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* '''DailyHistory.org Study Guides'''
#REDIRECT [[51 Great Online Resources for History Teachers]]
DailyHistory.org has over 600 articles that cover a multitude of topics. Our study guides organize core groups of materials for specific issues, and you can look for other articles with our search function. In addition to articles, we also have book reviews and booklists.
* [[United States History Study Guide|United States History]]
* [[American Civil War Study Guide|American Civil War]]
* [[World War One Study Guide|World War One]]
* [[World War Two Study Guide|World War Two]]
* [[Ancient History Study Guide|Ancient History]]
* [[Roman History Study Guide|Roman History]]
* [[Renaissance History Study Guide|Renaissance History]]
* [[Ancient Greek Study Guide|Ancient Greek History]]
* [[Ancient Egypt Study Guide|Ancient Egypt History]]
* [[The History of Things Guide|The History of Things]]
* [https://dailyhistory.org/Category:Book_Review Book Reviews]
* [https://dailyhistory.org/Category: Booklists]</blockquote>
*[http://www.americanyawp.com/index.html The American Yawp]
''The American Yawp'' is a free online textbook that is divided into 2 volumes. You can also get a paper copy of the book from Stanford University Press for $24.95 for each volume. ''The American Yawp'' is a massive "Collaboration Open U.S. History Textbook." Essentially it is an open-source textbook. Historians essentially modeled the textbook on the open source model that has been successfully used for numerous computer programs such as Linux, MediaWiki, Wordpress, and many more.  In addition to the textbook, "The American Yawp" has a [http://www.americanyawp.com/reader.html Sourcebook] that can be used to expand on topics with primary source documents.
Besides being an excellent textbook, it is a great way to help reduce textbook costs for students because it can be accessed online for free. 
* [https://edsitement.neh.gov/ EDSITEment! - National Endowment for the Humanities]
EEDSITEment! focuses on Lesson Plans and Study Activities. The Lesson Plans cover some topics and are exceptionally detailed. The plans even suggest how many class sessions should be used to teach the lesson. The lesson plan even breaks down how each day should be organized to get through all of the material. For example, take a look at [https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/turning-tide-europe-1942-1944 Turning the Tide in Europe, 1941-1944]. It provides Background for the lesson, preparation, lesson activities, assessment, lesson extensions, and a ton of resources. These are some of the best lesson plans you will find online.
The site also has a section on Student Activities. There are over 200 different student activities that can be used in classrooms. These student activities include texts, videos, and interactive maps.
EDSITEment! is easily one of the best resources for teachers and instructors.
*[https://historyexplorer.si.edu/ Smithsonian's History Explorer]
The Smithsonian site includes teaching lessons, interactives, videos, museum artifacts, and other teacher resources. There is a remarkable amount of material to explore. The site also has an outstanding search function. The search function allows you to look for resources based on resources type (videos, artifacts, reference materials, etc.), grade, historical era, and cross-curricular connections (look for resources that touch on multiple subjects such as economics, science, etc.)
*[http://www.loc.gov/teachers/ Library of Congress]
Like the Smithsonian, the Libary of Congress is another outstanding United States government resource. The Library of Congress has multiple missions, but it has a teachers portal that allows you to browse materials and search for them more easily. It also has a search function that will help you find resources, but it isn't as good as the Smithsonian's search. It does allow you to search for content that satisfies Common Core and  State materials. It also permits you to search for materials that fit organizational standards as set by the NCTE, AASL, NETS, NCSS and the NCSG.
*[https://sheg.stanford.edu/history-assessments The Stanford History Education Group]
The Stanford History Education group has created History Assessments of Thinking (HATS) that draw on the Library of Congress's digital resources. Here is a [https://sheg.stanford.edu/list-history-assessments-thinking list of the HATS] that Stanford has compiled. You can download the lesson plans from the site after you register (free) to the site.  Typically, these HATS are critical writing assignments. The HATS use images or statements and to get students to write critically about the content. It is a fantastic way to add a writing assignment to cover materials that you have taught in class.
