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Reading Treks: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Learn through two different timelines (the 1940s and 1980s) the story about the friendship of a Chinese American 12-year-old boy and a Japanese American girl. It is set in the city of Seattle and its cultural, musical, political, and social conflicts at the height of the WWII. The plot focuses on the painful separation of friends during the confining of Japanese Americans to internment camps. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 9-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards and ISTE Student Standards. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): 1940s (14), 1980s (9), cross cultural understanding (138), virtual field trips (69), world war 2 (132)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create timelines of the important events both during the 1940s and the 1980s. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools located here. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of Henry's travels from Seattle to New York City. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create and share custom maps.
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Reading Treks: The 57 Bus - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book, The 57 Bus. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 7-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): courts (20), emotions (41), racism (58), social and emotional learning (43)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). This book and the suggested activities work well as part of lessons on racism. Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create timelines of the important events during the period of this story that took place in 2013. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools located here. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create and share custom maps that include information about hate crimes around the world. As students conduct online research, use Fiskkit, reviewed here as a collaborative discussion tool. Use Fiskkit to share the link of any online article with students, then the site's tools provide the opportunity to highlight and add comments to areas within the article by users.
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Reading Treks: Buffalo Dance The Journey of York - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book Buffalo Dance The Journey of York. Get to know York, the only enslaved man on the Lewis and Clark expedition, through these poems that provide insight into how and what York may have felt and thought. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 10-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): 1800s (54), commoncore (86), explorers (63), lewis and clark (17), poetry (184), westward expansion (33)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). As a class, discuss social justice situations within the school, the community, state, nation, and the world. To enhance learning and the discussions of online information, use Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative discussion tool. Fiskkit allows you to highlight and add comments to online articles. Have students share their written work, including poems, to PorfolioVillage, reviewed here. Portfolio Village includes free resources for creating and sharing online portfolios that include images, written work, and video making it perfect to use for sharing student work during parent conferences and when submitting college applications.
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Reading Treks: American Born Chinese - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book, American Born Chinese. American Born Chinese recounts the tale of three characters: Jin Wang, who moves to another area with his family to find that he's the only Chinese-American at his new school; the Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest Chinese tales; and Chin-Kee, who is typical of the negative Chinese stereotype and is destroying his cousin Danny's life. Their lives and stories meet up with an unforeseen turn in this current tale. Discover their journey to their identity and purpose in life while struggling with others' prejudices, especially how it applies to racism. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 7-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (138), identity (21), racism (58), virtual field trips (69)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students research places and events discussed in the book to create interactive timelines. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools at located here. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of the locations shared. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create and share custom maps.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Social Studies - TeachersFirst

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Explore, compare, and contrast three different online tools designed to engage students in grades 5 - 12 in meaningful civics and historical learning. Participants will learn about the features of these three free tools and then explore ways to use them in upper elementary through high school classrooms. Pairing these tools with pedagogically sound instructional strategies will provide a foundation on which to build critical thinking skills. Participants will: 1. Understand how the use of simulations and primary sources can convey difficult material in a way that's interesting and accessible; 2. Explore three free educational tools to support social studies instruction in grades 5-12; and 3. Plan for the use of one of the three tools in the educational setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (231)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Reading Trek: March, Book One - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for sharing the autobiography of Congressman John Lewis who as a student met Martin Luther King, was instrumental in the birth of the Nashville Student Movement and their "lunch counter sit-ins." View the robust instructional guide for suggestions to use with students in grades 7-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): black history (81), civil rights (140), congress (37)

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Using the Reading Trek, explore the periods of the 1930s and 1960s using maps and other non-fiction resources. Engage students and use an online organization tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to collect and share resources with students. Organize information within the Padlet using columns to sort content by decade. Be sure to allow comments to encourage student discussion and collaboration. Enhance learning by asking students to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Use the infographics as an alternative to a book report and ask students to share important places, dates, and historical characters to tell the story of John Lewis.
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NAACP History: Carter G Woodson - NAACP

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Learn about Carter G. Woodson, also known as the "Father of Black History" through this short yet informative article provided by the NAACP. The article tells of Woodson's childhood...more
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Learn about Carter G. Woodson, also known as the "Father of Black History" through this short yet informative article provided by the NAACP. The article tells of Woodson's childhood in Virginia as the son of former slaves and takes readers through his work leading up to his development of Negro History Week. Since that time, his work has become a month-long celebration of African-American history.

