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History and Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks and National Standards
History and Social Science Curriculum Framework
Massachusetts Department of Education, August 2003. Download and print the most recent draft.
National Standards for Social Studies Teachers 1997
Task force on Social Studies Teacher Education Standards, National Council for the Social Studies, 1997. Download and print.
National Standards for Civics and Government.
Center for Civic Education, 1994.
National Standards for History
, National Center for History in the Schools, University of Southern California, 1996.
Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics
, Foundation for Teaching Economics.
National Geography Standards
, National Council for Geographic Education.
See also this graphic
from the National Geographic Society.
State by State listing of History Curriculum Frameworks and Standards
Common Core Standards: Literacy in History/Social Studies
History Teaching Resources from Robert Maloy
Robert Maloy's Bookmarks at HistoryTime
Bookmarks of web resources, coded to the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework, located at the Diigo social bookmarking site.
Robert Maloy's GoodReads
A great site for looking up books and networking with other readers.
Digital Textbooks (See special page:
Listing of Digital Textbooks
Timelines: Sources from History
from the British Library lets you explore the centuries from medieval times to the present day
focuses on the geographical visualization of the events thanks to Google maps. It has the classic temporal sequence too.
download this program and create great timelines.
presents 3,000 years of world history using interactive maps, timelines, lifelines and other resources.
is a video-rich resource for exploring different time periods in world and American history.
The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
"a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum's collection."
creates interactive timelines. Add videos, audio, and photos to events. Create multiple timelines to overlap and see trends throughout history.
is another interactive timeline maker. Add photos to events.
also creates interactive timelines. Allows you to share the timeline with others to allow comment and collaboration.
American Passages: A Literary Survey
from Annenberg Learner
Multimedia and Interactive Web-based Learning Resources
H-BOT Historical Fact Finder
from the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
A Biography of America
, the companion website to the video series and telecourse from Annenberg Learner.
History by Era
from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History features essays by prominent historians about 10 chronological time periods from 1620 to the present, along with primary documents, timelines, key terms, and interactive resources.
Atlas of World History
with interactive maps and historical information from pre-history to the year 1000.
Glossary of Historical Terms
from Humanities Web provides definitions and information for hundreds of words and people.
, a cloud tag generator that displays key words from any written text.
an interactive Art History book with a multimedia timeline.
is a website from the New York Times that shows immigration patterns throughout American history.
Teaching with Textbooks
presents strategies for using textbooks to promote critical thinking and historical analysis by students.
from the University of Oregon features interactive and animated representations of historical problems and events.
provides interactive U. S. and world maps that change their size to represent the data for a subject.
from Nikon presents an image and short story about a day in history every day of year.
Google Art Project
allows visitors to "
Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels."
The Object of History
is a virtual exhibit of artifacts from American history, made by Smithsonian.
A History of the World in 100 Objects
is an exploration of important objects from the British Museum.
, an interactive map that identifies the heads of state for every country in the world since 1700.
presents online simulations of the steps needed to prevent natural events from overwhelming human societies.
provides an introduction to Internet research for students.
provides interactive geography lessons from Reach the World with the support of the National Geographic Society Education Foundation.
offers archival stock footage by decade from the 1890s to the 1990s.
presents English language translations of newspapers from all over the world.
displays the front pages of some 800 newspapers worldwide.
The Public Domain Review
presents materials that are freely available to teachers and students.
The National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults
offers 1200 digital records from American history and society.
is visual library of civilization's history with royalty-free images for teachers and students.
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
from the Smithsonian has interactive exhibits for all major military conflicts in the nation's history.
The Walters Art Museum
holds a collection that presents an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe. It contains a large network of free-to-use pictures and files available at
Google World Wonders Project
uses street view technology to make world heritage sites available to teachers and students.
Have Fun with History
offers videos and activities for study of U. S. history and politics.
The Century, America's Time
, a visual encyclopedia of the 20th century from ABC News.
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
with Henry Louis Gates from PBS.
Ken Burns' American Lives
on iTunes featuring Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Frank Lloyd Wright, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mark Twain, Horatio's Drive and Jack Johnson.
lets users download old photographs to modern-day locations to compare past and present.
