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Reading Treks: Henry's Freedom Box - TeachersFirst

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Based upon the novel Henry's Freedom Box, this Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here, as the basis...more
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Based upon the novel Henry's Freedom Box, this Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here, as the basis for a virtual journey that tells the story of Henry's journey to becoming a free man. Activities correlate to Common Core Standards, National Standards for Social Studies and Visual Arts, and Social Justice Standards. In addition to teaching ideas for working with the map, this Reading Trek also includes extension activities and links to additional helpful resources.

tag(s): civil rights (165), civil war (127), diversity (32), slavery (60)

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Discover the many lesson ideas and activities found in this Reading Trek as an accompaniment to your current lessons for this novel. Incorporate Henry's Freedom Box into units when studying the Civil War, American history, civil rights, or diversity and justice. Include the shared activities along with others of your choosing to create an interactive online lesson using Blendspace, reviewed here. Include videos, quizzes, links to learning activities, and much more in your interactive lesson.
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Georgia Virtual Learning Shared Resources - Georgia Virtual Learning

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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose...more
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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose from studies in all core content areas and the fine arts and world languages. An additional option features courses in CTAE/Electives. These offerings include classes in finance, computer science, fitness, and more. After selecting a course to view, use the module to proceed through the contents. Each module includes an introduction featuring essential questions and interactive content and concludes with final assessments and a module test.

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Bookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for your current lessons, as a resource for students to learn about subjects not covered in their current courses, and to differentiate learning for students. For example, provide remediation to high school students by sharing the 9th or 10th-grade literature and composition courses as a review activity or enhance your British Literature unit by assigning a module that focuses specifically on 17th, 18th, or 19th-century British literature. Consider assigning different activities to groups of students to present to their peers. Ask them to use an infographic creator such as the Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a tool for sharing important information. As a final learning extension, create a digital class book using Ourboox, reviewed here, to share understanding of the content learned. Include text, images, maps, and more in the student-created books.

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Votes for Women - The 19th Amendment - TeachersFirst

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4 to 12
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Votes for Women - The 19th Amendment is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I lost my media/library specialist collection found here...more
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Votes for Women - The 19th Amendment is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I lost my media/library specialist collection found here that features topics and resources that focus on integrating research with technology. Information begins with a short introductory paragraph about the 19th Amendment and extensive background information. The Activities section shares suggested book lists, primary sources, and a WebQuest research project. Continue down the site to find Extension activities that incorporate research skills into additional classroom opportunities such as debates and documentary creation. Ideas found on this resource include correlation to ISTE and AASL National School Library Standards.

tag(s): 1900s (55), constitution (85), women (104), womens suffrage (35)

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Begin by browsing through the many suggested classroom activities found in this resource. Organize a suggested book list or research resources for students using a curation tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, as means for organizing information into one place. Sort items in your Symbaloo by using the color-coding option for the icons. For example, make book suggestions blue, primary source links yellow, etc. As students prepare to share their research and final projects, provide options for sharing information. Suggest students make a presentation with Google Slides, reviewed here, a video using Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, or a multimedia presentation created with Sway, reviewed here.
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Open-Ended Social Studies - Thomas Kenning

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Open-Ended History is an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook designed to foster critical and historical thinking skills through interactive content. Find resources related to the...more
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Open-Ended History is an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook designed to foster critical and historical thinking skills through interactive content. Find resources related to the United States and World History in many ways: browse lessons by concept, country, films, travel writing, or search the library of lessons by keyword. The lessons are designed to be used by students and include many hyperlinks, images, and videos that support the included content. In addition to the teaching materials, this site contains a beneficial blog with content that supports the site's philosophy, which is to teach students through a broader world lens.

tag(s): 1600s (17), 1700s (34), 1800s (61), 20th century (48), american revolution (73), civil war (127), colonial america (92), colonization (18), gettysburg (16), gettysburg address (13), native americans (82), OER (36), washington (23), westward expansion (36)

