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Exploring the Past: Archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley

The result of an NEH-funded Summer Institute for School Teachers at the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, this site displays a rich array of humanities and STEM teacher-created lesson plans and teacher development materials from the elementary through the high school level covering archaeology, anthropology, biology, botany, geology, mathematics, and more.

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Founders Online

The National Archives and The University of Virginia Press developed this online resource with historical documents of the founders of the United States of America. Through this website, you will be able to read and search through thousands of records from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison and see firsthand the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.

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Mission US 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey

“A Cheyenne Odyssey" is the third entry in the Mission US multimedia project series that immerses players in U.S. History through free interactive educational games. Mission 3 focuses on the transformation of Northern Cheyenne life on the Great Plains from 1866 to 1876. Students assume the role of Little Fox, a twelve-year-old Northern Cheyenne boy to experience how everyday life in his tribe is impacted as they adapt to the United States’ expansion into the West.

  • Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

    Created September 17, 2013

    Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

    In this Launchpad, you will explore a section of Galileo’s booklet, Starry Messenger, in which he describes his observations of the solar system and stars through a telescope that he made. This telescope allowed him to see the distant objects in the sky in ways that no one had ever seen them before.

    Background: Stargazing Before Galileo

    Watch the short video,which sets the stage for Galileo’s discoveries by introducing the ideas about the nature of stars before he observed them through a telescope.

  • Galileo: Revealing the Universe

    Created September 13, 2013
    Galileo and the Doge

    In this lesson, students will practice close reading of passages from Galileo’s Starry Messenger concerning his observations of the stars and constellations through a telescope. They will develop an understanding of how he constructed his arguments to challenge the established views of his time using new technology and logical reasoning.

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    The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico

    The virtual exhibit from the Newberry Library focuses on Colonial Mexico and the intersection and interaction between a Spanish culture of written knowledge and an Aztec culture of oral knowledge and pictorial writing.

    PBS: Latino Americans

    Latino Americans chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos from the first European settlements to the present day. The website contains trailers from all episodes, a timeline, and an opportunity to upload your own video history.

    PBS: "Latino Americans"

    Latino Americans chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos from the first European settlements to the present day. The website contains trailers from all episodes, a timeline, and an opportunity to upload your own video history.

    Visual Culture of the American Civil War

    Produced by the American Social History Project, City University of New York, and funded through NEH's Summer Seminars Program, this resource provides multimedia presentations by historians, art historians, and archivists that are accompanied by archival images; primary documents illuminating aspects of the subject; and a bibliography of books, articles, and online resources.