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  1. Landeskunde
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internationale Suchmaschine, rund um das Thema "Education"
Auswahl von bis zu 16 Suchmaschinen — (Boolean search strings)
internationale Suchmaschine im Bereich "Education"
Highway 61
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deutschsprachiger Web-Katalog
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Dibdabdoo is a child safe search engine. Links to the Dibdabdoo database are not added through software that crawls the Internet and adds pages indiscriminately. According to the site, Dibdabdoo is a Meta engine that crawls only those sites that have been reviewed by humans and declared to be kid/teen safe.
13 Suchmaschinen, Usenet News, FTP sites, newswires, weather worldwide, or business news
Searches web (6 search engines by default; customizable). Search form is available in French or German. Can set time limit for waiting for search results. Duplicate hits are removed. Allows boolean searching (combined search terms). Results are grouped by source (e.g. commercial, educational, geographic region)
internationales Suchmaschinenverzeichnis
durch Stiftung Warentest ausgezeichnete Suchmaschine
internationales Suchmaschinenverzeichnis
schnelle Suchmaschine
 All-in-one Search
nach Themen vorsortierte Kategorien von Suchmaschinen
Suche im Austrian WebWizard
deutsches Pendant zu All-in-one Search
internationale Suchmaschine
 Search Engine Watch
Schwerpunkt liegt auf der Vermittlung von Suchstrategien und Tipps, wie Suchmaschinen möglichst effektiv genutzt werden können
internationale Suchmaschine
CyberSleuth-Kids will help students sift through the vast resources of the Internet and pinpoint the information that is most useful to them. Sites that are added to this database have been reviewed and considered to be educationally appropriate for students. Additionally there is a ClassroomClipart index that provides access to over 20,000 school related images. Teachers will also want to check out this site for free lesson plans, rubrics, worksheets and productivity tools as well as online math flash cards and word searches for a variety of subjects.
KartOO is a metasearch tool that searches many different search engines and returns results as a "graphic map of information, demonstrating visually the relationship between websites and related topics."
Suche nach Dateinamen (Archie-Server)



www.autenrieths.deAutenrieths Link-Tipps (Fachbibliothek) für Lehrer und Schüler
umfangreiche und sehr bewusst zusammengestellte Linksammlung — nicht nur für Anglisten


Bundesregierung und -behörden für das Auslandsschulwesen


Landesregierung und -behörden

www.mbjs.brandenburg.deMinisterium für Bildung, Jugend und Sport des Landes Brandenburg
www.lehrer-werden.deInfo-Site der Länder Berlin und Brandenburg zum Berufsziel "LehrerIn" Berlin-Brandenburg – Thür. Institut für Lehrerfortbildung, Lehrplanentwicklung und Medien
www.bildung-brandenburg.deBrandenburgischer Bildungsserver
www.hamburger-bildungsserver.deHamburger Bildungsserverändischer Bildungsserver


Lehrkräfte allgemein

www.Tresselt.deSehr gut gemachte und informative Site von Paul Tresselt, einem ehemaligen Lehrer, Fach- und Schulleiter aus NRW