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This site is an excellent addition to any middle or high school social studies curriculum. Bookmark this site to include with your other lesson resources. Use individual lessons to supplement your lessons through a new viewpoint since many of the tasks encourage students to think of history through the eyes of a traveler. Each lesson begins with a series of focus questions to keep in mind throughout the article. Engage students in learning and provide support for focusing on important information using Read Ahead, reviewed here. This handy tool lets you transform any text into a guided reading activity that highlights critical components of the text. As students collaborate on learning activities, enhance learning by using Notejoy, reviewed here, as a collaborative note-taking tool. Ask students to add the preview questions listed before the lesson and any other focus points, then share ideas and responses in Notejoy throughout the reading and discussions of the content. As a final learning extension, ask students to use Open-Ended History as a model for telling history through the eyes of a storyteller or from the perspective of one location. Use History in Motion, reviewed here, to create interactive timelines using animated maps. Include text descriptions, images, and videos as part of your interactive timelines.
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History of Voting in America - Office of Secretary of State Washington

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This helpful document provides a visual timeline sharing the history of voting from 1776 through the present time. Black and white images and simple explanations guide voting, beginning...more
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This helpful document provides a visual timeline sharing the history of voting from 1776 through the present time. Black and white images and simple explanations guide voting, beginning with the introduction of voting for white men over twenty-one and chronicles changes throughout the years, including eliminating racial barriers and women's voting rights. Although some information is specific to Washington State, this timeline includes all federal voting benchmarks, making it appropriate for use in any classroom. This document is available for viewing online and as a downloadable PDF document.

tag(s): civil rights (165), constitution (85), elections (75), immigrants (29), womens suffrage (35)

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Bookmark and save this document for use with any lessons on voting and to provide context during American History units. The visuals included on the timeline are especially helpful for visual learners to give context and a deeper understanding of the progression from 1776. Engage students by introducing this information with a gamification app such as Blooket, reviewed here. Blooket works well with both in-person and remote learning and offers a variety of game options, including games for single players and groups. Additional Blooket options are offered as homework, meaning students participate at their leisure during the provided time frame. Enhance student learning by creating timelines that include information from this document and additional information from your lessons. Canva, reviewed here, offers many easy to use timeline templates that allow you to add links to outside sites, images, and more. Extend learning by asking students to interview local election officials or senior citizens to share their experience with voting rights and regulations. Ask students to create presentations sharing what they learned using Google Slides, reviewed here, or Microsoft PowerPoint Online, reviewed here. Include links to audio recordings of interviews, add images, supporting videos, and more.
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Unpublished Black History - The New York Times

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Browse through unpublished images from The New York Times archives published daily during February's Black History Month recognition, including short background information about the...more
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Browse through unpublished images from The New York Times archives published daily during February's Black History Month recognition, including short background information about the picture's subject. Email signup isn't required; scroll past that portion at the top of the page to browse the content. Images include well-known entertainers, sports, political figures, and pictures commemorating everyday events. In addition, each entry has a link to a New York Times article.

tag(s): 1960s (29), 1970s (10), black history (90), civil rights (165), journalism (67), martin luther king (39), movies (55), rosa parks (9), sports (77)

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This page is perfect for sharing with students to explore and find people and events of interest. The page is quite lengthy; if looking for specific information such as an event in a particular city or a person, use the search for text feature on your computer to find that information. On a Mac, use "Command+F"; on a Windows device, use "Ctrl+F"; another method for easier viewing is to click on the magnifying glass found on the bottom, left-hand corner of an image. This option allows viewers to scroll through a slide show of the images that include a short description of the activity. As students find information to research further, use the Wikipedia Timeline Generator found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to view a chronological list of events related to that person or event. Use other templates found in class tools to extend learning further. For example, use the Venn Diagram generator to organize and understand overlapping events and people involved or ask students to use the Fakebook generator to create a fictional social profile for one of the people featured on the New York Times page. Extend learning by asking students to become reporters and write news articles about current or past Black History events not found in this article. Consider using a simple web-publishing tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here, to create and share articles that include student-created text along with images and web links.

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The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement - EDSITEment!

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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law ...more
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This fascinating lesson plan includes six teaching activities that focus on how civil rights activists used the power of song to share their message of equal justice under the law for all. The lesson begins with guiding questions and stated learning objectives aligned to Social Studies and Common Core literacy standards. Then, students listen to several songs from the 1960s and analyze the lyrics to understand the civil rights messages during their study of the materials. This lesson includes links to all media and music referenced within the activities.

tag(s): 1960s (29), black history (90), civil rights (165), martin luther king (39), oral history (15)

