Explore background information about Nelson Mandela and the end of the South African Apartheid in April of 1994 for Nelson Mandela Day, July 18th. Learn more about Apartheid and empathize with the plight of Africans suffering under Apartheid.
Here's an interesting one I came across the other day:
What exactly is Juneteenth? Learn more about June 19th, its history, and its celebration. Content includes a look at why June 19, 1865 signifies the end of slavery in America, as opposed to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.
How well do you know the history of the flag that was the inspiration for our national anthem? Take the interactive quiz and test your knowledge of the American flag by earning stars and a certificate showing off your skills. Also highlighted is information about the War of 1812 and the "Key" players in the creation of the national anthem.
Teach your students to understand more about the events of that day from an entirely different perspective - African-American veterans telling of their experiences during and after the invasion on Normandy Beach June 6, 1944. This video clip [2:11] from History Channel's "A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-day" highlights how the soldiers were amazed they were able to accomplish their mission despite the formidable German defenses.
Ever wonder what it was like to be a Civil War nurse? Take a moment and check this site out to look back at experiences of a Civil War nurse. This site is an interactive exhibition that shows personal letters and diaries that document what nurses went through during the war. Explore the differences and similarities between a nurse’s job back then and now through this exhibition.
Summary: Stellar collection of U.S. history content, lesson plans, best practices
Pros: Explore tons of topics and a wealth of killer teacher-created content; lessons address tons of critical skills and offer helpful teacher tips.
Cons: The amount of resources available could be overwhelming; revisions may be necessary to make the lessons meaningful for specific student groups.
Bottom Line: A gold mine for any U.S. history teacher, appropriate for every grade level.
This month is Women's History Month. Check out this story about those who led the rebellion that finally resulted in the ratification of 19th Amendment to the Constitution on January 6, 1920 that earned women the right to vote. Read about early pioneers like Abigail Adams who reminded her husband, as he helped finalize the Declaration of Independence, to "remember the ladies" and many others.
Title: Zinn Education Project
Summary: Resources, lessons help teach a more inclusive version of U.S. history
Pros: The lessons address a complex view of history, emphasizing the significant roles of the working class, women, and people of color.
Cons: Many of the text-based lessons would need to be adapted to offer access to English Language Learners and struggling readers.
Bottom Line: Free downloadable resources encourage critical thinking and active learning in search of a more accurate picture of American history.
This interactive map with timeline links will allow students to explore the history of Hispanic people in the Americas including South America, Central America, Mexico, California, New York, Florida, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Students just click on any map area to open the timeline. Then students can click on each date along the timeline to read about the Hispanic history that took place. Use these timelines to trace Spanish influences in the Americas more than 500 years into the past. Printable versions of timelines are also available for classroom use.
Interested in learning about your family heritage or the background of community events? “The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide” is great for collecting family and community cultural information. This step-by-step guide includes planning and conducting interviews, sample questions, forms, and presentation ideas.
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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.