Landeskunde USA

US Government and Politics

Just Links
Links to websites of governmental institutions and political parties in the United States of America
Linkliste der University of Michigan zu Politik-Ressourcen der anglophonen Welt
FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence) is the result of more than thirty-five federal organizations including the Library of Congress, NASA, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and others working together to make hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find.
Homepage von Richard Kimber — Links zu unzähligen politisch orientierten Sites
US Regierungsserver
Government Search Engine
The White House
House of Representatives
The Senate
State Department
Department of Defense
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Justice
Republican National Committee
Democratic National Committee
Federal Election Committee — hier lässt sich vieles zu Wahlen recherchieren
History's Home on the Internet — amerikanische Geschichte
Statistics Publications Listing
Reports to Congress
This informative site gives young people the opportunity to learn about the FBI and the work that it does. Students can begin their exploration by reading stories of the investigations from different places in the United States and around the world. Then students are invited to take the "special agent challenge," where they take on the role of a new agent in training and search the site to increase their knowledge of the FBI. Their success as a special agent depends on the answers they give. Visitors to the site can also spend a day in the life of an FBI employee, follow a case through the FBI lab, or learn about specially trained dogs that locate bombs, drugs, money, and people. Additionally, there is a history of the FBI, safety links for keeping safe on the Internet, and entertaining puzzles and games.
US Census Bureau
US Immigration and Naturalization Service
Central Intelligence Agency
World Factbook der CIA
National Security Agency
 Supreme Court Guide at NYT
Guide to the Supreme Court
Federal Statistics
Guide to
Library of Congress Learning Page (directory of Internet resources)
Bill of Rights at NYT
The Bill of Rights
Dokumente der amerikanischen Verfassungsgeschichte
The National Constitution Center offers a goldmine of standards based lesson plans for elementary, middle and secondary levels. Topics for the lessons include the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, the Electoral Process, Executive Branch, Federal Powers, First and Fifth Amendments, Jury Duty, Suffrage and Separation of Powers. The section on Teaching with Current Events provides news stories pertaining to the Constitution, Supreme Court confirmation frequently asked questions, discussion starters for current events, and viewpoints from leading scholars on constitutional issues. Resources also include an Interactive Constitution where students can get a clause–by–clause explanation of the Constitution along with basic constitutional facts and interpretation. It is fully searchable by keyword and Supreme Court cases. Students will also find the Constitutional Timeline that chronicles 200 years of our Constitution's history, a host of founding documents such as the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact and the Articles of Confederation and puzzles and games for a little fun while learning.
Charters of Freedom explores the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights from their conception to their impact. Visitors to the site will find high resolution images of each of the documents as well as other related images from the National Archives, articles, printer friendly versions and more. There is an interactive version of the 1936 Faulkner Murals that have been recently restored in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington D.C. and a Founding Fathers feature that is not to be missed. It contains an index of all the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in May, 1787, that links to brief biographies of each member. There were 55 members but only 39 of them actually signed the Constitution. They were a varied group of individuals ranging in age from 26-year-old Jonathan Dayton to 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin, who had to be carried to sessions in a sedan chair. Another interactive feature, the Signer's Gallery, allows users to learn more about the signers of the Declaration of Independence and choose a signature style with which add their own name alongside those of our forefathers on an online version of the document.
This site is a goldmine of information and resources for teachers and students. A good place to start your exploration would be the "Top Picks" on the Open Vault homepage, and once in a relevant record, further recommendations appear at the left of the page. Each record includes a video description, and when applicable, program and series descriptions. Open Vault includes over 500 streaming video clips and more than 1,000 interviews drawn from public television station WGHB's programming between 1968 and 1993. Topics range from desegregation and busing, the Cold War, interviews with and performances by leading dancers, writers and poets, and much more. Some highlights include: Muhammad Ali discussing his refusal to fight in Vietnam; African American students arriving at school during Boston's court-ordered de-segregation; Bill T. Jones performing a monologue and solo dance; and Robert McNamara reading from a letter sent by Nikita Khrushchev to President Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The video clips are short, focus on one event, and can be replayed for in-depth analysis, making them a good choice for stimulating classroom discussion.
Social Studies teachers will appreciate the easy access to the standards-based materials and video clips that C-SPAN's Classroom offers. There are six major topics: Principles of Government, U.S. Constitution, Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, Judicial Branch, and Political Participation. Users will want to register (free) for full access to all of the materials and to be able to search the video clip library by keyword, speaker, or teaching concept. Included with the video clips is a short description, discussion questions that are linked to national standards, primary source material, keywords, rating and comments from other teachers. Additionally, users will find links to other topic resources.
The National Constitution Center offers a goldmine of standards based lesson plans for elementary, middle and secondary levels. Topics for the lessons include the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, the Electoral Process, Executive Branch, Federal Powers, First and Fifth Amendments, Jury Duty, Suffrage and Separation of Powers. The section on Teaching with Current Events provides news stories pertaining to the Constitution, Supreme Court confirmation frequently asked questions, discussion starters for current events, and viewpoints from leading scholars on constitutional issues. Resources also include an Interactive Constitution where students can get a clause-by-clause explanation of the Constitution along with basic constitutional facts and interpretation. It is fully searchable by keyword and Supreme Court cases. Students will also find the Constitutional Timeline that chronicles 200 years of our Constitution's history, a host of founding documents such as the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact and the Articles of Confederation and puzzles and games for a little fun while learning.
This comprehensive site provides a wealth of information to anyone interested in learning more about his or her first amendment rights. Each of the five areas that cover the first amendment freedoms: speech, press, religious liberty, assembly and petition contain research materials on a variety of subtopics. Each of the articles contains frequently asked questions and related cases and resources. The online library contains an extensive collection of judicial, legislative, historical, analytical, journalistic, editorial and other material pertaining to the first amendment freedoms as well as all of the First Amendment opinions of the Supreme Court. The most current first amendment related news is posted on the main page daily along with a weekly commentary called Inside the First Amendment. Educators will find lesson plans that address constitutional principles and contemporary issues involving the First Amendment. The series of nine lessons (four more are under construction) encourage students to explore how their freedoms began and how they operate in today's world by examining individual rights in the school environment and public places. The First Amendment Center, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and in Arlington, Va., operates this Web site.
Rich resource for lesson ideas that will help students increase their understanding of "their rights and responsibilities as citizens, as well as the historical and intellectual origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights." Lesson plans are grouped into three broad categories: Primary Source Activities, Citizenship and Character Lessons, and Historical Narratives. Each lesson plan includes standards, objectives, and procedures. A section of essays on the founders of the month offers questions for classroom discussion. Additionally, visitors will find a listing of landmark cases for download as a PDF file, Bill of Rights news, and a collection of links to related education resources.
American History teachers and students looking for homework help or research paper material will find a wealth of information at this comprehensive site. All forty-three presidential administrations are explored. The area for each administration includes biographical sketches of the President and First Lady, timelines of key events, biographies of cabinet members, listings of staff and advisors, and a multimedia gallery including still images, audio, and video. The Presidency in Action deals with the responsibilities of the President and the resources at his disposal to develop policy and make decisions. The information is grouped into seven areas of responsibility: Domestic Policy, Economic Policy, Legislative Affairs, National Security, Presidential Politics, Administration of the Government, and Administration of the White House. An essay for each area of responsibility details their respective functions and operations. Visitors can also view an organizational chart of the current White House that details the seven areas and the people who inhabit them. Additionally, there is an Ask a Question feature where users can ask questions of historical interest to the site's editors and research staff.
This Web site offers more than just information about the home of Thomas Jefferson. It includes information and resources for teaching and learning about Thomas Jefferson the man; third President of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independence, architect, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner. Click on "Jefferson" in the navigation bar and you will find a biography and timeline of his life, a chance to experience twenty-four hours in his life at Monticello with embedded links to more information and a module exploring "Jefferson's West," the central role he played in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Students will enjoy using the interactive floor plan of the home to take virtual reality tours of the various rooms. There is also information about the gardens and grounds including images and maps as well as a section on the plantation itself and the people who lived there and the work they did. For scholars, teachers and the curious there is an online search tool for the Jefferson Library, reports on a variety of subjects relating to Jefferson and Monticello, and information on the art, artifacts, books, buildings, and plants of Monticello. Teachers will find online lesson plans and study resources for use in the classroom and an "Ask Thomas Jefferson" area where students can correspond with Mr. Jefferson. Each lesson contains a lesson plan, an activity, and a teacher answer key. If that isn't enough, be sure to check out the featured links in the lower right area of the main page to view a video of "Jefferson Lives," Image galleries, an interactive map of Thomas Jefferson Parkway, the scenic entrance to Monticello and more. The site is rounded out with information about onsite programs for children and adults.
This site is a one-stop resource for activities related to key Supreme Court cases and concepts that are mandated by state social studies standards. Teachers and students will find background summaries and excerpts of opinions on such cases as "Marbury vs. Madison," "Dred Scott vs. Sandford," and "Brown vs. Board of Education," as well as online activities and lessons and links to the full text of the Supreme Court decisions. These materials are available in three reading levels, one of which is geared to the vocabulary of ESOL students. Teachers will appreciate the section of instructions for general teaching strategies such as case study, moot court, role play, continuum, community resources, evaluating Web sites, political cartoon analysis, and scored discussion.
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930 is series of research projects completed by students at the State University of New York at Binghamton. This is an excellent teaching resource to supplement the U.S. history curriculum. Each project includes a research question, introduction with background, bibliography, list of related Web sites, and 15 to 20 primary documents. This site is an outstanding reference for anyone interested in women's studies. History teachers, especially, will want to add this to their list of most valuable sites.
U.S. History teachers or history buffs will find this site worthy of note. Visitors will want to begin by reading the preface that discusses the importance of the papers and other attempts to preserve them. Visitors can view Washington's school exercises in geometry from 1745, his speech to the Indians at Logstown in 1753 asking that they act as guides for his journey to the French Commandant, and the 1777 recruiting instructions for enlisting soldiers for the United States Army just to name a few. The recruiting instructions include incentives such as "bounty of twenty dollars" and a suit of clothes. Additionally, at the end of the war soldiers would be entitled to one hundred acres of land. The entire collection of more than 17,400 letters and documents can be browsed through the thirty-seven volumes or is fully searchable by word, phrase, date or recipient.
This comprehensive site provides a wealth of information to anyone interested in learning more about his or her first amendment rights. Each of the five areas that cover the first amendment freedoms: speech, press, religious liberty, assembly and petition contain research materials on a variety of subtopics. Each of the articles contains frequently asked questions and related cases and resources. The online library contains an extensive collection of judicial, legislative, historical, analytical, journalistic, editorial and other material pertaining to the first amendment freedoms as well as all of the First Amendment opinions of the Supreme Court. The most current first amendment related news is posted on the main page daily along with a weekly commentary called Inside the First Amendment. Educators will find lesson plans that address constitutional principles and contemporary issues involving the First Amendment. The series of nine lessons (four more are under construction) encourage students to explore how their freedoms began and how they operate in today's world by examining individual rights in the school environment and public places. The First Amendment Center, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and in Arlington, Va., operates this Web site.
Teachers will find this site a rich resource for helping students understand the tragic events of 9/11. Lesson plans for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 are available as well as syllabi for college and university courses. Resources include essays, background information, news, speeches, and more. A collection of links to help students develop a better understanding of Islamic culture, religion, and ethnicity is offered. A message board offers users the opportunity to share insights and resources, photo and art exhibits, biographies, and memorials. This site has all the materials necessary to plan an entire unit.
The American people were dramatically affected by the events of September 11, 2001. This site's mission is to "document the entire reconstruction of the World Trade Center site; the experiences of individuals directly affected by the events of 9/11; and to ensure that people today and in future generations can experience the rebuilding process, and learn from our nation's ability to recover." Six cameras have been mounted around the site and every five minutes they expose a frame of film to capture the minute by minute rebuilding efforts. The interactive timeline offers visitors the opportunity to select the time and the camera location to view a movie of the activities and read the project journal and other pertinent information. The section entitled "Rebuild" includes information about the engineering, architecture, and urban planning that is an important part of the rebuilding process as well as a question and answer session with Kevin Rampe, president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the organization charged with coordinating the rebuilding of the site. Additionally, visitors can view a live webcam, read about the Freedom Tower, view photos of the site's picks of the top ten most unusual memorial designs, and read one man's "account of what happened that day, and how he has begun his own process of recovery and renewal".
Justice Learning brings civics education into the real world and gives students a first-hand look at democracy. The site explores current issues that directly affect students' everyday lives and "communicates how the United States Constitution and institutions of democracy (Congress, courts, presidency, press, and schools)" shape them and develop around them. There are currently eight featured issues, including affirmative action, gun control, and zero tolerance. Each issue is supported with standards-based lessons; primary source information on how the Congress, President, the courts, schools, and the press affect the issue; as well as summaries, articles, editorials, and oral debates. The facts of the covered issues are presented as well as different perspectives on the issue. Included are polls, questions, and links to online forums. This is a superlative site from world-class sources -- a must-see for social-studies teachers!
Visitors to the site will find current news articles about "groups and individuals working for tolerance and fighting hate" as well as information about U.S. hate groups, Web sites, and music that promote hate, ways to fight hate and promote tolerance, and the tools to "dig deeper" to explore our own hidden biases. Resources are available for teachers, parents, teens, and kids. Teachers and parents are provided with practical ideas and resources for responding to problems and nurturing tolerance. Teens can read stories by and about student activists and find tips and ideas for promoting tolerance.
U.S. Census Bureau
Facts and Stats on immigration at present
good site on immigration into the US
University of Minnesota
Immigration History Research Center
 University of Minnesota
Immigration History and Ethnicity Lesson Plans
Immigration into the United States
Search immigrants' records here!
History Channel
Lots of links on immigration
Timely site that pulls together resources for teachers and students to better understand the region of Iraq and the events that are taking place there. Sections include Latest News; A New Government; Humanitarian Needs; During the War; The Path to War; The Country of Iraq; and A Troubled Region. Included are news, photos, background information, questions and answers on events that led to the war and an analysis of who should make the decisions about the rebuilding of the country and the Iraqi people's needs. Teachers will find suggestions for fielding the tough questions that students ask, lesson plans and reproducibles that can be adapted to various grade levels.
This site is a rich resource for teachers or students who are studying about this time in history when the first atomic bomb was developed. The timeline begins in 1931 when Harold C. Urey discovered deuterium (heavy hydrogen) and continues through the historical events that lead up to August 6 & 9, 1945 when the first atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima killing over 100,000 people and the second bomb exploded over Nagasaki killing 75,000. There is a discussion of the competition between Germany and Japan to develop the bomb and the exodus of the scientists from Germany. Included are profiles of key scientists who contributed to the U.S. military weapons program. Students are provided with enough information and resources to do their own research about this important topic. Lesson plans are available for teachers to complement their curriculum as well as links to a host of resources including books, videos, CD ROMs, and Web sites.
This site, developed by the Independent Television Service, provides students and teachers with many personal perspectives on living through two tragic times in U. S. history: the aftermath of September 11 and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. These interviews with Japanese Americans and Arab Americans cover several themes such as internment, identity, fear, anger, and loss. There is a section where visitors to the site can post their own "face to face" story or respond to the interviews. A glossary is available that adds some valuable background information. Cross-curricular lesson plans, fact sheets and Web resources allow students to "explore these civil liberties issues through discussion, through becoming the enemy, and through artistic expression". Registration is required for full use but it is free.
Designed and maintained by the State of Illinois and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, this site informs the public about the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum being constructed in Springfield, Illinois, including architectural details, floor plans and a live Web cam that gives and up-to-date view of the construction site. Most importantly, for teachers and students, it provides information about the 16th President of the United States. The Kids Page offers a list of historic sites related to Lincoln, the Prairie Pages give a short synopsis of his life, photographs and other material about his family, the Lincoln Penny campaign as well as facts and history about the penny and a selection of Lincoln's witty quotes. By clicking on the Learn More link, educators will find links to the Illinois History Teacher Magazine, a Lincoln chronology, related articles, selected readings and a great section on quotes wrongly attributed to President Lincoln.
Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words uses the vast collections of the Library of Congress to highlight Franklin's achievements as a writer and printer, an inventor and scientist and as a politician and statesman. The first five sections focuses on the politician and statesman and gives an in depth account of Franklin's involvement before, during and after the Revolutionary War. Various documents, letters and pictures are available for examination. The last two sections deal with Franklin as a scientist and inventor and as a printer and writer. Original copies of the plans for the Franklin Stove, the design for bifocals, and a series of letters from Benjamin Franklin describing his experiments on electricity as well as other documents are included. Also included are many of the books, magazines and manuscripts that Franklin published including his Personal Liturgy and the Art of Making Money.
This site is a rich resource for teachers and students who are teaching and learning about Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States. Users will find a description of the film as well as a full transcript, behind the scenes video clips of interviews with the filmmakers, and an extensive list of resources for further reading. Primary sources include speeches such as "Wilson's Fourteen Points" outlining his vision for a new world order including the establishment of an organization that would eventually become the United Nations, personal letters and historical documents such as The Covenant of the League of Nations. An interactive timeline gives brief descriptions of events throughout Wilson's lifetime and Wilson-A Portrait outlines important events in his life complete with full text discussions and video clips. Special Features include an interactive module Win the Election of 1912, Exposing Poverty and Wilson's Legacy. Additionally there is a section about the people featured in the film and a gallery that includes the Wilson Photo Album and Poster Art of World War I. The Teachers' Guide provides four lessons for grades 7-12. Topics include women's suffrage, Wilson and African Americans, the 1912 election, and World War I.
Teachers and students will find a wide range of information and resources for teaching and learning about Gerald R. Ford, thirty-eighth President of the United States. There is biographical information on Mr. Ford and his wife, fact sheets that includes favorites such as hobbies, music, books, etc., recent activities, a bibliography of books about him, and genealogical information. A wide variety of documents and photographs are available from full sets of documents from cabinet meetings and the Vietnam War to selected documents such as speeches and photographs of the Fords as children and historical photos from the White House. Exhibits include, "A Day in the Life of a President", and a "State Dinner for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip." The Ford Museum area offers a number of online exhibits including the multimedia exhibit on the Watergate crisis that includes film clips of news coverage.
November 22, l963 Lyndon Baines Johnson became the 36th President of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. This site provides educators, students, and the general public with insight to the life and times of this President. For a general overview visit the research section which provides a chronological biography of LBJ, information about Lady Bird Johnson, quick facts and visits from heads of state. The collection of online primary documents includes speeches, photographs, audio and video clips including an exhibit of Lady Bird Johnson's home movies, diaries, and memos. Especially interesting are the oral histories from many of his colleagues and friends including special interviews from such notables as Billy Graham and Robert S. McNamara.
American history students and teachers as well as the general public will be interested in the almost 5,000 hours of conversations that were secretly recorded by six American Presidents from 1940–1973. Users will find full transcripts and audio recordings from Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Listen as President Nixon speaks to Mark Felt about the Watergate cover up, President Johnson explains his economic policy, or President Kennedy as he discusses removing troops from Vietnam. A number of virtual exhibits are available including such topics as Vietnam: Gulf of Tonkin, 1964, Civil Rights: Mississippi Burning, 1964, Space: JFK and the Space Race, 1962, and The Nixon Presidency, 30 Years Later. Included is a section that highlights tapes that are related to current news stories. This is a great site for students that may be researching any of these six presidents or any of the events related to their Presidency.
Future State is a rich resource for history or social studies teachers to supplement the curriculum. The main five sections of the site -- Who, What, When, Where and Why -- give students a wealth of information about the U.S. Department of State, including the people involved, career-related opportunities, cultural exchange activities, foreign relations issues, map and country information, the history of the department, the importance of diplomacy, and much more. The section for teachers and parents offers lesson plans for grades 6-12 including slide shows on terrorism, Vietnam and the Cuban Missile Crises that can easily be included in existing curricula as well as parent resources and social studies materials that will help students to understand U.S. diplomacy. Included among the features are "Meet the Secretary of State," "Careers Representing America," and "Fun Activities" for the K-6 student. Links are provided to additional information about current events, geography, and the environment.
No matter which side of this issue you come down on, everyone is sure to find this site intriguing and certainly teachers and students will find information to spark vigorous debate in the classroom. Visitors to the site can view (online) the full video of this program that "traces the aggressive development of the administration's interrogation policy in the aftermath of 9/11, where the push for "actionable intelligence" led to authorization for interrogators to strip detainees, degrade prisoners with sexual humiliation techniques and use dogs for intimidation." A teacher's guide with discussion questions and suggestions is provided that can be used with or without students viewing the film. In the Behind the Wire area, users are taken on a video tour of the security facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and provided a slideshow of Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq. Included is background information, interviews, the opinions of legal experts, an analysis of what caused Abu Ghraib, Frequently Asked Questions, links for further exploration, and more.
This site uses audio and Flash animation to tell the stories of fifteen war refugees and the challenges they have faced as they survived the traumas of war in their homelands. Stories include such war torn countries as Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Somalia and others. Each of the stories is accompanied by an interactive timeline that gives a brief history of the conflict and a fact sheet about the country. Transcripts of the stories, the timeline and the fact sheets are available in printer-friendly documents for download and printing from the Educators section of the site. A unique feature of the site is a Passport and Travelog that visitors can register for and then access each time they visit the site to keep records of their thoughts and responses to the stories. After reading each story the passport is stamped and the travelog is opened with a question about the refugee. Included is a talkback section for visitors to share their thoughts on the stories or their own personal accounts of surviving war and a resource section for further study. The Educators section of the site offers teachers two secondary lesson plans that meet McREL standards for Geography, Civics, World History and Language Arts. The topics deal with the issues of child soldiers and comparing the experiences of teen refugees. Additionally there are tips for using the site in a one computer classroom or a multiple computer setting, and a talkback section for teachers to discuss how they are using the site in their own classrooms.
The Price of Freedom offers teachers and students an in-depth look at how the conflicts, that have engaged Americans from the War for American Independence to the present conflict in Iraq, have shaped the nation’s history and changed society. Each conflict exhibit contains general statistics about the number of troops deployed and casualties, a video clip providing a brief discussion of the issues surrounding the conflict, a slide show that gives an overview and a group of artifacts related to the conflict. Educators will find a full color teachers manual for download and supporting materials that include “creative and engaging strategies to help students learn how wars have been defining moments in both the history of the nation and the lives of individual Americans”. The materials are geared to grades 5-12 and are available in .pdf format.
This site is a virtual goldmine for teachers and students of American History. The online textbook covers American history from the Revolution to the present and includes more than a dozen timelines that help put events into perspective. There is a rich resource of primary source materials with more than 600 titles that can be browsed or searched by title, author, year of publication or keyword. In the Ethnic Voices sections users will find a complete history of late 19th and early 20th century immigration titled The Huddled Masses as well as a photo album of immigration, chronology and more. The multimedia section features digital stories, a time machine, lectures on such topics as “Slavery and African American Memory” and "The Cultural Civil War of the 1960s," a games database, historical music and Flash movies. The complete teachers’ resource area includes classroom handouts and fact sheets; twenty-four learning modules that include lesson plans, fact checks and activities; more than forty resource guides that can be browsed by period or by topic and include readings, primary sources, teaching resources, and audio-visual resources; and a handful of lesson plans for secondary students. Users can use the interactive timeline to navigate through the social, political and cultural events from 1590 to the present. If all this isn’t enough, visitors to the site will also find visual histories, virtual exhibitions, special topics and a comprehensive history reference room that includes book talks, biographies, writing guides and much more.
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930 is series of research projects completed by students at the State University of New York at Binghamton. This is an excellent teaching resource to supplement the U.S. history curriculum. Each project includes a research question, introduction with background, bibliography, list of related Web sites, and 15 to 20 primary documents. This site is an outstanding reference for anyone interested in women's studies.