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Integrate this lesson into your teaching about civil rights, Freedom Fighters, or the 1960s to engage students in learning about this period through music. Enhance learning by dividing students into groups to analyze different songs, then ask them to share their findings with the class by sharing a presentation created using one of the tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. After viewing the presentations, encourage students to look for similarities within each message. Use Answer Garden, reviewed here, to post a question and ask students to post responses to create a word cloud. For example, ask each group to share important words or concepts from their song, then view the word cloud to understand overlapping content. As a final activity, extend learning by asking students to create interactive timelines that include important civil rights events, 1960s music, and highlights of civil rights leaders' activities. Use a timeline creation tool such as Time Graphics Timeline Maker, reviewed here, or the timeline feature found in Padlet, reviewed here. Using either option, ask students to include links to videos, recordings, and discussions of the civil rights events.
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Black History Month - Library of Congress

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Black History Month features events and resources provided by the Library of Congress. Begin by visiting the "Read More" link in the introductory paragraph to find information about...more
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Black History Month features events and resources provided by the Library of Congress. Begin by visiting the "Read More" link in the introductory paragraph to find information about the site along with several additional Black History Month Resources. The featured activity is a lesson plan that explores the role of artists and artwork in the Civil Rights movement. In addition, the lesson activities feature many primary source documents for use as the basis for learning activities. Further down the page are Black History Month event highlights. Finally, follow the links on the events to register or view activities throughout the month, including photo research of African-Americans in the Military and A House Built by Slaves: African-American Visitors to the Lincoln White House.

tag(s): african american (93), black history (90), civil rights (165), lincoln (58), underground railroad (10), white house (15)

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Bookmark this site to use as a supplement to your current resources for teaching about Black History. Engage students through the use of primary documents within Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Add a document to a Jamboard slide and ask students to add sticky notes with information learned throughout your lesson activities. As you continue through your lessons, enhance student understanding using visual organization tools like CirclyApp, reviewed here. For example, use the Simple Book Notes template found on CirclyApp to summarize events during different periods related to Black History and understand overlapping and non-intersecting events and historical characters. As a final extended learning activity, ask students to interview local historians and Black activists to understand their first-hand experiences as a Black person in America. Share students' research using the storytelling tools found at Knight Lab, reviewed here. Tools include story maps, timelines, and Storyline - a tool for sharing the story behind numbers.

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BackStory: Blackstory - Edsitement

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BackStory: Blackstory is a podcast compilation of some of the best content from the podcast, BackStory, focused on discussions of anti-Black violence. Select segments using the links...more
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BackStory: Blackstory is a podcast compilation of some of the best content from the podcast, BackStory, focused on discussions of anti-Black violence. Select segments using the links provided. Each feature includes a series of comprehension questions and additional resources for using the information in the classroom. Resources include lesson plans, curriculums, and media, including articles and primary source documents. Some episodes include discussions of lynching and racial slurs, be sure to preview before sharing with your students.
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tag(s): black history (90), civil rights (165), martin luther king (39), podcasts (65)

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Due to the intense nature of some of the content shared in the podcast, consider listening to the podcast chapters one by one together as a class. Prepare for some of the difficult conversations by using resources found within the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page Resources for Difficult Conversations. Take advantage of the lesson plans shared on this site to extend student comprehension beyond the conversations shared in the podcast. Encourage students to enhance learning by researching areas of interest while creating a Padlet, reviewed here, with a variety of resources such as videos, primary sources, and books. Extend learning by offering students various options for sharing their learning about anti-Black violence. Ideas include using Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, to create video, or create a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, or build a website using Site123, reviewed here, or build an interactive story using maps created with Google My Maps, reviewed here.

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Freedom Riders - PBS

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This documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson tells the story of six months in 1961 that changed America's future forever. Follow the wrenching tale of 400 black...more
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This documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson tells the story of six months in 1961 that changed America's future forever. Follow the wrenching tale of 400 black and white Americans traveling throughout the south in the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws through non-violent means of activism. The film begins with information on the background of segregated travel and follows the Freedom Riders through training and travels to cities throughout the south. The conclusion celebrates the final chapter of the story with Justice at Last.
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tag(s): 1960s (29), black history (90), civil rights (165), congress (37), racism (71), social and emotional learning (60)

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This film is almost two hours long; however, it includes dividing points that break the video into several shorter chapters. Consider sharing this film with students for several days not only as a means for adapting to time constraints but also to allow time to process and discuss the information in shorter chunks. Consider including this video as part of a Symbaloo Learning Path, reviewed here. Include additional resources as part of the learning path for students to read and view, along with short quizzes or opportunities to share their reflections on the information. As an opportunity for reflection use Synth, reviewed here, to encourage an ongoing conversation about the events shared in this film. Create a channel to discuss each chapter, including a prompt to initiate student discussions. For more ideas on facilitating difficult conversations in the classroom, visit the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page, located here, that is devoted to resources for difficult conversations.

