||Websites and Podcast
websites will assist you with material that we are covering in
These sites include additional information, online activities and links
various resources that will reinforce the material and introduce to new
you will be asked to use your student log-in to access the
websites. However, you may put the URL into the address bar to
access each site.
Revolution at a Glance: Learn about the major battles with colorful
maps and informative descriptions.
A collection of information on U.S. cities and towns. The site includes
almanac-like reference data, real estate statistics, local weather
reports, links to the official city web sites and maps for about 3500
cities. The site also includes an original summary article on about 50
- Factcheck: Everyone is
entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." That's the
motto --borrowed from the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan -- of
FactCheck.org, a project sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy
Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The project is designed to
monitor the factual accuracy of what is said
"by numerous politicos in their speeches, debates, news releases, and
always important television advertisements."
National Military Park: It’s the site of one of the most
important battles in the American Civil War. Learn more with maps,
photographs, and a day-to-day history of the key battle that took place
- Jamestown, Virginia: This year marks the 400th Anniversary
of the settling of Jamestown. The following are great sites that
provide greater insight into this area's rich history!
- Jim Crow: This
website provides information on the history of the Jim Crow laws and
provides access to various resources related to this topic.
Machine: Civil War Edition: National Geographic has an
map of over 5,000 U.S. Civil War battlefields and historic sites. Using
map, students can find some of the 384 major battlefields with
from the Civil War Preservation Trust and National Park Service by
on the green or yellow dots pinpointing war events. Most of the maps
topographic so understanding how to read maps can enlighten students
military positions on hills, river banks, and other landforms.
- The American South:
Visiting this site will allow visitors to witness first hand accounts
of the American South.
of the Industrial United States (1870-1900): Offers documents and
for learning about Bell's patent for the telephone, Edison's patent for
electric lamp, Glidden's patent application for barbed wire, the
Act of 1862, maps of Indian territory, child labor, and the Chinese
- The Geotrees.Com
Page of Links to Primary Documents: Use the links on
this page to find important primary documents for academia, government,
statecraft, and more. All documents are in English. Unless noted
otherwise, the linked documents are complete. The U
United States Flag: Are you familiar with the U.S. flag's history
and customs? Here is everything you want to know about the flag.
Trails: An Online collection of a journey along western trails
during Westward Expansionism.
A collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map
according to the subject of interest." Think China and India are
already pretty big? See what they look like when measured by
population. Other topics include immigration and emigration, tourism,
passenger cars, various kinds of imports. Excel data files are
with each map.
in Social Responsibility:
- Dollar Stretcher:
As gas prices go up, people are trying to cut back in other areas of
their budget. This site offers plenty of tips on relatively painless
ways to save money on just about everything - automobiles, food, family
activities, banking, home decorating, etc., as well as general
- FBI Newspaper Articles Archive:
A free, searchable topical file from subscription-based
NewspaperArchive.com that also includes a Timeline of FBI History.
- National Institute of
Justice: Beyond the immediacy of crime and criminal acts, there is
a concern among those involved in the justice system with analyzing and
investigating all aspects of criminology and related subjects. The
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) as the research, development, and
evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice is particularly
concerned with these issues. On their website, visitors can learn about
the NIJ’s mission, research priorities and their strategic goals.
Scholars and the general public will appreciate the rather large
database that includes the institute's publications, annual reports,
and speeches. Browsing through the publications area is quite easy, and
visitors will find such recent reports as “DNA Analysis for ‘Minor’
Crimes: A Major Benefit for Law Enforcement” and “Predicting a
Criminal's Journey to Crime”. Finally, visitors also can access the NIJ
Journal’s current issue, as well as browse every issue back to 1995.
Other Websites of
- Atomic Learning:
Hattel's Law goes, "This Rocks!" This site provides a great,
quick answer to "How Do I do that questions." Atomic Learning
provides web-based software training for more than 100 applications
students, parents, and educators use everyday. The short,
easy-to-view-and-understand tutorials are an integral part of growing
academically and professionally.
- Chris Clementi's
Website at Mountain Ridge Middle School: Chris has done a
great job of locating resources to assist students in learning software
programs like PhotoShop. There is a "plethora" of other resources
on this site that Chris has developed, check it out; it's pretty cool!
Online Practice Modules consist of 13 online tutorials, all of which
can be used with students in a classroom or with teachers in
professional development programs. Software tutorials address
Microsoft Word, Works, Excel,
Inspiration, HyperStudio, DreamWeaver, Claris HomePage, and
Learn about the Macintosh or Windows/PC operating systems, Internet
Netscape, and about WebQuests. Tutorials include
instructions, assignments, quizzes. This site also contains numerous
to other technology tutorials on the Web.
- Sketchup Website:
Developed for the conceptual stages of design, SkethUp is powerful yet
easy-to-learn 3D software. It is like the pencil of digital
design. The software combines simple, yet robust tool-set that
streamlines and simplifies 3D design inside your computer. Once
again, as Hattel's Law goes, "This Rocks!"
Thousands of audiobooks are available for download. Many titles
are compatible with iPods. Awesome site!
*To ensure that your Podcasts load properly into
your player, first save the Podcast to your desktop. After this,
drag your Podcast into iTunes and then update (sync) your iPod.
- Adventures of Tom
Sawyer, by Mark Twain and narrated by Norman Dietz.
Massachusetts: This site provides a variety of podcasts that
allows one to gain a better perspective that "Bostonians" possess.
Williamsburg: This site does a great job of utilzing podcasts
to gain insight into the colonial culture of Williamsburg.
According to Hattel's Law- This site rocks!
- Grammar Podcast:
Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing is an
educational podcast launched in July 2006. This program offers
short one topic English grammar lessons at no charge to subscribers
hoping to improve their writing skills.
- Johnny Tremain, by
Esther Forbes and narrated by George Guidall
- Lirbrovox: The goal is to make
all public domain books available as free audiobooks. LibriVox
volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release
the audio files back onto the net. (via podcast and catalog).
There are over 100 books and more than 200 shorter works.
- LiteralSystems: There are
many novels, short stories, poems, and nonfiction works available as
audio files (via podcast and catalog).
- Lord of the Flies, by William
Golding and narrated by William Golding
This site provides a unique insight into the life of Thomas Jefferson,
one of the greatest, most influential political icons in our nation's
- Social Studies
Textbook. Narrated by Mr. Hattel
- Social Studies Podcasts:
Geo Quiz Podcast is a regular feature of the BBC World Service
newscasts. The podcasts can easily enhance social studies
learning or help to incorporate news and geography into one's own life.
- The Killer Angels,
by Michael Shaara and narrated by George Hearn
- The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephan Crane and
narrated by various artists
- The Spoken Alexandria
Project: The mission of the Alexandria Project is to build
library one audiobook at a time. This is a great site and that is
continually growing in size. These are available via podcast and
- US History Podcasts:
- American Experience:
This TV history series brings to life the incredible characters and
epic stories that helped form our nation.
Debates: Features nationally recognized leaders debating and
discussing the Constitution, our rights and responsibilities as
citizens, and everyday politics. Sponsored by the National
American History: These seminars are designed to be used
within the classroom with content. They examine significant
events in American history in light of the principles of the American
founding, and also encourage the use of primary source materials in the
- CNN: Provides
a variety of podcasts with a description for each.
Wait...Don't Tell Me!: NPR's vast directory of podcasts
available for all to use.