*[https://www.gilderlehrman.org/ The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History]
The Gilder Lehrman Institute is an archive based in the New York Historical Society building in New York. Instead of relying on its 70,000 piece collection on American History it has become a resource for teachers, undergraduate, and graduate students, professors and writers. Its website has a blog called History Now that has articles, videos, online timelines, and information from the Institute's exhibitions.
The 50+ Issues from [https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-now History Now] typically focus on a single broad historical topic. The articles in that issue will help you dive deeper into specific historical topics such as US Immigration Laws, Voting Rights, Alexander Hamilton, and Civil Rights. Each issue of History Now links to relevant videos, articles, and even lesson plans.
* [https://teachinghistory.org/ National History Education Clearinghouse]
TeachingHistory.org resource created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.  It has a mixture of resources for teachers including teaching guides, lesson plan reviews, website reviews, history quizzes, guides to best practices, and history content. Teachinghistory.org has a ton content, but you will need to do a deep dive into the site to find what you are looking for. Probably the most useful aspect of the Teachinghistory.org is its [https://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews Website Reviews] of various historical sites.
* [https://newseumed.org/ Newseumed.org]
Newseumed.org has a critical mission. It provides free resources "to cultivate the First Amendment and media literacy skills essential civic life." In the new social media world, students need to know how "to authenticate, analyze and evaluate information from a variety of sources." Over the past few years, it has become clear that Americans struggle to do this. Newseumed.org wants to help. To access Newseumed.org you do have to register with the site, but the materials are free.
Through its [https://newseumed.org/search/?type=artifact,debate,exhibit,debate_comparison,interactive,historical_event,lesson,map_page,quiz,poll,theme,timeline,video_page& EDTOOLS] feature, Newseum has numerous resources for history, government and civics teachers. The two most useful tools are the Critical Debates and the Lesson Plans. Here an example of a Critical Debate entitled [https://newseumed.org/tools/critical-debate/system-fair Is the System Fair?] and a lesson plan called [http://Ihttps://newseumed.org/tools/lesson-plan/introduction-first-amendment-whats-violation Introduction to the First Amendment: What's a Violation?]
* [https://reacting.barnard.edu/ Reacting to the Past]
Reacting to the Past is a teaching technique that instead of relying on lectures and notes, relies on role-playing elaborate games based on classic texts that require students to play historical characters. Instead of observing a lecture, students are actively working within the confines the philosophical and intellectual beliefs of the historical figures they are portraying. Reacting to the Past requires students to explore the complicated historical situations that people lived through. As part of the game, students prepare speeches, write papers, and other public presentations to try and win the game.
Reacting to the Past was created by Mark C. Carnes at Barnard College in the 1990s. So far, it has been implemented at hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States. High schools have also started introducing Reacting to the Past in the classroom. [https://reacting.barnard.edu/curriculum/published-games 30+ Reacting games] have been published by W.W. Norton & Co., the University of North Carolina Press and the Reacting Consortium Press. In addition to the published games, there are over 100 games currently in development.
Unlike other sites on this list, Reacting to the Past requires preparation by teachers to successfully implement it into the classroom. Therefore, Reacting has numerous [https://reacting.barnard.edu/the-conferences conferences] to help teachers add it to their curriculum. The Reacting site has an article and several videos explaining how Reacting to the Past was incorporated into [https://reacting.barnard.edu/SpotlightUO Freshman curriculum at the University of Oregon]. 
* [https://www.battlefields.org American Battlefield Trust]
The American Battlefield Trust has created over 400 maps, videos, and articles that illustrate battles from the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. These maps, videos, and articles can be used to show what happened at over 400 battles. The site is exceedingly straightforward and informative. 
