American History Links
Gilder Lehrman-Gilder Lehrman does a wonderful job of utilizing primary sources, such as cartoons, that we can utilize in our construction of those questions.
WWII and the Atomic Bomb-- It put you in Truman's shoes and you go through some of the material that he had to look at when trying to decide how to end the war in the Pacific. It looks at your decision and talks about why the bomb was used and how people felt about it. I think it would bring in those hands on kids who do not like sitting in front of a text book. It puts you in the moment, you have questions to answer in the "President's Diary" and then final decision to make.
The Boston Massacre-- you have the chance to review the statements of jurors in the case and you have a journal in which to keep the answers to the questions that are posed. You are then able to make a decision about guilt or innocence.
The impeachment of Andrew Johnson-- it gives information about a topic that gets only mentioned in text books. You are a Senator at the time and have to hear the case against President Johnson and make a choice whether or not to impeach him.
Remembering Pearl Harbor is a National Geographic website offering interactive information about the attack at Pearl Harbor. It includes an excellent narrated multimedia map and timeline, complete with interviews with survivors attached to different events, photos, and video footage. There are links to other features from National Geographic, including a Beyond the Movie comparison between history and the feature film Pearl Harbor.
Gold History-This site is from the Oakland Museum of California. They have exhibits that they put online that can be viewed. This site has a wealth information about the gold rush that can be printed and/or viewed online.
Digital Vaults-Digital Vaults is a website by the national archives. If you type in a document or name in the search bar, it will appear but many, many other images will appear around the central image of choice.
Internet Movie Archive-This site contains thousands of older short films and advertisements. Some are animated and many include interesting archival footage. Movies can be searched by topic.
Edsitement-This site has lesson plans for many different subjects, both US History and World History. HSI
Based on the popularity of the CSI type TV shows and mystery books, HIS challenges teachers and students to take a critical look at historical records (primary sources) to analyze events in history. Students get the feel of being a “real historian” as they investigative cases based on the HSI instructional model consists of the following four steps:
-- Becoming a Detective
-- Investigating the Evidence
-- Searching for Clues
-- Cracking the Case
Site includes primary source documents, teaching strategies, standards and benchmarks and an opportunity for the teacher to submit their own cases for investigation.
Have Fun with History-The site contains videos, activities, and information about various history topics.
Mr. Donn-Contains tons of free lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, clip art, stories and more. This website covers Ancient, World and American History. Also included are geography and interactive activities for students. Most lessons would be appropriate for later elementary to middle school levels. Many links to information, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, games and more.
This site provides multiple resources for teachers such as timelines, maps, documents, lesson plans, and exhibits for numerous topics in history. It also provides multimedia and interactive historical resources.
World History Links
Renaissance Connection-Interactive website featuring European revival art, architecture, literature, ad learning. Innovation timeline 1400-2000 featuring the Time Telescope site. Also features the transition from medieval to modern times 1400-1600 AD and The Artist's Life. Lesson plan and activities available for teachers. Renaissance Florence: Time Machine Adventure-A game in which you travel to Florence, Italy to save five great thinkers. You make decisions that explain a cause and effect. Very fun method to explain what was happening in Italy during this time. Good for middle school.
Exploring Ancient World Cultures-Online course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval worlds. It features essays and primary text representing the Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Early Islam, and Medieval Europe. The site also includes an index of additional Internet sites. World Digital Library-The Library is awesome. The amount of material available is amazing. This site is great at giving a visual, written, and auditory account of many key topics in history. Internet Movie Archive-This site contains thousands of older short films and advertisements. Some are animated and many include interesting archival footage. Movies can be searched by topic. Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Includes selected sources with excerpts of primary docs which are good for student use. Full text sources are available.
Edsitement-This site has lesson plans for many different subjects, both US History and World History.
World History Connected-Articles, interviews, book reviews, conference information, links to other world history websites. Good for teacher development.
PBS History-This site provides access to information from popular public television programs including: Nova, HIstory Detectives, American Masters, and American Experience. It also offers interactive activity opportunities such as becoming a history detective yourself, ecards, polls, quizzes, etc. There are also links and resources for educators and kids.
Geography & Statistics
StatPlanet-This site allows you to view a world map and compare data from each country from life expectancy to health, education, and many other topics. The information can be shown in various ways from bar graphs to charts, etc.
Google Earth Information