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History Lab Resources from UMBC:


For those of you who love PBL you will love history labs, basically same concept.  The resource below is great with many lessons plans and labs.  It also has how to videos and a lab template.


What is a History Lab?

A preponderance of research in the field of history education has demonstrated that effective teaching of the subject relies on active student learning of the reading, writing and analytical skills involved in historical inquiry. By actively investigating the past, rather than passively memorizing ready-made facts or accounts assembled by others, students strengthen their critical reading and writing skills, and improve their ability to handle and retain vital content information. They also develop a sense of control and ownership of the knowledge they assemble that fosters genuine and lasting interest in the subject.

In a History Lab, students:

  • Seek to answer an open-ended overarching question that permits multiple possible answers;
  • Analyze sources and apply information to develop answers to the overarching question;
  • Apply literacy skills in the reading, evaluation and analysis of historical sources;
  • Critically examine source materials for authorship and purpose, significant information, context and subtext, and multiple or conflicting perspectives;
  • Apply grade-level and ability-appropriate interpretive skills;
  • Adjust or modify the overarching question itself, as necessary;
  • Develop present, defend, and refine their evidence-based answers.


100 Leaders in World History 

National History Day (NHD) announces the 100 Leaders in World History program, sponsored by Kenneth E. Behring. The 100 Leaders in World History program is designed to help students and the public better understand leadership by reviewing the leadership qualities and legacies of great leaders from the past.


For this project, NHD partnered with George Mason University's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media to bring together a leading panel of historians, teachers, and students, tasked with identifying 100 world leaders in history who left a lasting legacy. The program includes a gallery of 100 significant leaders in world history, 100 days in which the public can vote on the leaders by rating them on five dimensions of leadership, and a set of classroom resources to help educators engage young people in a study of leadership and legacy in history.


Are you ready to lead?





For an updated complete list of resources aligned to the Next Generation Objectives for 8th grade teachers please click HERE!

Martin Luther King Day Resources - January 2015

Breaking Barriers Lesson Plan

"I Have a Dream" Mobiles Activity

10 Fascinating Facts about the "I Have A Dream" speech

10 Famous Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Became a Holiday   

Constitution Daily: The Emotional Copyright Issue over Dr. King's Speech 

Constitution Daily: King's Indignant Message in "Letter from Birmingham Jail" 

The Digital History Website if full of resources for teaching about the United States from the first Americans to the 21st Century.  Please check it out at:


Age of Exploration - For thousands of years, people living in Europe were unaware that North and South America even existed. Europeans knew of Africa and Asia, but the world they knew was much smaller than it is today.

The WV Rosie the Riveter project was featured on the Today show on Christmas Eve.  They did not mention WV but all of the ladies live in West Virginia and the segment was actually shot here earlier in the year.  It is a great segment to show students when talking about WW II and the links can be found below.


 Here’s the link to the spot:


Both the video link and the heard it on TODAY link will remain active in perpetuity.

 Here's the blog post and link!


 (Links from Steve V.- NBC Producer)

 Anne Montague, Exec. Dir.

Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc.

5313 F Carleton Ct

Charleston, WV 25313

 304 / 776-4743, Ofc.

304 / 545-9818, Cell

The West Virginia Rosie the Riveter Project:  A Model for America


Below are lists of resources that were shared amoung the teachers who attended the SASS summer instiute.  I hope they will be helpful in your classrooms:


Web link

Title / Description


History source book / full text of primary sources

Current information for any country in the world


British Museum / on-line exhibits and games


LiveBinders is a great way to share and use resources with other teachers


World History for us all / curriculum resources


Hippo Campus / resources for American Government and United States History


Edmodo / on-line tool for collaboration


Smithsonian / on-line exhibits and resources


National Archives / primary sources and resources


Library of Congress / primary sources and resources


European Union / resources


United Nations / primary sources documents and resources


Icivics / standards aligned lesson plans centering around civic education


PBS American Experience / detailed site designed by PBS detailing key events in American History


National Geographic / redesigned National Geographic site, with interactive lesson ideas


Docs Teach / website from the National Archives with tons of primary source documents for students to use.  There’s an app for that!


Glogster / interactive software that allows student to present a concept in an interactive poster.  Multimedia formats are supported and it is truly a place where students’ individual creativity can go wild




National Archive




Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement


Teacher Resources Library of Congress



PBS Eye on the Prize


Wordle / word cloud making website that allows you to take new vocabulary words and create an attractive visual reminder for students



Political Cartoons from the crash to the millennium  - Library of Congress US History from Colonial Times to Civil Rights



What the site is recommended for:


I use the CIA World Factbook for the most current information for any country in the world.