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an alliance of 26 countries from North America and Europe working to fulfill the goals set forth in the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949. First time visitors to the site may want to begin with the shortcut link (left sidebar) to What Is NATO? This slide show gives an overview of what NATO does, how it works, what's on the agenda and links for finding more information. There is also a handy FAQ section that will answer most of your questions. The site offers access to NATO speeches, a multimedia section with photo essays, audio and video files, and an archive of the NATO Review, the in-house magazine published four times a year. One of the interesting multimedia presentations is the Pakistan earthquake relief operation. It includes news stories, background fact sheet, photos, and video. Teachers will want to check out the educational material, which includes a PowerPoint Presentation introducing NATO along with a presenters guide. There are also multimedia features that explore NATO in action in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Iraq. Included are e-publications, maps, posters, games, and other goodies. At the bottom of the page there is a "Discover More" section that leads to the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) educational material. This includes an educational package of twelve ready to use teaching modules on NATO, articles, factsheets, maps, simulations, and games.
The materials and information at this site are a rich resource for students, teachers, or researchers. The collections of digitized manuscripts, books and other printed material and maps relate to the interactions between the United States and France over four centuries. The content is organized into several themes: Exploration and Knowledge; The Colonies; Franco-Indian Alliances; Imperial Struggles; The French and North America after the Treaty of Paris (1763-1803); and France in America: Chronology. Within the themes, primary documents are used to explore the "role played by France in the exploration and settlement of North America and in such formative events in the history of the United States as the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Louisiana Purchase." Included is a "Descriptive Maps" section that includes maps showing the main Indian groups of various areas, imperial context and political boundaries.
Social Studies teachers and students will want to check out this site. It provides a wealth of materials and information on how transportation helped to shape America. The online exhibition takes users on a tour through America's past to explore how transportation impacted various communities and the people who inhabited them from before 1876 to the present. Over 1,000 artifacts and photos are available in the collection that can be searched by region, time period, or type of transportation (air, rail, road, water), or type of vehicle. In the themes section museum staff and guest curators use the transportation collection to take users on a journey of America's past through such themes as arts and culture, immigration and migration, technology, and work and industry. Educators will appreciate the learning resources that complement the site. Included are standards based lesson plans that are adaptable for grades 4-11 and include units on foods & families on the move (1880s), workers and products on the move (1920s), early highways (1930-40s), suburban communities on the move (1950-60s) and the world's people and products on the move (1970-2000). Additionally there are three interactive online games that help students better understand how transportation has impacted "the growth of American commerce, communities, landscapes and people."
This site offers teachers a framework for teaching history through primary sources. Teachers simply complete a fill in the blank template and choose the available resources and primary documents to create the lab. Teachers can store their lessons in the History Lab database and retrieve or modify them at any time. The archive of labs includes lessons in American History, World History, Ancient History, and European History that cover a range of grade levels from grade 3 through grade 12. The available labs cover such topics as the Cuban missile crisis, Watergate, the decision to drop the atomic bomb, civil rights vs. states rights, and much more. Included is a resource section that can be used for creating the labs or just for teaching with primary sources. It includes links for each of the history topics as well as multimedia sites.
The Virtual Museum of New France provides a wealth of information for teachers and students studying about the European exploration and settling of the part of North America that is now Canada. Visitors to the site will find an overview of educational practices in New France, activities for students including an Adventure in New France complete with teacher's guide, timeline and glossary; a puzzle; a collection of objects from the Canadian Museum of Civilization that illustrate how the people lived in New France. The photographic section can be browsed by geographic region or by a variety of themes. An entire section is devoted to the explorers of New France including Cartier, Champlain, Nicollet, Marquette, Jolliet and others. The essay on each explorer looks at the man, his explorations and includes a map of his journeys. Additionally, there are maps, a glossary, a chronology and links to other useful information.
Anyone with an interest in American History will find a wealth of materials here to whet their appetite but it is especially a rich resource for teachers and students. The Digital Collection contains 1800 artifacts and documents from the museum's collection. The interpretive text for each article is written in both beginner and advanced language with embedded links to the glossary, includes a link to more detailed information, and an option for a closer look or of viewing the object beside another object in the collection. Students or teachers can create their own collections by using the convenient "add to my collection" link. After creating the collection, users can then put the tagged items on a customized chronology using the interactive Chronology. Chronologies can be based on New England History, US History, World History, and Art among others. Teacher created activities that are based on articles from the Digital Collection are available In the Classroom. By registering (for free) teachers can create their own activity online or edit another activity to fit into their curriculum. Lesson plans are available for elementary, middle school and secondary as well as related teacher resources. Students will enjoy the engaging interactive activities such as rotating objects, reading through a "magic lens" and viewing video demonstrations of Early American tools. If that isn't enough, two excellent interactive online exhibits are featured. The first, Turns-of-the-Centuries Exhibit, explores three past "turns of the centuries"-1700, 1800, and 1900. Five themes are explored across these time periods: Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers (settlers, and immigrants), the Land, and Family Life. Each item in the exhibit is enhanced with interactive elements such as slide shows and rollover activities. The second, Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704, tells the story of the 1704 raid on Deerfield from the perspectives of the five different groups who were present: Kanienkehaka (Mohawk), Wobanakiak (Abenaki), Wendat (Huron), French, and English.
History teachers and students will find this to be a rich resource for developing thinking skills using primary documents from the American Memory Collection. Image Detectives offers students the opportunity to examine documents the way historians do by observing details, drawing conclusions, and posing questions for further research. Investigations include immigration, women's suffrage, growing cities, industrialization, progressive reform and more. The Investigations explore selected themes like women's changing roles, prairie settlement, child labor, and the representation of Indians and include interactive exercises such as making a lantern slide show. In the Exhibit Builder students use images from the collections and text they write themselves to create a gallery or a slide show. Included are teacher pages for each of the exercises that offer suggestions for use.
Teachers and students will find lots of resources at this site for learning about three pivotal decades in American History. Materials cover the Revolutionary period of the 1770s and focus on different modes of communication. Other materials cover the reform period of the 1850s, including the women's rights movement and the abolition of slavery, and the 1920s and the cultural battles that took us through Prohibition and brought us women's right to vote. Each time period has an introductory essay with links to key topics and primary documents such as the Declaration of Independence, newspapers of the times, speeches, advertisements, broadsides, diaries and letters, interviews, testimony at trial, and personal accounts. Included are tips for using the site in the classroom and an excellent secondary lesson plan on the Boston Massacre.
Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms is a rich resource for teachers and students. Teachers will want to read through the information in the Instructions for Teachers section before using the site in the classroom. It includes the general organization and use of the site, National Standards for geography and social studies, information on displaying and printing images and text at the site, how to read historical maps and general resources on cartography as well as fair use policies. The lesson plans consist of eighteen modules organized into six major themes: discovery and encounter, migration and settlement, environmental history, the historical geography of transportation, political and military history, and the geography of American communities. Each module has four age specific lesson plans (k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) based on one or more of the primary map documents, curators notes that provide historical background about the map, and other resources including supplemental images.
ArcData allows the user to create a map from a specific data set. The user can then zoom in and out over particular areas of interest. It can be fascinating to zoom in closer and closer over an area and watch the information displayed become more and more detailed. This is a phenomenal resource that all geography teachers should be aware of. The most detailed data sets are for the United States and Canada, but there's still plenty of information on the rest of the world to keep a world geography class going for days. This is an outstanding research resource!
The Mayflower Web Page is an excellent resource for teaching about this well-known (though, sometimes inaccurately reported) chapter in American history. The site is well researched and includes a section debunking several Mayflower myths that have become popular. Some include the idea that Pilgrims were Puritans who dressed in black with big buckles. Actually, the Pilgrims were less stringent Separatists who enjoyed many colors of costumes (without buckles). The extensive list of materials on this site makes it a useful resource for all grade levels. The basic story of the Mayflower and information about the clothing, games, and lifestyle are great foundations for lessons in the younger grades. An impressive list of original documents also makes this site an excellent resource for middle and high school history classes. Educators should be sure to check out the Message to Teachers page in the introduction section.
Students and teachers may be surprised to learn what the harvest celebration of 1621 was really like! Students use the skills that historians use to discover the facts and misconceptions about The First Thanksgiving. Interactive activities help students understand how the Wampanoag lived and gave thanks and virtually tour the Plymouth Colony to learn how the colonists prepared for the celebration. Students can also read an actual letter written by Plymouth colonist Edward Winslow, by using the "magic lens" users can translate the text into Modern English. Another section explores how the two cultures differed and the opinions that they held toward each other and the events. Finally, students can choose to either create a museum exhibit or write captions for individual pictures to share with others. The Teachers' Guide includes everything you need to teach the unit including lessons to go with each online activity, graphic organizers, links to primary sources, a text version of each of the activities, bibliography, standards and frequently asked questions. Although the activities were designed for 3rd and 5th grade students they can easily be adapted for other grade levels. A glossary and a visit the expert is provided to enhance understanding.
The 1900s
Browsers can learn about important events of the last century and listen to short audio clips of such individuals as Scott Joplin, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Neil Armstrong, and plenty of other personalities from America's past. The site also includes some powerful recordings of news events, such as the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger and the shootings of Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard. The descriptions of events are brief but include wider cultural happenings, such as what was hot in music, popular dances, radio, and television. The 1900s is a great complement to the regular curriculum in the upper grades and can help give students in the younger grades a feeling for the century just past.
American Journeys is a collaborative project of the Wisconsin Historical Society and National History Day. It is a digital library that offers more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of early American exploration and settlement. The documents include a wide range of geographical, cultural, and chronological information about the exploration of North America. A complete list of the documents available can be found in the "Find a Document" section. For a quick overview of famous moments in American History, listed in chronological order, visit the Highlights section. Here you can read first hand accounts of such events as Christopher Columbus stepping ashore in the Caribbean, Pocahontas' rescue of John Smith, or Lewis and Clark's arrival at the mouth of the Columbia River. Teachers will find everything they need to develop a History Day project or simply to use the primary documents in their middle and high school classes. Included are ideas for paper or presentation topics, essays on using and interpreting the documents, sample lesson plans, and much more. Additionally, there is a section on how the digital library was built for those interested in creating and managing digital projects.
Teachers and students as well as the general public will find this site interesting and informative. It traces Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's legendary 3-year expedition through the unexplored west. Visitors to the site can read and study original papers from the journals, follow the interactive maps to trace the journeys, or click on the names of the cities in the top navigation bar to follow the trail and view photographs of life along the trails, as well as find information about the men themselves. Additionally, users will learn about the conflicting emotions of Native Americans regarding the bicentennial celebration and access a map of Indian nations, then and now. Included is a recommended reading list and a list of relevant Web sites. Stories along the site's timeline include such titles as The Slave Who Went with Them, Grizzly's Last Stand, Homeland Security Then & Now, This Land Is Whose Land, and many more.
Rivers, Edens, Empires commemorates the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Maps, images, drawings and paintings as well as other artifacts from the exhibit tell the story of the journey and the people and lands the explorers encountered on the way. The Before Lewis and Clark section traces the Spanish exploration of the Southwest from the sixteenth century through maps, journals, and other documents. The explorers' journey is documented with primary documents such as Thomas Jefferson's letter of instructions, the Indian Speech to Jefferson and Jefferson's Cipher as well as geographical information, plant samples and animal drawings from the journals of Lewis and Clark. Another section explores what came after the Lewis and Clark expedition such as Major Stephen H. Long's Scientific Expedition (1819-1820), the fur trade, and the surveys for the transcontinental railroad. Included is an Object Checklist that lists all of the artifacts that are included in the site.
This site was developed to accompany the PBS film of the same name but the resources are extensive and can be used independently. There is a description of the film, a transcript and excerpts from Grant's Memoirs as well as a list of books for further reading. Broadband Grant takes you on an interactive tour, "In His Shoes", of Grant's life as a youngster, and lets students compare their own lives to that of frontier life; or walk the battlefield of Shiloh in his boots and make the decisions; or make your own production decisions, in visual, audio, and editorial labs. The gallery offers political cartoons that span his military and political careers and express a range of opinions about Grant and the issues of the time. Visitors can also learn about westward expansion, the Mexican-American War, slavery, abolition, race relations, Reconstruction, black suffrage, Black Friday, the Panic of 1873, the dispted election of 1876 and much more. The teacher's guide provides activities for civics, history, economics and geography as well as helpful hints for completing the activities.
This site offers tons of information and resources about the Civil War for teachers, students or anyone interested in this part of American History. The Smithsonian section discusses the beginning of the war and the museum during that time period. The Collections include Abraham Lincoln, Slavery and Abolition, first blood, soldiering, weapons, leaders, cavalries, navies, life and culture, Appomattox, Winslow Homer, and Matthew Brady. Each topic has an overview page and a link to the artifacts. By clicking on the thumbnails of the various artifacts, ranging from personal effects to portraits, more information is revealed. An interactive timeline is also available that highlights the important events of the war. Additionally a list of print and online resources is provided.
Teachers, students, and anyone else interested in California history will find a gold mine at this site. Developed by the staff of the California State Archives, it is aligned with the California Department of Education's History-Social Science Content Standards. Ten student lessons are available. Each lesson gives a short narrative and then directions for a student to follow to complete the lesson without a teacher. The directions contain links and questions for the student to research at each site. Each of the eleven teacher lesson plans offers an online format as well as an offline format for use when student computer access is not available. Lesson Plans include links to all the materials needed and also are aligned with the CDE's standards. The Research California section provides links to the California archives and other historical writings on the history of the state. An extensive site map is also available with links to each part of each lesson and links to every section of the site.
This is a rich resource for history teachers and students interested in the development of this area that includes territory in seven states (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah) and one Canadian province. Over the last two hundred years a number of ethnic groups including African Americans, Asians, Hispanics and Europeans have migrated to this area giving it a rich ethnic heritage. This site seeks to bring together the resources of several museums and libraries to share the records, images, recollections, artifacts and histories of this region with the general public. The first section is an introduction that describes the project, the partners and the team that developed it as well as presenting a map of the area. The database, of course, is the meat of the site. First time users will want to explore by browsing the areas by ethnic group. Each section in this area gives historical background and primary documents that focus on that particular ethnicity. The tutorial section provides information on how to research and interpret library and museum resources as well as four standards-based lesson plans for teaching about primary sources in the database. Also included is a discussion forum for dialogue about ethnic history sources and issues.
The NPS Historical Photograph Collection offers a virtual visit to some compelling photographs of the nation's national parks. These photographs are the work of such eminent photographers as Jack Boucher, Arno B. Cammerer, George A. Grant, M. Woodbridge "Woody" Williams, and Abbie Rowe. The photograph database can be searched individually by photographer, theme, parksite, collection, eminent photographer, keyword and catalog number or by combining any of the search terms. The themes cover architecture, Civil War, flora and fauna, environmental impacts, events and more. Clicking on each image displays a complete record of the site. Some interesting photos include a 1929 photo of Yosemite National Park and the Wawona Tunnel Tree, the Memorial Bridge over the Appomattox River at Appomattox Court House NHP and Petroglyphs depicting animals and geometric symbols in Canyon de Chelly New Mexico.
Rich resource for science and biology teachers. It features the unique ecosystem of the Marine Protected Area at Race Rocks, a series of islands between the southern tip of Vancouver Island in the Province of British Columbia, Canada, and the State of Washington, USA. A series of four video cams provides continuous live streaming video from strategic points on the island. There is also a remote control video cam that allows visitors to control the view. Archived video clips are also available. The section on ecosystems gives information on biological components, environmental data, energy systems, research projects, education and much more. Also available are sections that outline the history of this protected area and the impact of the development of the marine resources on the first nations people. Lesson plans are available that can be adapted to be used in any curriculum. The lesson plans that were developed for the Jason Project can be found here The lesson plans follow a WebQuest format and include rubrics and teacher guides.
The site has a satellite link that serves up images of Earth close enough to see city streets and parks. Users can type in any U.S. address, ZIP code, or city and state to take a virtual flyover. The controls allow you to zoom, change fly frames directionally, and apply exact coordinates to zero in on a specific place or street. Teachers could have students download maps of their area to print and use to practice their mapping skills. (DSL connection advised!)
This site from the United States Geological Survey features a digital composite of geological and topographical maps of the lower forty eight states of the U. S. The Tapestry map is also available for download in .pdf format.
This is a great site for students or teachers who are looking for information or teaching materials on earthquakes. Science fair ideas include such topics as Do Lost Pet Ads Predict Earthquakes? and Will Overstressed Bridges Survive Earthquakes? The project ideas include complete descriptions and helpful hints for doing the project yourself. Whether looking for quick facts in the Cool Earthquake Facts or more in depth information in the Science of Earthquakes or need to look up an earthquake word in the Image Glossary students will find the homework help they need. Additionally there is a list of frequently asked questions, today in earthquake history, latest quakes, and information on being prepared. For a little fun while learning there are links to online activities, listed in order of difficulty, and a group of puzzles and games including coloring pages and word searches. A special section for teachers includes resources on topics such as earth structure, earthquakes, plate tectonics, and earthquake preparedness. Teaching materials are organized by topic and grade level.