tag(s): african american (94), biographies (87), black history (81)

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Include this article along with your other resources for Black History Month, studies of famous Americans, or when studying biographies. Engage students by helping them organize information using a bookmarking tool like Padlet, reviewed here. Use Padlet's column feature to sort information by date, location, careers, or more. Padlet also includes the ability to add comments to share additional information or notes. Include this article as part of a larger unit created using TES Blendspace, reviewed here. Blendspace is an easy to use tool for creating interactive online lessons that include videos, websites, PDFs, and more. As a final project and to extend learning, ask students to create and share videos with information learned during the unit. Biteable, reviewed here, and Powtoon, reviewed here are excellent resources to create video presentations.

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Reading Trek: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks are a way of creating a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Trek provides activities correlated to the author's story as she participated in the Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery. The teaching guide includes many teaching suggestions for grades 6-12 correlated to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): black history (81), civil rights (140)

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Take advantage of the many teaching ideas found on the PDF Instructional Guide. Engage and help students understand and discuss online content using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative discussion platform. Enhance learning by having students create a Civil Rights timeline of the top ten to twenty events using Timeline JS, reviewed here, and annotate each event with their reasons for choosing it. Timeline JS also allows for students to annotate with music, photos, videos, and more. Use Story Maps, reviewed here, and have students to create digital stories including text, interactive maps, and other multimedia content.
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Meet the Man Who Created Black History Month - CNN Staff

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Meet Carter G. Woodson, a leader in African-American studies. This article tells the story of Woodson's work in bringing African-American stories into the history books after being...more
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Meet Carter G. Woodson, a leader in African-American studies. This article tells the story of Woodson's work in bringing African-American stories into the history books after being primarily neglected until the 1920s. This short article provides an introduction to Carter G. Woodson and his work in bringing the achievements of African-Americans into textbooks.
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tag(s): african american (94), biographies (87), black history (81)

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Include this article with other resources for student use not only during Black History Month but throughout the year as inspiration when writing biographies, studying careers, or learning about influential Americans. Take advantage of some of the free resources found at Class Tools, reviewed here, and ask students to create a Fakebook profile of Mr. Woodson or use the Turbo Timeline generator to produce a timeline of key events. Have students share their learning through a variety of digital tools. Use Site123, reviewed here, or Carrd, reviewed here, to create a webpage featuring student research and writing. Use Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to extend learning by asking students to become the teacher. Have students create a learning path for classmates to teach them about Carter G. Woodson or other famous African-Americans. When finished, your class will have a complete library of biographies to learn from!

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Mary McLeod Bethune - Learning for Justice

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Using an excerpt from an interview of Mary McLeod Bethune, this lesson guides students through an exploration of Bethune's life and comparisons to their life experiences. Through the...more
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Using an excerpt from an interview of Mary McLeod Bethune, this lesson guides students through an exploration of Bethune's life and comparisons to their life experiences. Through the use of the provided list of essential questions, students use critical reading skills to build knowledge and make connections. This lesson also includes additional extension activities and prompts.

tag(s): black history (81), civil rights (140), women (101)

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Use the provided link to import this lesson into your Google Classroom account. This lesson is part of a four-part series, use the other lessons to build your unit on black history or famous women. As you add additional resources to your lesson, enhance student learning by using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative discussion tool. Fiskkit includes tools for highlighting and adding notes to online articles to facilitate peer discussions. Further, enhance learning by helping students highlight important information from within articles using a word cloud creation tool like Wordsift, reviewed here. Copy and paste any text into Wordsift to highlight and enlarge frequently used words. Use this information to guide students toward significant portions of text. Ask students to use a digital annotation tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here, to add notes, links, and additional information to images. Extend student learning by encouraging them to learn more about Mary McLeod Bethune and other feminists and then creating and sharing podcasts. One easy introduction to podcasts is through the use of Synth, reviewed here. Synth is an audio podcasting tool that uses "bite-sized" audio clips of 256 seconds or less. Have students use this tool to give a "You Are There" presentation sharing events as they happened during Bethune's life, or to share their takeaways of the importance of Mary McLeod Bethune's contributions to women's rights.
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Famous African Americans - Famous African Americans.org