This is the link to Me, Myself, My Money a great personal finance site with many different lessons and lesson plans.


This is also great for personal finance and economic lessons. Lesson plans are available.


Fantastic game that allows students on many different levels of comprehension to learn about gerrymandering and to actively participate in eliminating (and sometimes creating) gerrymandered districs along party lines.


I thought for all the teachers who are teaching political science and civics this site would be useful.  This site has all the political campaign ads for the 20th century for candidates running in the general election.  It is broken down by election years or by types of ads.  (Fear ads, flip flop ads...)


site I think would be beneficial was developed by a teacher who has an enormous amount of resources for history, economics, AP.  It includes powerpoints,on line quizzes, links


interactive civics website


This is a website that I have found useful in developing lessons to teach students about terrorism and 9/11.  It has links for lesson plans, webinars, powerpoints, and guided notes to teach about the Islamist movement.


Cool "souped up" searchable or random slide show using Google Maps style...great resolution


site for our Contemporary Studies teachers


Helps to answer the question “What is Civics so Important?”




Web Resources

Visible Thinking Harvard

Library of Congress Primary Source Set

Library of Congress Themed Resources

Docs Teach

National Gallery of Art

Google Art Project

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teaching History

West Virginia Archives and Education

LOC Teacher's Quarterly on Inquiry

LOC Teacher's Quarterly on Critical Thinking

Organize Your Thinking to Critically Analyze a Text Video

Antiques Roadshow: Show and Tell Video

Using the Arts to Promote Critical Thinking Video


Resources From National History Club News:

Explore other History Opportunities





Featured Sites:


Thanks! Plain and Simple!! - To unify the people of West Virginia around the well being of our soldiers and veterans, and to guide veterans to contribute at home.

  • Be in the know.WVINFODEPOT.ORG - Your personal Guide to Information Exploration. Brought to you by the West Virginia Library Commission. For more information visit the West Virginia Library Commission.

  • Who says things don’t get better with age?, a free resource funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the web site is debuting a new, improved search feature that makes finding quality history content and K-12 teaching materials even easier.

  • Visit the West Virginia Encyclopedia at


Primary Source Documents:


By using Primary Source Documents students learn to read closely, to interpret documents in historical context, ground argument in concrete evidence and to explicate larger historical meaning from primary sources.  Above all these documents can stimulate the imagination.  They can “humanize” history.  Once stuents are engaged , there is no limit to learning. 

 Please consider using some of the Primary Source Documents found on the sites below this year when instructing on Civil Rights and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Resources for Civil Rights:




Skills and Videos:


Be in the know. WVINFODEPOT.ORG - Your personal Guide to Information Exploration.  Brought to you by the West Virginia Libray Commission.  For more information visit the West Virginia Library Commission.

Resume Generator -

Preparing secondary students for the workplace is intergral. Use Resume Generator to teach students the importance of written communication. In addition to real-world application, this tool can be used in connection with literature to develop deeper connections with characters.

This online tool guides students through the creation of a resume. Saving capability allows them to return to their work and make revisions. Written and audio tips throughout the tool guide students as they complete each section of the resume.


Did you know that a catalog of YouTube videos is now available?  A few things to note: 1) the videos are coming in so fast that sometimes we experience a backlog in getting them approved.  2) Sometimes very good videos have foul language in the comments section.  We are trying to fix this by approving the "full screen" version of the video only. So the URL you submit might not bet he URL that is approved. Example: versus .  We are exploring other ways of solving this problem.

All WV classroom teachers have access to YouTube through the webtop.



International Pen-Pal Classroom Resources:

All About Education
All About Education is a free service that helps educators get in touch with each other for the purpose of establishing e-mail discussions between classrooms. Students can use the site to locate other young people interested in finding "e-pals."

ePals Classroom Exchange
This Web site offers free tools and services that facilitate communication between classrooms across the country and abroad.

International E-mail Classroom Connections (IECC)
IECC is a free service that helps teachers locate other teachers around the world who are interested in establishing classroom e-mail exchanges.


Although Black History Month provides a great opportunity for students to explore black history, it's important that teachers "reinforce that 'black history' is American history," writes Pat Russo.  Keeping that in mind, in February, teachers can dig deeper into the history, provide students context, and connect the past to the present.