guter Einstieg in das Thema über Unterpunkt "Minorities and Racism" (enthält ca. 60 Links zu Homepages fast aller amerikanischen Minderheiten)
Online-Magazin, das sich allen non white-Minderheiten widmet
The Gale Group offers four free resources for teachers and students: Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Women's History Month, and Poet's Corner. Each of the sections has a long list of biographies of significant people, activities, quizzes, literature, music, timelines, and links to more information. Additionally, there are links to a literary index, a glossary of literary terms, a guide for writing a term paper and information on citing information from a database.
Native Americans
Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
Native American Authors
Native American Authors — Biography & Online Etexts
Native American Sources
National Museum of the American Indian
Teachers, students, or anyone with a general interest in Native American culture will find this site interesting. The site focuses on case studies of "societies living in four major geographical areas -- the Tlingit of the Northwest Coast, Hopi of the Southwest, Lakota of the Plains and Iroquois of the Northeast." It explores the beliefs and customs of these peoples and their relationships to the environment in which they lived and thrived. Embedded within the text of each section are links to further information. Each section also contains a brief discussion of these societies in the modern world. This would be a great site for students to use as a starting point for research on the American Indian.
"Winter counts are histories or calendars in which events are recorded by pictures, with one picture for each year." This site features the Lakota Winter Counts as a frame for learning about the culture and history of this tribe of Native Americans that lived in the northern plains. An audio glossary provides pronunciation of the Lakota terms. There are sections of the site that explain what the winter counts are, who the Lakota are, and video interviews of six Lakota men and women who have connections to the tradition of keeping the winter counts accompanied by photographs provided by the speakers. The teachers' guide can be downloaded and printed in its entirety or separately by chapter. It includes relevant background information, visual material, topic suggestions, sample lesson plans and resource lists, instructions on navigating the Lakota winter count online exhibit and a glossary for anthropological terms and Lakota words.
History of the Cherokee
The site focuses on case studies of "societies living in four major geographical areas -- the Tlingit of the Northwest Coast, Hopi of the Southwest, Lakota of the Plains and Iroquois of the Northeast." It explores the beliefs and customs of these peoples and their relationships to the environment in which they lived and thrived. Embedded within the text of each section are links to further information. Each section also contains a brief discussion of these societies in the modern world.
Educators and students will find this site particularly useful when teaching and learning about the Indians of the Northern Great Plains. Users can find information by searching in a variety of ways: subject, date, location, biographical, tribe, or artist/photographer. There are also unique collections available such as the Barstow Ledger Drawing Collection and Blackfeet Indian Tipis / Design and Legend.


African Americans
Linkpage der NAACP (Bürgerrechts-Organisation der African Americans), bietet aber auch Links zu Webpages anderer Minoritäten
Infos zu afro-amerikanischer Kultur
This exhibition explores the African-American quest for equality through nine chronological periods from the early national period through the twentieth century. Using more than 240 items from the collections, the site documents the struggles and courage of blacks faced with adverse circumstances who overcame the odds to fully participate in all aspects of American society. The exhibit includes a wide array of important and rare books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings. It "details strategies used to secure the vote, recognizes outstanding black leaders, and documents the contributions of black sports figures, soldiers, artists, actors, writers, and others in the fight against segregation and discrimination". Section titles include slavery, free blacks in the antebellum period, abolition, the Civil War, reconstruction, Booker T. Washington Era, World War I and postwar society, depression, New Deal, and World War II, and Civil Rights.
This is a rich resource of information and primary documents dealing with slavery in New York City where the heart of the slave trade existed for close to two hundred years. The online exhibit includes original artifacts and art objects, original documents, and reproductions of historic documents and images from the New York Historical Society as well as other repositories. The experiences of Africans and African-Americans in New York City are explored in depth as visitors look at the nine individual galleries. Gallery two includes an interactive map (1741) where visitors can explore the city. Gallery three features an ad for a runaway slave and users can roll the mouse over the text for more information. Gallery six is a picture gallery that shows how black New Yorkers were portrayed in pictures of the city beginning in the 1790s. Gallery eight features articles on some of "freedom's people", those who built the black community into a thriving part of New York City's daily life. Each of the galleries includes New-York Stories on such topics as The Route to the Emancipation Day Parade and a visit a merchant's house to view the artifacts that have both white and black stories. The Education section provides materials written for middle school children that include a teacher's guide, informational articles, fact sheet, glossary, photo cards, life stories, and more.
The story of triumph over slavery unfolds on this Web site in nine successive chapters beginning with A New People and ending with a discussion of the Expressive Culture of African Americans. The opening section includes a discussion of the African American heritage and how Europeans, Native Americans and Asians all played a part in the ethnic, racial, and cultural makeup of these "new people". Other sections chronicle the development of the system of slavery from ancient empires to the nineteenth century and the unique characteristics of the slave trade in the Americas while others discuss the development of family life, religion, education and the influence of Africans on music, art, speech and dress in the United States. Visitors will find artifacts and historical documents that depict the horrors and indignities suffered by Africans as they were bought and sold and worked on the sugar plantations of Brazil and the cotton plantations of the southern U. S.. The Struggle Against Slavery and Its Abolition includes a discussion of the Africans who ran away to freedom and worked for the abolishment of slavery and the anti-slavery that finally brought about its abolishment with the Civil War.
This multimedia collection of digitized materials provides a rich resource for teachers and students or anyone interested in the topic of segregation. It seeks to connect race with place "by understanding what it was like to live, work, pray, learn, and play in the segregated South". Manuscript collections and oral histories help to construct the social, political, and economic history to promote a better understanding of race in the context of place. The site profiles the African American community in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the era of the "Jim Crow" laws from the late 1880s until the middle of the 20th century. The site includes oral histories, maps, census data, city records, political materials, newspapers, personal papers and images that offer insight into the life of the black community during this time.
Ausstellung "Harlem 1900-1940"
African-American Literary Forum
American Studies, Black History and Literature
Du Bois, W. E. B. 1903. The Souls of Black Folk.
Lib Virginia African-American
Elke Moritz: Malcolm X
American Slave Narratives
This is a rich resource for teachers and students studying the Underground Railroad or slavery more generally. Perhaps the highlight of the site is the Journey that every student will want to take. It offers students the opportunity to interactively take the journey to freedom. By using historical photos and sound clips of spirituals of the day, students are transported in time to a virtual trip where they make the decisions about what would be the best choice to keep them safe and reach their goal. Included is a map of routes used by Harriet Tubman and others, a timeline that chronicles the rise of slavery from 1510 until it was abolished in 1865. There is also a section, specifically for younger children, which puts the information in a format that is more easily understood. Another section offers brief biographical sketches of those who played a major role in the flight to freedom. Included is a resource section to help teachers incorporate the materials into the classroom curriculum. Resources are grouped by grade level.
This Web site is a joint project between VCU Libraries and the Valentine Richmond History Center. It makes these 300 photographs of African American life in turn-of-the-century Central Virginia available to every interested party from historical researchers to school children. The photos depict African Americans realistically rather than the typical stereotypes and give a pictorial history of African American life from the 1860's — 1930's. Categories of photographs include architecture, education, children, labor, religion, and more. Each search displays the photos along with keyword links to related topics. Included at the site is information about the photographers, an explanation of keywords and a glossary of image terminology. This collection would be great supplement the history curriculum or a social studies unit for Black History Month.
This site for educators covers the struggle of African Americans through what is known as the Jim Crow era, from the end of the Civil War to the end of segregation.
Slaves and the Courts provides a collection of primary historical documents that relate to the experiences of African and African-American slaves1740-1860. The documents presented offer an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, journals, a letter, and other works of historical importance. The items are available both as online images and as searchable text. Included are such notable titles as “The Case of Dred Scott in the U.S. Supreme Court,” “The Trial of John Brown,” and the “Boston Slave Riot and the Trial of Anthony Burns.” Additionally, links at the bottom of the main page lead visitors to “Collection Connections,” which offers a helpful “How to View” page, as well as lesson plans and related materials for classroom use.
This multimedia collection of digitized materials provides a rich resource for teachers and students or anyone interested in the topic of segregation. It seeks to connect race with place "by understanding what it was like to live, work, pray, learn, and play in the segregated South". Manuscript collections and oral histories help to construct the social, political, and economic history to promote a better understanding of race in the context of place. The site profiles the African American community in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the era of the "Jim Crow" laws from the late 1880s until the middle of the 20th century. The site includes oral histories, maps, census data, city records, political materials, newspapers, personal papers and images that offer insight into the life of the black community during this time.
This interactive Web site from the National Visionary Leadership Project makes available to the general public this collection of videotaped interviews of at least 70 contemporary African American legends.
Frederick Douglass
Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King Resources
Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University


Asian Americans
Linkpage der Lincoln University in Missouri
This site, developed by the Independent Television Service, provides students and teachers with many personal perspectives on living through two tragic times in U. S. history: the aftermath of September 11 and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. These interviews with Japanese Americans and Arab Americans cover several themes such as internment, identity, fear, anger, and loss. There is a section where visitors to the site can post their own "face to face" story or respond to the interviews. A glossary is available that adds some valuable background information. Cross-curricular lesson plans, fact sheets and Web resources allow students to "explore these civil liberties issues through discussion, through becoming "the enemy," and through artistic expression".
This site explores the experiences of the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans that suffered the injustice caused by racial prejudice and fear of being forced from their homes and placed in internment camps during World War II. The Story Experience is an interactive gallery of images, music, text and first person accounts that take users through the story from beginning to end, including topics such as immigration, removal, internment, loyalty, service and service. Visitors are also encouraged to share their own memories, reflections and responses to the issues explored on the site. The more than 800 artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History's "More Perfect Union" collection can be searched by keyword or theme. In the Resource section teachers will find books, Web links, and classroom activities for grades 2-6 and 7-9, the original text used in the travelling exhibition and an historical overview.


Death Penalty

sehr umfangreiche Linkliste der Indiana State Prosecution (grundsätzlich pro, deckt aber auch die Gegenseite ab und verweist auf allgemeines Info-Material)
Amnesty International
Texas Execution Alert
Texas Death Row
Death Penalty Net
Prison and Criminal Justice Links
Voices from inside Prison


Vietnam War Experience
Vietnam War Literary Links
Vietnam War Master Resource Guide
Vietnam War Internet Project
Vietnam: A Teacher's Guide
Staples H.S. Vietnam Research Page
Vietnam Veterans' War Stories!: Research and Student Inquiries
Vietnam war history page


News Media USA
ABC News
ABC News US daily
Boston Globe
Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor Archive
Court TV
Drudge Report
The Economist
Free Republic
Homepage von Rick Horowitz — Aktuelles wird kommentiert (ironisch bis bösartig, aber definitiv originell und nicht so glattpoliert)
Jewish World Review
Los Angeles Times
News and Observer
New York Post
New York Times
New York Times Cartoons Page
Rolling Stone — altbewährt und gut für Musik
Slate Papers
Time Magazine
US News and World Report
USA Today
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
Washington Times


Opinion Leaders
Army Archerd (Variety)

Pat Buchanan

Bill Buckley

Chris (SF Gate)

John Crudele (NY Post Online)


Joe Farah (World Net Daily)

Michael Fleming (Variety)

Georgie Geyer

Ellen Goodman

Molly Ivins (Star Text)


Jokester (Jokes)

Larry King (USA Today)

Mort Kondracke


Kupcinet (Sun Times)

Mike McCurry (White House)

Dick Morris (NY Post Online)

Rush/Molloy (NY Daily News)
 Bob Novak (Sun Times)

Richard Reeves

Liz Smith

Michael Sneed (Sun Times)

Tony Snow


Bob Tyrrell (Spectator)

Jude Wanniski

George Will

Jean Williams (USA Today)

Wes Pruden (Washington Times)


Information on recent education acts, presedential speeches on the topic
General essay on the American education system
Critical thinking is an elusive concept because it isn't about anything concrete or content oriented. Critical thinking is a way of looking at the world, forming questions, and answering them. Because of their intangible nature, critical-thinking skills can be difficult to teach. The /cthink Web site is a great place for ideas about how to encourage the development of critical-thinking skills in students. The site includes K to 12- and university-level sections, each with its own set of resources and library of articles. Teachers will find this site a great resource!
The Champion Middle School Partnership site is a great resource. The goal of the site is to provide middle-school educators with tools to make positive change within their school communities. Included are a high quality list of relevant Internet resources and a large body of original content that is impressive in its depth. The Student Behavior section is particularly interesting. Educators will find a plethora of useful resources, including ideas for parent conferences and a set of resource units on such important topics as gangs, violence, and attitudes.
Material on school choice with emphasis on the problems facing African-American students
Large number of articles on US education incl. bilingual education
Huge amount of educational material, claims to be the largest database for education in the world
Resources intended for k-12 level students; material for anybody looking for "Landeskunde"-topics
LearnCalifornia offers valuable information regarding the history of California. It includes student lessons, teacher lesson plans, test questions, and research links related to California and its history. The site also offers links to maps and photos related to California.
These free lessons for high school teachers develop the theme of how the land plays a role in the study of history, economics, politics, and ecology. There are over forty lessons currently available in U.S. History and Economics. Two other sections of the site are under construction. Each lesson includes background material and questions for discussion, teacher notes, performance objectives, activities and sources for further investigation. They would be an excellent supplement to the curriculum used in the classroom. History lessons include such topics as Indian Land Ownership, Jefferson and Liberty, The Panic of 1837, Irish Immigration, and much more. The economics lessons include topics like Factors of Production, The Labor Market, Economic Growth, and International Trade.



