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50 Great Sites For Social Studies Teachers (Part Deux)

Last week, I posted the first part of two highlighting the best of the best sites out there for Social Studies teachers. The Finding Dulcinea site always has great stuff, especially the SweetSearch Social Studies page. On occasion, they also create helpful articles. I edited one of their recent articles to come up with this list.

Part Two focuses on primary documents, history magazines, current events, geography and economic sites:

The National Archives’ Our Documents created a list of the 100 most important documents in U.S. history. Each entry contains an image of the document, a transcript and an essay explaining the document’s significance.

The National Archives’ Teaching With Documents section presents lessons plans that explain historical events through primary documents.

EyeWitness to History features first-person accounts of prominent events in U.S. and world history, along with a simple explanation of the event’s importance.

Ohio State University’s eHistory has a massive collection of famous documents, letters collections and online books. The highlight of the collection is the Official Records of the Civil War, made up of material from the military departments of the Union and Confederacy.

Yale Law School’s Avalon Project provides a database of documents such as laws, treaties, declarations, constitutions, speeches and statements from ancient history to the 21st century.

The University of Virginia’s “The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War” chronicles two counties, Augusta County, Va., and Franklin County, Penn., contrasting their experiences from John Brown’s Raid to the end of Reconstruction.

Archiving Early America presents a wide array of primary source material on 18th century America, such as newspapers, maps, writings and portraits. It also includes Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography and an 1807 biography of George Washington.

The University of North Carolina’s “North American Slave Narratives” is a collection of slave biographies and autobiographies published as books or pamphlets.

HarpWeek examines presidential elections, the Civil War, Reconstruction and other events of 19th century America through the articles and cartoons of Harper’s Weekly.

Daryl Cagle’s Teachers’ Guide for the Professional Cartoonists Index offers lesson plans for using modern editorial cartoons in the classroom.

The National Security Archive is an independent institute located at The George Washington University that presents documents to the public after they have been declassified by the government.

The National Parks Service’s Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a database that makes it easy to find personal records Civil War soldiers, sailors, prisoners and regiments.

American Heritage makes many of its articles written since its 1954 debut available online.

History Now is a quarterly journal put out by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History that is designed for history students and teachers. The journal includes lessons plans and its articles include lists of books and online resources on the topic at hand.

George Mason University’s History Matters features 100 Web-based assignments, examples of course syllabi, advice on how to evaluate Web sites and essays on how to utilize primary sources.

Teaching History with Technology offers a wealth of resources for incorporating the Internet into the history curriculum, including these innovative projects.

National Geographic’s Xpeditions has hundreds of educator-created lesson plans written by educators that complement the site’s interactive maps and tools.

The CIA World Factbook gives an overview of every country in the world, with maps, flags and facts on physical and political geography.

The Morningside Center’s Teachable Moment offers lesson plans on current events for K-12.

The Newseum provides a look at today’s front page of 827 newspapers in 77 countries, giving students the chance to see how differently news is covered from city to city and country to country.

PBS Frontline’s Teacher Center is a collection of lesson plans and activities to accompany Frontline documentaries in the classroom.

The Guardian’s Interactive Guides give interactive overviews of significant issues occurring in the world today.

Fed101 is from the Federal Reserve and is full of information with lessons, activities, games and quizzes. Click on Teacher Resources for an excellent economics search engine.

Council for Economic Education offers 20 American standards for teaching economics, with links to lesson plans and benchmarks for each one.

The Economics Search Engine is a custom search engine that only searches 23,000 Web sites recommended by associations of economists.

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