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
has free documentary films from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
American President: An Online Reference Resource
providing in-depth information reviewed by prominent scholars on each President and administration from the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
Presidential Speech Archive
featuring text and video of important speeches by every American President from the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
Presidential Recordings Program
contains more than 2500 hours of White House recordings of conversations and meetings by Presidents from 1940 to 1973.
Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present
, each Presidential Inaugural Address presented as word clouds by the
New York Times
Votetocracy, the People's Congress
allows everyday citizens to "vote" on legislation pending in Congress.
United States Presidential Election Maps
Library of Congress
makes available the Library's collections under wide-ranging topic headings.
Library of Congress Lesson Plans
Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog
Library of Congress Featured Digital Collections
88 Books That Shaped America
from the Library of Congress.
features historical sound recordings from the Library of Congress.
Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Direct
has primary documents from the Library of Congress.
The African-American Mosaic: A Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture
America's Story from America's Library
American History Sources
from the National Archives allows teachers to create interactive activities using more than 3,000 primary source documents. See also
Document Analysis with Students
America in Class
has primary sources compatible with the Common Core State Standards from the National Humanities Center
Today's Document App
from the National Archives.
from PBS is a collection of protest songs throughout American history.
The People's Vote
on the most influential documents in American history.
Internet History Sourcebooks Project
by Paul Halsall at Fordham University.
See also Internet Women's History Sourcebook
Battle Lines: Letters from America's Wars
from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History includes both written and audio text.
New Perspectives on the West
, a library of primary source materials on the American west from the PBS series, The West.
Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
, a collection of 3500 primary source documents from Yale University.
Top 25 Documents from the CIA Reading Room
, declassified information from the Central Intelligence Agency, made available under the Freedom of Information Act.
United States Historical Census Data,
population and economic statistical information for each decade between 1790 and 1960 made available by the University of Virginia.
Military Atlases from the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point provides resources for teaching about wars in American History.
African Americans and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts
from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
A Chronology of U. S. Historical Documents
from the College of Law, University of Oklahoma.
A Brush with History: Paintings from the National Portrait Gallery
offers portraits of writers, statesmen, inventors, artists, and scientists from American history.
, a collection of links to primary source material from college librarian Patricia McPherson.
U. S. Course on the Web
from George Mason University.
Primary Resources in U. S. History & Literature
from the National Humanities Center features documents, literary texts and works of art with notes and discussion questions.
is a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources.
Great Websites for Kids: History & Biography
from the American Library Association.
is a collection of FBI files on various members of society and their movements.
The Collection Online from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
provides free access to over 400,000 digital images.
World History Sources
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
Children & Youth in World History
provides primary source and teaching resources for learning about the experiences of young people in history.
Primary Source World
, classroom activities featuring rich primary sources (from China, Korea, Japan, Africa, Vietnam, and more!).
Readings in World History from the Renaissance to Imperialism
from Sam Houston State University.
Finding World History
, a database of primary sources and teaching resources for world history from George Mason University.
World History Primary Sources
from National History Day.
Primary Sources of the Old KIngdom
from the BBC.
History of Greece: Primary Documents
from Brigham Young University.
Hanover Historical Texts Collection
from Hanover College.
Exploring Daily Life throughout History: How Did They Live?
from the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
A History of the World
using 100 objects from the British Museum
View a multimedia presentation
about using primary sources in historical inquiry from Virginia Tech University.
Courts and Law
Exploring Constitutional Law
, a comprehensive site by Doug Linder from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
a site detailing famous court cases in history, also by Doug Linder from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Democracy Web: Comparative Studies in Freedom
e Albert Shanker Institute and Freedom House.
History Learning Resources and Lesson Plans
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
National History Education Clearinghouse
an extensive collection of resources from the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
features lesson plans from the Verizon Foundation.
provides web-based lesson plans on American history and government.
Teaching American History
from George Mason University
Smithsonian's History Explorer
from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
from the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania is a classroom specific version of the FactCheck.org site.
Library of Congress: Teachers
is a resource designed specifically for educational and instructional uses.
is a great site from the Smithsonian Institute presenting resources for teaching American history.
The History Project
is a site from the University of California at Davis showing links for history teachers and students alike.
