My Smore Flyer

by Paul Doperalski

10 Websites to use

These are interesting resources for my future purposes in the classroom.

Great site that breaks things down by battles, historical figures, etc

The Civil War : PBS

A great companion site for the PBS documentary by Ken burns featuring photos, videos and an opportunity to record your own civil war documentary using archival footage.

Columbus Controversy - History Channel

A great site that reflects on the controversy surrounding Christopher Columbus and his "discovery" of the American continents

Martin Luther King Jr. - Fact Monster

Fact Monster, published by Information Please, offers a variety of short articles on King, his holiday, the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the civil rights movement. Worth noting are the entries on civil disobedience, the King timeline, the King crossword, and the civil rights quiz.

Famous Trials: Salem Witch Trials

What was life like in Salem in 1692? Why did the community allow the witch hunt? Visit this Discovery School site to learn about the religious, economic, and social climate that lead to the tragic witch trials. Best click is the six-minute movie "The Story." The Teachers Tip section contains lesson plans for grades five through eight, a bibliography, and web links.

America in the 1930's

From the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia, America in the 1930's is a compendium of the decade's visual arts: film, print, radio, murals, paintings, posters and architecture. Don't miss the multimedia timeline, which color-codes events into four categories: Politics and Society, Science and Technology, Arts and Culture, and World Events. Many of the items are linked to additional audio or video media, and each year is summarized with a Year in Review video.

Discovering Lewis & Clark: the faces of Sacagawea

"There is no known image of Sacagawea that was made of her during her lifetime, so no one can be sure what she really looked like. Yet because the Shoshone woman has been the subject of so many sculptures and paintings, especially since about 1900, we have a rich heritage of artists' conceptions to contemplate." Visit Discovering Lewis & Clark to explore a dozen artistic renderings of Sacagawea, but don't miss the "interpreter" link embedded in the intro, which leads to an excellent three-page Sacagawea bio titled "The Interpreter's Wife."

Biography: Cleopatra VII

"The stories and myths surrounding Cleopatra's tragic life inspired a number of books, movies, and plays, including Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare. Cleopatra has become one of the most well-known ancient Egyptians." This three-page biography includes links to related bios, such as Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. You can also explore bios in Related Groups, which include Famous Queens, and Loved to Death (those killed in a crime of passion over lost love.)

Mummy Tombs

Retired college professor James M. Deem shares his fascination with mummies to encourage learners of all ages to discard their mistaken ideas about mummies (popularized by classic, scary movies) and learn about the science and history of mummies. His site includes sections on science, museum exhibits, and mummy sites such as Egypt, Pompeii and the bogs of Ireland, Scotland, Germany and other European locales. "Bog mummies are accidental mummies, made only by nature. In northern Europe, the people who became bog mummies usually died from 2000-2500 years ago, though some are even older and others much more recent."

5 Great Social Studies Videos

Brutal Stalin Documentary
Louisiana Black Soldiers in the Civil War
The Genocide Insider - Sudan, July 2008
The historical audacity of the Louisiana Purchase - Judy Walton
Schools of "Thought": Nationalistic Propaganda in History Textbooks

5 Great Podcasts

Interesting tidbits about human rights violations worldwide
Fun site discussing some of the more interesting little-known facts throughout history
A interesting podcast that discusses everything you'd ever want to know about the Roman Empire