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400 Years Ago Today Grades 1 to 12

While not strictly Shakespeare, this site helps students understand what was going on in the world in Shakespeare’s day. The items included cover a wide range of topics.
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A Complete History of France Grades 6 to 12 French Ministry of Culture

Here’s a chronicle of French history from the second century BC to the 20th Century. Information is presented in a clear, organized way. Excellent source for creating timelines.
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A Medieval Technology Timeline Grades 5 to 12

There’s more here than meets the eye. This site offers a time-line showing the evolution of simple tools and technologies during the middle ages. Those who are persistent will also find more detailed drawings and explanations of the various implements. This is a great site to show how major changes can arise from simple inventions.
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A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust Grades 9 to 12 University of South Florida

Developed at the University of South Florida. Information for students and extensive links for teachers to use in building lessons.
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A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust Grades 4 to 12

Links to Holocaust literature and reading list classified by elementary, middle and high school levels. Source: Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida
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About Vermeer Art Grades 9 to 12

This site offers a very complete listing of this Dutch painter’s work, complete with unusually good quality illustrations. The text explains the painter’s technique, iconography, and life in significant detail.
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Art and art history teachers interested in northern Europe will really like this one.


 
Albania – Country Studies Grades 8 to 12 Library of Congress

This site is part of a set of detailed cultural, political, and historical summaries created by the Library’s Federal Research Service. The emphasis is on less commonly studied nations, and the material will be challenging for some students.
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Teachers will find these summaries useful for their comprehensive scope, which frequently includes historical and cultural background information. Much of the content is 5 or more years old, so these pages are best used for historical or background information.


 
All About French Culture Grades 6 to 12

This site lets French students read all about France, from its rich history, complete with timelines, to the traditions that are still alive today. You can even experience an outdoor café on a Paris street.
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All About the European Union Grades 9 to 12 European Union

The EU has created a web page that provides summary information in a format with which most students can cope. This site is still somewhat Eurocentric, but it outlines the basic principles behind European cooperation and economic interdependence. As such, it could be a valuable starting point for students interested in exploring the future of Europe.
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Anne Frank the Writer Grades 6 to 12 Smithsonian

This site documents the US Holocaust Museum’s recent exhibit about Anne Frank’s unpublished writings. The site includes an introduction, interviews, excerpts from a number of unpublished works, and a series of links for additional information. This one could be an interesting bridge between a writing assignment and the study of World War II.
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Armenia – Country Studies Grades 8 to 12 Library of Congress

This site is part of a set of detailed cultural, political, and historical summaries created by the Library’s Federal Research Service. The emphasis is on less commonly studied nations, and the material will be challenging for some students.
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Teachers will find these summaries useful for their comprehensive scope, which frequently includes historical and cultural background information. Much of the content is 5 or more years old, so these pages are best used for historical or background information.


 
Art of World War I Grades 9 to 12

This collection of 100 paintings provides a new lens for exposing students to the history of World War One. Through this unique method of documenting the violence and emotions surrounding the war, students can extend their knowledge beyond historical texts and examine the war through art. For more directed use of the site, there is an index of artists.
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Austria – Country Studies Grades 8 to 12 Library of Congress

This site is part of a set of detailed cultural, political, and historical summaries created by the Library’s Federal Research Service. The emphasis is on less commonly studied nations, and the material will be challenging for some students.
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Teachers will find these summaries useful for their comprehensive scope, which frequently includes historical and cultural background information. Much of the content is 5 or more years old, so these pages are best used for historical or background information.


 
Bach Digital Grades 8 to 12 IBM

Visit museums and exhibits all over the world devoted to Bach’s life and works; learn about and listen to five musical instruments from Bach’s time; and look at actual hand-written manuscripts penned by the composer. (A little weighty for the average general music class, but useful as a resource for more focused study.) On your first visit, use the guided tour feature to help with navigation of the site. Set the text choice to “German” and challenge high school foreign language students in a unit on German cultural history.
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Bastille Day Grades 6 to 12 French Prime Minister’s site

Information on France’s National Holiday from the Prime Minister’s web site – in English.
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Bastille Day – from the French Embassy Grades 6 to 12 French Embassy

Information on Bastille Day from the French Embassy
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Batille Day – student treatment Grades 6 to 12

Information on Bastille Day
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Bauhaus Design Museum Grades 9 to 12

This German site offers a well-illustrated history of German architect Walter Gropius and his vision for a new form of design and architecture that came to be know as Bauhaus. Elements of this style came to be incorporated into art, stage, photography, and other disciplines. Beyond its obvious interest to art teachers, those teaching secondary history or social studies may also find this material useful.
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Belarus – Country Studies Grades 8 to 12 Library of Congress

This site is part of a set of detailed cultural, political, and historical summaries created by the Library’s Federal Research Service. The emphasis is on less commonly studied nations, and the material will be challenging for some students.
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Teachers will find these summaries useful for their comprehensive scope, which frequently includes historical and cultural background information. Much of the content is 5 or more years old, so these pages are best used for historical or background information.


 
Berlin Wall Grades 6 to 12 The Newseum

A fascinating presentation with plenty of primary sources on the origins of the wall from both western and Soviet perspectives. The Shockwave version may be slow and choppy, depending on your system. Choosing the HTML version results in less waiting and clearer presentation. Perhaps if the Shockwave version were less flashy, it would be less confusing.
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Teachers should plan on spending ample time previewing the site before using it in class as some of the navigation choices (buttons) can be confusing.


 

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