In this section there are links to resources which grant participants can use for content research. Some featured resources are based on topics presented by our guest historians and others reflect a specific content focus from our grant.
Featured Resource: March 2007
Power, Faith, and Fantasy America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present By Michael B. Oren. Author and historian Michael Oren crafts a portrait of United States' long and varied involvement in the Middle East from the Founding Fathers to the present day, with particular emphasis on the period lasting through World War II. Read more about this title at
Featured Resource: Sept. 2006
Google News Archives provides a way to search and explore historical news archives. Users can search for events, people or ideas and see how they have been described over time. Google provides two ways of searching: "search articles", which presents articles in order of relevance to the query; and "show timeline", which presents a timeline of events and articles associated with the query.
Note, many of the articles are available on a pay per view basis. Alternatively go to "Advanced archive search" and choose option "search content with no price" - which offers a more limited choice of full text articles at no extra price.
Featured Resources: July 2006
Pages of the Past: History/Social Science Literature K-6 aligns 1500 pieces of children's literature to the California History/Social Science Standards. This document has an annotated entry with the title, author, description, and publisher information for each book.
See also Tales of Time: History/Social Science Literature 7-9 http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/literature/678/
Featured Resources: June 2006
Landmark Supreme Court Cases This site was developed to provide teachers with a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students explore the key issues of each case
Exploring Constitutional Law Developed by a professor of Constitutional Law at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, this site explores issues and controversies that surround the US Constitution with reference to a number of Supreme Court cases.
The History of the Supreme Court published by the Supreme Court Historical Society
Links to other websites about the Supreme Court published by Supreme Court Institutes and Seminars
Featured Resources: May 2006
The Capitol History Project C-SPAN Special Series looking into the history, art and architecture of the United States Capitol Building. Accompanying the TV series (which airs on May 31, June 1 and 2.) is a companion web site that features interviews and additional resources such as a virtual tour of the building, approximately 30 hours of interviews that collect stories from the Capitol's occupants, speeches, recordings, photos and biographies that enhance the on-air programming. http://www.the-capitol.org/
Modules on Major Topics in American History > The Constitution Each module includes: a succinct historical overview, guided readings, learning tools including lesson plans, quizzes, and activities, recommended documents, films, and historic images. http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/modules.html
The American Constitution: A Documentary Record
The Avalon Project website has amassed a list of documents including forerunners to the United States Constitution. Of special interest are the sections "The Roots of the Constitution" and "Revolution and Independence."
Featured Resources: Feb. 2006
Slavery and the Making of America
African-American Lives Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., professor of Humanities at Harvard University, uses genealogy and DNA science to tell the personal stories of 8 accomplished African Americans tracing their roots through American history (Broadcast 2/1/06 & 2/8/06) http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aalives/
Featured Resource: Jan. 2006
The War That Made America Twenty years before the American Revolution, France and Britain's struggle for North America, the French and Indian War, changed the face of America, especially for the Native Americans and the colonists. Here is the companion site to the PBS broadcast which provides information & curriculum resources. http://www.thewarthatmadeamerica.org
Featured Resource: Dec. 2005
Resources for upcoming Lesson Study topics including:
The Words We Live By An interactive constitution based on The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution by Linda R. Monk http://www.constitutioncenter.org/constitution/
Featured Resources: Oct. 2005
Rosa Parks, who inspired a generation to fight for civil rights, died on October 24, 2005 at age 92. Here are some websites about this legendary woman.
My Story: Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks Dies
Featured Resources: Sept. 2005
U.C. Irvine history professor Jon Wiener?s article ?Teaching 9/11? in the 26 September 2005 edition of ?The Nation? magazine examines how the events of 11 September 2001 are being taught in the classroom.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has just published its fifth issue of HISTORY NOW, an online journal for teachers and students of history. The current issue examines the abolitionist movement in the United States.
Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution, September 17, 1787.
Constitution Day at the Library of the Fremont Federation of High Schools, Oakland
National Constitution Center
Other Constitution Resources
C-Span Classroom: The Constitution
Teaching With Documents: Observing Constitution Day
Justice Learning's Guide to the Constitution
Site also includes Constitutional Conversations with Supreme Court Justices. (video excepts online)
Featured Resources: June 2005
Picturing Modern America 1880-1920; Historical Thinking tools for Middle and High School Students, contains interactive exercises designed to:encourage students to actively read, question and discuss photographs and other documents that give fragmentary evidence of American life at the turn of the last century. http://www.edc.org/CCT/PMA/
Featured Resources: May 2005
Talking History is a thirty-minute weekly radio program (now available on the Internet) produced by the Organization of American Historians featuring interviews with recognized historians and writers, including many biographers.
History News Service (HNS): an informal syndicate of professional historians who seek to improve the public's understanding of current events by setting these events in their historical contexts.
Gilder Lehrman Institute Online Exhibition: Newly Discovered Documents: newly published historical documents from the Gilder Lehrman collection. Featured documents are published every two weeks on this website.
Featured Resources: April 2005
Biography and Social History : an Intimate Relationship Article written by Nick Salvatore, one of our featured speakers for this month. Professor Salvatore examines the breadth of research which a biographical approach to historical writing demands. (November 2004 issue of the magazine Labor History) http://www.historycooperative.org/journals
Biographical Resources >Reverend CL Franklin & Benjamin Franklin Thanks to recommendations from our guest historians for April we have put together a list of resources about Reverend C.L. Franklin and Benjamin Franklin, the subjects of our April in-service lectures.
History Now: A Quarterly of American History Online Journal Published by the Gilder Lehrman Institute. The journal's primary mission: to promote the study of American history with articles from noted historians as well as lesson plans, resource guides, links to related websites, and other resources for teachers and students. Topics include: Elections (Sept 2004), Looking at Slavery (Dec. 2004) and Immigration (March 2005). http://www.historynow.org/
Featured Resources : January / February 2005
PBS History Online > Biographies > Black History MonthA comprehensive list of January & February televised programs and companion websites featuring the lives of Jack Johnson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, the Greensboro Four, and forthcoming PBS series "Slavery & the Making of America".
See Jan & Feb. 2005 > PBS > Black History Month
Biographical Resources >Olaudah Equiano & Dorothea Dix Thanks to recommendations from our guest historians for November we have put together a list of biographical and other resources about Dorothea Dix and Olaudah Equiano, the subjects of our February in-service lectures.
Biographical Resources > Frederick Douglass & Pocahontas Thanks to recommendations from our guest historians for November we have put together a list of biographical and other resources about Pocahontas and Frederick Douglass, the subjects of our November in-service lectures. In December, project staff members from the California History/Social Science Project distributed lesson materials to our grant participants in support of the historians' presentations. These resources are now available online from our website.
PBS History Online > BiographiesWebsites which are companions to broadcast programs These include American Experience, American Masters, Frontline and more. http://www.pbs.org/history/history_biographies.html
Booknotes: Notable Biographers on the People Who Shaped America i A companion web site to C-SPAN's author interview series with extensive on-demand video archive. Search the archives for online video and transcripts from interviews with famous biographers.
Featured Resource : September 2004
What's Going On? California and the Vietnam Era
Oakland Museum of California's innovative national touring exhibition centers on events between 1965 and 1975 and examines the legacy of those years on California today through some 500 historical artifacts--documents, news accounts, photographs, film clips, musical excerpts, and personal stories presented in multiple formats. http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/
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