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This site,, has a lot of good animations of various battles from all kinds of wars.

The Women's Emancipation Petition can be found here:

I used this website to discuss urbanization and industrialism. Primarily compiled by Dr. Gilette of Rutgers University (who wrote a book Camden Before the Fall), it shows images of three of the US's major cities as they were during post-industrialism and as they are today.
For example, some of the photos of Camden have aerial views of the same spot in 1988, 92, 94, etc. LOVE this website.

Attached is a lesson plan for teaching the use of primary sources as applied to the effects of Jazz music on the Civil Rights Movement and Integration within the United States as well as using Jazz as a metaphor for the idea of the American Melting Pot.

APPARTS for primary source analysis

This company sells DBQ (Document Based Questions) materials that are excellent. They have mini-Qs for middle school and longer ones for high school. The binders give you everything you need to start your students writing DBQs. The questions the students respond to are very engaging also. These have been aligned to Common Core Standards too. This is an interesting history of slaves escaping to Florida .

More great videos on this site where they take popular songs and re-write them for history. They have one called "Too Late to Apologize" for the Declaration of Independence and "Bad Romance" for Women's Suffrage.

i mentioned to Renee that I love the young adult novel March Toward Thunder by Joseph Bruchac,which traces the experience of a young Native American from NY who serves with the Irish Regiment.

This is a DBQ created at a Gilder Lehrman 2 years ago. It uses primary documents from Lincoln's actions during the Civil War, Jackson and the removal of the Cherokee, FDR and Internment of Japanese-Americans WW2, and Hamdi v. Rumsfield which is Bush post 9/11. Even if you don't teach DBQs the primary sources are excellent.

This is an awesome site with history rap videos you can show your students. The Bill of Rights one is really good.

Hello New Friends,

I used this project for my U.S. History classes, both regular and A.P. The students really enjoyed it. They chose topics such as segregation, the atomic bomb, 1960's counter culture, Kent State, 1972 Olympics, Twiggy. You can modify the project for a one day lesson by using a set of photos, 1-3, about one event that the entire class analyzes.


This is link to the website I mentioned during our Tuesday session

This is from Effective Teaching Strategies by Dr. Marzano. This was created by my entire department and used at all levels. The only change was how the teacher graded the assignment or whether it was an individual assignment or a group task.

AP Gov't- Homework assignment and presentation of material
Modern US History/American Political Systems- Classwork task and presentation
Also, great mini films on a variety of Government topics: Democracy in America

Dorothy just shared with me that the Annenberg Center has a similar series of videos for US History:

A Biography of America presents history not simply as a series of irrefutable facts to be memorized, but as a living narrative. Prominent historians -- Donald L. Miller, Pauline Maier, Louis P. Masur, Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Douglas Brinkley, and Virginia Scharff -- present America's story as something that is best understood from a variety of perspectives. Thought-provoking debates and lectures encourage critical analysis of the forces that have shaped America. First-person narratives, photos, film footage, and documents reveal the human side of American history -- how historical figures affected events, and the impact of these events on citizens' lives.

I can probably get you guys a DVD about media and deseg coverage in Little Rock and Hoxie, Arkansas. Let me now if you want this...

If you've been to the new Lincoln Library in Springfield, you've seen this excellent video that shows the back and forth possession of the land by the Yanks and Rebs during the War. With a death toll counter running on the screen, you can clearly follow the progress of the War. It's a great visual and can be purchased at this link for $12.99.

Gauge the effect of this photo along with similar images of police dogs and fire hoses being turned on civil rights protesters in the early 1960's. What role did these play in galvanizing the movement?

Examine the posture, position, emotions and actions of the students at the lunch counter and the others behind them.

This speech not only wrapped up the Republican nomination for Lincoln, but it is a great summation of his arguments for preventing seccesion, for his Party's platform of outlawing slavery in the territories, etc. I use this not only to remind myself of his arguments, but it is easy to select his main points and present them to the students in his words.

Here is a link to a wonderful website created by the National Archives.

Classic image -- the Big Stick Policy

The links below are to the images used in Tuesday's Gilder Lehrman Session:

1. The Union is Dissolved

2. Women’s National Loyal League
[Men and Women’s Emancipation petitions]

3. Forbes, Edwin (1839-1895)
With Massa Sherman [pen and ink drawing]

This is great - thanks!

I LOVE NBC Learn! Not only do they have great news broadcasts, they have short clips on historical topics that are written just for high school students. For example, just search the Civil War and you will find a lot of videos on various topics such as the growth of federal power during the war, and the role of women during the war. I use these all the time in my classroom!

Here is link to Library of Congress that shows letter from Rep. Dyer to the NAACP telling them he is going to pursue the bill and looking for info from them to help.