For Educators and Students
is a site from the National Archives presenting different lesson plans and information for teachers and students.
Best of History Websites
shows a list of history website resources for any lover of history.
The Window: Philosophy on the Internet
provides brief biographies of important philosophers from Trinity College.
offers an online speech bank as well as a collection of the 100 most famous speeches in U.S. history.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
at the Smithsonian.
Teaching American History Through Local Resources
features lessons developed by local high school teacher, Sean Colon.
, a site from the BBC provides information about world religions.
American Writers: A Journey Through History
from C-SPAN explores authors who writing has influenced history.
A Curriculum of United States Labor History
from the Illinois Labor History Society.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
at Stanford University.
Institute for Curriculum Services: National Resource Center for Accurate Jewish Content in Schools
has a large selection of lesson plans, teacher’s guides, maps, and primary source documents relating to Jews, Judaism, and Israel.
Colonial Williamsburg Resources for Teachers
offers graduate-level online courses, webinars, and resource guides for teaching about world histories, diverse cultures, and global issues.
Advanced Placement U.S. History Lessons
from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
from the Smithsonian has materials on American wars from the War for Independence to the Vietnam War.
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
, yearly selection of the best literature from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Regents Prep US History and Government
for test questions divided by era
SweetSearch Social Studies
is a search engine for children that features technology and information specifically for social studies.
Online Resources for Teaching about American Indians
from Teaching Tolerance
Back to History, History Teaching Institute,
The Ohio State University
Women's History Resources
Women in World History
, a site from George Mason University.
Women in World History Curriculum
Center for American Women and Politics
, a site from Rutgers University.
National Women's History Museum
Women Working, 1800 -1930,
digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression.
Ecnomics Lesson Plans
from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for all grade levels.
Understanding Fiscal Responsibility
: A Curriculum for Teaching about the Federal Budget, National Debt, and Budget Deficit from Columbia University.
National Priorities Project
offers a critical examination of budget expenses with a emphasis on social and economic justice.
A Glossary of Political Economy Terms
from Paul M. Johnson, Auburn University
Wikimedia Commons Atlas of the World
The World Factbook
, information on all the countries of the world from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
BBC Country Profiles
also provides information about the countries of the world.
I Like 2 Learn
is a interactive site for teachers and students to learn geography and history.
is a site about geography, using games and quizzes to help students learn.
Countries from the World Health Organization
gives information about all countries that belong to that organization.
Open Heat Map
Upload spreadsheet to site to
map displaying change and density.
Pin in the Map
Upload old pictures and stories to current locations on map. Allows users to create "Then and Now" views of historical places.
takes important places, events and things, and overlays them onto a map of where you are in the world.
U. S. State and Territory Online Encyclopedias
offers information on the history, politics, geography, and culture of the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam.
Newspaper Article on the first atlas, etched and printed by Abraham Ortelius
in 1570 and other Maps That Changed the World.
National Geographic Education
, has geography teaching resources from National Geographic.
Population Pyramid of the World
: 1950-2010, interactive graphs showing population trends for the world's countries.
United States History Map
has several interactive maps and quizzes to refresh your United States geographic knowledge.
resizes land areas according to different categories such as wealth, poverty, education for different historical time periods.
from the University of Oregon includes modules on U.S., European, Latin American and African history.
, Using Google Street Map technology, players must determine locations around the world.
Barefoot World Atlas
features a 3D globe with impressive amounts of information about all the countries in the world.
Maps of Vast Empires That No Longer Exist
A Geography Collection of Resources
Martin's AP Human Geography
has games and quizzes to learn about the countries of the world.
David Rumsey HIstorical Map
Collection using Google Earth.
has a collection of teaching lesson plans.
iPad and Tablet Computer Apps
Back in Time
is an iPad encyclopedia with a timeline of the history of the Earth.
captures the breathtaking beauty of our world and its cultures spanning 7 continents and 160 countries.
This Day in History
displays historical events for the current day or any selected day.
: The ultimate Greek Gods pocket reference!
History of United States
is a historical compilation detailing the events from different eras that defined both the economic and social evolution of the United States.
provides detailed information on Congressional members including connections to their Twitter feeds and other news items.
Maps of the World
is a wonderful collection of historical maps.