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Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Black History - Learning for Justice

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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat...more
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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat Russo at SUNY Oswego, these simple ideas offer guidelines that ensure Black history lessons are meaningful and relevant.

tag(s): black history (90), civil rights (165), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (100), difficult conversations (45), martin luther king (39), politics (101), racism (71), rosa parks (9)

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Bookmark and use the information provided in the article as a guideline for teaching Black history, not just during Black History Month but throughout the year. Find many Black History resources at the TeachersFirst Black History Special Topics page, found here, or within many of the Reading Treks, found here. The Reading Treks share virtual field trips of resources based upon literature and include many Black history selections. Celebrate your students' learning throughout the year using digital tools to create virtual field trips using Google My Maps, reviewed here, or creating interactive infographics using Canva Infographic Templates, reviewed here.

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Social History for Every Classroom (SHEC) - American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning

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Social History for Every Classroom (SHEC) provides an extensive database of primary resources, historical collections, and teaching activities for middle and high school students. Use...more
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Social History for Every Classroom (SHEC) provides an extensive database of primary resources, historical collections, and teaching activities for middle and high school students. Use the tabs at the top of the home page to find and select the content sorted by themes, teaching activities, and more. Teaching activities include lessons using active viewing skills, political cartoons, and literature in the history classroom. Use the Themes tab to find many lesson ideas based upon broader American History topics.

tag(s): 1600s (17), 1700s (34), 1800s (61), 1900s (55), american revolution (73), civil rights (165), comics and cartoons (44), great depression (27), immigrants (29), immigration (58), industrial revolution (21), politics (101), racism (71), railroads (12), slavery (60), underground railroad (10), world war 1 (62), world war 2 (136)

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Bookmark and save this site to find lesson ideas and teaching activities to use in any American History Class. Include the ideas found on SHEC to apply to other history lesson topics. For example, one activity looks at slave life using primary source images and short text. As part of this activity, students create found poems using the keywords found in the documents. Adapt this strategy to learning about the American Revolution, World Wars, or any other significant events. Using lesson ideas and information on SHEC, engage students to start a new learning unit using a polling tool to create a word cloud. Answer Garden, reviewed here, is a free tool that creates word clouds based on students' short answer responses to an initial question. Ideas might include, "What words come to mind when you think about slave life?" or "What do you think life was like for the first colonists arriving from England?" Enhance student learning using Blendspace, reviewed here, to create interactive lessons that include videos, quizzes, and learning activities. Extend learning by asking students to demonstrate learning using a multimedia tool such as Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Offer students options to "show what they know" by creating a website, video, or graphic images that share their understanding of the content.

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World History Encyclopedia - World History Foundation

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The World History Encyclopedia takes encyclopedias to the next level through the addition of media, timelines, teaching materials, and much more. Use the keyword search to find specific...more
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The World History Encyclopedia takes encyclopedias to the next level through the addition of media, timelines, teaching materials, and much more. Use the keyword search to find specific information or select the index to find content in alphabetical order or by region or date. Explore interactive maps of prehistoric sites, the Roman Empire, and more. This encyclopedia also shares many downloadable lessons and curated collections. Finally, don't forget to visit the media library to find images, videos, 3D images, and audio recordings.

tag(s): china (60), climate change (77), colonial america (92), egypt (42), explorers (60), greeks (29), japan (55), maps (211), medieval (28), primary sources (99), religions (64), romans (32), slavery (60), vikings (10), women (104)

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This site is a must-have for any history teacher. First, bookmark the site for students to use as a multimedia encyclopedia and media resource. Then, include it with your other teaching resources to find engaging classroom lessons. Have students use the images on this site when creating presentations (using proper attribution, of course). Enhance student learning by having them use Genially, reviewed here, an excellent tool for students to use to create interactive and multimedia presentations. Have students add images to presentations, then create "hotspots" that link to outside resources such as videos, articles, or student-created texts.
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The Living New Deal - Dept of Geography, University of California Berkeley

