Saturday, February 28, 2009

How the Other Half Lives
Here are pictures from Jacob Riis who wrote "How the Other Half Lives" (entire text in the link)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Good Way to Start/End the Year
Here is a citizenship test for those who want to be US citizens. Can your students pass it?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

CNN Presidential Ranking
First off when you look at the ranking, notice that there are only 42 presidents. That's because Grover Cleveland is counted twice since his two terms were not consecutive. Also, not counted is John Hanson who was the president of the Articles of Confederation Congress. We were a country - shouldn't he count?! The CNN survey is also shows the categories that it used to come up with the list. Here is a listing of other rankings.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Another Quiz Maker
Now all we need is a test maker that teachers can access for free and then give their students. Short of that, this is another good one. is yet another one.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Online Quizzes
This four stemmed quiz bank allows a student to have as many as 35 questions per unit in US history and then gives the correct answers.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Nice Outline
This is billed as an AP outline, but it can be used for regular US as well. The challenge is how? Obviously it is a good starting point for review, especially for a midterm or final. Students could also use it to make detailed outlines as the year goes on. It is made by REA which, as far as I am concerned is the best AP US review guide out there. By going here, you can sign up for a free newletter from them with many teaching ideas.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Confederate vs Union States in Obama's Election
Above and here is a pretty interesting look at Obama's election. As the Washington Post states, "In every state that was part of the Confederacy, John McCain won a larger share of the white vote than he did nationwide" and he won all but three of the former Confederate states outright while Obama won all but two Union ones with the exception of Kentucky and Missouri. Those states, of course, were two of the four Union slave holding states. It would make for an interesting assignment to look at the Census data (or go here for quick state by state analysis) for the above mentioned states and try to see why these voting patterns might have happened given the current demographics of each state.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:
I have been working with an online US history book (found here) to help create an interactive textbook site and this is part of what we are thinking of adding to the site. If you go here, there are some rather good slideshows (one is above) and after you see one, other related ones appear so while the original site has just a few entries you end up with many more. You can also change your Power Points into narrated movies.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Timeline and Narrated Geographical History of the US
I don't normally like to promote something that costs money, but this site has two great free maps. The first has a scrolling timeline which breaks US history into states, territories, presidents, society, Native American, world, science and culture. The second item is a narrated map which describes the major changes to the US. It also has smaller maps popping up to better explain the narration. You can also go to just one era if that is more desirable.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Good Source for Movie Titles, But Need More
Here is a source for movie titles for Reconstruction to the Present, but please leave a response to this entry if you know of more, especially earlier history. Of course two other entries ( and are great short films about many topics.