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From the little known to the very famous, these people all have something in common: they have all made significant contributions to American history. Though far from complete, the...more
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From the little known to the very famous, these people all have something in common: they have all made significant contributions to American history. Though far from complete, the list has hundreds of names (listed alphabetically by their first names) and a wealth of categories from sports, singers, actors, writers, activists, scientists, politicians, and everything in between. Every person has a picture and a biography. If that isn't enough, investigate this site's engaging blog topics like 6 Must-See Malcolm X Posters, Top 10 Most Famous Black Actors of All Time, Top 10 Richest African Americans, and plenty more.
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tag(s): african american (94), biographies (87), black history (81)

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This is an excellent site to use as part of a biography unit to match biographies to individual student interests. Allow students to choose a category. Have them read several biographies from that category, then research an African American that hasn't been included on this site. Have students use these biographies as a model to write about the person they researched. Instead of writing down information, ask students to use Google Docs or Microsoft Word to begin research. Using these online documents affords many benefits, including the ability to add comments, highlight information, and add links to online information. Once research is underway, suggest that students use a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to organize information. SearchTeam includes the ability to add notes to bookmarks, making it easy for students to label and add information for later use. As a final project and to extend student learning, ask students to create their own book using OurBoox , reviewed here, that includes images, videos, and text. Math teachers could have students figure out which category has the most people in it, or what percentage of the site is dedicated to the category they are interested in.

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OK2Ask: Data and Charts and Graphs, Oh My! Let Google Tools Be Your Guide - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Humans respond to and process visual data better than any other type of data. Whether students are learning to collect, organize, graph, or interpret data, this webinar offers proven tools and strategies that assist learners in developing and applying those skills. Together we will explore and plan for the use of forms to collect data, web resources to access data, spreadsheets to manipulate and graph data, and Google MyMaps to visualize data. Students from beginner to advanced can use these tools to visualize and connect math, science, and social studies concepts to concrete, real-world applications. Let's get students excited about learning and help them incorporate complex data literacy into their world view. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use data visualization in the classroom; 2. Explore digital tools that will assist students with data visualization projects; and 3. Plan for the use of data visualization in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): charts and graphs (174), data (137), Google (18), infographics (51), professional development (231), visualizations (12)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Phyllis Wheatley - Biography

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Enjoy this interesting, short "biography" about Phyllis Wheatley and her poem "His Excellency General Washington" (an ode to George Washington). In the video, historian Alexis Coe reads...more
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Enjoy this interesting, short "biography" about Phyllis Wheatley and her poem "His Excellency General Washington" (an ode to George Washington). In the video, historian Alexis Coe reads the last verse of Wheatley's poem and describes Washington's reaction (and adds a bit of her own opinion of Washington). She then describes Wheatley's experience as a slave, which was quite different from what other slaves experienced. A lot of information is packed into this 2:45 video! If you use a "pop-up blocker" or "ad blocker," be sure to disable it to view this video.

tag(s): african american (94), biographies (87), black history (81), poetry (184)

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Use this short video when studying any of Phyllis Wheatley's poems, types of poetry, George Washington, or the American Revolution. Since the historian in this video is rather opinionated, use a tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to ask students questions about the video and their opinion about the statements made by Alexis Coe. Padlet allows you to create columns for posting in categories (or for different questions). You may want to allow students to choose which questions to answer.

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Celebrating Black History Month - Collection - Poetry Foundation

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For Black History Month, the Poetry Foundation has put together this excellent collection of poems, articles, and podcasts that will help you discover African American history and culture....more
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For Black History Month, the Poetry Foundation has put together this excellent collection of poems, articles, and podcasts that will help you discover African American history and culture. Find poems and podcasts from Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many others. Also, discover Educational Resources that include biographies, poem guides, and Articles for Teachers.

tag(s): african american (94), biographies (87), black history (81), podcasts (58), poetry (184)

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Share several poems with students and then have them create similar poet and poem podcasts. Start your own classroom collection to be shared digitally on your website. Exchange the physical whiteboard or chalkboard by creating a digital, collaborative board using a tool such as Lino, reviewed here, for the collection ideas. Enhance learning and augment classroom technology use by using a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here, for students to present their poems to their classmates. Post the podcasts to your class website for students and parents to enjoy at home.