Ann Landers
Advice from Ann Landers
Ann Landers and the Web


Comic Strips and Cartoons
Comic Strips from The New Yorker
Education Cartoons for Teachers
Teachers' Guide for the Professional Cartoonists' Index


American Online Literature
The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Communities can apply for a grant to implement the program. All the materials needed for application are on the Web site. Beyond that it also provides teachers and students some excellent resources for reading and studying such literary works as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Call of the Wild, The Grapes of Wrath, The Joy Luck Club, Their Eyes Were Watching Heaven, and others. More are to be added in September of 2008. Each featured book is accompanied by a reader's guide that includes the historical context, a note about the author, other works/adaptations, discussion questions, and a teacher's guide that includes lesson plans, project ideas, essay topics, standards, and other resources. You will want to bookmark this one to return often.
The Baldwin Project was named in honor of writer and editor James Baldwin (1841-1925). It includes e-text of children's literature that is in the public domain including Nursery Rhymes, Fables, Folk Tales, Myths, Legends and Hero Stories, Literary Fairy Tales, Bible Stories, Nature Stories, Biography, History, Fiction, Poetry, Storytelling, Games, and Craft Activities. Books are also grouped into several themes: Articles include guides to book selections such as Christmas books, world history, the World Series, descriptive science, and making of England; Unit Studies include lists for ancient Rome and Greece, Britain and Norse; and Curricula lists books appropriate for grades kindergarten through grade six. The e-text can be printed with large text for young children and smaller text for older children. The site is rounded out with links to other Internet libraries and reference sites.
Not just a typical collection of e-texts, it has some unique features. Users not only can locate the text by author or title, but they also can search the content of the selections as well by clicking on the "Use Concordance" link. Content can be searched across several texts simultaneously by locating all the works by a particular author and then clicking on the "Use Concordance" link. There is a nifty little feature that creates .pdf (portable document format) files "on the fly." This allows users to create simply formatted files that can be printed and read offline. Included is a download section where complete sets of collections can be downloaded with the tools for further exploration offline.
Contemporary Southern Writers
English Literature — Welcome from The Mining Co.
The On-Line Books Page
The Universal Library
Literaturlinks und Literaturkritik (Site wird nicht mehr aktualisiert!)
Hinweis-Blog zur Deep Web-Recherche
Dramatic Irony
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
Poetry in the Classroom
Listening to poetry can be an enriching experience and Poetry 180 seeks to make it a regular part of the high school day. United States Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, has selected one hundred and eighty poems to be read to American high school students, one each day of the school year. The poems were selected from the works of contemporary poets such as Martha Collins, Jane Kenyon, George Bradley, Edward Field, and Thomas Lux. The Library of Congress created the site hoping "to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem each day of the 180 days of the school year." Included at the site are some guidelines for implementing Poetry 180 and tips from the Poet Laureate on how to read a poem aloud.
The Poetry Foundation is an independent literary organization that "exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience." At its web site visitors can learn all about the world of poetry. The main sections of the site are features, dispatches, publishing, and archive. A good starting point is the Archive, where thousands of poems can be searched by poet, title, theme, and occasion. The archive also features high-quality recordings of poems, interviews with poets, and documentaries as well as cartoons that address the subject of poetry. Included are list of lists such as most popular poets, most popular poems, poems to read to children, etc. The features section includes articles on poets, poetry, culture, guidebooks, and children. Visitors will also find poetry best sellers, book picks and links to poetry sites around the Web in the publishing section. Dispatches include recent news, a photo archive of poetry in the landscape, and a slide show of historically significant anthologies.
Bring poetry to life in your classroom with the Poetry Archive. It includes readings from contemporary poets as well as poets from the past such as Robert Browning, Langston Hughes, and Rudyard Kipling. There is a section just for children that features readings from twenty-three poets that children will enjoy. In addition to the recordings, visitors will find a wealth of background information about the poets, filmed interviews with some of them, and tips for getting the most out of the archive. The "Lucky Dip" feature takes users to the work of a poet selected at random from the Archive. Resources for teachers include ready to use lesson plans and classroom activities that are built around recordings in the Archive, tips for creating a good listening atmosphere in the classroom, and ten-minute classroom activities to help students get inside the poem they've just heard. Included is also a list of other poetry resources on the Internet.
Nancy Polette's Children's Literature Site offers literature guides that can be used in the classroom. Titles include such favorites as Chrysanthemum, Dear Mr. Blueberry, Charlotte's Web, My Great Aunt Arizona, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Cricket in Times Square, Johnny Tremain, and the Wizard of Oz, as well as the Lemony Snicket and Harry Potter series. For the last several years, she has listed her choices for the "best books" along with a few ideas for using them in the classroom. Visitors will also find the lecture notes for her children's literature class and some interesting handouts from workshops she has presented, along with a complete novel guide to James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.
This site is informative for teachers who use the Roald Dahl books in the classroom and engaging for the students who love his work. The biographical information is extensive and includes a photo gallery and audio of an interview with the writer. Teachers will also find resources for using Dahl's books in the classroom including lesson plan ideas, classroom activities based on the books, ideas from other teachers and more. All sorts of interactive activities are available for students including games based on incidents in familiar books, a monthly poll, the latest news and postcards to send to friends. The "Works" section provides visitors the opportunity to search for a particular work such as James and the Giant Peach or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and find a synopsis of the story, reader reviews and a chance to add their own review.
This site offers a wealth of information and primary documents concerning Emily Dickinson, one of the United States' most admired and popular poets of the nineteenth-century. Visitors can see the poet at work by perusing the digital images of the handwritten records of her composing habits and her everyday routines as well as correspondence with friends, colleagues and family. A series of articles by the site editors offer insights into the life and work of Dickinson. The Titanic Operas section provides responses to Dickinson's work from other well-known poets and authors. Many of the responses are available in an audio version as well as text. The Teaching section offers links for using the archive in the classroom, particularly to the "Classroom Electric" and other resources that will be useful to teachers. The resources section provides links to related sites and biographical and critical materials.
Nathaniel Hawthorne is a notable figure in 19th century American Literature. Although more famous for such works as The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables, this site features the "The Spectator," a handwritten newspaper that Hawthorne produced when he was sixteen that clearly shows his wit and talent. Visitors to the site can view all seven of the original volumes that were published. Each of the digitized manuscripts can be enlarged for closer viewing and includes an interactive table of contents. Included in the papers are articles that comment on the issues of the day, advertisements, want ads and poetry. The multimedia section features articles such as photographs, manuscripts and other articles related to Hawthorne's life and career such as his pocketbook, desk, cardholder, portrait and even an original review written by Edgar Allen Poe. This is a great site for teachers, students, or anyone interested in learning more about the writing of Hawthorne.
The Lewis Carroll Homepage provides "useful information for the Carroll enthusiast as well as the novice and all those in between." Students doing research on the author will find links to online and print resources such as biographical sketches, annotated bibliographies, and critical analyses of his various works. Included is a comprehensive listing of Carroll's online texts in English as well as several other languages. An interesting part of the site is dedicated to the use of math and logic games and puzzles and another section that features photographs of and by Carroll. Teachers will appreciate the collection of materials and resources to be used in conjunction with his writings.
This is a one stop source of information about the life and work of one of America's most renowned literary figures, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The information is divided into seven sections that include a biography, an essay about Longfellow's works and his influence, information about his family and his homes, a searchable database of his poems and lesson plans for teachers. The database of poems is quite extensive and can be searched by key word or the entire list can be sorted by title, first line, publication name, or publication year. For teachers, there is a collection of interdisciplinary lesson plans that were developed by teachers. Lesson plans, available in a printer friendly format, include suggested grade levels, learning objectives, materials and resources, and classroom activities.
This is a great resource for language arts teachers who are looking for engaging lessons on poetic devices, the narrative in short story, and intersections between literature and history. The high degree of interactivity gives visitors the opportunity to learn about Poe the person and author and to experience nineteenth century Baltimore, where Poe lived and worked. The site is filled with fun features, visuals, sounds, video, music, mysteries, and learning exercises. Students will enjoy such activities as virtual fieldtrips to real places, creating their own version of The Bells, complete with sound effects, investigating the mystery of Poe's death, learning about the writing tools a poet can use, looking at how the point of view in a story can change a reader's impression of the story, and much more. Many of the sections include video narration by actor John Astin. The Classroom Connections, found in the bottom navigation bar, will help teachers make the best use of the materials and primary resources gathered from the Maryland Historical Society and the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. Additionally, there is a section for families that offers tips for using the site with younger children. A real winner!
The Robert Louis Stevenson Web Site provides information and resources about the life and works of this distinguished author. It would be a great starting point for students writing a research paper on Stevenson and his works. The site contains an outline of Stevenson's life and works with links to biographical essays, extended bibliographies, links to e-text of his works including his most famous novels, Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and a gallery of photos. An interesting part of the site especially for those doing research is the Critical Reception section dealing with how his work has been received and the opinions of other writers as well as his influence on them. Included are links to other related Websites.
The Mark Twain House
The Mark Twain house in Hartford, Connecticut, was home to the noted American writer while he wrote some of his most famous works. Areas most useful to teachers and students are The Man and His House, Just for Kids, and Teaching Twain. Visitors can take a virtual tour or view the timeline of Twain's life in Connecticut. There are printable activities for kids and a sample elementary lesson plan available.
Bukowski: An Appreciation
The Poetry Archives
Stories of the Dreaming contains information on children's literature, old and new. Author biographies and book reviews are available on a number of authors and their work. Currently, the information is mostly focused on books for upper elementary and middle school students.
Robert Munsch has been delighting young children with his stories for years. His best selling book, Love You Forever, has sold over eighteen million copies. This official Website, written in the first person, offers information about the author and his books. Each book title has accompanying background information and many of them have audio files of the entire book read by the author himself. Also featured are poems or stories kids have written about his characters and pictures they've drawn from his stories, pictures of classes he has visited, and his unpublished stories.


American Music
Jazz in America, sponsored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, provides lesson plans and other resources that trace the development of jazz as a part of the American music culture.


Landeskunde Great Britain & Ireland
British Politics Page — Linkliste zu britischen Ressourcen
 Just Links
Sehr vollständige Linkliste zu britischen Ressourcen von G. Anzinger
Geschichte Großbritanniens von 1700 bis 1950 in Tabellenform
British Council — Infos zu allen relevanten landeskundlichen Themenbereichen

London Info
London Info
Royal Shakespeare Hall
Downing Street No. 10

World Fact Book der CIA — Grundinformationen zu den verschiedenen Volksgruppen
NEMDA — Statistiken
BLINK — Minderheitenthemen

Shakespeare's Works
William Shakespeare
Children of all ages will enjoy the activities at Shakespeare for Kids. From word jumbles to weird words to trading Shakespearean insults and quotations to acting out the scenes from scripts written for kids, you'll have fun with words at this site. Read the fun facts about Shakespeare's life and times, including a recipe for a seventeenth-century room deodorizer, then try your hand at solving the math problems provided. Learn what a costume designer, librarian, docent, or curator does by reading about the people who work at the Folger. Play detective and test your knowledge of the characters in Shakespeare's plays or if you want more of a challenge try solving the Shakespeare puzzles. Images from the 17th century books in the Folger collection are available for downloading and coloring or creating jigsaw puzzles. Children are invited to send in their own poems and drawings for publication in "Puck's Place". Also worth a click is the link to Queen Elizabeth I to learn all about one of England's most illustrious monarchs.

BBC Education — Vielzahl von Themen zu Bildung und Unterricht (mit Volltextrecherche)
Daily Telegraph
Financial Times
Irish Times
Sunday Times
The Times
Mail & Guardian Home Page


Excellent site on current themes in UK education
Comprehensive overview of UK education
Good general overview of British educational system
Department of Education and Skills: speeches, laws etc. relevant to current educational situation in the UK
Excellent site on every aspect of European education


Landeskunde Australia

Just Links
Sehr vollständige Linkliste von G. Anzinger
Australia's Cultural Network
Deutsch-Australisches Netzwerk e.V.
Brendan Gleeson
Cultural websites
Australian poetry


Landeskunde Canada

Just Links
Sehr vollständige Linkliste zu u.a. Regierungseinrichtungen


Landeskunde South Africa

Just Links
Sehr vollständige Linkliste zu u.a. Regierungseinrichtungen
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Home Page


Intercultural Communication
The Intercultural Press
leading source of intercultural materials, publications and cross-cultural perspectives
The Intercultural Communication Homepage
good starting point for infos about IC research, organisations and study programs
The Web of Culture
cultural views on a number of countries, deals with topics such as gestures, language, religion, cuisine, currency
Electoral Geography 2.0 studies patterns of election results from around the world. It offers users informative and interesting electoral maps of the world that could be used in the classroom or by anyone doing research on the election process. From the main page visitors to the site can peruse all of the newest additions to the site, including the United States Presidential Primary maps of the various states. There is a wide range of maps available, from a Taiwan Referendum to the Cypress Presidential Election to the Pakistan Legislative Election in 2008. Maps can be browsed alphabetically by country or searched using keywords. There is also an archive available that can be browsed by year or by post. Additionally, an articles section offers essays on such topics as "The New Electoral Geography of Central Europe" and "Remaking Italy? Place and Italian Electoral Politics since 1992." History and government teachers will be able to make good use of this site, especially during the upcoming Presidential election process.


E-Mail Projekte
How to find a pen pal
Goethe-Institut — Hilfe zu Klassenpartnerschaften


ABAA-booknet Catalog Search
CMU Libraries
Electric Library
Electronic Archives Home Page
Gopher Books
Library of Congress Home Page
The Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE is full of excellent resources useful to a wide variety of educational settings and grade levels. The site contains collections on classical, medieval, Renaissance, and 19th-century literature, world history, Japanese wood prints, genetics, and aerial photography, to name a few. Also included is a special section with collections specifically for Teaching & Training with resources that include an image finder that will search through the entire site and beyond to find specific images. Java Corner is full of great Java programming resources. The Tools section contains information on using digital cameras, CU-SeeMe video conferencing software, and other education technology. Librarians will appreciate all the helpful advice in the (digital library) Development section. There is something for just about everyone at this site!
The Library of Congress and the Ad Council created this site "to introduce you to the many fascinating, educational and useful resources available from the nation's library". Each month a new selection of resources ranging from prints, photographs, films, audio recordings, maps, manuscripts, music and digital materials to books from federal government sponsored sites are featured. The monthly articles describe the resource and offer links to more information. Eleven archived issues of the Wise Guide are available along with the most current edition. A wide variety of topics from American Women to Dynamite Presidents to Becoming a Dancing Fool have been featured.
Library of Congress Browsing
Here is a trove of literary treasures to use in your classroom. The Free Library of Classics contains a wide variety of texts, from children's stories to historical documents, making it a useful site for all grade levels. Drama teachers will especially like the collection of plays available. The electronic format of the texts makes it easy to create excerpts for classroom exercises and reading assignments. Elementary teachers may want to print out the fairy tale and children's stories in half-page formats to make "books" that students can illustrate. Subscribe to the site's free newsletter to learn more about the stories behind the classics, including biographical information about the authors.
NCSU Katalog (Gopher)
Stanford University Libraries & Information Resources
The Internet Public Library
The World Lecture Hall
University of Delaware Library
Electronic Text Center — University of Virginia
English Language Resources — Electronic Text Center
Literature Online Home Page
The Poetry Archives 1998 Poetry Exhibit — Home Page
Bartleby Library: Great Books On-line
Virtual Education Library
The Virtual Reference Desk is a phenomenal research resource that librarians, teachers, and students will all put to good use. The resources cataloged on this site are outstanding and have something for everyone! Language arts teachers will want to go directly to the "Dictionaries, Thesauri, Acronyms, Almanacs" section, and computer and technology teachers should waste no time finding the "Information Technology" section; both are full of great resources. That's not all either. For science teachers there's "Science Data", for history teachers — "Selected Government" Documents, and for geography teachers - "Maps and Travel Information". The site has lots more, but if you still can't find what you're looking for, then check "Reference Sources, Other" for links to help you continue your search. Be sure to bookmark this site!
Teachers, students, parents, and homeschoolers will find this site to be a useful tool. There are currently more than three million flashcards stored and catalogued at the site. Categories include early education, elementary school, high school, higher education, science, medicine, trades and occupations, information technology, more than thirty languages, and miscellaneous. The wide range of topics includes math, vocabulary, social studies, SAT and GED practice, music, economics, and many more. Users can create their own flashcards, test themselves online, and share the flashcards with the Internet community if desired. By paying a small fee, they also have the option of printing the flashcards in a variety of formats, exporting the cards to Word or Excel, placing images on the cards, and advanced study options.


