Primary source resources for teachers from the Library of Congress. Explains using primary sources in the classroom. Answers: 'What is a primary source?' Describes the importance of primary sources, helps students analyze and study primary sources.
Developed for students as well as the general public, these interactive learning activities are designed to give you a fresh perspective on how the United States Congress works, your role in the process, and peoples' perceptions about Congress.
Radio Diaries is a non-profit organization that records interviews with people from all walks of life for radio documentaries on National Public Radio. In addition to the broadcasts on NPR, Radio Diaries makes many of their projects available on the web. The stories on Radio Diaries cover political and cultural topics and range from light-hearted feel-good stories to powerful, gripping, emotional stories.
History, map and timeline of the World - The information provided by TimeMaps is typical of the information you might find in an encyclopedia for elementary or middle school students. The appeal of the TimeMaps is that students can see where the places they're reading about are in global context. For example, if students look at the map in the 1400's they might better understand why Europeans thought they were discovering a new world in 1492 and beyond.
Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952 - Present. - the US National Archive and Records Administration, has built a great website for students and teachers. The teacher page offers links to detailed lesson plans.
Maps ETC is a collection of educational maps for teachers and students that includes continent maps, country maps, state maps, and other regions for all areas of the world. These historic and contemporary maps cover a large range of types, from physical, political, geograhic, border, battle & troop advances, vegetation, minerals, population growth and density, and more.
Turn your students into historians with primary-source based activities that develop historical thinking skills. Activities are ready to use in your classroom. Or alter an existing activity to fit your unique needs. Exchange primary source documents and modify activity instructions. Log in to borrow from an even larger selection from fellow educators.
"We want everyone—students, teachers, parents, and the general public—to read these milestone documents, consider their meaning, discuss them, and decide which are the most significant and why. This initiative creates a number of ways to do that—through classroom activities and competitions, and votes."
What makes WDL so great is the ability to search the library by: image, timeline, location, topic, etc. Plus, all the resources that come back are in all types of multi-media format: video, audio, photos, etc.
What DV is a place where historical records, photos, and documents are kept. At this site a user can either create a Digital Poster, Movie (my favorite) or a Pathway Challenge. A Pathway Challenge is a great way to lean history and see how historical items are "linked" together.