* [http://americainclass.org/primary-sources/ America in Class]
America in Class was created by the National Humanities Center. The National Humanities Center is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the understanding of the humanities and is supported by approximately 50 universities, foundations, and companies. The website provides curated primary source materials for United States history classes. These materials would be appropriate for both high school and college students. These materials are organized into thematic and time-based collections. For an example, here is a link to the Toolbox [http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/triumphnationalism/index.htm The Triumph of Nationalism/The House Dividing: America 1815-1850]. The Toolbox contains materials for different topics, checklists, timelines, topic framing questions, and original source material.
The materials on the site are curated and the selections are outstanding. That provides a ton of outstanding sources and guidance that helps teachers use the materials for discussions, assignments or essays.
* [http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/ Voices of Democracy -- The U.S. Oratory Project]
The Voices of Democracy is a web project that focuses on great speeches from American history. There is a journal, curriculum units (based on themes, Speakers, Authors and time periods) and blog with short posts focused on key speeches. Typically, each speech part of the site will have either a video or text of the speech, an essay, teaching materials, and additional resources. Voices on Democracy also has an [http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/VOD-K-12-Introduction.pdf Grades 8-12 Educational Resource Guide] that shows teachers how to use their materials and comply with Common Core Standards. 
* [https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/ PBS Learning Media]
PBS Media is a resource that includes videos, interactive content, and lesson plans. The site has resources for a ton beyond history and social studies. The key component of PBS Media is its wealth of videos that have been drawn from PBS. It has over 6,000 videos (K-13+) on various social studies topics for students.
* [https://dp.la/ Digital Public Library of America]
"The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States." What does this mean? Essentially, it allows you to access sources from all over the world.
The DPLA has created Primary Source Sets for teachers and instructors. The Source Sets explore historical topics with primary sources and teaching guides. You can search for the Source Sets either through the site's search function or on the [https://dp.la/primary-source-sets Primary Source Sets] page. On the Source Sets page, you can search based on subject, periods or recently added. For example, the Scopes Trial Source Set includes photos of the people involved in the trial, excerpts from the Tennessee biology textbooks, records of witness testimony, and even a political cartoon. 
* [https://www.archives.gov/education National Archives - Educator Resources]
The National Archives is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for maintaining and documenting government and historical records. The National Archives has a been a resource for historians since its creation in 1934. The Archives has some resources available for teachers, but the [https://www.docsteach.org/ DocsTeach.org] is probably the useful and readily accessible feature for teachers. DocsTeach.org is designed for educators to help them connect with the Archives resources. 
* [https://www.bbc.co.uk/history BBC History]
BBC History site focuses on short interactive stories that mix charts, videos, pictures, and text boxes. The interactives are useful for teaching subjects quickly, but they lack the depth of other sites on this list. Regardless, the interactives are fun and entertaining. Here's a link to an interactive on [http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/ztsd7hv The London Blitz].
* [https://www.zinnedproject.org/ Zinn Education Project]
The Zinn Education Project is inspired by Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States which emphasized the role of working people, women, people of color and the organized social movements that helped shape history. Zinn project is much less focused on politics that can take a central role in the history courses.  The Zinn Education Project has a [https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials Teaching Materials] portal that helps teachers find resources based on periods, themes, resource type, or grade level. It also has a keyword search function if you know what you are looking for. You can search for different types of resources including teaching activities, articles, profiles, posters, audio clips, websites, and many others.  Here is an example of a Teaching Activity entitled [https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials/cointelpro-teaching-fbis-war-black-freedom-movement/ COINTELPRO: Teaching the FBI's war on the Black Freedom Movement].
* [https://www.oah.org/programs/teaching-tools/ Organization of American Historians Teaching Resources]
The Organization of American Historians has some tools for high school and college level United States history course, but the material is primarily for members of the OAH. Memberships range in price from $45 (for students), $60 (K-12 Educators), and up to $245 (income over $150,000). The membership includes access to several OAH publications and US History Teaching Units. While there is a rationale to join the OAH as if you are United States history teacher, it probably cannot be justified based solely on the materials offered by the organization.