With students spending so much time online, it is vital that they understand how to act in this environment. "The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Education Curriculum program was developed to create awareness around the value of intellectual property, to foster a better understanding of the rights associated with creative content, and, ultimately, to instill in students a personal respect for IPR in a way that changes their behaviors and perceptions about digitally delivered content." Teachers will find a set of cross curricular classroom activities that are organized into four thematic units: what is intellectual property, intellectual property rights and the laws that protect the creative process, copyright infringement as it pertains to downloading music, and how to use intellectual property in a legal and responsible way. The units include background information, guiding questions, case study, and assessments. Students will enjoy the interactive Website, MyBytes, where they can experiment with their own creativity by creating, publishing and sharing their own ringtones, and learn what artists, singers and songwriters think about intellectual property rights.
Teachers will find this site to be a welcome one-stop source of educational resources from more than thirty-five federal organizations including the Library of Congress, NASA, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and others. Resources are available on thousands of topics in a variety of formats including teaching ideas, learning activities, photographs, maps, primary documents and much more. The New Resource section lists the newest additions to the site by date. Additionally, there is a section especially for students that also lists the resources by subject. Each day a new resource is featured on the homepage.
This collection of resources has something for everyone, whether you are a veteran teacher or a novice. Three Web features: The Vietnam War: Oral Histories, A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust, and Multicultural Education through Miniatures offer engaging materials that could be used as supplements to classroom instruction. The Technology Clearinghouse offers a comprehensive list of educational resources grouped into three categories; subjects, resources for teachers, and reference sources. Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 will benefit from the online reading practice tests to prepare for high stakes tests in their own states, and teaching strategies are included for teachers. There is a staff development tool for 5th and 8th grade math that presents a series of short videos that takes visitors directly into classrooms to see mathematics in action. Included are movie notes, lesson plans, and teacher reflections. If that isn't enough, there are self-study courses available on using multimedia in the classroom, using data to make decisions, and classroom assessment; a range of publications on working with the Web, creating school Web sites, school networking; a math portal that includes lesson plans, daily dilemmas (problem solving activities), performance tasks and more; and a series of video lectures by experts in the field of teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Rounding out the site is Tech-Ease, providing quick answers to real classroom technology questions.
Nation Master makes the facts about any country in the world easily accessible and understandable. Teachers and students will find this to be a great tool for locating information about a particular country or comparing and contrasting the statistics of several countries. Users can create their own graphs by completing an online form. The most frequently requested graphs such as the richest, most populous, most taxed, poorest, and most educated, etc. are listed in the left column for quick access. Stats are currently grouped into twenty-two categories from agriculture to transportation. The table and map for each category can be restricted to ranking and region. Each country has a fact sheet that includes information, maps and images of their flags. Included is a full encyclopedia with over 200,000 articles.
Langenscheidts Handwörterbuch Deutsch-Englisch
Online- Ausgabe von Meyers Lexikon
Merriam-Webster has put together a useful resource for all grade levels. The main site has tons of activities and some interesting language histories, including the sources of slang from bygone eras and a brief history of English. Teachers can subscribe to the Word of the Day for vocabulary building and let students solve the daily Word Game and its archive of past puzzles. Elementary classrooms can access Word Central from the Merriam-Webster main page -- look for a bee icon. Here, students can create word puzzles and secret messages that can be e-mailed to other kids to decode, making the site a useful resource for e-mail exchanges with other classrooms. The Daily Buzzword includes words appropriate to upper elementary grades and can also be subscribed to for vocabulary-building exercises. Don't forget to bookmark the dictionaries, or better yet put a dictionary button on your home page.
The Visual Thesaurus explores the relationships between words and their meanings and displays them as spatial maps. At least fourteen different relationships can be displayed. The word being searched appears in the middle of the display with the meanings displayed as circles connected to the word. Each of the circles is color coded according to the different parts of speech. Words associated with the same meaning are also displayed and connected to the shared meaning with solid lines. The user can choose to display the words and meanings in either 2-D or 3-D. Additionally, there is a meaning list that displays all the meanings in the right panel and a history list in the bottom right corner that keeps track of all the words you have searched.
Music enthusiasts, teachers and students will find something of interest at this site. Anyone who registers can add, delete, or edit the compositions. Registration is free. The entries can contain sheet music, MIDI files and text that describes the work and its composer. The large database contains over 10,000 classical melodies, 2,000 popular melodies, 17,000 folk song melodies, and 100 national anthems. The database can be searched by keyword, melodic contour or Parsons Code, and by simply whistling or singing the tune to the computer. Included are discussion forums for discussing site improvements or seeking help from other users.
Music lovers everywhere will delight in the AMG All Music Guide. It provides reviews of thousands of music recordings that are organized by popular genre, such as blues, folk, gospel, and rock or by classical genre, such as band music, chamber music, concerto, symphony, etc. The search box at the top of the page allows users to search by name, album, song, or classical work. For instance, a simple search for Mozart returned a long list of compositions. Clicking on any one of the titles displays a composition description, a link to biographical information for the composer, parts/movement, and a list of performances. Registered users can listen to the performance samples. The Editor's Choice lists the AMG editors' top picks for the last three months.
This interesting site from covers various wars across the world over the course of the 20th Century. Visitors will want to begin by clicking on the introduction link: Read More: Wars in the 20th Century and Nobel Peace Prize Statistics. The map displays wars that had at least 1,000 casualties and answers such questions as: Where did these wars take place? Have some regions experienced more wars than others? Who were the main protagonists in these conflicts? These conflicts are organized into three categories; interstate wars, colonial wars, and civil wars that are represented on the map with small flames. A different icon represents the world wars. When a user rolls the mouse over the icon on the map it displays a brief explanation about each conflict. In addition to conflicts, the map also provides statistical information on the geographical distribution of Peace Prize laureates and nominees during the period 1901-2001.
Cooking teachers will love this site and so will students. The number and variety of recipes is impressive. Cooking teachers might want to let students search the site and print out recipes that will create a balanced menu, or they might give students a set of ingredients and let them see who can find the most recipes that use them. The site also features a handy bimonthly newsletter that can save cooks some time when looking for seasonal recipe ideas. Classroom teachers will enjoy the many holiday cakes and cookies that can make a great addition to any classroom celebration! A truly yummy site!


Dahl's Antiquariat — Kataloge
Klett Verlag
Langenscheidt-Longman Homepage
Volk und Wissen/Kamp


