published by the Kingdom of Jordan and offers a retrospective on the history of that nation in the 20th century. Jordan's conciliatory policies have given it a ...more
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This site is published by the Kingdom of Jordan and offers a retrospective on the history of that nation in the 20th century. Jordan's conciliatory policies have given it a special role in current Mideast affairs, and this site can help students understand how those policies evolved.

tag(s): jordan (5)

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Use this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector as an activator to a lesson or unit on Jordan. This would be a useful site for a world history or Cultural Geography course.

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Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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This Israeli government site offers up-to-date information about government and life in Israel. The site is updated frequently. ...more
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This Israeli government site offers up-to-date information about government and life in Israel. The site is updated frequently.

tag(s): israel (17)

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Use this site as part of a current affairs project within a history or government class. Have students compare the articles they read here with articles from US papers on similar subjects. Have students compare and contrast the articles by bias, coverage, information and focus via research project OR short in class assignment. If using the activity in class, have students compare the two perspectives via Venn Diagram on classroom computers or the Interactive whiteboard. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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The Islamic World to 1600

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Here's another introduction to Islam, this time from the University of Calgary. It's intended as a succinct college-level tutorial, but it contains a wealth of facts for either teachers...more
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Here's another introduction to Islam, this time from the University of Calgary. It's intended as a succinct college-level tutorial, but it contains a wealth of facts for either teachers or AP students. Well worth exploring if you're interested in this period.

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Use this site as a means to help students review the major concepts of the Islamic Empires to 1600. Teachers can allow students to complete it as an in-class assignment or post it to their teacher webpage to allow them to do it independently. This would be a helpful resource for a World History class.

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Shia

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Shia discusses the differences between shi'ite and more dominant Islamic traditions. The adult reading level and very dense content level will make this material challenging for students....more
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Shia discusses the differences between shi'ite and more dominant Islamic traditions. The adult reading level and very dense content level will make this material challenging for students.

tag(s): middle east (30)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on World Religions, specifically during a lesson on the differences between the two muslim sects. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning groups with the intent of summarizing the main points in a presentation piece. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Fog of War - Washington Post

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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by...more
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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by former commanders, the site chronicles the war's effect on the middle east while discussing the problems inherent in managing a limited conflict. Good starting point for a discussion of the interplay between military, political, and diplomatic interests in American foreign policy.

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Use this site as an extended learning center during a lesson(s) on the Gulf War. Because there is a lot of information on this site, we recommend creating a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what is the most important. For help creating easy sheets, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Middle East Information Network

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This is an easily navigated guide to the cultures, religions, and history of the middle east region. It contains a combination of original content and links to third party sources....more
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This is an easily navigated guide to the cultures, religions, and history of the middle east region. It contains a combination of original content and links to third party sources. The site does a reasonable job of remaining balanced in presenting a region in which almost everything has political overtones.

tag(s): middle east (30), religions (61)

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Teachers may find the description of Islam particularly useful.

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The Theban Mapping Project

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Learn about the discovery and mapping of Egyptian tombs in and around Thebes. Site includes pictures, maps, and historical context. ...more
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Learn about the discovery and mapping of Egyptian tombs in and around Thebes. Site includes pictures, maps, and historical context.

tag(s): egypt (67), pyramids (29)

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Use this site as a resource for students working on research projects or papers. Make sure to save it as a favorite on your class web page to allow for students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Rome

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This site from Washington State University provides college-level depth on the evolution, flowering, and decline of the Roman empire. The treatment includes political, social, and military...more
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This site from Washington State University provides college-level depth on the evolution, flowering, and decline of the Roman empire. The treatment includes political, social, and military history in sufficient detail that teachers should be able to use this site as a resource for planning an entire unit on Roman history, even at the high school level. Serious students will find a rich resource of factual information.

tag(s): romans (35), rome (27)

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Include this link on your class website (or wiki) for students to practice both in and out of the classroom. The information is more encyclopedia-like, but can help fill in the holes that students may have about the textbook or lectures. Students can use the site as a reference or for review before assessments.

