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a library of technology resources
History, Geography, & Social Studies
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for your projects, research, and lessons
American Rhetoric: Thousands of speeches from history, politics, movies, literary figures, religion, sports, and pop-culture. Most are available with both the text and the Mp3, many with the video as well. These make great primary sources when showing how great writers and speakers present their words. It even has links to the most popular magazines and newspapers of today!
Crash Course: Through a YouTube channel, these quick-and-dirty lessons can help students get an overview of many popular works in literature. These would be a great to incorporate in a flipped classroom!
Educational Technology Clearinghouse: Included here are videos and interactive lessons on many topics. Look in the left column to navigate!
Holocaust, A Teacher's Guide to: An overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, movies, and literature.
INK - Non-Fiction Minute: Compelling short self-contained original 400-word essays by top nonfiction children's book authors on a variety of subjects. With illuminating visuals and accompanying audio read by the author. Articles also include MLA citation. Index of topics is in right-margin. Check out the FOR TEACHERS tab for lesson plan ideas on how to incorporate into your curriculum. See articles specific to SS here.
INK - Non-Fiction Minute: Choose any Non-fiction Minute author and invite him or her to your school for an hour of Q&A through Zoom (like Skype). Authors are booked through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. Titles are listed with links to the descriptions of their programs.
Library of Congress: Discover and discuss the most effective techniques for using Library of Congress primary sources in the classroom with this blog. Teaching strategies, outstanding primary sources, lesson plans, teacher resources, and current thinking on effective classroom practice are all open for discussion.
Living Room Candidate: An engaging primary source that allows students to see campaign commercials, talk about strategy, rhetoric, and the real issues. This site is a great way to bring some of America's icons to life and make the issues meaningful and real to our students!
Learn Out Loud: This audio and video directory has over 5,000 titles on many subjects, many of which are classic literature titles, dramas, poetry, world classics, short stories, author readings, and more that are read aloud to students. Amazing free resource!!!
Manataka American Indian Council: The MAIC is a non-profit, educational, cultural and spiritual organization dedicated to preserving the ancient sacred grounds of Manataka. This site can be used to read accounts of American history from the viewpoint of the Native American. These include holidays, legends, medical accounts, and even views of maps, artwork, and musical instruments used by the Manataka tribe. In addition, there are teacher units included with some of the content to assist with classroom use.
Maps, Etc.: A friendly license allows teachers and students to use up to 25 maps in non-commercial school projects without further permission.
NewsELA: Currently a free service, NewsELA contains articles for every subject written from 4th grade to college level. Students can register and be given reading at their own lexile. Lesson plans are also available for teachers to use with the text. Though they are "ELA" topics, many are still relevant for SS.
Ted-Ed: There are two types of TED-Ed lessons: 1) TedEd original lessons, representing collaborations between expert educators, screenwriters, and animators. 2) Lessons created by website visitors who add questions, discussion topics and other supplementary materials to any educational video on YouTube. Both types are used regularly to introduce new topics to learners in exciting, curiosity-insipiring ways.
Tennessee History 4 Kids: This site couples with the primary source curriculum booklets that we purchase for our SS classes here at Hadley. Use this for teacher resources and online materials to assist you in your instruction!
Tennessee State Library & Archives - DocsBox: These boxes include memorabilia and primary sources for the following topics: The Cotton Gin; Civil War; World War I; 1920's; Women's Suffrage; World War II; Vietnam. It costs $25 (for shipping) to check out these boxes, and the borrow time is 2 weeks.
Tennessee State Library & Archives - Classroom Resources: The resources collected here may be useful for exploring Tennessee history, American history, and the use of primary sources in the classroom. With an extensive list of primary resources, lesson plans, and webcasts, plus links to other interesting historical treasures, this site has a lot of potential!
WatchKnowLearn.org: Videos on many ELA topics (and relevant SS topics) can be useful for flipped classrooms or for offering support for students who need extra help!
If you know of any other trustworthy sources that could be included in this collection, please contact me so I can add them!
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