Great Women in History

Celebrate the great achievements and discoveries made by women throughout history with lesson plans, activities and interactives from

Recommended Resources


•             Understand the changing role of women in politics by examining their lives and political networks with Eleanor Roosevelt and the Rise of Social Reform (9-  12)

•             Read about women in Analyzing Character Development in Three Short Stories About Women (9-12)

•             Learn about the contributions of Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) during WWII in Women Aviators of WWII: "Fly Girls" (6-8)





BILL OF RIGHTS INSTITUTE - our mission is to educate young people about the Constitution, we're providing the most up-to-date resources on civic education to teachers and students.

iCivics - iCivics (formerly Our Courts) is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.


West Virginia Archives and History -

Be sure and check out all the wonderful links at the bottom of the page to Explore Archives and History...

e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia is the comprehensive reference resource for the Mountain State of West Virginia. Based on the best-selling West Virginia Encyclopedia, e-WV offers thousands of articles on West Virginia’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture.

Youth Leadership Initiative -

Past Featured Resources:    

  •  Picturing U. S. History -

    "Lessons in Looking" is an interactive feature that demonstrates how visual evidence illuminates key issues, developments, and events in U.S. history and also offers model instructional methods for analyzing archival visual materials. The collaborative work of an art/visual culture scholar and a historian, each "Lesson in Looking" includes: 1) brief essays on the historical background and visual culture of the topic; 2) an in-depth, multi-part exercise that investigates ways visual media shaped and were shaped by the actions and ideas of people in the past, and also offers approaches that enhance critical inquiry and historical understanding; and 3) suggestions for further reading and online exploration.

  • Colonial Williamsburg -

    A resource for bios, essays, and articles on the everyday lives of extraordinary Americans. Check here for background and research on the people and places of 18th-century Virginia.

  • MYMONEY.GOV - Your trusted source for financial information.


  • BRAIN POP - Ideal for both group and one-on-one settings, BrainPOP is used in numerous ways, from introducing a new lesson or topic to illustrating complex subject matter to reviewing before a test. Content is aligned to academic standards and easily searchable with our online Standards Tool. Uniquely suited for 21st-century learning, all products are fully compatible with interactive whiteboards, learner response systems, projectors, Macs, and PCs. No downloading, installation, or special hardware is required.
  • West Virginia State Bar:

    For those of you who are unaware the WV State Bar currently has a great program set up on their website called School Mentors.  They have listed by counties attorneys, who are willing to come out into your classrooms.  They are also listed if they are available for Elementary, Middle, or High Schools.


     If you go to the WV State Bar Website at , you will need to click on public information.  Next click on School Mentor Search and then choose your county.  If your county does not have available attorneys listed you may try some of the neighboring counties.  This is a great way to easily contact attorneys for activities in your classrooms.  It will not give you their email address at first but it will contact them for your and they will then get in touch with you  as soon as possible.  I just wanted to make you aware of this site, because it is a very simple way to get into contact with attorneys who are willing to come out and assist you in your classrooms.

  • Friends of Blackwater (“FOB”) is pleased to have added the J. R. Clifford Project to its range of programs that includes heritage education and environmental preservation programs.  A key element of their work is to build awareness and support for the JR Clifford lesson plans in schools around the state. Lesson plans can be downloaded from J. R. Clifford (1848-1933), West Virginia’s first African American attorney, is among twelve Civil Rights Pioneers announced as honorees on a 2009 Commemorative Stamp sheet issued by the United States Postal Service.
  • We receive regular emails from c-span classroom and they are currently offering free lesson plans and activities regarding the inauguration and other events that will be of particular interest to your students at this time such as cabinet positions, transition, etc.
  • The East Asia Society offers a website filled with simple, free lesson plans, teacher forums, student links and a wealth of resources which you may choose to tap for any number of global and multicultural, current and historic topics.
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers online resources which include primary source documents, lesson plans that correlate with your content areas, discussion questions, quizzes, podcasts, a link for the historian in all of us, and many other helpful items too numerous to mention here and it is all free.



  • The National Council on Economic Education website offers free lesson plans in economics and personal finance for students in grades K-12. The lesson plans have been aligned by NCEE to reflect our new CSOs. the Council will be unveiling its new name and webpage soon. The new name is Council for Economic Education. I will post the new webpage when it is available.


  • If you would like to be included on the K-12 Social Studies Listserv, please email me at and I will be happy to add you.