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The Living New Deal is a crowd-sourced project that employs a three-part focus on Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" program. This site provides comprehensive resources for learning about...more
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The Living New Deal is a crowd-sourced project that employs a three-part focus on Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" program. This site provides comprehensive resources for learning about the New Deal through a variety of formats. First, choose Maps & Sites to find New Deal projects by city, state, project categories, architect, and more. The tab labeled "New Deal" provides a more extensive overview of the program with options that include a timeline, information about the programs included in the New Deal, and a discussion of the New Deal and race. Additional resources on this site include videos, oral histories, and resources for teachers.

tag(s): 1900s (55), great depression (27), new deal (4), roosevelt (10)

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Bookmark this site as a resource to include lessons about the New Deal, the Great Depression, and America in the 1900s. As you introduce information about the New Deal, engage students and provide deeper understanding by creating an interactive timeline using Time Graphics Timeline Maker, reviewed here. This timeline creation tool has many features so you can include videos, images, links, and more. Enhance learning by taking a broader look at the New Deal, as shown on the site's timeline. Create groups for students to explore the periods before, during, and after the New Deal. Ask these groups to share presentations about what they learned using Genially, reviewed here. Use Genially features to create interactive presentations that include the timeline you created and add more detailed information on the focus of the period studied. As a final activity, extend learning by creating a series of podcasts that discuss the different aspects of the New Deal. Examples might include podcasts that explore the different portions of the timeline, a look at programs and their impact on bolstering the economy, and a look back from the current time to analyze lessons learned from this social program. Consider using a podcast tool such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here.
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Interdisciplinary Civics Education Lessons - United4SC

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6 to 12
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Teach fundamental civic skills and concepts using the videos and lessons provided by United4SC. Select from the many different topics, including economics, history, democracy, and more,...more
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Teach fundamental civic skills and concepts using the videos and lessons provided by United4SC. Select from the many different topics, including economics, history, democracy, and more, to find materials that engage students in enhanced thinking activities. Each lesson includes a video along with downloadable lesson plans and student worksheets. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): branches of government (56), civil rights (165), constitution (85), democracy (17), diseases (69), elections (75), environment (218), ethics (23), media literacy (87), pilgrims (13), psychology (65), racism (71), slavery (60), supreme court (24)

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Bookmark this excellent resource for use throughout the year to engage students as they learn about various social studies topics. Luckily, this site includes a link to each of the videos that are shared on EdPuzzle, reviewed here. Use these links to create and share video lessons with your students, including notes, quizzes, and comments extending learning. Use the included lesson plans as a starting point for your lessons, then ask students to extend learning by sharing information through various choices. For example, offer students options for creating a podcast teaching about one of the topics using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Buzzsprout includes options to personalize podcasts, such as the ability to add links to show notes and the option to schedule episodes for release at specific times and dates; in addition offer Genially, reviewed here, where students can choose to create interactive presentations, images, infographics, charts, and anything else you can think of.
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Untold History - Driving Force Institute for Public Engagement

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Bring history to life with the short 2-minute videos and animations found at Unknown History. The videos engage students in history by sharing little-known stories and tales from the...more
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Bring history to life with the short 2-minute videos and animations found at Unknown History. The videos engage students in history by sharing little-known stories and tales from the past. Return often to view new weekly additions. Scroll through the home page to find the most recent topics, or select the "all videos" link to choose by collections. The subjects in the collections include America Explained, Museums of Artifacts that Made America, Hidden Figures, and more. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): democracy (17), great depression (27), medicine (54), presidents (115), speeches (18), sports (77), symbols (13), women (104)

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These short videos are perfect to use in many different classroom settings to engage students in various history topics. Share a video at the beginning of a lesson, then use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to gather student's questions for further investigation of the concept. Extend learning by asking groups of students to go further in-depth to learn more about the content of the shared video. Have students share resources by creating a collection in Wakelet, reviewed here. Use Wakelet's templates as a starting point for student presentations. Enhance student learning by creating short video presentations based on a different unknown event in history. Use Renderforest, reviewed here, to create animated videos or Biteable, reviewed here, as a resource for easily creating video explanations.