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The Roman Empire

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There's lots of information here, most of it in the form of text. There are also maps, images, and the like. The site is particularly noteworthy for the depth of ...more
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There's lots of information here, most of it in the form of text. There are also maps, images, and the like. The site is particularly noteworthy for the depth of its content, which makes it a great starting point for on-line research.

tag(s): romans (35), rome (27)

In the Classroom

Although there may not be any current updates on this site, there is a lot of background information that could help students who need catching up do so without being singled out. Use the site as a learning center or station, clearly defining which part students should focus on. Based on what they read, have students create timelines of topics such as political rulers, battles, colonization efforts, factors leading to the fall of Rome, etc. Have students use a tool such as Xtimeline, (reviewed here). This would be great for a World History course.

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The Romans in Britain - BBC

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This site from the BBC takes an understandably Anglo-centric approach to presenting the exploits of the Romans, especially in Britian. The overview of the Roman empire is also worth...more
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This site from the BBC takes an understandably Anglo-centric approach to presenting the exploits of the Romans, especially in Britian. The overview of the Roman empire is also worth a visit. The graphics and presentation are approachable without diluting the content, and the site includes materials for teachers and parents as well.

tag(s): britain (35), romans (35)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Ancient Roman empire. There are pre-prepared worksheets on the site that can not only be used to guide students, but once completed can be used as an informal assessment. This is an excellent resource for a world history classroom.

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The Perseus Project - Tufts University

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Developed at Tufts University. This is a rich resource for the study of ancient Greece and its archaeological sites. Students can select regions or specific sites and investigate the...more
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Developed at Tufts University. This is a rich resource for the study of ancient Greece and its archaeological sites. Students can select regions or specific sites and investigate the archeological evidence found at those sites. Beautifully photographed and mapped, with a strong selection of related links.

tag(s): archeology (32), greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30), romans (35)

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Take advantage of the free images and background information offered on this site. Use the images and detailed information to supplement textbook information, in addition to lectures. Each image has a graphic explanation of construction, use and symbolism of each monument - something that might sound more interesting to students than information commonly found in textbooks.

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Ice Treasures Of The Inca - National Geographic

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National Geographic sites are fantastic. This particular one recreates an expedition in the Andes. Beautiful pictures, maps, and journals, as well as a discussion of prehistory and...more
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National Geographic sites are fantastic. This particular one recreates an expedition in the Andes. Beautiful pictures, maps, and journals, as well as a discussion of prehistory and anthropology.

tag(s): anthropology (11), south america (39)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Mesoamerican Civilizations. Have students complete the site individually or in cooperative learning groups. Because there is a lot of reading involved, this activity would probably work best if lower-level reading students were paired with more advanced readers.

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Egyptian Art & Archaeology

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Use the images in the exhibit for a visual discovery activity. Select 3-4 images, placing them on a slide-show presentation. Have students take notes on each of the images, noting what they observe, infer and predict about each one. After the presentation, have a class discussion based around student notes. This would be great review activity before an assessment, allowing students to apply the knowledge just learned. This would be a great resource for a world history classroom.

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Ancient Egypt

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This site from the British Museum offers a literate, visually attractive, yet very approachable on-line study resource on Egyptian culture, customs, and history. The site has numerous...more
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This site from the British Museum offers a literate, visually attractive, yet very approachable on-line study resource on Egyptian culture, customs, and history. The site has numerous topics and layers, with most content delivered through stories. There are also instructional games and quizzes. Five stars for this one! The games require SHOCKWAVE. The site includes the link to get it, or you can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): egypt (67)

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The "staff room" feature is especially nice for teachers, offering teacher instructions directly from each student page, or in sequence if you prefer.

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Akhnet

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This British site about Egyptian tombs, burial practices, and culture offers lots of photos coupled with personalized commentary about the ways in which the ancient Egyptians buried...more
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This British site about Egyptian tombs, burial practices, and culture offers lots of photos coupled with personalized commentary about the ways in which the ancient Egyptians buried their dead and the state of their tombs today. The design is a little dated, but the information's thousands of years old anyway, and the presentation doesn't suffer for it. Good site for basic student research.

tag(s): egypt (67), pyramids (29)

In the Classroom

Have students explore this site in cooperative learning groups, researching a specific aspect of Ancient Egyptians and their burial processes. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. The books can help students review and reenforce information through presentation. World History teachers will find this one very useful.

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