SOCIAL STUDIES RESOURCE LIST
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African Culture http://www.nc.ndl.net/aacc1/complex.htm
On-line exhibit for the purpose of preserving outstanding contributions made by African Americans in the development of North Carolina and America
- B.J. Pinchbecks Homework Helper http://tristate.pgh.net/~pinch13/framehistory.htm
A resource page of links to web sites on various history topics
- Caleb Johnsons Mayflower Web Page
A thorough look at the Mayflower, including passenger lists with brief histories, a look at the Mayflower Compact, and Thanksgiving among other items
- Civil War Sites
All of these sites contain letters, diaries, and/or links to other primary source documents concerning the Civil War. The different documents cover many different points of view. There are many, many other sites on the Web covering similar material - these offer a fair sampling.
- The Capital Project
Visual representations like portraits and statues of famous American figures from history
- Desert Storm http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/gulf/index.html Oral histories, maps, and true stories from the Gulf War at this site by Public Broadcasting.
- Holocaust Memorial Museum http://www.ushmm.org/index.html Images, historical information, letters, etc. documenting the experience of those involved in the holocaust.
- Infoweb http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/Curriculum/socialstudies/SocStuMiddle.html Infoweb explains the purpose, philosophy and content overview of the Social Studies curriculum in North Carolina Public Schools. It is more than just standards it is thoughtful analysis and essential questions for the best approaches to each grade levels content.
- Kidsnet http://www.kidsnet.org Includes a searchable media guide, activities for career awareness, decision-making, and activties for home and school. Also contains references to books and tools which will be useful to teachers who include media in their lessons.
- Lesson Plans and Resources for Social Studies Teachers http://www.csun.edu/%7ehcedu013/index.html This site is an invaluable resource in every social studies teachers toolbox because it contains links to thousands of lesson plans and teaching strategies for social studies teachers of every grade level. Although it is not jazzed up with graphics or interactive technologies, this site created and maintained by Dr. Marty Levine, Professor of Secondary Education, California State University, Northridge, is far and away the most comprehensive listing of such resources on the web.
- Library of Congress http://lcweb.loc.gov/
American Memory site provides documents, photographs, movies and sound recordings that tell Americas story. It is an exhaustive resource of information on American History.
- Mrs. Donns Special Sections http://members.aol.com/Donnclass/indexlife.html
Information about Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India come complete with lesson plans and suggestions for "fun and games" Lesson Plans and Resources for Social Studies Teachers
- Museum of Classical Archaeology http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/Museum/glossary.a-c.html On-line dictionary of classical myths and histories, alphabetical with a few pictures.
- National History Day (NHD) http://www.thehistorynet.com/NationalHistoryDay/ National History Day (NHD) was established to promote learning in the schools and is an exciting way for students to study and learn about historical issues, ideas, people, and events. NHD is actually a year-long educational program with lesson plans and competitions. As an added bonus, there are links to a variety of history related sites.
- New Deal, History of http://newdeal.feri.org/ Historical perspective on FDR's New Deal including documents and images
- Online Hieroglyphics Translator http://www.quizmaster.com/hiero.pht A site that translates English into Egyptian hieroglyphics. Sixth-graders enjoy it.
- PBS library http://www.pbs.org PBS on-line offers many extensive web-pages related to their programs, particularly the big presentations like The West, Thomas Jefferson, Liberty, and Lewis and Clark.
- Poetry and Music of the War Between the States http://www.erols.com/kfraser/ . The Civil War was a pivotal event in the nations history. If you want to know the facts about the conflict, any textbook will do. But if you want to explore the thoughts and emotions of the men who faced each other across the battlefield and of those who waited for them at home look to the poems and songs written during and after the war.
- Presidential Sites Idea Network http://sunsite.unc.edu/lia/president/pressites/
This directory of information about U.S. presidents provides information about historic sites and non-profit organizations preserving the history associated with Americas presidents and includes excerpts from famous speeches.
- Social Studies Around the Web http://www.li.net/~ndonohue/ssus.html
Large menu of links to American History sites, sorted by categories such as geography, 20th Century, African-Americans, etc. geared towards teachers and/or students.
- Vietnam Wall http://www.vietvet.org/visit.htm This virtual visit to Viet Nam includes details, maps, and information on the Vietnam Wall
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- 500 Nations, Microsoft.
In-depth story of Indian culture and their struggle for survival (narrated by Kevin Cosner)
- African American History, Clearvue.
Detailed story of the struggle from slavery to civil rights-- rich in detail.
- Archibalds Guide to the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt, Swfte.
Archibald leads an animated expedition to uncover the wonders of ancient Egypt. He unfolds the myth of Osiris and Isis, explains the process of mummification, journeys deep inside a pyramid to the hieroglyphic writings on the walls, and, like Champolion, unlocks some of the secrets of hieroglyphics to allow students to create their own messages. Using Archibalds special Egyptian tablet, students can print their hieroglyphic messages.
- Archibalds Guide to the Wonders of World Geography, by Swfte.
Archibald is an animated British boy who takes the student on a mouse-clicking tour of numbered countries and waterways on a colorful world map. For a more in-depth exploration of the continents, countries and waterways highlighted (plus a focus box on all 50 United States) Archibald presents text and commentary on a pull down screen giving points of interest for everywhere from Montana to Madagascar. The culminating activity is a game that poses multiple-choice questions taken from key information given throughout the program along with quirky animated action settings. Sixth grade students are particularly well suited for Archibalds adventures.
- Beyond the Wall, 20th Century Fox.
Features story of the wall and offers a variety of classroom activities.
- JFK Assassination, Clearvue.
Accounts of the incident with original source material and actual footage of the shooting.
- Leonardo the Inventor, Softkey.
One of historys most renowned visionaries comes to life in an exploration of his inventions and ideas. Using da Vincis original sketches the students can marvel at the host of inventions that he conceived long before they were technologically feasible. The CD includes 144 database articles discussing Leonardo da Vincis inventions and his life and times.
- Our Times: Multimedia Encyclopedia of the 20th Century, Vicarious/Broderbund.
A thought provoking exploration of 20th century world affairs, science and technology, sports, cultural trends, and art narrated by James Earl Jones and full of primary source documents, maps, and video footage
- Smithsonians AMERICA , Creative Media.
The Smithsonian collection is used to capture the essence of American History from objects of daily life to George Washingtons sword. It highlights the issues of ethnic heritage, conflict and consensus in American life, and the ways that America has lived out the ideas of diversity, freedom and equality. Pop culture is also presented with Dorothys ruby slippers, costumes of The Supremes, and segments from memorable moments in television and the movies. Artifacts of politics and protest, fashion, the frontier, air and space technology and more are highlighted in 700 historical photographs, paintings, and graphics that were carefully selected by Smithsonian. It is an excellent resource for research and to be incorporated into specific lesson plans.
- Who Built America? Voyager.
Early America and the struggles of the first wave of immigration. Combines historic video, audio, and images with documents and text from the critically acclaimed book of the same title.
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