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Evaluating Art as Historical Evidence - Stanford History Education Group

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Studying art to understand history provides a means for understanding the past through visual representations. Stanford History Education Group shares this list of lessons and assessments...more
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Studying art to understand history provides a means for understanding the past through visual representations. Stanford History Education Group shares this list of lessons and assessments that use art to teach about a wide range of world and United States history topics. Select any of the provided links to access downloadable lesson materials and activities. The lessons include teacher and student materials; assessments include a printable assessment, rubric, and links to necessary primary documents.

tag(s): american revolution (73), art history (75), artists (72), assessment (122), china (60), civil rights (165), civil war (127), comics and cartoons (44), declaration of independence (12), egypt (42), france (35), japan (55), mexico (28), native americans (82), nazis (9), thanksgiving (25), womens suffrage (35)

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Bookmark and save this list for use throughout the year with many different history lessons. Include these art activities to provide context and visual perspective to important events. Use a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to create an ongoing resource for students to use for review and as a guide for understanding history through a wider lens. For example, when using Padlet, choose the timeline feature and add a piece of art onto the timeline. Upload videos, text, and additional images to create an interactive timeline that tells a story through art. As a final project, ask students to share their learning using Sway, reviewed here, to write a reflective piece on the use of art throughout any period in time. Have students include student work, images, links, maps, and more in Sway projects.
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Thomas Nast's Political Cartoons - Stanford History Education Group

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Using two cartoons created by Thomas Nast, students analyze the content to learn about northern attitudes toward freedmen during Reconstruction. Download this lesson that offers an...more
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Using two cartoons created by Thomas Nast, students analyze the content to learn about northern attitudes toward freedmen during Reconstruction. Download this lesson that offers an instructional plan that guides students through evaluating and discussing the messages found in each political cartoon. This lesson includes downloadable materials for teachers and students. Free registration is required to access the PDF materials.

tag(s): 1800s (61), civil war (127), comics and cartoons (44)

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Use cartoons to engage student learners and as a resource for providing deeper context to complicated issues such as Reconstruction. Upload images of each cartoon onto an interactive whiteboard tool such as Whiteboard Chat, reviewed here, that provides many tools for sharing and creating digital annotations. Upload each cartoon and add student comments and use drawing tools to draw attention to specific portions of cartoons. As a culminating project, ask students to create political cartoons representing different views of Reconstruction. Use Canva's Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, as a starting point for templates and ideas or have students create cartoons from a blank slide.
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Manifest Destiny - Stanford History Education Group

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This lesson guides students through primary sources and present-day textbooks to explore the central historical question of what motivated American territorial expansion in the 1840s....more
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This lesson guides students through primary sources and present-day textbooks to explore the central historical question of what motivated American territorial expansion in the 1840s. Materials for download include a teacher's guide, student materials, primary source materials, and an accompanying PowerPoint. In addition, the Teacher Materials include a lesson plan that includes several optional extension activities. All materials are free; registration is required to view and download all of the materials.

tag(s): 1800s (61), native americans (82), westward expansion (36)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource to include with American History lessons. Engage students in the optional learning activities through the use of technology tools such as Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Use Jamboard to create templates to accompany the discussion activities for students to list the similarities and differences between the textbook information and what is found in the primary documents. Enhance student understanding of the concepts by creating a visual timeline using History in Motion, reviewed here. Tools included with History in Motion offer the ability to use maps as a starting point to create paths and add icons and links to tell the story of historical events. Extend learning further by asking students to create videos using Biteable, reviewed here, to share their responses to the final activity of evaluating the painting, "American Progress." Ask individual students or student groups to create a video sharing their ideas on the importance of this artwork and their judgement as to its representation of westward expansion in a good light.
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Brother Against Brother: Books to Help Teach Civil War - TeachersFirst

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Share stories and events about the Civil War using the books, virtual field trips, and videos shared on this curated list. Each book includes a summary and suggested teaching activities....more
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Share stories and events about the Civil War using the books, virtual field trips, and videos shared on this curated list. Each book includes a summary and suggested teaching activities. In addition, browse through the extension activities to find additional suggestions to support student learning about the Civil War. Information is correlated to AASL National School Library Standards and ISTE Standards for students.

tag(s): book lists (125), civil war (127), underground railroad (10)

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Create a list of suggested books for students using Padlet, reviewed here. Encourage students to add comments in short book reviews for other students to use as a resource. Enhance learning by incorporating books found on this list into your other resources to create a learning unit using Blendspace, reviewed here. Use Blendspace to add videos, articles, quizzes, and more to create engaging multimedia lessons.
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