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Perfect Blues:1920s, 30s and 40s Vintage Blues; Duke Ellington; Leadbelly (Past Perfect) - Past Perfect Vintage Music

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Are you having trouble finding Blues sites with the music? Listen to handpicked classic, popular Blues sounds of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s on this YouTube playlist. You'll find ...more
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Are you having trouble finding Blues sites with the music? Listen to handpicked classic, popular Blues sounds of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s on this YouTube playlist. You'll find Leadbelly, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jelly Roll Morton, Joe Venuti, Bessie Smith and many, many more. The music is crystal clear with none of the scratchy sounds you hear with many old songs that were recorded from old technology. If your district blocks YouTube, you may not be able to enjoy this music.

tag(s): 1920s (5), 1930s (18), 1940s (14), 1950s (11), blues (17), harlem (7), jazz (12)

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Play musical selections for students to talk about musical elements and styles in music class. Have partners explore the site to find examples of different rhythms or styles they prefer. In social studies or history classes, use this Perfect Blues music as an introduction to any unit of study from the 1920s - 1950s in your classroom. Share with students for use in multimedia presentations (with proper attribution, of course). Try sharing this resource with students when they are creating podcasts, slideshows, and other media projects. Make sure students realize that "royalty-free" does not dismiss the need to give proper credit for their source!

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Open Course Library - Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

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10 to 12
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Open Course Library is an impressive collection of free, downloadable course materials. Materials include syllabi, activities, readings, assessments, and more. The course topics cover...more
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Open Course Library is an impressive collection of free, downloadable course materials. Materials include syllabi, activities, readings, assessments, and more. The course topics cover a variety of content in all subject areas. Use the search feature to narrow down available information. Most links lead to course information found on shareable Google Documents.

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Use these excellent free course materials in a variety of ways. Share courses with students with specific career interests not covered by traditional curriculums such as aerospace or anthropology. Provide students the opportunity to participate in college-level learning experiences without risk by using materials found in the courses on the site. These courses are perfect for use with gifted students to offer them content at a level that challenges them. As students learn from the information found in the courses on this site, ask them to reflect and share their learning through a digital portfolio created with Pathbrite, reviewed here. Students can even include their digital portfolio as part of their college application process at many universities.

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The 1619 Project Curriculum - Pulitzer Center

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The 1619 Project Curriculum includes a comprehensive set of teaching materials to bring the 1619 Project into your classroom. The 1619 Project began with a special issue of the New...more
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The 1619 Project Curriculum includes a comprehensive set of teaching materials to bring the 1619 Project into your classroom. The 1619 Project began with a special issue of the New York Times suggesting that United States history begins with the arrival of the first enslaved African Americans in 1619. The curriculum includes lessons for all grades, including a Reading Guide with warm-up questions, discussion ideas, and extension questions correlated to Common Core Standards. Other materials on this site include a lesson plan based on the kids' section of the 1619 Project and an Index of Terms and Historical Events. Additionally, this site offers lesson plans contributed by other educators, and activities to extend student engagement.

tag(s): 1600s (16), american revolution (73), civil war (126), colonial america (94), slavery (52)

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Take advantage of the wide variety of materials included in this curriculum as part of any lessons on slavery, civil war, and early American history. As you introduce the 1619 Project to your students, ask them to work with a partner or in groups to highlight and identify important information. Many of the student materials are available as PDF documents, have students work in groups to highlight important information or information that needs additional clarification. If you work with older students, use a digital annotation tool like Hypothesis, reviewed here, to add and share notes for discussion. As students become familiar with the content found in the 1619 Project, ask them to demonstrate their understanding of the materials through their choice of multi-media tools. Suggestions include asking students to create a newsletter with the arrival date of the first enslaved African-Americans using Smore, reviewed here, or use Preceden, reviewed here, to build and customize a timeline of events featured in the article. Use the information found on the site to extend learning further and help students make real-life connections to the material by asking students to use the information learned to direct and act out different events in history. Consider asking different groups to create a series on ongoing podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here, to tell the story of American history beginning in 1619 and share their podcasts using school social media accounts.
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Constitutional Rights - Constitution Center

