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Voices from the Gaps

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6 to 12
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This site is part of the University of Minnesota's Voices from the Gaps project detailing the lives and accomplishments of women of color. It includes biographical and literary information...more
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This site is part of the University of Minnesota's Voices from the Gaps project detailing the lives and accomplishments of women of color. It includes biographical and literary information on the author and the relationship between her life and her writing.

tag(s): africa (138), african american (111), women (137)

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Although vague, there are some great classroom ideas on incorporating this site and its' basic concepts into a literature classroom. This would be a great resource for a literature teacher working on expanding upon the variety of authors read in their classroom.

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A Guide Through the Culture of the Blues - Yale University

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7 to 12
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Use the style and humor of the blues to trace the development of the blues and its parallel, the African-American experience, from the seventeenth century to the present. ...more
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Use the style and humor of the blues to trace the development of the blues and its parallel, the African-American experience, from the seventeenth century to the present.

tag(s): blues (22)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities on this site! This would be an excellent resource for a US or World history classroom!

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Building Character: Remaining Resilient, Resourceful, and Responsible - Yale University

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4 to 5
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Introduce your students to The Blues culture and "instill in them a sense of appreciation for struggle." ...more
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Introduce your students to The Blues culture and "instill in them a sense of appreciation for struggle."

tag(s): blues (22)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! This would be a great resource for a US history or Language Arts classroom.

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The Story of Africa - BBC

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

tag(s): africa (138)

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

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Africam

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

tag(s): africa (138), animals (283), webcams (10)

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

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Folk Tales Collected by Phillip Martin - Phillip Martin

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3 to 8
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This is a collection of folk tales from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe which could be used orally, or as an on-line introduction to African culture. Scripts for folktale ...more
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This is a collection of folk tales from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe which could be used orally, or as an on-line introduction to African culture. Scripts for folktale plays are included. You will also find brief lesson plans for teaching art and clip art to use with your class.

tag(s): africa (138), african american (111)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered in this site - all connected to National standards! This would be a great resource for a Language Arts teacher. If your reading program includes a folk tale unit, why not make a video or podcast dramatization of one of the folktales included on this site? You may want to check out Aaron Shepard's site for making folk tales into readers theater, reviewed here.

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Introducing South Africa - Google Arts and Culture

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Explore beautiful landscapes and visit famous South African museums with this Arts and Culture presentation from Google. Scroll through the page to take a 360-degree look at Cape Peninsula...more
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Explore beautiful landscapes and visit famous South African museums with this Arts and Culture presentation from Google. Scroll through the page to take a 360-degree look at Cape Peninsula and Table Mountain. Learn about the Cape of Good Hope and Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias. Additional images share the flora that is unique to the country. On a more serious note, visit Robben Island, home to the imprisoned African leader Nelson Mandela from 1964 - 1982.

tag(s): africa (138), civil rights (195), south africa (11)

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Engage students with this interesting site by asking them to explore it independently to introduce your unit on African countries or when learning about Nelson Mandela and his home. Be sure to show students how to use the arrows to view images from the many different angles provided. As students begin your lessons, create a Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to share interesting information learned from students' explorations. Use their notes to guide students toward enhancing learning by choosing specific areas to explore further. For example, some students may want to learn more about the geography found in South Africa, while others may want to learn about animals or famous people. Have students share the findings of their research by writing blogs using Edublogs, reviewed here, or use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create virtual tours around South Africa that include links to images, videos, or student writing projects to tell the story of the country.

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65 History X Feeds (formerly Twitter) - Glenn Wiebe

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This site offers a wonderful list of X (formerly known as Twitter) feeds to consider if you are just starting out or if you are adding to your feed ...more
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This site offers a wonderful list of X (formerly known as Twitter) feeds to consider if you are just starting out or if you are adding to your feed related to history. The list is categorized by General, Media, Eductors and Students, Departments and Publications, Military, Historical Tweets, and includes the X (Twitter) name with a link and a short description. Feeds include the Library of Congress, quotes and sayings from Thomas Jefferson, and HistoryDay (see what happened on this day in history), and many more.

tag(s): congress (39), history day (40), social media (54), social networking (66), twitter (19)

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Create a classroom X (formerlyTwitter) account and choose feeds to follow that relate to classroom studies. Assign different students to follow the feed each week to summarize and review. Challenge students to find other X (Twitter) feeds to follow. Have students create an X (formerly Twitter) account as a historical figure as part of research projects. Looking for more ways to use X (Twitter) in the classroom? Read more about X (Twitter) from TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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