The Emperor of Rome Game gives players the opportunity to act as a Roman Emperor. Choose to be Augustus—the visionary, Claudius—the unlikely ruler, or Nero—the colorful eccentric, and learn about the strengths and weaknesses of each. Make both personal and professional decisions that will affect the millions of people under your reign. Will the reign be successful? Find out by playing The Emperor Game.
Do you know what qualities it takes to be President of the United States? In this fun activity, you can meet U.S. presidents past and present and learn about some of their daily activities as you fill in your own daily planner. You could be like President Ford and take a swim, visit military bases like President Johnson, or go bowling like President Nixon.
Is the White House haunted? Some say the ghosts of Lincoln, Grant, Jackson, and Dolley Madison all roam the premises of the executive mansion. With all those ex-presidents and first ladies wandering the dark corriders, is there room for any ordinary-citizen ghosts? Perhaps! Researchers at the White House Historical Association detail some of the lesser-known beings who've haunted the White House halls, bedrooms and conservatories over the years.
The involvement of the U.S. in World War I led to a concern over food supplies. In an effort to save grain for food, the government enacted the 18th Amendment prohibiting all production and sales of liquor. On October 28, 1919, the Volstead Act, also known as the National Prohibition Act, was put into effect to enforce the 18th Amendment. Find video clips and commentary highlighting the background, challenges, and eventually the end of Prohibition in 1933. Check out advertisements from the era, Blue Laws, gangsters known for bootlegging, and the Anti-Saloon League who argued the moral issues which arise from alcohol consumption.
A mysterious piece of American history is the infamous "Escape from Alcatraz." Alcatraz Island was discovered in 1775 by explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala. In the 1850's the United States built the fortress on the island beset with pelicans, to be used by the national military. On October 12, 1933, the military released the island and its fortress to Justice Department. Find out deep secrets contained within the walls of the prison through the provided videos. and uncover details about this famous national monument.
Want to stop a revolution? This site will have students making decisions that can lead to either peace or riots. This learning game has students simulating the Orange Revolution that took place in Ukraine in 2004. Students try to avoid the revolution by making a series of decisions that lead to a peaceful presidential election. Students have to understand the state of affairs in the country at the time in order to keep peace.
A perfect way to introduce a course in high school World History is to begin with this Crash Course video on The Rise of the West and Historical Methodology. Host John Green reminds students to think critically while studying and writing about history as he explains the concept of the Western World and how history can be viewed from the lens of multiple perspectives. Students will delight in this lively video of almost 12 minutes. Green’s style is humorous, engaging and highly entertaining. He uses his “me from the past” self caricature to poke gentle fun and takes an occasional swing at the politics of the day.
Concluding a paper on how America Responds to 9/11? Need a bit for factual information? Flash back to the tragic events of that day by searching through this archived snapshot of PBS's coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The site includes analysis and insight, background resources, thoughts and tributes, and resources for parents and educators. Students and teens were invited to share their thoughts and feelings about September 11 and you can read their stories here.
Who Do You Think You Are?" written by Megan Smolenyak is chock full of ways to research family history. The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc, provides several downloadable resources to support those climbing up the family tree. Encourage researchers to think outside of the computer to talk to living family members, pour over family documents, family Bibles, etc. Once the information is rolling in, the young genealogists will need methods for organizing all of the new data. With all of these terrific tips, teachers and students will have fun identifying all of the branches in their families.
All roads lead to Rome? Students will find out why when they use BBC’s Primary History site entitled "Romans." Primary History is designed specifically with K-8 students in mind. Animated and interactive features will engage even the most reluctant learners in the study of Roman history. The site is a comprehensive learning module through which students can navigate and learn on their own. Each of the 12 topics can be explored through multi-media, including photographs, videos, activities, games and “fun facts.” An interactive timeline allows children to manipulate the view or add events they would like to see, giving them a greater sense of historical order. Last but not least, teachers can find supplemental activities and worksheets along with links to further resources.
Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.