This site is a good start for the study of the Americal Civil War for secondary and post-secondary school students. The Essential Civil War Curriculum site is “produced by today’s foremost Civil War historians. This site contains a definitive list of over 325 topics that every student of the Civil War should study”. It is a collection of resource lists, photographs, and descriptions of seminal events of the war and American history.
You will also find:
- Link to Browse Topics
- Resource List to aid in continued research
- Twenty Good Reasons to Study the Civil War (download)- A great list for teachers to have students base their research.
PBS has created an incredibly comprehensive set of interactive resources for Gr. 7-12 history teachers to help you teach about the American Presidential Election.
The resources include:
- Electoral Decoder Intro Video– Watch the video for the explanation of the decoder tool. There are links to more information for teachers about the tool.
- Electoral Tool – A great tool for U.S. Presidents 101
- A Guide to Debates in the Classroom
- Inside the Debates
- How to Master Debate – Includes student worksheets (Gr. 8-12)
- The Election Process – A series of videos explaining the process
- Interactive Map – follow the candidates
- Virtual Field Trips– Sign-up to take your class on virtual field trips to American Presidential landmarks and Constitutional resources. A focus on using primary source documents is a big part of these field trips.
Many classrooms have data projectors in their rooms. Introduce your students to spectacular vistas and interesting videos during their start of day seat work by viewing Vimeo’s drone videos. Teachers can Sign-up with Vimeo to receive the Vimeo newsletter with their staff’s top picks to share with your students.
I came across a fascinating website that has loads of information about statistics and the world we live in – Metrocosm. You could spend hours clicking around this site. To start with examine the two centuries of immigration to the United States through this animated graphic. You will be amazed at the change of county base of U.S. immigrants. I did not know that Canadians made up the bulk of immigrants in the early 1900s. Examine the shift of countries of the immigrants over time and think about what was happening in the world at that time.
This section of the site Puts Canada’s Population in Perspective.
For geographers, cartograms and choropleths are explained. And for the advanced geographers and coders it explains how to make your own cartogram. Are your up for the challenge?
Canada’s History has created a site, Canada’s Great War Album, that tells stories of Canada and her soldiers who participated in World War I. Use the tabs at the top of the site to locate many online resources. You are invited to submit your story to add to their database.
Students can use this site to view and read about Canadians who made a difference through their heroic part in The Great War’s Battle Fronts: Ypres, Festubert, Mount Sorrel, Somme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Paasendaele, Amiens, and Arras.
PBS offers Crash Courses created by John and Hank Green. They have created these fast-paced digital courses in a range of subject areas and posted on YouTube. The courses are aimed at Grade 9-13+ students. Register as a user to share resources and to create folders. Teachers can use this resource to flip their classrooms.
- US History
- World History 1
- World History 2
- Literature– Titles include: Works by Shakespeare, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, The Odyssey, Frankenstein, To Kill a Mockingbird, and more…
Visit the Canadian Geographic site explaining about Native trade and warfare in the north part of North America from 1600-1648. There is an interactive map and legend that allows users to highlight certain activities in the location they occurred, such as which Native goods were traded where, and where the varying linguistic groups existed.