Engraving of King Arthur in a boat

Camelot!

On May 8, 2008, PBS stations broadcasted a new concert version of the musical about King Arthur and his kingdom Camelot. The EDSITEment lesson "Exploring Arthurian Legend" surveys the stories surrounding Arthur from their beginnings in the oral tradition in Medieval Europe, through the Renaissance and Victorian England, and concludes with T. H. White's modern retelling The Once and Future King, which was the basis of the Lerner and Lowe musical. EDSITEment has other related lesson plans as well.

Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria at Sarajevo, Bosnia

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King John puts his seal to Magna Carta

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Anne Frank born

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Perseus Digital Library

An extensive collection of maps, texts, translations, and commentary for students of the ancient world and beyond.

PBS: Napoleon

The site includes an episode guide, a handful of interactive features such as an interactive simulation of the Battle of Waterloo, a closed bulletin board, video clips, and a timeline of Napoleon's life. Four online classroom guides are designed for middle and high school classrooms.

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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.

  • Lesson 1: The Monroe Doctrine: U.S. Foreign Affairs (circa 1782–1823) and James Monroe

    Portrait of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States, by Gilbert  Stuart.

    What was the Monroe Doctrine? What principles of foreign policy did this Doctrine establish? What were the significant events in U.S. diplomacy before 1823? What diplomatic roles had James Monroe played before he became president? Here, a careful examination of the document anticipates what is to come.

  • Lesson 3: British Surnames Derived from Occupations or Professions

    Last names as we know them

    Another common type of medieval byname derived from how a man spent his time. Every farming village had a blacksmith to forge iron tools, a miller to grind wheat, a carpenter to craft furniture, and many other specialists.

  • Lesson 4: The Monroe Doctrine: Whose Doctrine Was It?

    John Quincy Adams played a crucial role in formulating the Monroe Doctrine when  he was Monroe's Secretary of State.

    In what ways did John Quincy Adams and Thomas Jefferson contribute to the formulation of the Monroe Doctrine?