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Defining Middle Eastern Borders – Lines in the Sand Grades 6 to 12 TeachersFirst

TeachersFirst’s comprehensive Middle East resource examines the interplay of cultural, political, economic, and religious borders in the mideast from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
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This “Teachers Tool Kit” offers a wealth of primary sources, guiding questions, and an interactive timeline, all geared to helping students understand the underlying issues and tensions that have made stability in the mideast so elusive for over a century. Teachers can use these resources as a complete unit, or as part of their own curriculum.


 
1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art Grades 9 to 12 University of Virginia

Tour the most influential show in the history of American art. The paintings and sculptures featured in this collection of 18 virtual galleries document of the emergence of modernism, the radical break with artistic tradition, and the corresponding public reactions. The nature of many of the representative works makes this site most appropriate for mature students. Use this resource to generate discussion and encourage analysis of how this historic exhibition affected the development of American art. Created by the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia.
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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 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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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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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.


 
Adventure Learning Foundation Grades 6 to 12

This searchable site provides resources for teaching geography and culture. Currently, the page’s “expeditions” are limited to Baja California, American Southwest, Southern Africa, Oaxaca Mexico, and Peru.
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There are lesson plans and links for each expedition.


 
Afghanistan – 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.


 
Africa Online Grades 6 to 12

A current events site focusing on African cultures and affairs, with lots of pictures, graphics, short articles and topical information.
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Africam Grades 4 to 12

Here’s a South African site that offers images and camera feeds from a variety of wildlife parks and refuges in Africa. There’s no way to know exactly what you’ll find, and the speed of your connection will certainly affect the performance, but you can find great images here.
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African Voices Grades 6 to 12

The Smithsonian has created a colorful, if sometimes awkward, resource for studying African history, art, and culture. The site features works by African sculptors and artists, but the African history time-line is the most useful instructional component. It shows African influences in Spain, the New World, and many other places. We hope the content for these sections will expand over time. Still, this is a very useful resource for explaining the evolution and spread of African cultural elements.
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After 9/11 – SSRC Teaching Resources Grades 9 to 12 Social Studies Research Council

The Social Studies Research Council has collected an impressive collection of essays and articles on topics relating to the aftermath of 9/11 and American foreign and domestic policies since then. Thematically indexed, it offers a wide range of perspectives on issues such as balancing personal freedoms and national security. AP government, social studies, and history teachers will find this one especially useful.
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Al-Bab.com Grades 6 to 12

We have great difficulty finding understandable, unbiased sites about the Arab world. This one, created by an independent British scholar, does a credible job of making a very different culture accessible and understandable to Western readers. There is a wealth of resources, including news summaries and extensive cultural information.
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Teachers may find this site most useful as a backgrounder for their own use, though there is much here that, with proper guidance, would be useful for students.


 
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.


 
Algeria – 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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American Journeys Grades 9 to 12 Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society offers this collection of first-hand accounts of historical events, from the early explorers through the settling of the United States. After a quirky search process, the site ultimately displays scanned images of venerable publications containing the material. While this approach is certainly historically accurate, it may be limiting for use with secondary students.
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