Intro to European HistoryThe RenaissanceState-Building the Quest for EmpiresReformation and Counter-ReformationThe Religious Wars and Daily Life in EuropeAbsolutism and ConstitutionalismScience, Enlightenment and the Balance of PowerThe French Revolution and Napoleonic EraThe Industial EraReaction and RevolutionThe Age of State-Building and Social ChangeImperialism and Crisis in the 19th CenturyWorld War I and the Russian RevolutionTotalitarianism and World War IIThe Cold War
Exploration and ColonizationNorth American Empire and IndependenceThe Critical PeriodThe Growth of the National SpiritSectionalism and the Age of JacksonRomanticism and ReformManifest Destiny and the Coming of the Civil WarThe Civil War and ReconstructionGilded AgeImperialism and World War INew Era and New DealWorld War IICold WarThe Civil RightsModern TimesPRIMARY SOURCESDBQ
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Three Worlds Collide: Exploration to ColonizationFrom Colonies to CountryA New Nation: 1797-1840Civil War and ReconstructionWinning the West and Manifest DestinyThe Gilded AgeModern America EmergesThe Roaring 20s and the Great DepressionWorld War II and Its ImpactPost War AmericaThe Vietnam EraModern Times
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TOP US History Websites

The links below are intended to be a starting point for instructors for individual classroom needs.

  • Best of History Web Sites
    This award-winning comprehensive site for teachers provides a portal that contains over 1200 links to quality history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more. BOHWS has been recommended by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National Council for the Social Studies, The New York Public Library, the BBC, Princeton University, -- and many others.
    With an emphasis in the military history, specifically the Civil War, World War II and the Afghan War, this Website ranks the sites and provides a brief description of each site's contents.
  • Timelines TV is a free-to-use, video-rich history resource. Right now the focus is British History and the American West. Very interactve.

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Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching

Consider using some of the links below to create your own lessons that are interactive and web-based. 

  • Todays Meet
    For teachers looking to enhance online discussions, this Web 2.0 site allows students and teacher alike to explore the possibilities.
  • Fakebook
    The potential uses of this site are endless. Looking to explore the explorers? Consider assigning every student in your class a real explorer. Sign them up for Fakebook and let them use 21st Century technology to reflect on their 15th Century adventures. Looking to have a loyalist or patriot debate? Again, assigns to a group and have them conduct research, set up events, post persuasive links and read primary sources that become the basis of their postings and Fakebook pages.
  • Voicethread
    Many teachers in the English and Social Studies Departments have used this site successfully to reflect on thought-provoking images, discuss poetry, etc. After posting a series of images, the site allows student to comment through typing or vocal recordings. The possibilities are endless and students enjoy it.
  • Primary Access
    Primary Access is a suite of free online tools that allows students and teachers to use primary source documents to complete meaningful and compelling learning activities with digital movies, storyboards, rebus stories and other online tools. This tool might be especially helpful in Global Studies and US History Survey.
  • Watch Together
    If you are looking for a way to encourage discussion while watching digital video links, this is your site. Simply create a nickname, and insert the video's URL where noted. When you have found the video you want a chat column will be present on the right side of your browser. You can invite others to chat with you by sending them the url assigned to your chat. Together you can watch a video and discuss it.

Teacher Links

  • National Geographic's Map Maker Page Maps
    A wonderful, up-to-date teaching tool, MapMaker allows instructors to customize one page maps and down load for classroom use. Check out the interactive portion of the site for some great visuals on things such as land cover, human footprint, and lights at night.
  • The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
    A comprehensive site dedicated to American History, Gilder Lehrman provides lesson plans and other sources that will be of assistance. If you are looking for a great way to start your class, consider some of the Podcasts on this site. Please note that you will have to join the site, but it is well worth the effort.
  • National Archives Experience: Docs Teach
    Consisting of not only documents, but also a plethora of lesson plans, DocsTeach is a great place to start for hard to find primary sources.

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