Posts tagged history
Posts tagged history
When you’re studying a particular subject, it makes sense to dig deeper. For example, the Civil War Trust has some excellent lesson plans on the Civil War as well as a field trip planner, glossary of civil war terms, civil war coloring book, and more. If you cover the civil war in the US, you’ll want to visit this site. If you’re studying anything, try searching for the word “lesson plans” in quotes along with the topic with a plus like +”civil war” and you’ll be amazed at the results. Many of them align with standards from the states or National Council for Social Studies.
Tour the States! Just added this video to America’s Fifty–Nifty States
Catchy tune students could sing along to. :-) Could make a cool performance while learning about states and capitals.
“Gripp, Mathew, [Nathan] Lahn, Troske — Gallaudet U” (1920)
Loving the expressions on the men’s faces, along with the terse note that accompanied the picture — “These men were (gridiron) stars of the first college for the deaf, credited with inventing the football huddle in the 1920s as a way to keep plays secret.”
I love this random piece of history.
“The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the Government Printing Office (GPO), today unveiled Congress.gov, a new public beta site for accessing free, fact-based legislative information. Congress.gov features platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation. Congress.gov, at beta.congress.gov, eventually will replace the public THOMAS system and the congressional Legislative Information System (LIS).”
The New York Times has some options to allow students to participate and learn from the US Presidential debates. If you’re teaching and you are wanting to use this as a topic, this is a great lesson plan.
The Lion of Lucerne, by Bertel Thorvaldsen.
“The Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France. The American writer Mark Twain (1835–1910) praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”
Constitution Day is September 17. Discuss the US Constitution and the democracy in the US constitution. Here are some excellent lesson plans including one I like called “design a constitution” that helps you see the “different types of democracy and sovereignty evident in the US political system.” You could also do a play on the word constitution and have a “build your constitution” day with some good old American hamburgers and hot dogs while you study the constitution. ;-)
Beauty and sadness. This sandbar is obviously there and yet boat after boat keeps getting stuck. There are sandbars throughout human history that derail nations and yet we continue to think we’re different. Arrogance, pride, deficit spending, - shall I go on. I see the skeletons of civilizations past on these sandbars and it scares me. Sorry to make a beautiful pic kinda sad.
The Google World Wonders Project is a combination online museum and textbook but is a wonder in itself. Each site on the globe that is a wonder is linked to photos, videos, information,and a map about the site. This is the perfect companion for this flipping the classroom.
This link takes you to the teacher guides and suggested history topics for how you can use the site. This is a must share for history teachers around the world.
YouTube user harrunostasj has created a fascinating look at European history in fast forward using the Centennia Historical Atlas. The mapping software is a “dynamic, animated historical atlas including over 9,000 border changes,” tracing the rise and fall of empires from 1,000 C.E. onward. Make sure to watch the video full screen in HD to see the year in the top left corner and notes on historic events in the bottom left corner (and turn up the volume to appreciate the dramatic soundtrack from Inception).