Attached are the power points that Professor McCurry referred to throughout the institute. Confederate Reckoning - Public Lecture is the main power point she uses. War and Its Nation States is the power point from Tuesday's lecture.

This is a link to the Gilder Lehrman teaching resources for the Events at Sand Creek - an attack on Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians encamped in southeastern Colorado by Union Soldiers during the Civil War.

Also, this essay written by Elliot West addresses the role of Native Americans and the Civil War:

This is a link to the American Indian resources on the Gilder Lehrman website:

Also for Native Americans, I like to use aspects of the Choices program on Western Expansion to enhance my unit on Native American resistance in the West.

Renee asked a great question about the role of Native Americans during the Civil War. Gilder Lehrman has a Native American seminar with Colin Calloway at Dartmouth University. A Dartmouth Library created a resource web page for the institute. You can connect to it through this link:

I am sure that you may find information on Native Americans and the Civil War through this webpage. Not all of the links work because you need to be logged in at Dartmouth, but you could also email Amy for resource ideas. The site will only be available until September - so check it out!

This is a power point I use to teach students about Primary and Secondary sources. I begin the lesson with early images of sites in Philadelphia that the students may recognize. It is a Then and Now exercise to get them thinking about the information that we can learn from Primary Sources. The lesson then continues with defining Primary and Secondary sources and then looking at examples.

This is a link to Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam on the topic of Alexander Hamilton. My students loved this!

NBC Learn has excellent short videos of news broadcasts. I've used this site to show students news coverage of major historical events like 9/11, Fall of the Berlin Wall and current events too.

Annenberg Classroom is an excellent site for teaching about the U.S. government. I love their videos and lessons.

I've attached a power point I use for teaching about the Bill of Rights. I've also attached the images I use to teach this. The images were created by the Teachers' Curriculum Institute - History Alive! They have great materials for teaching:

I've also included a lesson plan for Biography in a Bag. I use this activity to get students to analyze artifacts and write historical narratives.

Finally, I've included the power point from today's presentation:

Thank you Lindsay! I'm so glad you shared these videos that are the modern incarnation of School House Rock videos and powerful teaching tools.

In conversation last night, Suzanne shared some fun and funky history videos with us. Here are a few of the links:

ESPN covers the Hamilton/Burr Duel:

Jimmy Fallon's Gadsden Purchase skit:

College Humor's War of 1812:

Declaration Music Video Spoof - 'Too Late to Apologize':

Two things stood out for me from Monday's afternoon session. First, that due to the ongoing work of Ms. Brown Henderson, Brown vs. Board is not just a dusty fact in a history book, but is an ongoing legacy of education, information (that teachers can use) and work at sustaining Civil Rights in the 21st century.

Secondly, hearing her 91-year old mother speak so clearly and frankly about life before and during the Brown case was unforgettable. She IS living history. And while she may not have been the litigator in the courtroom, she was the woman behind the litigator in the courtroom--and that's powerful!

I was enthralled listening to Leota Brown Montgomery. When she sat in the chair at the beginning of her talk and told her story I could not believe I was listening to this first hand account of history. We as teachers read everything and research but her quiet dignty almost made tears come to my eyes. I will probably never see or her again a history told to me from someone who lived it. Her daughter was very good and again the knowledge shared was engaging and helped me understand the timeline of events and the truth of events leading to Brown. But I will never forget Leota's words and her strength. I hope I spelled her name properly.

great pics, thanks!

Great stuff from those who have had a chance to post. I am looking forward to seeing the rest tomorrow - let me know if you have trouble logging in. ;-) ;-)

The first person accounts of an event, and the time leading up to or following an event are invaluable. Visits like today's offer yet another way to make history interesting, relevant and real. In a way, it also makes everyone realize that even the most seemingly ordinary individuals can have an extraordinary impact on many people's lives, and on the direction of a country and its culture.

Thank you Aaron for these links. They are awesome. I've used "The Valley of the Shadow" in the past.

I have been apart of a TAH Grant that has best practice units K-5 with lesson plans and primary sources that can be download for FREE. Even if you don't teach elementary, there may be something you can use in the unit(s). In all units K-5, there are five best practices embedded within (using primary sources~photo and documents, reading for context~many historical fiction, but some non-fiction books too (and bibliographies for each unit), mapping related to the content of the unit, time lining,and synthesizing projects). It also has links to other great sites including the Gilder Lehrman site. :)

Cheryl Brown Henderson and Leota Brown Montgomery WoW!!! What a presentation. Textbooks can not do for history what these ladies did for me today. My family, students, collegues and whoever dares to listen will be much better off after I give them the true facts. Documents, powerpoints, lecture and Thursday,s trip to the Brown v Board of Education Nation Park will be used to extend to experience of this significant part of American Histort. Thanks Gilder-Lehramn

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