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

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6 to 12
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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.

tag(s): images (265), news (261)

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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 (227)

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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.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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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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6 to 12
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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 (39)

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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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The Unseen Gulf War - Dirck Halstead

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This is a collection of haunting, disturbing battlefield photos taken by photographer Dirck Halstead shortly after the end of the Gulf War in 1991. There is much death and destruction...more
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This is a collection of haunting, disturbing battlefield photos taken by photographer Dirck Halstead shortly after the end of the Gulf War in 1991. There is much death and destruction here, but the presentation on the realities of war is all the more powerful because it simply lets the images speak for themselves.

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Napoleon Series

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9 to 12
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This is a privately produced, web-only resource about Napoleon, the French Revolution, and related historical topics. While the content is extensive and well-written, there is no biographical...more
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This is a privately produced, web-only resource about Napoleon, the French Revolution, and related historical topics. While the content is extensive and well-written, there is no biographical information on the authors. While we assume the facts are presented accurately, teachers may want to proceed cautiously in other areas.

tag(s): evolution (100), france (40), french (88)

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Use this site as a resource for students working on a research project or paper on Napoleon Bonaparte. Make it easier for students to access the site in and out of the classroom and include it on your teacher wiki or web page! This would be a useful resource in a World History classroom studying the famous statesman.

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Chateau Versailles - Chateau Versailles

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While most of this site deals with visiting Versailles, students will find sections dealing with the King's daily routine and the life of the French court in the 17th and ...more
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While most of this site deals with visiting Versailles, students will find sections dealing with the King's daily routine and the life of the French court in the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition, there are images of some of the more notable artwork, and of course, large sections available "seulement en Francais," which we hope will please the foreign language teachers. There's nothing like it elsewhere.

tag(s): france (40)

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Women's Rights - UC Berkeley

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UC Berkeley's site on women's rights offers an interesting collection of resources. There's a time line showing women's accomplishments from the mid-eighteenth century onward, a collection...more
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UC Berkeley's site on women's rights offers an interesting collection of resources. There's a time line showing women's accomplishments from the mid-eighteenth century onward, a collection of interviews transcribed from on-campus appearances by women in leadership roles, and an activities and introduction section which offers ideas and options for further study. Teachers will probably want to excerpt selected portions for their use, but students doing research on women's history will find lots of good things here.

tag(s): women (101)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources on this site! The lesson plans are all connected to standards, and show creative ways to use the interviews hosted. This site would be interesting in a Government or US History course.
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Facing History

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9 to 12
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This one is different; it's a site built around exposing students to issues in history that have tested ethical and behavioral boundaries. Focusing on topics like anti-Semitism, eugenics,...more
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This one is different; it's a site built around exposing students to issues in history that have tested ethical and behavioral boundaries. Focusing on topics like anti-Semitism, eugenics, and genocide, the content requires students to think about the moral, political, and practical effects of actions by individuals and nations. The structure varies by subject area, and there is a combination of free and "registration required" areas. Secondary history and social sciences teachers will want to browse this one thoroughly.

tag(s): ethics (16)

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Take advantage of the free lesson and plans and classroom activities offered on this web page. Simply go to the "educator resources" section and teachers can search for materials by theme, time period or sequence. Definitely save this one as a favorite and refer to it for new material or lesson plans!

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Flags of the World

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3 to 12
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OK, it's a site that list flags...but there are LOTS of flags. Thousands of them. Flags of countries, states, historical groups, religious organizations, darned near everything. On...more
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OK, it's a site that list flags...but there are LOTS of flags. Thousands of them. Flags of countries, states, historical groups, religious organizations, darned near everything. On top of that, there's lots of interesting narrative about many of these. It's a great place to look for flag information for research projects.

tag(s): flags (21)

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Elementary social studies teachers may find this one addictive.

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Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans - Detroit Institute of Art

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4 to 12
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From the Detroit Institute of Art comes this nicely illustrated collection of teacher-created lesson plans about ancient Egypt. Suitable for a wide range of grades, these lessons encompass...more
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From the Detroit Institute of Art comes this nicely illustrated collection of teacher-created lesson plans about ancient Egypt. Suitable for a wide range of grades, these lessons encompass both art and ancient history. The materials lists vary considerably, so assess your resources before assigning these.

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

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It really doesn't get more creative than this! Take advantage of the free lesson plans and examples provided on this site! This is a great resource for Elementary School teachers, as the subject literally spans almost every content.

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Japanese American Internment Curriculum - National Japanese American Historical Society

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Developed by the National Japanese American Historical Society, this page is a well-organized meta-list of lessons relating to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War...more
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Developed by the National Japanese American Historical Society, this page is a well-organized meta-list of lessons relating to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The lessons include material for all grade levels, and they address the historical, literary, and constitutional aspects of these Americans' experiences. Today's students can learn much from this experience.

tag(s): constitution (79), japan (61), japanese (42), world war 2 (142)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site! Save this site as a favorite for easy use and retrieval for future unit planning. Social studies teachers will love this one!

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