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EDSITEment continues to impress: New election resources & interactives

EDSITEment has always been one of my go-to lesson plan, teaching resources, website referral tools. A partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities, EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers searching for high-quality material in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

Everything at EDSITEment is reviewed for content, design, and educational impact in the classroom and covers a wide range of humanities subjects, from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology, and have been judged by humanities specialists to be of high intellectual quality.

If you’re looking for ways to integrate content with language arts and the humanities, EDSITEment should one of the first places you stop at. Lesson plans are searchable by grade level and specific content, are aligned to specific historical thinking skills, and focus on using evidence to build historical thinking skills. You can also find a variety of interactive student resources sortable by grade and content.

There’s a weekly blog written by EDSITEment guru Joe Phelan with helpful tips and teaching suggestions. You can sign up to get their monthly newsletter with updates and special announcements.

And it just got better.

They recently posted a very cool election year site titled Electing America’s Presidents: An EDSITEment Guide that has all sorts of goodies.

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There are lessons plans about some of the most important and dramatic presidential elections in the early decades of the republic, including the contests between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson; John Q. Adams and Andrew Jackson; Martin Van Buren and John Tyler; and Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglass. The story is brought up to date with the equally historic election of President, Barack Obama in 2004.

These lessons not only give students opportunities to read significant primary sources authored by the candidates and others but also the path to a better understanding of the historical context of these races.

For presidential elections from the late 19th century to the first decades of the 20th century, we recommended a selection of digitized newspaper articles from Chronicling America that provide primary source material on these important but less well-known contests.

In addition, the site highlights some of the best reference sites for understanding elections and the presidency, including online state encyclopedias supported by NEH.

EDSITEment has also just released their Guide to US History Interactives: Revolution to Reconstruction and a Guide to US History Interactives: Spanish-American War Through the Cold War. Both are dedicated to their U.S. History interactives, with role-playing activities, timelines, and maps for teaching history up to and including the Cold War.

Head over, check out their new sweetness, and be sure to spend some time exploring the rest of the site.


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