Geography iPad Apps--Top 10
The New Immigrants NYC: 1880-1924
Web-based Simulations and Serious Games for Learning
For reviews of games, see the website,
Games That Teach History
features reviews from Common Sense Media
History Games and Animations
Online Interactive Simulations
from Social Studies Central
See teacher J
eremiah McCall's blog for background on using simulation games in history classrooms
For more resoures, see the site
Teaching History with Technology
Results of a Comparison Group Study of American History and Civics Initiative's Mission US
features games that explore the rights of individuals in American society; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is one of the organizers of this initiative.
Click here to access the game,
Do I Have a Right?
Click here to
access the game
gives 10 grains of rice to the UN World Food Programme for every correct answer to questions.
from the UN World Food Programme teaches about the challenges of delivering food during times of war and crisis.
is a series of disaster and crisis prevention games from the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
The Road to the Capitol
puts students in the role of a candidate running for election to Congress.
Nobel Peace Prize-Related Games
has simulations based on the work of Nobel Peace Prize winners; part of a larger site on Nobel Prize games.
Trade Ruler: The Heckscher-Ohlin Trade Theory
from the Nobel Prize game site illustrates economic relationships between different countries.
Muck and Brass
Who Wants to be a Cotton Millionaire?
from the BBC show conditions in cities during the early Industrial Revolution.
puts individuals or groups in the Battle of Hastings.
explores the culture and society that stretched for more than 3000 miles along the west coast of South America.
from Chevron asks players to control the energy resources of a virtual city.
Who Wants to Live a Million Years?
is a game based on Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection.
puts players in the role of a 19th century British smuggler in China exchanging opium for silver to trade for tea.
features recreations of World War I, World War II and the Cold War by a high school teacher in Iowa.
Peanuts and Crackerjacks: The Economics of Pro Sports Teams
from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
asks players to assume the role of a single parent and manage a month of expenses on a limited income.
The China Game
from the Asia Society explores Chinese history, culture and geography.
Thanksgiving Interactive: You Are the Historian
from Plimoth Plantation.
Mission US: An Interactive Way to Learn History
from WNET Thirteen, New York City.
Games include Crown or Colony; Flight to Freedom; A Cheyenne Odyssey; City of Immigrants
Pox and the City: Edinburgh: A Digital Role-Playing Game for the History of Medicine
from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
The Redistricting Game
from University of Southern California Annenberg Center
Who Killed William Robinson? Race, Justice and Settling the Land
Go West Across America with Lewis & Clark
Become a Spice Trader
from Annenberg Learner
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Learning Resources
Quist: Today in LGBTQ History
is a free app for iPhone and iPad
Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, Respectful Education Act
in California mandates study of the role and contributions of LGBT Americans.
lets users search LGBT history by time period, people, places, documents and other resources.
GLBT Historical Society
, San Francisco, California.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month 2013
from the Library of Congress celebrates the accomplishments of LGBT Americans in history.
People With a History: An Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History
, from Paul Halsall at Fordham University.
LGBTQ Inclusive Lessons
from the GSA Network.
Gays and Lesbians in History
from the University of Alabama Birmingham.
California Brings Gay History into the Classroom
overviews the 2011 law in California requiring that the contributions of gays and lesbians be included in social studies instruction.
Unheard Voices: Stories of LGBT History
People with a History: An Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History
from Fordham University.
Lesbians in the Twentieth Century
, a course website by Professor Esther Newton, University of Michigan.
Serving in Silence: Stories from the Veterans HIstory Project
Stonewall Book Awards
from the American Library Association.
History of Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Social Movements
from the American Psychological Association.
from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Lesbian History Archives
features an extensive collection of
materials by and about lesbians and their communities.
Where We Are on TV 2013
presents information on gay, lesbian, transgender characters on television network shows.
Milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement
from Ohio University.
Civil Rights 101: Gays and Lesbians
Teaching and Learning about Gay History and Issues
, The New York Times Learning Network
When Did It Happen: An LGBT History Lesson
Unheard Voices: Stories and Lessons for Grades 6-12 f
rom GLSEN has interviews, classroom materials and thematic lessons.
School Is In: LGBT History Is History
, from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.
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