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* ''' Study Guides''' has over 600 articles that cover a multitude of topics. Our study guides organize core groups of articles materials for specific topics issues, and you can look for other articles with our search function. In addition to articles, we also have book reviews and booklists.
*[ The American Yawp]
''The American Yawp'' is a free online textbook. You can also get a paper copy of the book from Stanford University Press 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, MediaWiki, Wordpress, and many more. In addition to the textbook, "The American Yawp" has an outstanding [ Sourcebook] that can be used to expand on topics. Besides being an excellent textbook, it is an outstanding exceptional option to help reduce textbook costs because it can be accessed online for free.
* [ EDSITEment! - National Endowment for the Humanities]
EEDSITEment! focuses on Lesson Plans and Study Activities. The Lesson Plans cover a number of some topics and are exceptionally detailed. The plans even suggest how many class sessions should be used to teach the lesson. The lesson plan even breaks down how each day should be organized to get through all of the material. For an example, take a look at [ Turning the Tide in Europe, 1941-1944]. It provides Background for the lesson, preparation, lesson activities, assessment, lesson extensions, and a ton of resources. These are some of the best lesson plans you will find online.
The site also has a section on Student Activities. There are over 200 different student activities that can be used in classrooms. These student activities include texts, videos, and interactive maps.
*[ Library of Congress]
Like the Smithsonian, the Libary of Congress is another outstanding United States government resource. The Library of Congress has multiple missions, but it has a teachers portal that allows you to more easily browse materials and search for themmore easily. It also has a search function that will help you find resources, but it isn't as good as the Smithsonian's search. It does allow you to search for content that satisfies Common Core and State materials. It also permits you to search for materials that fit organizational standards as set by the NCTE, AASL, NETS, NCSS and the NCSG.
*[ The Stanford History Education Group]
The Stanford History Education group actually has created History Assessments of Thinking (HATS) that draw on the Library of Congress's digital resources. Here is a [ list of the HATS] that Stanford has compiled. You can download the lesson plans from the site after you register (free) to the site. Typically, these HATS are essentially critical writing assignments. The HATS use images or statements and to get students to write critically about the content. It is a fantastic way to add a writing assignment to cover materials that you have taught in class.
*[ The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History]
"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 [ 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.
* [ 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 some resources available for teachers, but the [] is probably the useful and readily accessible feature for teachers. is designed for educators to help them connect with the Archives resources.
* [ BBC History]
* [ Zinn 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 [ 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 [ COINTELPRO: Teaching the FBI's war on the Black Freedom Movement].
* [ Organization of American Historians Teaching Resources]
The Organization of American Historians has a number of some 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.
* [ American Historical Association - Teaching Resources for Historians]
* [ Best History Websites]
The Best History Sites from EdTechteacher is probably the most comprehensive listing of websites for teachers in different history fields. Despite being comprehensive, it is difficult to recommend the sites because it does not appear to updated regularly. If you start going through the site , you probably find a ton of dead or misdirected links. The dead-links become finstitutionaln institutional when you get away from the large institutioanl institutional websites.
*[ Open Yale Courses History Courses]

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