The National World War II Museum offers an interactive opportunity for educators and learners to discover many fascinating details about the war. Select paths to explore different aspects of the collection. The Darkroom will take students to an area that provides thousands of artifacts from WWII. Sift through a timeline of events leading up to the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Activities, discussion prompts, and lesson plans are all part of this exhaustive resource. Through videoconferencing, schools can even participate in a 50 minute virtual field trip to help identify technological advancements rooted in WWII.
In July, 1775, George Washington took command of the U.S. troops during the American Revolutionary War. He was a farmer, surveyor, military general, Founding Father and first President of the United States. History.com offers a
collection of video clips, images, and a foundation of biographical information about General Washington. You will be exposed to the characteristics of the original president, his achievements and his struggles. Washington left a legacy behind him that future Commanders-in-Chief sought after. Some of the video clips included portray Washington at Valley Forge, Washington's Surprise Attack on Trenton, and George Washington's Precedents.
This past spring, as a horrific rail accident was unfolding in Pennsylvania, the United States Congress was in a debate about how to move forward with funding for Amtrak. This ironic topic came at an unfortunate time as President Obama and Congress danced around the delicate subject of lost lives, and the unending argument over how the government spends our money. Should the government provide support for rail travel as it does for bridges and tunnels? This article and accompanying video clip present some evidence for you to take either side of this debate.
This site offers an extensive collection of rare primary sources pertaining to American history and American literature covering three basic themes: Struggle for Independence, Struggle for Rights, and Struggle for Equality. It includes paintings, photos, documents, literary works, political cartoons, letters, timelines and much more; they are perfect for use in research papers, projects, and presentations. Documents include Common Sense, the Declaration of Independence, the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the Constitution of the United States, the Emancipation Proclamation, and numerous others. This collection totals more than six million items which may include just the ones you need.
If you're heading out this summer why not check out the 50 states and Washington, D. C. Just click on each link to see beautiful pictures taken throughout that state. Read articles and fact sheets to learn general information, and then look for more specific information through videos and speeches. Primary resources provide focus on little-known details and work to both teach and inspire further research. Whether you already know a lot about a state or you are just exploring it for the first time this site is a great spot to get some much needed information first.
This resource gives you a chance to
focus on the rights of citizens in the United States as a lawyer. You will enter a virtual world as an attorney who runs a new law firm concentrating on constitutional rights of citizens. Meet with several clients and listen to the cases of each. Decide if their rights have been violated, then match them with lawyers within the firm to take their cases to court. The more successful the firm is at winning cases, the more it will grow. Earn prestige points to upgrade the firm to be the best in town.
Understanding the modern civil rights movement, a difficult and turbulent time in our nation’s history, may help us better understand and address many of our society’s current problems. Read here about those African Americans who put their families and loved ones on the front lines in the struggle for their freedom. This impressive site provides a map and detailed explanation of the major historic places of the Civil Rights Movement. These sites are also provided on a list, and you can learn more about the Civil Right Movement by perusing the "Learn More" section which contains memoirs, autobiographies, biographies and more.
A fascinating exploration of the United Auto Workers sit-down strike that took place at the General Motors plants in Flint, Michigan in 1936-1937. Oral histories were collected from many of the people who participated in, or observed, the strike. These recordings accompany the descriptive text, which is presented under three headings: how the strike was organized, the strike itself, and what happened after it was over. Some key recordings are also laid out on an interactive timeline. For a unit on American labor history, the recollections of the people who witnessed this famous strike are invaluable. - tech and learning
This American Anthropological Association project offers a new perspective on race and skin color. Beginning with an animated demonstration on height, it shows three people: one each short, medium, tall. Then as more people are added the tall person becomes medium. It then likens that to skin color and race. It uses video and animations to look at humans from the molecular level and studies patterns of genetic variation to see if they are determined by race. It also explores the science behind the variations in human skin color, and how genes and the environment affect health using diseases such as sickle cell, which most people believe is race specific. It concludes with a self-graded quiz that explains the reasons for the answers.
Don't let your brain become mundane over the summer. Keep it fresh and abreast with information from Academic Learning Coach! A Founding Father of the United States, author, printer, politician, inventor and scientist, Benjamin Franklin contributed to society in many ways. Three experiments are demonstrated through this interactive program. Through his research, the kite experiment unfolded and from that came the lightning rod. It is incredible that the lightning rod has stood the test of time and is still used in the 21st century! His studies were revolutionary.
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.