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Teaching U.S. History K-12


Teaching U.S. History K-12

A group for teachers of United States history K-12.

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Civil War Resources 5 Replies

Started by Keith Schoch. Last reply by Keith Schoch Feb 15, 2011.

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Comment by Marcy Prager on March 29, 2014 at 12:47pm

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Comment by Karen Needles on January 22, 2011 at 7:47pm

I would like to introduce teachers to the Lincolnarchives Digital Project, located at  This digital project is in the process of digitizing the federal records housed in the National Archives, which were created during the Lincoln administration.  Every document created March 4, 1861-April 15, 1865 is being scanned in color, and transcribed to create fully searchable primary sources for teachers to use in the classroom.

There are also over 30 video podcasts available online for teachers and students.  An interactive timeline, with audio, video, photographs and documents highlight Lincoln's life.

There are currently over 14,000 documents, newspapers, photographs, maps, etc. online.  Records from the State, Treasury, Justice, War, etc. with topics cover courts martials, pardon cases, suppresion of the press, the slave trade, Lincoln's assassination, records of generals and reports of battles, military and pension records, enlistment papers, provide a rich resource for Civil War to compliment your curriculum.

This project is funded solely by subscriptions.  Rates are $35 per month.  Subscriptions can be purchased on a monthly basis or an annual basis.

Comment by Caryn Koplik on January 20, 2011 at 1:18pm
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Comment by Caryn Koplik on January 20, 2011 at 1:14pm
The National Humanities Center offers free primary sources in our Toolbox Library.
Historical documents, literary texts and works of art arranged thematically and chronologically. Texts are annotated and excerpted for classroom use.
Comment by Jeff Mummert on June 24, 2010 at 9:58am
Hello All-

I'm interested in a little feedback if you have the time. Some fellow educators and I have developed a proposal that would greatly benefit student motivation and achievement, and would certainly heighten public interest in the plight of Civil War sites and museums. Our proposal and web presences are:

General Project Proposal

ACWAR Project Blog

The Civil War Augmented Reality Project (Page)


Thanks for your time,

Jeff Mummert
Comment by SHane Freeman on May 24, 2010 at 10:36am
I am working on changing our curriculum framework for NC state and US history 8th grade from a chronological to a theme based class. I am having trouble tracking down examples. I know basically what i want, but I would like to see what has and hasn't worked in the past. I have set up a wave if anyone is interested in hashing out ideas

Themes in history
Comment by Sam Green on October 20, 2009 at 9:19am
to my mind there is nothing more interesting than world history! but I wish all the pupils thought so too. trying to be creative I usually select the most interesting pieces of information (different internet resources, books and articles downloaded by rapidshare search engine do help, but I'm always in search for smth more. really glad to find this group. thanks a lot, useful and much appreciated.
Comment by Darren on October 12, 2009 at 8:32pm
I have created a website that might be helpful for teachers in this group. The website allows teachers to create interactive review games for students. Check out to better understand the concept. We have great sections that deal with 9th and 10th grade World History. The section on U.S. history has at least 30 games post under 11th grade. The website is FREE
Comment by Joe Phelan on September 14, 2009 at 8:53am
EDSITEment is a free, high quality educational resource from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We provide lesson plans, student interactives, and reviewed websites in four humanties areas. We are especially strong in U.S. History and Government as well as American Literature, Art and Culture.
We have 24 lessons for Constitution Day.
Please take a look and if you have suggestions or comments post here or contact me at
Comment by Johnathan Chase on September 13, 2009 at 4:24pm
Check out this middle school learning activity that was inspired by President Obama's back-to-school speech ...

"My Education, My Future"

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