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DB Trials 2010: Free CBA Support Resources

The internet is full of amazing, free resources. You just need to know where to find them. Here is a list of great resources to help you support Washington's Social Studies CBAs without affecting your library's budget.


AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History

Arranged by historical century, this portal links to primary sources covering history from the 800s to the present.

Archiving Early America
Here at Archiving Early America, you will discover a wealth of resources — a unique array of primary source material from 18th Century America. Scenes and portraits from original newspapers, maps and writings come to life on your screen just as they appeared to this country's forebears more than two centuries ago. As you browse through these pages, you will find it easier to understand the people, places and events of this significant time in the American experience.

Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy
The Avalon Project mounts digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. Includes constitutions, statutes, treaties, and other primary source documents from 4000 BCE to the present.

Digital History: Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Research
Includes e-lectures, videos, primary source documents, research guides, online exhibitions, an online textbook, music, and more covering numerous aspects of U.S. history.

EDSITEment: History and Social Studies Websites
EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies. All websites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and educational impact in the classroom. They cover a wide range of humanities subjects, from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology, and have been judged by humanities specialists to be of high intellectual quality.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence: Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies: History and Social Studies
More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly. FREE is among the most popular K-12 websites maintained by the U.S. Department of Education because of the many great resources being offered by contributing federal agencies.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization supporting the study and love of American history through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation. The Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the New-York Historical Society, contains more than 60,000 documents detailing the political and social history of the United States. The collection's holdings include manuscript letters, diaries, maps, photographs, printed books and pamphlets ranging from 1493 through modern times. Also check out their periodical, History Now: American History Online.

Historic Video Footage: Multiple Resources
Historic video footage can be a great tool to see what the culture of an era was really like. More and more historic video footage is being digitized and made available on the web. The following sites provide excellent collections of videos that contain historic value:

History.com: U.S. History
Videos and articles covering U.S. history via the History Channel and History.com. Lots of good audio, video, and multimedia files.

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web
Designed for high school and college teachers and students of U.S. history survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence. We emphasize materials that focus on the lives of ordinary Americans and actively involve students in analyzing and interpreting evidence. Also check out their annotated list of resources!

The Library of Congress: American Memory
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

The National Archives: 100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives linked to Washington State Classroom Based Assessments (CBA)
Browsable by grade level as well as historic era, the CBA sample topics on this web page are linked to the "100 Milestone Documents" located at www.ourdocuments.gov, which include digitized original documents, typed transcriptions (for students who have difficulty with handwritten items), and background information describing the way in which each document fits into the American experience.

Resource Guides from Washington K-12 Schools
Schools throughout Washington have put together some great resource guides to help students find the best resources for their social studies CBAs. Here are a few that have excellent resource lists on their sites:

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Educational Resources
Includes collections of Civil War photography, American landscapes, American-Style history posters, and numerous other collections to help provide a visual history of the United States. Also check out other Smithsonian Online Exhibitions.

University of Washington: Digital Collections
This site features materials such as photographs, maps, newspapers, posters, reports and other media from the University of Washington Libraries, University of Washington Faculty and Departments, and organizations that have participated in partner projects with the UW Libraries. The collections emphasize rare and unique materials.

Whatcom County Library System: CBA Support Portal - Social Studies
Funded in part through an LSTA "Supporting Student Success" grant, Whatcom County Library System has put together a superb collection of resources directly supporting Washington's Social Studies CBAs, separated by grade and by subject. Don't miss this excellent collection of resources!

WWW-VL: History: United States
Contains links to primary sources arranged by era and subject, including chronological periods (The Gilded Age, Colonial Era, etc) and by decade through the 20th century.

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Statewide Database Trials: 2010

Social Studies CBAs: February-April

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