Digitaler Förderzirkel, entworfen von Kurt Ludwigs für die individuelle Förderung im Englischunterricht einer Klasse 6
It's elementary — Interaktive Wortschatzarbeit zu den Themenschwerpunkten der ZP 10 Englisch 2007
It's elementary! Wortschatzarbeit mit HotPotatoes zum ZP 10
Educators, homeschooling parents, or students are sure to find the resources they need at Education Atlas. Resources are grouped into subjects such as adult education, colleges and universities, distance learning, employment, financial aid, higher education, home schooling, instructional technology, methods and theories, and many more. Clicking on a link brings up an alphabetical list of resources for that topic with a brief description. Over 8,000 reviewed resources that meet specific criteria are available. The K-12 section covers such topics as administration, bilingual education, counseling, curriculum, discipline, gifted education, lesson plans, school safety, school improvement, teaching resources, and others. This is one that you will want to bookmark to return to again and again. Steps to ELL Lesson Design/
Six Steps to ELL Lesson Design offers classroom teachers resources and information for meeting the needs of all degrees of English speakers within the same classroom and curriculum. It was created in 2002 as an education course project at Arizona State University, but is still broadly relevant and useful today. The site is written in a conversational form and includes six steps for planning and organizing your curriculum, including determining the needs of your class, identifying adaptable activities, modifying materials, creating new activities, and designing lessons. This step-by-step approach is easily adapted to the needs of any classroom teacher who finds herself/himself charged with teaching ELL students to the same high standards as others in the regular classroom. Also included are other Web resources and a printable collection of job aids, charts, and other documents as well as a summary of the six steps to print out.
Teachers who are interested in implementing project-based lessons in their classroom will want to bookmark this site for a host of resources from lesson plans to ideas about how to effectively implement PBL in your own school. The site is labeled as "high school" but there are plenty of materials that are easily adapted for middle school content areas as well as high school (science, math, language arts, social studies, and visual/performing arts). All of the materials are downloadable and ready to be replicated, adapted and built on according to each teachers curriculum needs. Teachers will also appreciate the Flash videos that describe the approach to project-based learning, conversations with PBL teachers and a documentary on the impact of PBL on student learning.
Teachers' Domain supports science-learning experiences with media rich resources that are high impact, engaging and interactive. Life science is the focus of the site and topics include ecology, evolution, genetics, the cell and more. Each of the resources is geared to a specific grade level and correlated to state and national standards. Teachers will find classroom ready video clips, interviews, web-based interactive activities, photographs, animations, images, and text transcriptions from original sources, along with contextual information and lesson plans for effective use in the classroom. Registered users can create sets of resources on a specific topic and save them to share with their students. Students could also use this feature to create a multimedia report on a given topic. Additionally, there are videos of best practice teaching available for professional development purposes. This is a rich resource that science teachers will not want to miss!
Decisions, Decisions Online is an excellent resource for encouraging critical thinking skills in young people. Users must register (free) to have access to vote on the topics. The set of downloadable movies is a key aspect of this curriculum. The films are set up to make the students feel as though they are participating in a video conference call and that they are senators hearing arguments for and against the current topic. The films allow students to have an emotional connection to the facts, and they provide understanding about the possible consequences of their decisions. Teachers should be sure to read through the Teacher Instructions section for valuable tips for using Decisions, Decisions in the classroom. This site is an excellent resource for debate, social studies, government, and civics classes.
Decisions, Decisions Online is not for older systems. It requires a 100+ Mhz processor, a newer browser (4.0+), Apple Quicktime (3.0+), Adobe Acrobat Reader, and a high-speed Internet connection. Teachers with standard modems (56K or less) should download and save the movies in advance. Look for a navigation bar at the top of the pages.
Teachers, parents, and tutors will find fun literacy activities such as flashlight reading, letter fun, vocabulary balloons, word war, picture clues, poetry pictures, and more. The "Reading House" link in the navigation menu takes you to a series of brief articles from reading with a baby or toddler, ABCs, phonics, and print conventions to vocabulary study, reading strategies, and reading routines to comprehension and story extensions. Also included are a list of teaching tips for teachers and a list of related Web resources.
Drama teachers will find lots of resources and materials at this site. There is a complete Pre-k through grade 12 curriculum that meets the requirements of the Goals 2000 National Standards for Arts Education. Teachers will find useful the large collection of creative drama lessons that are sorted by age level, lesson type, and cross-curricular content as well as an Approach to the Objective Grading of Creative Work. Lesson types include Narrative Pantomime Stories, Physical and Pantomime Activities, Improvisation, Role Drama Activities, and Writing Activities. Included are monologues, photos of past productions, classroom rules for drama class, booklists, a detailed description of a fourth grade playwriting project, essays, definitions of important terms and links to related sites.
This site is a treasure trove of resources for journalism teachers and students. Teachers will find more than 218 archived lesson plans on such topics as advertising, bias, copy editing, editorial writing, the first amendment, interviewing, ethics, photography and much more. In addition to the lesson plans there are tips for improving your high school's newspaper from the experts, links to other high school newspapers, scholarship information for your students and an article on how to start a high school newspaper. Students can check out the J-Jargon section to learn the definitions of some of the most common terms in newspapers, test their skills with the database of journalism-related questions, read what the pros have to say about their jobs and how they got started, and learn about careers in journalism in the guidance section. There is even a downloadable principal's guide to scholastic journalism to help principals in developing and maintaining support for these programs in their schools. The broadcast section offers resources from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation such as information on seed grants to start a broadcast journalism program in your school, a listserv to connect with other teachers, free teaching resources, an Internet journalism guide for download and an electronic journalism survey that provides the data to compare your program to others around the country.
This project was put together by the French department of New York University and the Bobst Library with support from an anonymous donor. The site focuses entirely on the performance narratives and provides a resource for scholars, teachers and students. Medieval narratives were intended to be performed and this site seeks to bring them to life through video performances and therefore improve the teaching of medieval literature. The videos feature a variety of actors, storytellers, singers, musicians, mimes, puppeteers, and dancers, among them professionals, teachers, and students performing scenes from a range of medieval narrative genres, including epics, romances, lais, tales, fabliaux, and others. Clicking on the "Site Contents" link brings up a listing of all clips with a short description. A full catalog entry including background on the performance, information about the work and genre and the length of the clip, is available by clicking on the title.
This collection offers visitors the opportunity to "enjoy the ageless and timeless wisdom of Aesop and his Fables" online. Many of the fables include an audio narration or illustrations. Each section features a list of fables for your reading enjoyment as well as a link to lesson plans, suggested morals, and a dictionary. In addition to the fables in section one there are articles that define and describe the history of fables and the life of Aesop. Long also offers a list of 86 of the most easily read fables with brief moral lessons. Included are 127 fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson and a handful of short stories.
This website was developed to support Maryland teachers, but teachers everywhere will find it to be a great resource for integrating technology into the curriculum. It contains a database of lesson plans, projects, and student activities on a wide variety of topics, grade levels, and subject areas. Resources from PBS TeacherSource, a national repository of thousands of high-quality lessons, also appear in the search results. All of the plans are correlated to national standards and include materials and resources many include video clips. The Student Activities that can be completed in one class period include two views; one for students and another with additional resources for teachers. The projects section features interactive team activities.
Teaching That Makes Sense offers free reading and writing resources for teachers. Downloads are available in .pdf format. Topics include writing strategies, writing samples, Writer's Workshop, writing across the curriculum and many more. Features articles include information on best practice, reading in the content areas, quality in student writing, and assessment. Be sure to check out the Organizers for tips and guidelines for writing strategies and the writing process as well as organizers for beginning and maturing writers, lesson planning, reading and writing fiction, organizing and managing a Writer's Workshop or Reader's Workshop, and writing across the curriculum. Included is the Reading/Writing Poster Pack with twenty-seven posters that can be printed and used in the classroom.
Kids will love this online world of books created just for them! Each of the four main areas of the site: Activity Lab, Game Station, Express Yourself, and Book Zone, offer fun activities that kids of all ages will enjoy. Fun activities include printing and illustrating stories, making a seasonal collage and choosing a picture to color in the interactive coloring book. Children will also enjoy such entertaining and educational games and activities as writing stories with other kids, creating poems in the Poetry Splatter and making their own word puzzles. For help in choosing the right books for them, kids can browse books to find summaries, book covers, and kids' ratings and reviews as well as read all about their favorite authors and find out how to send them fan mail. Registration is available for using all the features of the site but it is free to anyone.
Pics4Learning is a database of copyright friendly images, donated by teachers, students, and amateur photographers that can be used in a classroom setting. Teachers will also appreciate the wealth of lesson plans that have been submitted by other teachers. Lesson plan subjects include language arts, math, science, and social studies and address a variety of grade levels. There is also a list of the 100 most popular images, a lesson plan of the month, cool collections, and a signup for a free newsletter to be informed of new additions to the site.
This comprehensive digital gallery provides a wealth of rich media for use in the classroom or for anyone who is interested in the wide range of cultural and historical documents housed here. With the abundance of material in the databases, visitors may find it a little overwhelming at first glance but there are user friendly help pages available for searching, browsing, and user guides. Teachers or students will find the "Selections" feature a useful tool for instructional purposes and report writing. It will hold up to fifty images for immediate or later viewing allowing users to select and save the images that pertain to a particular subject or topic. A small sampling of the wide range of content that may be found here includes artwork such as Goya's Disasters of War; panoramic cityscapes of New York City's Fifth Avenue; George Caitlin's North American Indian Portfolio; William Blake's hand-printed masterpiece of 1793, America a Prophecy ; as well as 16th-century maps and drawings depicting the landing of European explorers in the Western Hemisphere; engravings of battle scenes of the American Revolution; photographs recording the westward progress of the American transcontinental railroad; sheet music covers and restaurant menus from the 1890s; and photographs of Depression-era New York City by Lewis Hine and Berenice Abbott.
This site from the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago was developed to help students ages 7-12 to "discover ways to look at, think about, and respond creatively to art." Flash technology is used to present the site in a bright animated format that children ages 7-12 will enjoy. Users have the option of changing the background color of the site. Flash Player is required and can be downloaded from the site. The site is organized into four major sections; Look and Share, Art Detective, Art Speak and Artist Studio. Links to each are located on the main page and navigation through the site is intuitive. There is also a link to the handy site map in the upper left corner of the page.
Smithsonian Education offers a wealth of high quality lesson plans for grades K-12 in the areas of art and design, science and technology, history and culture and language arts. Each of the plans includes an overview, background information, activities, national standards, and resources. The database of lesson plans can be browsed by subject area or searched by grade level, subject, or keyword. If all you need are great resources to include in your own plans then click on the Resource Library in the top navigation bar and search by resource type, media type, keyword, grade level or subject area.
This is the hottest education site-builder around! ThinkQuest is a semi-annual contest that allows students to design educational Web sites that focus on one of six topic categories. Students between the ages of 9 and 19 compete for prizes in one of three levels: students 12 years and under, students 15 years and under, and students19 years and under. "Multi-country teams and multi-language web sites are encouraged and supported." The site offers extensive support for the teacher-coaches and their teams of students who are interested in participating in the competition. The Library houses more than 5,000 entries dating back to 1996, the beginning of the competition. This excellent list of student-generated educational Web sites is available for use by other students and teachers in the classroom. There are many topics, from arts and entertainment to health and safety to technology, represented. The sites are categorized by topic and subtopic and can be searched by keyword. Whether you're interested in joining the competition or finding a website that will complement your curriculum, this is a site you will want to explore.
WebQuests provide an excellent way to involve students in authentic learning activities. The inquiry-based WebQuest format encourages students to utilize higher level thinking skills as they complete assignments using information gleaned from the Web. Whether you're looking for ready-to-use WebQuests that you can integrate into your curriculum or online resources you can use to create your own WebQuest, these sites should prove helpful.
Teachers looking to use the WebQuest format in the classroom will find some great examples at the site. The site was developed by Tom March to give teachers quick access to some of the best WebQuests out there. There is a matrix of WebQuests that are arranged by content area and age group. It features a Best of the Week WebQuest and tips on WebQuest design as well as an opportunity to submit your own WebQuest for inclusion in the matrix. The site really examines what makes a great WebQuest. The criteria for selection are posted at the site. The submissions that are selected based on their score on the evaluation rubric. Only those that qualify as "real" WebQuests, the ones that support higher-level thinking, are included.
This site contains a collection of links to resources that are appropriate for middle school teachers. The links are organized into fifteen broad categories such as curriculum resources, administrators, support staff, technology, home schooling, lesson plans and tutorials and much more. Each category is further divided into sub categories. Teachers will especially want to check out the Lesson Plan section for original science, math, literature and English, and social studies plans that have been submitted by teachers.
Astro-Venture, by NASA Quest, is an interactive multimedia site that gives students in grades 5-8 the opportunity to search for and create a planet suitable for human habitation while role-playing NASA occupations.
Exploring Space provides teachers and students a wealth of information about the origins of life and the search for intelligent life in the cosmos. The content is divided into four sections: Meteorites & Life; The Search for Aliens; The Mars Project; and Essays. Each of the first three sections contain interactive activities including quizzes, and simulations such as taking on the role of an astronaut and taking a flight to Mars, exploring meteorites that have hit our planet, and viewing the fictional aliens dreamed up by Joel Hagan, astronomical artist and imaging specialist. The essay sections includes such topics as Martian vs. human rights, making contact with aliens, and the views of religious scholars concerning humanity's place in the universe. Additionally, visitors to the site can find a list of additional resources, learn about the program and view a show trailer.
This is an excellent way for teachers to involve their students in problem based learning on topical issues. Exploring the Environment includes twenty-five online modules for grades 5-8 and 9-12 that cover such topics as coral reefs, El Nino, climate change, volcanoes and much more. Students use remote sensing and other techniques to formulate problem statements, collect and analyze data, prepare and present their findings, and recommend solutions. The teacher pages offer help for getting started with the program; planning, facilitating and assessing; an overview of problem based learning; the opportunity to connect with other teachers; software that is needed; other useful Web sites; and module notes (must request password for this). From the main page, users can access the K-4 Earth Science Modules and the Earth Science Explorer for Middle Grades. The K-4 modules topics include biomes; weather, climate; remote sensing; and Earth system. Each module contains an overview section, online and hands-on activities, and an Earth action story. The Earth Science Explorer covers such topics as dinosaurs, Super Nova, volcanoes, orbital changes, plate tectonics, geologic time, biomes and much more.
This digital memory bank of first hand accounts and individual responses to the storms of 2005 that hit the Gulf Coast of the United States currently includes 247 stories, 523 images, 50 audio and other files, a collection of photos from the Smithsonian and a video of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. Visitors will want to begin by accessing the interactive map from the main page of the site. Here they can click on locations to view photos and read first hand accounts from individuals who were involved in the storms and the aftermath or scroll across the bottom of the page to view stories and images. The map can be zoomed and dragged to view other locations and it can be viewed as a map or satellite image or a hybrid image (map and satellite image overlay) Users can also jump directly to images or stories by clicking on the appropriate link in the top navigation bar. Additionally, the featured collection is a set of stories from PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer that includes text, video and audio of the events that led up to the hurricanes and the aftermath. Forms are available for anyone to contribute their files to the archive.
Spectrum Home and School Magazine offers teachers, students and homeschoolers more than two hundred pages of free K-12 educational content. There are activities to go along with the popular Harry Potter books, illustrated poems, lots of jokes and riddles, and more than thirty biographies of people in history from John Adams to Thomas Edison to Sitting Bull and George Washington.
Whether a casual reader or a full-fledged bookworm, all teen readers will find this site interesting. There are loads of quality material available including interviews and features on more than one hundred authors of interest to teens. Teens can find just the book to interest them by perusing the comprehensive list of book reviews. The latest reviews are featured in the sidebar. There is also a free newsletter that teens to which teens can subscribe or read online. The archive includes issues that date back to 2001 and includes links to over 1200 reading guides. Additionally, teens can enjoy participating in the online polls and seeing the past poll results, find information on book clubs, find the latest award winning books and look up the birthday of their favorite author.
The Argus Clearinghouse
CNN Transcripts
Dave's ESL Cafe (gute Site)
Discover Learning: LearnOnline — Daybook
Electronic Archives Home Page der Georgetown University
The Best of History Web Sites portal was developed by teacher Thomas Daccord for history teachers and students. It provides links to some of the best history resources on the Internet, rated and categorized.
ZUM — Englischunterricht im WWW
Ressourcendatenbank im Deutschen Bildungsserver
Links to Lincoln on the Web!
TheHistoryNet — primarily US History
Idea Box
ILS / Songfile Splash
Lesson Plans
Netscape Education — Sitesammlung
Schreibwerkstatt Purdue University
Site-Sammlung der Uni Mannheim
The Gateway — Subject Index
The Improv Page
English and French Language Resources
Welcome to AskERIC
WWW — Interessante Links provides teachers and students an online collaborative environment for teaching and learning. Teachers can join the forums to discuss such topics as tips for new teachers, career choices, your best advice for the first year of teaching, and more. They can also use the IECC (Intercultural Email Classroom Connections) database to find worldwide collaborative classroom partners or the Mighty Mentors Network to connect with a mentor or mentee through email to improve teaching and learning. The section provides a Web portal for teachers to find current education news, lesson plans, curriculum resources and much more. Students will find access to the KeyPals Club for finding worldwide pen pals, Youth In Action where they can learn about important issues such as conflict resolution and women's rights, discuss the issues with other students around the world, express their opinions on the issues, or take action with surveys, petitions, and lobbying tools.
Teachnet is a one-stop source of information for teachers. Whether you are looking for lesson plans for a particular subject area, information on such topics as classroom management and substitute teachers, forums for discussing educational issues or the latest news in education, this site has it all. The Power Tools section is filled with how-tos and quick tips. A long list of ready-to-use bulletin board ideas can be downloaded, printed, and built. Lesson plans are categorized by subject area and there is an e-mail discussion list available as well as online forums. New material is posted regularly, so keep checking back to see what's happening.
Secondary teachers and students will appreciate the resources found here. A useful Help section provides links to information on getting started, getting organized, making the most of the process and guides to research and report writing as well as documentation and proofreading help. Faculty Resources includes an informative article, "Five Facts about Writing and Learning in your Discipline Students May not Know, and How You Can Help", links to information on cyber-plagiarism and more. The page of Frequently Asked Questions from Dr. Grammar provides help with grammar questions. The questions are listed alphabetically and can be browsed or searched by keyword or plain language phrasing.
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant is a useful writing guide for novices to experienced writers. The guide explores the process approach to writing and covers each step from choosing a topic to organizing, revising, editing, and documenting sources. Each section has activities to get users started, complete with instructions. Each of four different types of essays has a section for exploration: informal, thesis/support, argumentative, and exploratory. This site is a great resource for writing teachers or students who need a little guidance while writing essays.
This site is a rich resource with more than 5,000 educational Web sites that have been reviewed and meet the 23 criteria for quality. All the links are annotated, categorized by curriculum area, and assigned an appropriate grade level. Other freebies at the site include acceptable use policies, recommendations for server software and hardware, descriptions of network architecture, recommendations for connecting to the Internet and publishing your own Web pages, and links to agencies filling teaching vacancies in several countries. The Teacher's Toolkit links to a variety of free and inexpensive tools for teachers.
Learn NC offers a wealth of quality resources for k-12 classroom teachers. Instructional resources include lesson plans and WebQuests that can be browsed by subject and grade level or searched by keyword. Articles for teachers cover such "Hot Topics" as teaching the features of effective writing, designing your classroom and writing across the curriculum. Additionally, there are three collections of articles:
  • Innovations in Teaching that includes instructional strategies, educational practices, professional development, and topics of particular interest to beginning teachers;
  • Exploring the Web offers profiles of educational websites, with suggestions on integrating them into your classroom instruction;
  • LEARNing Illuminations provides multimedia professional development materials that demonstrate new ways of teaching along with resources for implementation in the classroom.
For students, the media center includes a research guide, hot topics, quick reference and annotated Web links that are appropriate for each grade level 3-12.
Web English Teacher is an online directory of K-12 English/Language arts teaching resources including lesson plans, videos, e-texts, classroom activities and more.
Englischunterricht: Electronic-Mail & WorldWideWeb
This repository of lesson plans is a great resource for teachers of all subjects and grade levels. Subject areas include language arts, mathematics, science, social science, and a miscellaneous section that covers art, health and safety, physical education, and more. The lessons cover a wide variety of topics and are displayed as simple text files that can easily be printed and used in the classroom. The Web-based teaching resources offer lessons that were created by teachers who participated in the Columbia Education Center's trips abroad program over the past several years, and use the locations traveled to as the basis for the resource. Included is a nice assortment of links to other Internet-based lesson plans and resources.
Bring poetry to life in your classroom with the Poetry Archive. It includes readings from contemporary poets as well as poets from the past such as Robert Browning, Langston Hughes, and Rudyard Kipling. There is a section just for children that features readings from twenty-three poets that children will enjoy. In addition to the recordings, visitors will find a wealth of background information about the poets, filmed interviews with some of them, and tips for getting the most out of the archive. The "Lucky Dip" feature takes users to the work of a poet selected at random from the Archive. Resources for teachers include ready to use lesson plans and classroom activities that are built around recordings in the Archive, tips for creating a good listening atmosphere in the classroom, and ten-minute classroom activities to help students get inside the poem they've just heard. Included is also a list of other poetry resources on the Internet.
Young Adult (& Kid's) Book Central is a place for people who love books. It features a large database of book reviews. Visitors to the site can find information on young adult and children’s books, along with more than 14,000 reviews, 200 excerpts, 182 author interviews, chances to win free books, forums, and much more. Teachers, students, and parents will appreciate the links to more than one hundred study guides, reader guides, and teacher guides. The site also gives parents, students, and teachers the opportunity to peruse the booklist to find appropriate reading material for their children or students. The book directory lists all the books that have been reviewed, identifies the genre, and gives an age range that is appropriate to interests and reading ability. Visitors to the site also are encouraged to write and submit their own book reviews.
Visitors to this delightful site will find an abundance of poems as well as information about the current poet laureate, past poet laureates, news and events, poetry Webcasts, and more. Of particular interest to teachers and students is the section designated especially for them. It includes transcripts from live chat sessions, a primary source set that includes images, newspaper articles, written drafts, oral history interviews, original play manuscripts to help teach a "found poetry" activity, lesson plans, bibliography, and a long list of online resources especially for teachers, plus another list especially for students. Additionally there is a link to Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools.
Sites to See: iPod Resources: Once considered just a portable music player, the iPod now is making a splash in many K-12 and college classrooms. Discover how this popular new technology is being used for teaching and learning.