* [https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/teaching-resources-for-historians/classroom-materials/classroom-materials-united-states-history American Historical Association - Teaching Resources for Historians]
The American Historical Association (AHA), the largest history organization in the United States, has a much rich assortment of material for teachers and instructors. Like the OAH, the AHA is member organization and has some excellent resources on their website. They offer a mixture of classroom materials, discussions of teaching, plagiarism and a Teaching and Learning History community portal. Like the OAH, some materials will require a membership. Membership for K-12 teachers costs $59 a year.
* [http://besthistorysites.net/ Best History Websites]
The Best History Sites from EdTechteacher is probably the most comprehensive listing of websites for teachers in different history fields. Despite being comprehensive, it is difficult to recommend the sites because it does not appear to updated regularly. If you start going through the site, you find numerous dead or misdirected links. It is especially frustrating when you are looking for sources on World, Latin American, European, Asian, and African history courses. 
* Online History Courses
Free online college-level history courses are a wonderful resource for teachers and instructors. They can be used as a refresher for material that you haven't studied in years or at all. Many of the sites also include portals for educators. Most of the online courses break them up into individually sub-titled lectures. Instead of taking an entire course you can watch a specific lecture on a single topic or use the resources from the class (such as lecture slides, images readings, and assignments) in your class. The number of history courses available has grown dramatically.
It should be noted that some courses are posted on the internet in their entirety (videotaped lectures, materials, images, slides, etc.) while others will only post materials. The videotaped lectures are only available during the time when the course is scheduled. Courses may only available for a limited period of time.
Most of the online courses will require you to register and they will most likely send your email. Typically, this process is pretty painless. Additionally, some organizations will also charge a fee if you need a certificate of completion from the site. For example, EdX.org charges fees ranging from $49-99 to get a verified certificate of completion. Other sites will ask for a donation to support their programs.
Future Learn, Coursera and edX are currently the best options from this list because they get their course from multiple universities. The Yale and MIT sites appear to lack full institutional support. There numerous also other providers and some may be better options than those listed here, but the world of online courses appears to be evolving. Unfortunately, history courses are not a primary part of their offerings. Most of the sites are focusing on skills such as IT specializations and computer programing.   
*[https://www.edx.org/ edX.org]
edX.org has several history classes available from multiple universities across the including Columbia, Harvard, Purdue, Peking, and others. They have one of the widest selections of course. 
*[https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/categories/history-courses Future Learn History Courses]
Future Learn has a focus on European and British History and the courses are fairly eclectic (i.e. Hadrian's Wall, The Fall of the Roman Republic, and Why Opera Matters). As of January 2019, the site had 29 different courses available. They also have paid online degree programs for students.
*[https://www.coursera.org/browse/arts-and-humanities/history Coursera.org]
Coursera.org is one of the largest providers of online courses in the world. It has 182 universities and organizations partnering with it. This allows Cousera to offer over 100 history or history related courses. The courses offered are incredibly diverse. The courses include videos, readings, and quizzes. Some courses can be completed for free, but others are behind paywalls. You can either pay for courses individually or buy a a monthly subscription.
*[https://www.udemy.com/topic/history/ Udemy]
Udemy is the largest online course provider in the world. They offer free courses, but most of them cost $9.99 or more. Their history section is fairly limited. Additionally, more than half of the courses are not in taught in English.
*[https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/history/# MIT Open Courseware]
MIT Open Courseware has numerous history courses, but they have not added any new courses since 2017. The courses are structured more like classes and are less user-friendly. The courses also do not appear to have videotaped lectures available after the course has finished. Still, the courses do have lecture slides and additional information for educators.
*[https://oyc.yale.edu/ Open Yale Courses History Courses]
The Open Yale Courses offer free complete courses taught by Yale History professors, but it only has 4 history courses available.

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