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The US :

Classes in America

Class matters
A team of reporters spent more than a year exploring ways that class - defined as a combination of income, education, wealth and occupation - influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of unbounded opportunity.
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/national/class/index.html

Letter from America

For nearly 60 years Alistair Cooke broadcast his British perspective of American life in Letter from America.

archives and audio transcripts

  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/letter_from_america/

How much do you know about the US

quizzes, word searches, crosswords about geography,

history,government,biographies, the American flag...

http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/American_Games/

a coast to coast webquest

http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/c2c/

American symbols
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/

The capital is given, find the state (game)

http://www.funschool.com/php/games/game.php?g=ges_uscapquiz&t=j&w=620&h=360

 

State Trivia
Just select a state below.

Select a state:

Capital:

Admitted On:

State Flower:

State Bird:

Free JavaScripts provided
by The JavaScript Source

 

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Towns

Boston  webquest

The Boston tea party and revolution in the air.

www.onestopenglish.com/Culture/Web-Quest/ elt-webquest-pdf/elt-bostonquest.pdf
www.onestopenglish.com/Culture/Web-Quest/ elt-webquest-pdf/elt-bostonquest-tn.pdf (teacher's notes)

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Los Angeles webquest

including visits to a theme park, gossip about the stars, a look at the issue of Ebonics, the linguistic diversity of the African American community. Also a visit to the Tarpits and the 'hard-boiled' detective novel. 
http://www.onestopenglish.com/Culture/Web-Quest/webquestla.htm

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New York

a webquests

http://www.ac-nancy-metz.fr/enseign/anglais/Henry/webquests/webqciel.htm

With Suzanne Vega and lots of historical fact and lore.
http://www.onestopenglish.com/Culture/Web-Quest/webquestnyc.htm

maps

http://gonyc.about.com/cs/maps/

http://www.eduplace.com/united/pdf/map_nyc.pdf

New york blackout

text + class activities ready to use

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maps

 

The Thirteen British Colonies (PDF file) ; Trails to the West (PDF file) ; The United States in 1860 ; Washington, D.C. (PDF file) ; United States: Capitals ; United States: Climate ; United States: Political and Physical

http://www.eduplace.com/ss/ssmaps/

USA State Map and Quiz Printouts

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/statesbw/

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US gouvernment web sites for kids

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/subject.html

 

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History

A history game : a day in the life of ...


Imagine what it would be like to live in another time, in another place, as some other person.

 How would your life be the same or different compared to today? See how you would survive a  day in the life of one of these nineteenth-century boys and girls.

an African-American Boy(ca.1865) a Frontier Girl (ca.1860) a Native American Boy (ca.1855) an Irish Immigrant Boy (ca.1850) an Upper-class Girl (ca.1875)

http://pbskids.org/stantonanthony/day_in_life.html


Portals

Best of History Web Sites is a portal created for students, history educators, and general history

http://www.besthistorysites.net/

America's history

Put together by the Library of congress this is a really great site!

(famous people, explore the states, find out about Americans' favourite sports

  and hobbies,, jump back in time, see hear and sing ) knowledge along with

  some quizzes and games.

Aimed at children so the texts are written in a fairly simple language.
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi

The History Place

Very rich and well illustrated,

The History Place grants permission to use  photos and texts in offline school reports.  

http://www.historyplace.com/index.htm

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The westward expansion

Growth of a Nation is a free, ten minute movie which depicts the geographic history of the United States from the beginning of the nation to fifty states. Geographic elements are interactive, as is the timeline.
Teachers will find the script of the narration in the resources provided.

http://www.animatedatlas.com/

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Pearl Harbour

Read an interview with a Pearl Harbor survivor

Listen to Roosevelt's famous request for a declaration of war
See a trailer for Disney's Pearl Harbor
http://chtah.com/a/hA7DaCCADspiuAFd6TOAFMjiyJQ/hist3

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Pioneers and the Wild West

Women Pioneers in American Memory

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/women/women.html

cowboy poetry
www.cowboypoetry.com

Webquest
http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/6400/who.htm
Who Were the Pioneers?

Wild Wide West*

test your knowledge with a quiz

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Immigration

Cuban and Puerto Rican immigration

http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/cuban.html

Two immigrant stories

an audio slideshow comparing the lives of a Mexican illegal immigrant and a Greek immigrant  (American nightmare vs American dream)

http://www.nytimes.com/indexes/2005/05/26/national/class/

New york : the Melting Pot

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/newyork/index.html

crosswords 

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/xwords/java/20000601.html

Copyright free images 

http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/print/070_immi.html

The American Dream
A webquest
http://www.rede-nonio.min-edu.pt/es/sebgama/immigration/index.html


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9-11

Cartoons  

http://cagle.slate.msn.com/news/attackInternat/main.asp

The New Yorker 

offers some very interesting articles

http://www.newyorker.com/FROM_THE_ARCHIVE/PREVIOUS/

tolerance

http://www.tolerance.org/index.jsp
Talking to Children About Violence 
and Other Sensitive and Complex Issues in the World 
http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-6812.html

Robert Fisk in the Independent

My favourite reporter on the subject : 

http://www.independent.co.uk/search.jsp

 More than 120 national and international newspaper front pages from Sept. 12, 2001,

http://www.newseum.org/frontpages/

What is it like to be an Arab American in NY since the 11th september 2002
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/caughtinthecrossfire/story.html

Break the cycle of violence

a flash animation to reflect on the vicious circle of violence
http://www.alternet.org/break_cycle.html

