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Odyssey Online

Resources for elementary and middle school students to study ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Sub-Saharan cultures.

Mark Twain in His Times

Broad range of materials on Mark Twain the writer and his times.

Hawthorne in Salem

This site draws on the collections of The Peabody Essex Museum, the House of Seven Gables Historic Site, and the Salem Maritime National Historic site. It features critical approaches to Hawthorne’s work and includes a timeline, an image gallery, and links to several electronic editions.

painting of a man with knapsack walking over a bridge

Antislavery Literature Project

Primary source texts on the antislavery movement as well as podcasts and videos. Accompanied by teachers’ guides.

Anne Frank seated at desk, writing

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House in the center of Amsterdam was the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during World War Two. Excellent Holocaust and World War Two resource.

Alexis De Tocqueville Tour: Exploring Democracy in America

This site—hosted by C-SPAN—is based on a tour of De Tocqueville's route through America.

  • Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart: Teaching Through the Novel

    Created February 19, 2010
    Things Fall Apart books

    This lesson introduces students to Achebe's first novel and to his views on the role of the writer in his or her society.

  • Was There an Industrial Revolution? New Workplace, New Technology, New Consumers

    Image Courtesy of American Memory.

    In this lesson, students explore the First Industrial Revolution in early nineteenth-century America. Through simulation activities and the examination of primary historical materials, students learn how changes in the workplace and less expensive goods led to the transformation of American life.

  • Dust Bowl Days

    Eighteen-year-old mother from Oklahoma, now a California migrant.

    Students will be introduced to this dramatic era in our nation's history through photographs, songs and interviews with people who lived through the Dust Bowl.