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.
This ingenious interactive timeline covers the 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang, using the vast resources of Wikipedia as its reference. No matter the period of history you are studying, you will find information about it here and will make connections you may not have expected. (Works in Chrome and Safari.)
Got a history buff in your classroom? Take the Ultimate History Quiz to test your knowledge of both American and world history. Offer this quiz to students as a challenge, or as an enrichment opportunity. They can play against the clock or play against each other.
Do your students want to argue? Are you looking for a way to steer them to voice their opinions about issues that truly matter? In Argument Wars, your students will try out their persuasive abilities by arguing in real Supreme Court cases. Students will analyze the Constitution and its Amendments to determine the best evidence to defeat their competition. Students will choose their state and various state laws that are applicable may be used, too. The following court cases may be used in the simulations: Bond v. United States, Brown v. Board of Education, Gideon v. Wainwright, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, In Re Gault, Miranda v. Arizona, New Jersey v. T.L.O., Snyder v. Phelps produced in cooperation with the Harlan Insitute, and Texas v. Johnson.
This interactive site provides numerous ways of exploring the 2016 election process. Find out about the election process in each of the states, the major issues being discussed in this election and candidates’ positions on them, and the various stages of the election process. In addition to original content, this PBS resource provides links to Crash Course videos, Annenberg Learner resources, and We the Voters films to help students understand and get involved in the political process. The Debate Toolkit will help students listen critically to the presidential debates, and learn how to discuss their own political views intelligently and respectfully.
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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.