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*[http://www.americanyawp.com/index.html The American Yawp]
''The American Yawp'' is a free online textbook that is . You can also published by get a paper copy of the book from Stanford University Press and for $24.95 for each volume. It describes itself as "A Massively Collaboration Open U.S. History Textbook." Essentially it is an open-source textbook. Historians essentially modeled the textbook on the open source model that has successfully used for numerous computer programs such as Linux, MediawikiMediaWiki, Wordpress, and many more. In addition to the textbook, "The American Yawp" has an outstanding [http://www.americanyawp.com/reader.html Sourcebook] that can be used to expand on topics. -----*[https://historyexplorer.si.edu/ Smithsonian's History Explorer]  The Smithsonian site includes teaching lessonsBesides being an excellent textbook, interactives, videos, museum artifacts, and other teacher resources. There it is a remarkable amount of material to explore. The site also has an outstanding search function. The search function allows you option to look help reduce textbook costs because it can be accessed online for resources based on resources type (videos, artifacts, reference materials, etcfree.), grade, historical era, and cross-curricular connections (look for resources that touch on multiple subjects such as economics, science, etc.)
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* [https://edsitement.neh.gov/ EDSITEment! - National Endowment for the Humanities]
EDSITEment! is easily one of the best resources for teachers and instructors.
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*[https://historyexplorer.si.edu/ Smithsonian's History Explorer]
 
The Smithsonian site includes teaching lessons, interactives, videos, museum artifacts, and other teacher resources. There is a remarkable amount of material to explore. The site also has an outstanding search function. The search function allows you to look for resources based on resources type (videos, artifacts, reference materials, etc.), grade, historical era, and cross-curricular connections (look for resources that touch on multiple subjects such as economics, science, etc.)
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*[http://www.loc.gov/teachers/ Library of Congress]
PBS Media is a resource that includes videos, interactive content, and lesson plans. The site has resources for a ton beyond history and social studies. The key component of PBS Media is its wealth of videos that have been drawn from PBS. It has over 6,000 videos (K-13+) on various social studies topics for students.
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* [https://dp.la/ Digital Public Library of America]
"The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States." What does this mean? Essentially, it allows you to access sources from all over the world.
 
The DPLA has created Primary Source Sets for teachers and instructors. The Source Sets explore historical topics with primary sources and teaching guides. You can search for the Source Sets either through the site's search function or on the [https://dp.la/primary-source-sets Primary Source Sets] page. On the Source Sets page, you can search based on subject, time periods or recently added. For example, the Scopes Trial Source Set includes photos of the people involved in the trial, excerpts from the Tennessee biology textbooks, records of witness testimony, and even a political cartoon.
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[https://www.archives.gov/education National Archives - Educator Resources]
The National Archives is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for maintaining and documenting government and historical records. The National Archives has a been a resource for historians since its creation in 1934. The Archives has a number of resources available for teachers, but the [https://www.docsteach.org/ DocsTeach.org] is probably the useful and readily accessible feature for teachers. DocsTeach.org is designed for educators to help them connect with the Archives resources.
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[https://www.bbc.co.uk/history BBC History]
* BBC History site focuses on short interactive stories that mix charts, videos, pictures, and text boxes. The interactives are useful for teaching subjects quickly, but they lack the depth of other sites on this list. Regardless, the interactives are fun and entertaining. Here's a link to an interactive on [http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/ztsd7hv The London Blitz]. -----[https://dpwww.zinnedproject.laorg/ Digital Public Library of AmericaZinn Education Project]
The Zinn Education Project is inspired by Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States which emphasized the role of working people, women, people of color and the organized social movements that helped shape history. Zinn project is much less focused on politics that can take a central role in the history courses. The Zinn Education Project has a [https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials Teaching Materials] portal that helps teachers find resources based on time periods, themes, resource type, or grade level. It also has a keyword search function if you know what you are looking for. You can search for different types of resources including teaching activities, articles, profiles, posters, audio clips, websites and many others. Here is an example of a Teaching Activity entitled [https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials/cointelpro-teaching-fbis-war-black-freedom-movement/ COINTELPRO: Teaching the FBI's war on the Black Freedom Movement].
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* [https://www.oah.org/programs/teaching-tools/ Organization of American Historians Teaching Resources]
 
The Organization of American Historians has a number of tools for high school and college level United States history course, but the material is primarily for members of the OAH. Memberships range in price from $45 (for students), $60 (K-12 Educators), and up to $245 (income over $150,000). The membership includes access to several OAH publications and US History Teaching Units. While there is a rationale to join the OAH as if you are United States history teacher, it probably cannot be justified based solely on the materials offered by the organization.
 
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* [https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/teaching-resources-for-historians/classroom-materials/classroom-materials-united-states-history American Historical Association - Teaching Resources for Historians]

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