Alcatraz is home to one of the world's most infamous prisons. From the 1930s to 1960s, Alcatraz was the premier maximum security prison, housing inmates such as Al Capone and George Machine Gun Kelly. Before the prison was created, the island was home to American Indians. Today, it is one of San Francisco's most prominent tourist attractions.
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site's Learning Page
examines the people and construction of Bent's Fort, and the Santa Fe Trail. Built originally in 1833, this adobe fort became a center of trade with Indians and trappers. For much of its 16-year history, it was the only major permanent white settlement on the Santa Fe Trail. It provided explorers, adventurers, and the U.S. Army a place to get supplies, wagon repairs, livestock, good food, water, company, rest and protection in this vast Great American Desert.
Attu: North American Battleground of World War II
is the site of the only land battle on the North American continent during World War II. In June 1942, Japanese forces invaded Attu and other Aleautian islands. Americans feared the islands would be used as a staging area to attack the mainland. The U.S. had to regain the Aleutians at all costs.
How can teenagers get enough sleep?
It's back to school time for K-12 students across the country -- when summer fun makes way for spelling bees, algebra and homework. How can parents ensure their kids are both mentally and physically prepared to impress and do their best from day one of the school year? University of Minnesota professor Michael Howell says teens, in particular, tend to biologically sleep in a different pattern than what school allows for: they can't fall asleep until later in the evening and therefore have diffic
Discover Atlanta, Georgia
is a travel itinerary of 70 places that tell the story of Atlanta -- its picturesque homes and skyscrapers, tales of former slaves, educators, authors, and millionaires who shaped it. Established as a railroad terminal point in 1836, the city today is a major entertainment and cultural center of the South. The website includes essays on antebellum Atlanta, industrial Atlanta, the African American experience, and growth and preservation.
Historic Charleston's Religious and Community Buildings
explores Charleston's heritage by examining 42 historic places. More than 300 years of history are covered, including the Walled City of the British colony, the growth of the shipping industry and surrounding plantations, the city's role in the events leading up to the Civil War, the resurgence of the community during the late 19th century, and the establishment of one of the most complete and intact historic districts in the country.
A More Perfect Union
This lesson is designed to show the process of perfecting the Union through changes made to the Constitution and through the powers delegated to each branch of government by the Constitution. The lesson encourages student deliberation on race in America by familiarizing students with Senator Obama's speech entitled, A More Perfect Union, his famous race speech, given at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in March 2008. Students are asked to read the speech for homework, guided by e
WSU March for Libya
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Heavy noontime snows were not enough to deter over 60 Middle Eastern students at Washington State University from marching to bring attention to the violence they see in Libya. Nearly 40 students attending WSU are from Libya. Many say they were compelled to march as a way to help all of us understand what is happening to their friends and families several thousand miles away. For more about this story click the link: http://wsunews.wsu.edu/pages/publications.asp?Action=Detail
Pinarbasi 1994: Animal Bones
1994 Excavations at Pınarbaşı, Karaman Province, Turkey: Excavations began at Pinarbasi in August and September 1994, and continued in September 1995. The site is in the lands of Suleimanhaci village, Karaman province, on the south side of the central Anatolian plateau, only about 20 km from Çatalhöyük. This is a salvage excavation, jointly organised by the University of Edinburgh, Department of Archaeology (Dr Trevor Watkins) and the Karaman Museum (Cengiz Topal). The group of sites at Pi
How to Recognize a Distressed Student and Make a Referral to the UCC
This video gives tips for University of Notre Dame faculty and staff on how to recognize signs of psychological distress, how to approach and interact with a distressed student, and how make a referral to the University of Notre Dame University Counseling Center (UCC).
Home, Sweet Home: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
SPARK follows Jared "Choclatt" Crawford as he prepares for his foot-tapping new musical theater production "Hit It!" at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. This Educator Guide is about the history of drumming, street performers, and African American musical theater.
Multiple Perspectives on the Immigrant Experience
In this lesson, students will reflect on the individual Dominican-American experiences of the Ortiz sisters in the film My American Girls, create a talk show that addresses the themes and issues of the film, and conduct research on how Latinos are portrayed in the media.
Study of Place: Ocean Currents Exploration
Each two-week module in the Study of Place curriculum is framed by an historical event that makes a connection between the physical environment and human activity. The activities focus primarily on physical and earth science content, geography, and inquiry skills. Assessments and scoring rubrics, including a pre-assessment that can be used for both modules, are embedded in each module, providing opportunities for tracking student learning. The Ocean Currents Exploration module is framed by Benja
United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Address at Duke University
Secretary Gates delivers the Ambassador S. Davis Phillips Family International Lecture at Duke University. The event was organized by Duke political science professor Peter Feaver, a former special adviser for the National Security Council. It was sponsored by the American Grand Strategy Program, which Feaver directs, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy and its Office of Global Strategy and Programs, and the university's "A World Together" initiati
3 The purpose of writing
Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. This unit is designed to help you develop the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes. You will learn how to interpret questions and how to plan, structure and write your assignment or report.
Everyday Life in a New England Town
In the The Turns of the Centuries: Everyday Life in a New England Town, 1680-1920, students learn the basic skills needed to "read" primary and secondary sources, including a broad array of documents, maps, images, and buildings, to see what they can reveal about the characteristics of everyday life in Deerfield, MA over three century turns. At the same time, they learn the historical background of each era so that the source materials will be understood in the proper context. Then, they use wha
The Lessons of 1704
In The Lessons of 1704, students learn the basic skills needed to do research and to "read" primary and secondary sources, to see what they can reveal about the cultural characteristics and attitudes of the English, French, and Native Americans in the Deerfield area in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. At the same time, they learn about the attitudes and behaviors of these three groups toward one another. Then, they use what they have learned to analyze the 1704 attack on Deerfield and the
Madison, Indiana, Marine Ways
Madison had two steamboat facilities that built and repaired river craft: the Madison Marine Railway Shipyard began in 1851 and continued operations through World War II: Madison Dry Dock Company was founded during the Civil War but ended operatons about 1865.,Jefferson County Journey
Raid on Deerfield: the Many Stories of 1704
After several classroom discussions on anti-slavery issues, students will study the "American Anti-Slavery Almanac for 1838." The students will understand the importance and role of political cartoons during the anti-slavery movement. Students will observe and identify details in a political cartoon. Students will understand that there were people both in favor of and against slavery here in the North and how both sides are represented in the cartoon. Students will create their own anti-slavery