Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Newseum's Digital Classroom Offers Good Resources for U.S. History Teachers

Newseum Digital Classroom is Newseum's effort to bring some of the elements of the Newseum museum into your classroom. The Newseum Digital Classroom offers video lessons, primary source document collections, and three complete lesson modules for teachers. Two of the three lesson modules are useful at any time. Those modules are about the First Amendment, Civil Rights, and the the Women's Suffrage movement. The third module is about the role of media in elections, but it is based on the 2012 election season.

The lesson modules incorporate multimedia timelines, videos, and primary source documents. If the lesson modules don't quite match what your students need, you can can choose to simply browse the primary source document gallery and the video gallery.

Applications for Education
In addition to the videos and primary sources, the Newseum Digital Classroom's lesson modules contain dozens of stand-alone lesson plans that you can download. The lesson plans are divided into sections for middle school and high school teachers.