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November 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Documents That Changed The World


Creating collections of “objects” that have been critical in history has been a popular project in the media recently, and they also make great classroom lesson (see my previous post, “Object Lessons in History”).

Of course, similar collections of photos have also been popular for awhile (see The Best Sites To See “Photos That Changed The World”).

Not to mention similar lists of key people, events and ideas (see The Best “Lists Of Lists” Of Influential People, Events & Ideas).

Now, here’s a new addition to the genre – Scott Christianson has just written a book titled 100 Documents That Changed the World: From the Magna Carta to Wikileaks.

Smithsonian Magazine has been running a series of excerpts from his book, along with interactives. Here’s what they have published so far:

The Telegram That Broke News of the Civil War

A Look Inside Howard Carter’s Tutankhamun Diary

When the Empire State Building Was Just an Architect’s Sketch

How Anne Frank’s Diary Changed the World

I think this “take” is another cool idea that could easily be adapted to the classroom, with students having to select and justify their selection of either, photos, documents, people, events, etc. that are key to the unit of study.  I’ve done it often as a culminating project in both U.S. and World History classes.

By the way, it’s probably important to point out that, though this new book is the first time I have heard of using documents in this way, the U.S. National Archives has already created a list of 100 documents key in United States history, and the University of Washington created a podcast in 2012 about Documents That Changed the World.

How have you used this idea in your classroom?

November 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Veterans Day Resources


Here are new additions to The Best Websites To Learn About Veterans Day:

La Cucaracha salutes Latino veterans who won Medals of Honor (toon)

Remembering Sgt. York, A War Hero Who Built A School is from NPR.

What Do We Owe Our Veterans? is from The New York Times Learning Network.

By The Numbers: Who Are America’s Vets?

It’s time we have a holiday to honor those who try to stop wars, too is from Vox.

November 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Resources On Race & Racism


Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More:

The Racial Inequality of Sleep is from The Atlantic.

Here’s a new video from The New York Times. If you go to the Times itself, you’ll also find links to previous videos in their series on race, many of which are already on my Best list:

Teacher Biases Differ for Low- and High-Achieving Minority Students is from Ed Week.

Asian-American Students Launch ‘Open Hands, Open Minds’ to Celebrate Identity is from NBC News.

November 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

World Toilet Day Takes Place On Nov. 19th – Here Are Related Resources


November 19th was World Toilet Day and, though it sounds funny, it was designed by the UN to bring attention to the lack of public sanitation in many parts of the world.

You might be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About World Toilet Day & The Issue Of Public Sanitation In The Third World.

November 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

King Tut’s Tomb Was Discovered On This Day In 1922 – Here Are Related Resources


King Tut’s tomb was discovered on this day in 1922:

You might be interested in The Best Online Resources To Learn About King Tut.

November 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Best Resources For Teaching About Rosa Parks & 60th Anniversary Of The Montgomery Bus Boycott


Thanks to Teaching Tolerance, I just learned that December 4th will be the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

I’m sure there will be lot of new resources becoming available in the next few weeks, and I’m also sure that there are plenty that I’m not including in the first edition of this post. Please let me know what I’m missing.

You might also be interested some of the many previous “Best” lists I’ve published on the Civil Rights Movement & race and racism, including:

The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King

The Best Resources To Remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s Death (& Life)

The Best Sites For Learning About The Martin Luther King Memorial

The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History

The Best Sites To Learn About The Greensboro Sit-Ins (It’s The Fiftieth Anniversary)

The Best Places To Learn About President Obama’s Life

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Freedom Riders”

The Best Resources About The March On Washington

The Best Commentaries On The 60th Anniversary Of Brown vs. Board Of Education

The Best Resources For Teaching About Selma

The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More

The Best Posts & Articles On The Textbook That Calls Slaves “Workers”

A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More

Here is a beginning list on Rosa Parks and The Montgomery Bus Boycott:

I’ve got to start with Teaching Tolerance’s great new resource, Beyond the Bus: Teaching the Unseen Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

10 Things You May Not Know About Rosa Parks is from The History Channel.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott looks like a pretty impressive site from the local Montgomery newspaper.

How Change Happens: The Real Story of Mrs. Rosa Parks & The Montgomery Bus Boycott is from The Huffington Post.

Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights is from Scholastic.

Remembering Rosa Parks is from TIME for Kids.