Showing posts with label civil rights. Show all posts
Showing posts with label civil rights. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Made From History is a Must-bookmark for History Teachers and Students

Made From History is a fantastic history resource that I learned about from Larry Ferlazzo. The site features picture essays, timelines, videos, and interactive guides to significant events in European and World history. Made From History is divided into four sections; WWI, WWII, Civil Rights, and Referenced Blog.

The Referenced Blog features picture essays that don't fit into one of the other three categories. Some of the recent posts on the Referenced Blog featured images of Shackleton's expedition, small countries with crazy histories, and vintage American posters.

Applications for Education
In the WWI, WWII, and Civil Rights sections of Made From History the guides provide an excellent mix of images, maps, and text to provide context for the timelines. The visual nature of the essays on Made From History will grab students' attention and have them jumping from entry to entry.

Overall, Made From History is a great example of how a digital resource can be a better option than a traditional textbook. Made From History's section on the American Revolution offers more content than what I've seen in many elementary and middle school history textbooks.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Timeline - From Civil War to Civil Rights

The cover story on the May issue of National Geographic is about the sketches of artists during the US Civil War and how those sketches helped to tell the story of the war. You can view a gallery of sketches here. One of the online features supporting May's issue is a timeline spanning 1526 to today. The timeline is focused on the Civil War and the years following. Along the timeline there are images and short stories of significant moments in the history of civil rights in the United States.

Applications for Education
From Civil War to Civil Rights is in no way a comprehensive overview of the Civil War or the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. That said, the visuals and the short stories could be useful as introductory materials and conversation starters.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Watch Freedom Riders Online for Free

The American Experience documentary Freedom Riders recently popped-up in my Netflix suggestions. That suggestion made me wonder if Freedom Riders is available for full-length viewing on the American Experience website. It turns out that it is. You can watch the nearly two-hour story of civil rights activists who in 1961 banded together to challenge segregation laws and practices in the south.

Watch Freedom Riders on PBS. See more from American Experience.

Applications for Education
If you do not have the time to show the entire documentary in your classroom, the American Experience/ Freedom Riders website has many excerpts that you can watch. American Experience offers an extensive viewing guide for teachers to use with their students.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

50th Anniversary of the Greensboro Four

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Greensboro Four's sit-in at a Greensboro, North Carolina lunch counter. Today's episode of CNN Student News has a short clip featuring one of the four, Major General Joseph McNeil (RET). Watch the video below.

For more educational resources about the Greensboro Four, check out Larry Ferlazzo's list of The Best Sites to Learn About the Greensboro Sit-ins.

Monday, January 18, 2010

11 Video Clips on the Legacy of Martin Luther King

Hulu has assembled eleven news clips documenting the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. If you're looking for some quick resources for teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr. watch these clips embedded in the widget below.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lesson Plans About Rosa Parks

Today's document from the National Archives is a sketch of where Rosa Parks was seated on the day she refused to give-up her seat. Along with the sketch, the National Archives has posted a lesson plan using the sketch. The National Archives also posted lesson plans about Jackie Robinson and the Civil Rights Movement.

Learning to Give has a lesson plan about Rosa Parks that is appropriate for elementary school use.

Teaching Tolerance has lesson plans about Rosa Parks that are appropriate for middle school and high school students. has an interactive timeline of the Civil Rights Movement. In that timeline is a good section about Rosa Parks and the bus boycott.

Here is a short clip of an interview with Rosa Parks.