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7 to 12
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Explore the rights the United States shares with other countries around the world with this interactive from the Constitution Center. Begin by selecting a constitutional right from...more
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Explore the rights the United States shares with other countries around the world with this interactive from the Constitution Center. Begin by selecting a constitutional right from the list next to the globe to highlight the countries that also include that right for their citizens. Select any highlighted country to compare their version with the U.S. In addition to sharing the text from each country, this interactive includes the percentage of text with content that matches between the two chosen countries.

tag(s): bill of rights (24), constitution (86), countries (67), cross cultural understanding (138)

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Include this interactive with any lessons on constitutional rights or when studying different nations. Create a Padlet, reviewed here, for your class to add and comment on constitutional rights around the world. Create columns on your Padlet by country or specific rights, then enhance learning by asking students to share information and articles detailing information on that right. Use an online news site like World News, reviewed here, for students to find news from around the world and search by regions. Extend learning by challenging computer-savvy students to create a game using Scratch, reviewed here, that takes players around the world to learn about rights and freedoms found in different nations. Ask other students to create podcasts discussing current events and freedoms from around the world. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an excellent podcast creation tool and includes features for adding links and lists to shows, and allows users to schedule podcast releases for specific dates and times.

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Lewis and Clark - History.com

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Discover the role of Lewis and Clark as part of the westward expansion of the United States through video and information provided on this page from the History Channel. Scroll ...more
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Discover the role of Lewis and Clark as part of the westward expansion of the United States through video and information provided on this page from the History Channel. Scroll through to learn about the initial stages of the preparation for Lewis and Clark's expedition, discover some of the difficulties encountered, and continue through to read about their final legacy. This site also contains many links to sources for additional research and information.

tag(s): 1800s (54), jefferson (20), lewis and clark (17), westward expansion (33)

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Include this site with your resources for units involving American expansion, Thomas Jefferson, the French and Indian War, the Louisiana Purchase, or any related topics. Use an online teachers' utility like Actively Learn, reviewed here, to curate and distribute websites, videos, and more to students. In addition to the curation of resources, Actively Learn offers tools for student note-taking and assessments. When sharing this Lewis and Clark page with students, use Fiskkit, reviewed here, to collaboratively discuss the information found on the site, or for students to post notes and questions. Engage students in their own learning and ask them to create a book telling the story of Lewis and Clark using Book Creator, reviewed here. Ask students to include videos, online articles, and their own work to tell the story of Lewis and Clark's expedition. As students become more familiar with the expedition and the time period, ask them to create podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here, to retell the story of their journey. Another option is to ask students to create a timeline using Timeline JS, reviewed here, or choose from other timeline creation tools located here to tell the story using maps, videos, primary sources, and more.

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Race to Ratify - iCivics

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Can you be a ratification #influencer? That is the goal of this game where players land back in time to the year 1787 and fight to ratify the newly proposed ...more
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Can you be a ratification #influencer? That is the goal of this game where players land back in time to the year 1787 and fight to ratify the newly proposed Constitution using the social media of the time - pamphlets. Select from two different game modes - historical and free play. Talk with friends and dissenters as you travel across the 13 states to hear different opinions and attempt to influence others to your point of view. Earn tokens along the way to use in interviews and pamphlets. Although login and registration are available on the site, they aren't necessary to play the game. The educator login gives access to the extension pack that provides additional context and materials for using the game in classrooms.

tag(s): 1700s (33), branches of government (54), colonial america (94), constitution (86), game based learning (157)

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Demonstrate the basic concepts of the challenge on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then allow students to play on their own on the whiteboard or classroom computers, keeping a log of their actions and results. Enhance learning by having students share interactions from the game in comic form using ToonyTool, reviewed here. Ask students to use ToonyTool to create a conversation with the game's character trying to persuade an anti-Federalist or another opponent on the virtues of the Constitution. Use the game as inspiration for students to extend their learning by creating their own history game using Scratch, reviewed here. For ideas and inspiration, use the search feature in Scratch to find examples of history games created by other users.

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