Get your war on

Online comics (black humour)

http://www.mnftiu.cc/mnftiu.cc/war.html

Just War - or a Just War? Op-Ed by Jimmy Carter

http://www.cartercenter.org/viewdoc.asp?docID=1249&submenu=news

 

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African Americans

 

Black Peoples of the Americas: Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement

interactive exercises (chronology, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X)

http://www.activehistory.co.uk/3rds/slavery/timeline.htm

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Martin Luther King

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/infonews/themes/martinlutherkingeleves.htm

a  very good worksheet for your students to work from by Christine Reymond

http://www.usis.usemb.se/Holidays/celebrate/mlk.html

Dr. Martin Luther King Day (Third Monday in January)

http://www.educationworld.com/holidays/archives/mlking_2000.shtml

all sorts of activities.

http://teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-6643.html?egs120101

another very rich site

http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-4304.html

(a reproducible Pictorial Depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life)

Quiz

http://a4esl.org/q/h/9801/tw-king.html

I have a dream ...

http://www.wikipedia-mirror.co.za/mlk/
 Video/audio of the ‘I have a dream’ speech.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/28/newsid_2656000/2656805.stm
From the BBC’s On this Day section, a report on the ‘I have a dream speech’ written immediately after it was delivered.

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Rosa Parks

Interview

http://teacher.scholastic.com/rosa/index.htm

profile

http://www.time.com/time/time100/heroes/profile/parks01.html

biographies

http://www.education-world.com/a_special/black_history_2001.shtml

Lessons to Celebrate Black History Month!

 Three Stirring Biographies

(review of books about:Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks. )

Cartoons related to her death

                         http://cagle.msnbc.com/news/RosaParks/main.asp

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Malcolm X

study aide for the Autobiography of Malcolm X

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/malcolmx/

The official website

http://www.cmgww.com/historic/malcolm/index.htm

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Slavery

http://www.thehenryford.org/education/smartfun/hermitage/open.html

About how the Africans in the American south met,survived,and sometimes triumphed over slavery 

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas:A Visual Record

http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/

Voices From the Days of Slavery:

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/vfshtml/

webquest

http://webpages.shepherd.edu/ltate/WebQuestSlavery204.htm

more activities

http://teachers.teach-nology.com/themes/social/slavery/

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African American literature

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Segregation

 

The History of Jim Crow

http://www.jimcrowhistory.org/

 

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American Indians

American Indians poupulation in the US

http://www.teachervision.com/tv/printables/0130819271_375_377.pdf

Quizzes, printables 
http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-6648.html?wtlAC=gsa100202,email-t

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Language

"Bushisms"

US President Proves How Difficult English Really Is! ...

http://esl.about.com/homework/esl/library/weekly/aa032301a.htm

 

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the Amish

About the Amish

http://www.amish-heartland.com/aboutamish.html

 

Frequently asked questions answered:

http://www.800padutch.com/amish.shtml

 

An Amish education
 (+ grammar Singulars & Plurals in Nouns and Verbs.)
http://langlab.uta.edu/German/FORL.5309/amish.5309a.html

 

Photos

http://www.amishphoto.com/galleryindex.htm

 

Webquest

http://perso.club-internet.fr/santoni/amishwebquest.htm

 

 film

Witness

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Route 66

 

http://www.historic66.com/

gift shop

http://www.citivu.com/rc/rte66/66itms1.html

a reading comprehension exercise  on the history of Route 66

http://members.aol.com/linguapress/route-66.htm

 

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American Folklore

 American folktales, Native American myths and

 legends, Tall Tales, weather folklore and ghost stories from each and every one of the 50

 United States. You can read about all sorts of famous characters like Paul Bunyan,

 Pecos Bill, Jesse James, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and many more

http://www.americanfolklore.net/

Popular culture

links to information about popular culture, cultural history, and fads in the United States during the 20th century. Browsable by decade or by topic, such as movies, popular music, and television.

http://www.fccj.org/library/deerwood/reference/pop.htm

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The Roaring 20's


The world history between 1920 and 1929
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0005247.html
Key events and influential people 
http://www.learner.org/biographyofamerica/prog20/key_events/index.html
Wall Streat and the 1929 crash
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/newyork/laic/episode5/topic6/e5_topic6.html
A poet
Langston Hughes and the Harlem renaissance of the 20's
http://www.poets.org/poets/poets.cfm?prmID=84&CFID=12862051&CFTOKEN=25472831
A history of jazz music
http://www.pbs.org/jazz/time/time_roaring.htm
US history in the 20's (webquest based on stamps issued on the period)
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson128.shtml

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The sixties

http://kclibrary.nhmccd.edu/decade60.html

http://www.eticomm.net/~panther/sixties_webquest.htm

 a webquest on the period

 

A visual journey

http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/lisalaw/index.htm

This photographic exhibition examines themes from the 1960s counterculture.

 

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Elections

Election glossary

http://www.pbs.org/elections/glossary/index.html

The language of politics

http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/articlearchives/civics/election/vocab.htm

History of the US elections
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/election2004/history.htm

animation+ quiz
http://www.brainpop.com/specials/election/index.weml

 

Elections 2004

The Bush in 30 Seconds ad contest

http://www.bushin30seconds.org/

more serious ...

The main Web sites of announced candidates for the Democratic and Republican nominations 

http://politicalweb.info/2004/2004.html

Elections 2008

The Obama in 30 seconds contest

http://www.obamain30seconds.org/

 Obama

Obama's victory
Speech + transcript
cartoons 

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American Presidents:

Presidents of the USA

http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/

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