When Worlds Collide

This PBS website looks at how the Old and New Worlds mixed after Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492. The 90-minute documentary and website trace milestone events during the 16th century and illustrates how both the New World and the Old were radically transformed by contact. The extensive resources for teachers and students include a timeline, scholarly essays and lesson plans

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Great Chicago Stories

Read historical fiction stories that illuminate Chicago's past. Use the Interactive History Map to look closer at artifacts from the collection of the Chicago History Museum and to explore locations throughout the city from each story. Build further on your experience with classroom activities.

La Red

La Red de Radioifusoras y Televisoras Educativas y Culturales de México A.C.

Site contains authentic video and audio material that is educational or culturally informative and includes cuisine, dance, the arts, and news. Intermediate through advanced students.

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Posadas and Other Traditions of Mexico

From Dirección General de Culturas Populares, a section of a larger site focusing on holidays celebrated in Mexico and their wider significance. Intermediate through advanced students.

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Nuestro Chile

Writings, heroes, history from Educarchile (portal educativo chileno). The site surveys the history, literature, and cultures of Chile. Intermediate through advanced students.

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U.S. State and Territory Online Encyclopedias

This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, The Great Plains states, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, Wyoming and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam; updated regularly to ensure that they are accurate and accessible.


Libro de Texto de SEXTO DE PRIMARIA — Geografía

From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on geography, including cultural geography such as human migration and world economy, as well as research assignments. Intermediate students.

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Libro de Texto de QUINTO DE PRIMARIA — Historia

From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on history (mostly Mexican history), including timelines, text, visuals, questionnaires, self-evaluation. Intermediate through advanced students and native-speaking students.

U.S. Homestead Act is signed

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Tennessee Valley Authority is established

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