Didaktik und Methodik
Bildung Online
Eine TOP-Site für Lehrende und Lernende — absolut empfehlenswert!
Deutscher Bildungsserver
R. Donaths TOP-Site
Didaktische Modelle
Die Zentrale für Unterrichtsmedien
Learn Line
Europa in der Schule
Lerntheoretische Grundlagen
Netscape Education: K-12: Teacher Resources
Schulen ans Netz
Schulweb - Verzeichnis von Schulen im Netz
Teach With Movies
Teacher Education
Teachers on Target is a great site for teachers or administrators looking to hone their skills. The content is grouped into four categories: Professional Development Activities, Classroom Activities, Activities for Administrators, and Collegial Circles. Teachers will find professional development activities on a wide range of topics including classroom management, discipline, planning, knowledge building, professional strengths and others. Each topic includes a collection of activities that teachers can use in a variety of ways to improve teaching competence, build collegiality, and better understand the art of teaching. Classroom activities include a host of strategies that can be used in any classroom to keep students engaged in learning. Teachers also are encouraged to contribute their own ideas. Administrators will find a list of self-directed exercises, which can be incorporated into their daily routines, that will help them become stronger leaders. Included in the materials is a seven-step process for implementing collegial circles that will develop and encourage those ever important professional connections that provide support for teachers in the workplace.
Pedagogy in Action will provide veteran teachers as well as those new to the profession additional teaching methods to add to their teaching toolbox. More than twenty-five methods are succinctly described including cooperative learning, gallery walk, game-based learning, interactive lectures, Socratic questioning, assessment, peer review, quantitative writing, role playing and others. The descriptions are written by practicing teachers and include tips for effectively using the technique, research on the learning impact and a set of sample activities. Visitors to the site will find more than 600 activities that span more than a dozen subject areas and more than 200 examples of research on learning. Resources can be easily browsed from the search page as they are grouped by subject, pedagogy and research topic.
This site provides excellent resources for incorporating music into classroom instruction. Resources for integrating music across the curriculum are grouped according to subject area. Additionally, sections include Movement, Everyday Life, Chants & Raps, Reading, Science, and more. Teacher Tips include lesson plans and suggestions by and for teachers.
This curriculum module includes everything a teacher needs to teach students about the fundamentals of neurobiology and how drugs of abuse can change the brain. It also stresses that drug addiction is a treatable, chronic brain disease. Topics include localization of brain function; general functions of specific brain areas; anatomy of the neuron; neurotransmission; mechanism of drug action on neurons; genetic, behavioral, and environmental influences on drug addiction; and addiction as a chronic disease. The integrated lessons are standards based and include assessment tools, handout masters, background information and additional references and resources. The Web based student activities include mini-documentaries, animations and interactive activities such as Looking at the Human Brain; How Neurotransmission Works; How Does Cocaine Alter Neurotransmission; Long Term Effects of Drugs on the Brain; Dealing with Chronic Disease including video interviews; and much more.
This online journal offers policymakers, service providers, the media, educators and parents lots of information about issues concerning children and their future. Each issue, published spring and fall, focuses on a single topic of importance to children and the issues are archived back as far as 1991. Archived issues feature such topics as school readiness, children of immigrant families, foster care, children and welfare reform, domestic violence and children, children and poverty, adoption and many more. Visitors can read the most current issue online that deals with childhood obesity, print it to read offline or order a printed copy. Each of the issues contains an executive summary, article summaries and a policy brief giving visitors the opportunity to preview the work. Included are author biographies, a figure and table index and a preview of upcoming journal topics. Visitors will also find links to research findings at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution as well as an opportunity to sign up for a free newsletter to receive updates on when new issues are available.
Gray Matters raises awareness of current brain research. The video series features presentations by leading neuroscientists and can be viewed in their entirety or as shorter clips for specific learning objectives in the classroom. The site will be of interest to anyone interested in how the brain develops, in how it works, or in diseases of the brain. High school teachers and students will especially appreciate the Explore & Discover section where they will find short videos to demonstrate key concepts, study guides, background information, featured scientists information, teacher resources, and links to supplemental resources.
The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) is a federally funded research and development center focused on adult learning. It is dedicated to improving programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma. Anyone involved in teaching, managing or setting policy in adult literacy education will find useful information at this site including research findings, policy reports, and training and teaching materials. Of particular interest to school personnel is the Connecting Practice, Policy, and Research section. It offers downloadable professional development guides that provide all the steps, materials and readings for conducting study circles on a range of topics including "Research-based Adult Reading Instruction." Teaching materials are also available that provide lesson plans and research-based instructional strategies to develop adult students' literacy skills and knowledge of particular content. Materials in this section are also organized according to role (developers, program administrators, teachers/tutors, and policymakers) and by topic. Visitors to the site will also find interesting articles in Focus on Basics the quarterly publication (available in the publication section) which presents best practices, current research, and how research is used by adult basic education teachers, counselors, program administrators, and policymakers.
Disability Studies is the "examination of disability as a social, cultural and political phenomenon. Disability studies focuses on how disability is defined and represented in society." The lesson plans, essays and teaching materials are aimed at grades 6-12 and offer teachers help in integrating disability studies into social studies, history, literature, and related subjects. The lessons are organized around themes in the history of disability in America from the 1800s to the present. Each lesson can be used alone or in conjunction with others and contains all the necessary resources and materials for implementing it in the classroom. Topics include an introduction to disability studies, a history of deaf education, a woman's crusade that explores efforts to reform poorhouses in the 1840s and 1850s, P.T. Barnum and "freak shows," and conscientious objectors during World War II who campaigned for the humane treatment of people with mental illness and others in the state institutions. Essays are available for each lesson plan to provide additional information and help for teachers who are integrating disability studies and disability history into the regular curriculum. Included is information on differentiated instruction that teachers may use to implement the lessons.
Whether you are a special education teacher, regular classroom teacher, counselor or a parent who is interested in changing children's behavior for the better, this site has a ton of information for you. It contains thousands of tips and step-by-step directions for implementing a great number of the standard interventions. Visitors will want to start with the behavior management basics that includes a primer, tips for new and struggling teachers and a checklist to assess your own behavior management skills. Teachers and parents will also find helpful information and strategies for dealing with common behaviors and conditions such as ADHD, autism, bullying, tattling, depression and motivation. Included is how-to information on implementing assertive discipline, cooperative learning, and inclusion as well as ways to assess and measure behavior. Entire sections are devoted to such topics as how to use the interventions of Applied Behavior Analysis, how to use psycho-educational interventions such as classroom counseling and play therapy, how to implement school wide practices and interesting and humorous readings plus much, much more. Additionally, there is a bulletin board where teachers can post their classroom management problems and get help from teachers around the world.
D & W's Teacher Spot was developed by two teachers and focuses on providing resources and support for student teachers or beginning teachers. The site contains tips and suggestions for the first days of school, classroom management, interviews and portfolios, curriculum topics, and more. It includes links to relevant materials to support the efforts of beginning teachers in all subject areas as well as behavior, grading, role playing, classroom computers, software, clip art, books for teachers, and more.
TeacherLingo is a place where teachers can connect with other teachers from all levels. This community includes a general teacher blog as well as teacher blogs for elementary, ESL, college, high school, middle school, preschool, retired, and many more. There is also a directory of lesson plans for all grade levels and subject areas that have been submitted and rated by community members. The directory can be searched by grade level or subject matter or by clicking on a keyword in the tag cloud. Included are message boards that include the Lingo Lounge with teacher introductions, inspirational stories and new teachers and the educational discussions.
IN TIME stands for Integrating New Technologies Into the Methods of Education. This site provides research, information, and videos about integrating technology into proven research-based methods of teaching and learning. Videos show teachers integrating technology into their classrooms. Search videos by title, content area, grade level, learning element, and ten other criteria. Lesson plans are available for download. A substantial Help section is available for all sections of the site -- including downloading necessary plug-ins and accessing lesson plans. The project was funded through a three-year grant from the United States Department of Education PT3 program -- Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology. This site is a valuable resource for educators who want to use technology in their classrooms. The research and resources offered can move teachers along the path toward making technology an integral part of student learning processes.
This Project-Based Learning Module is a terrific free resource for teachers, administrators, or staff development trainers interested in implementing this method of teaching in the classroom. The module could be used as a self-study course or as a staff development presentation. The Web-based, interactive modules answer the what, why, and how of project-based learning and include video clips of real teachers, students, and schools who have implemented project-based learning. In addition, there are articles that describe the projects shown in the videos. Also included is a PowerPoint presentation that can be viewed in the browser or downloaded and shown from your computer. The slides are complete with speaker's notes and suggested activities and readings for anyone to use as they give a presentation advocating project-based learning. All the files can be downloaded in .pdf format for reading offline. Tucked away in the resource section is a link to an article that you don't want to miss in these days of testing mania: "Measuring What Counts: Memorization Versus Understanding."
The Media Awareness Network (MNet) provides information and tools for parents and teachers "to help young people to understand how the media work, how the media may affect their lifestyle choices and the extent to which they, as consumers and citizens, are being well informed." The Teachers section offers hundreds of lesson plans (K-12) and professional development resources for librarians and teachers. Lesson plans, searchable and browsable by grade level and subject area, are geared to the Canadian curriculum but can easily be adapted for use by anyone. Additionally there is a database of articles, research, reports and other reference materials that examine media issues from a variety of perspectives. A handy "Content Cart" is provided for collecting resources and then printing them with one click.
The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use provides useful and timely information on such issues of safe and responsible Internet usage as filtering software, technology planning, commercialism and privacy. Author of the articles, Nancy Willard, is executive director of the Center and a recognized authority on issues related to the safe and responsible use of the Internet.. Educators will find a comprehensive set of materials: Safe and Responsible Use of the Internet: A Guide for Educators. This guide provides a comprehensive approach to Internet use in the school, information on Internet use policies and legal issues related to student and teacher use of the Internet as well as planning and implementation tools and templates for developing a safe and responsible Internet use plan for your school. Use of the material on an individual basis is free but be sure to read the "Honor Text" section for more extensive use.
Teachers, students, parents or others who are interested in the learning disabled will find lots of useful information at LD Online. Teachers will find help with such topics as differentiating instruction and behavior modification as well as "ideas and strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities from outstanding and experienced teachers". Included is a teaching tip of the week, research digest, free newsletters, recommended reading and bulletin boards for discussions. Information and essays are available for helping parents to understand what learning disabilities are, types of disabilities and a comprehensive brochure about Learning Disabilities in both English and Spanish. Parents are also offered advice on how to select professional help as well as a list of professionals, products and learning centers or camps that can help. The Kid Zone gives students the opportunity to submit their artwork and writing for publication, speak up on the issues that concern them and learn about the IEP by listening to audio clips from A Student Guide to the IEP. Included for children is a scavenger hunt and suggested booklist for helping them to handle their learning disability. Additionally, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist will answer parents' questions.
Principals, teachers, policy makers, education agency staff, or anyone interested in improving schools and increasing student achievement will be interested in the resources and information found at the Center for Comprehensive School Reform. Visitors will want to check out the Research and Publications section, which includes a database of over 4,500 abstracts, reports, and other information about school reform and improvement. Also worth a look are the Research Briefs that contains the Center's semi-annual research briefs, which are designed to help educators and policy makers understand new findings from school improvement research and practice. The 2005 briefs include topics on high-achieving middle schools for Latino students in poverty and what the research tells us about teacher leadership. The list of guides and tools include topics such as whole school reform, data-driven decision making, evaluating school progress, and reallocating resources. Technical assistance offers an Ask-the-Expert option as well as scheduled online discussions and a variety of Podcasts that can be downloaded to your computer. Also included is a news section that post school reform news, including new programs and policies, newly released studies and reports, grants, funding opportunities, and more.
This repository of lesson plans is a great resource for teachers of all subjects and grade levels. Subject areas include language arts, mathematics, science, social science, and a miscellaneous section that covers art, health and safety, physical education, and more. The lessons cover a wide variety of topics and are displayed as simple text files that can easily be printed and used in the classroom. The Web-based teaching resources offer lessons that were created by teachers who participated in the Columbia Education Center's trips abroad program over the past several years, and use the locations traveled to as the basis for the resource. Included is a nice assortment of links to other Internet-based lesson plans and resources.


Basic information about phonology and some useful activities and tools
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a private non-profit organization made up of scholars and educators "who use the findings of linguistics and related sciences in identifying and addressing language-related problems." The resources at this site are of particular interest to educators and policy-makers alike. Among the topics of interest are adult ESL literacy, dialects and Ebonics, foreign language, K-12 ESL, language testing, public policy issues, research, school reform and two way immersion. The resource link leads to clearinghouses/centers, databases/directories, online resources and more.


Hausaufgaben und Arbeiten
Klausuraufgaben für die Oberstufe — Klausurvorschläge Englisch


Games and Humor
Teacher Tales — brain games, puzzles and pastimes
This site offers more than two thousand learning objects — self-contained Web-based chunks of learning that can be embedded in a learning activity, lesson, unit or course. Learning objects include assessments, animations, simulations, case studies, interactions, drill and practice, and templates. Learning objects are available for a wide variety of subject areas and can be used online for free or downloaded and used offline. The feature called "My Favorite Objects" allows users to link to favorite learning objects on their own Web site.
Mysterymaster presents logic puzzles that are a great way to sharpen reasoning skills, analytical thinking, and logical deduction. There are over thirty puzzles available with a grid for solving them and an answer key for each. Additionally, users will find a guide for how to solve logic puzzles, a glossary of terms, and for those who have knowledge of Visual Basic a guide for creating your own logic puzzles. The Mystery Master software, a program that solves logic puzzles, is also available for free download.


AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Student Letter Exchange: Pen Pals Service


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