- A National Initiative on American History, Civics,
and Service sponsored web site. The Our Documents initiative is a
cooperative effort among National History Day, The National Archives
and Records Administration, USA Freedom Corps, and The Corporation
for National and Community Service. You can download Adobe files of
each document, read transcripts, access the teacher source book with
lesson plans using the documents, and links to the National History
Day web site.
- The National Archives and Records Administration
- The following Web sites contain additional information
about primary sources and links to digitized images and documents.
- The National Archives and Records Administration
- The Digital classroom has links to Teaching with
Documents lesson plans, copies of primary sources, links to www.ourdocuments.gov
, document analysis worksheets, and details about professional development
workshops offered to teachers and school systems.
- Documents from the Continental Congress and the
Constitutional Convention (1774-1789)
- National Security Archive
- The University of Oklahoma Law Center: A Chronology
of US Historical Documents
Supreme Court/Law links
- Multimedia Database including Supreme Court Cases
(searchable by Date, Subject, Title or Citation), Court Justices,
A Virtual Tour of the Supreme Court, Case Lists from the Current Docket,
links to www.appellate.net
, and an interactive game called Oyez baseball.
- Developed by Street Law, Maryland high school
teachers, law students, law professors, attorneys and the Supreme
Court Historical Society. Provides lesson plans, links to oral arguments,
moot court activities and other resources. All of the required
Supreme Court Cases for the Government H.S.A. are included.
- U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society web site
- Links to Teacher resources, audio oral arguments,
details on how the court works, Society publications and workshops
for teachers and graduate students on Constitutional issues.
- Equal protection lessons
- Trial by Jury lessons and links from the American
- Due process freedoms and human rights American Bar
- Judges in the Classroom: High School Lesson Plans
covering topics such as: Consumer law, contracts, Equality, Discrimination
and Civil Rights, First Amendment rights, Juvenile Justice, Mock Trials,
- The History Place's collection on impeachment, both
the process and the history
- Historical election results 1789-1996
- This web site is a collection of easy explanations
about various processes of government. Contents include: How a Bill
becomes a law, information about Congress, Congressional leadership,
the President, the Constitution, Elections, Campaign Finance, the
Federal Budget (statistics) and State Government.
- National Constitution Center Educational Resources
including lesson plans, teaching aids and events.
- Find out where your candidates stand on issues in
Maryland! This web site offers a plethora of materials and links to
government web sites with statistics on elections, national, state
and local elections, Congressional information, etc.
- This is an excellent site with lessons at every
grade level to answer the basic question, why do we need rules and
a government? Related resources and publications are available.
The Legislative Branch
- U.S. House of Representatives web site-Students
learn about who makes our laws and the process they go through. They
can also study current laws and bills being introduced and read about
the daily progress
- United States Senate web site-Students can visit
the web pages of individual Senators or send them emails. This site
is also a virtual tour of the United States Senate Building.
- The Library of Congress
- Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
- Legislative Branch Internet Resources. Links to
directories for the U.S. Congress, Legislative agencies and Commissions
and legislative research sources.
- A Century of Law Making
- This simulation encourages student team to draft
letters to their Congressional representatives and senators presenting
their case on how the budget should be allocated.
- War Powers Timeline. Produced and posted by the
The Executive Branch
- The White House
- Official U.S. Executive Branch Web Sites. Provided
by the Library of Congress with open links to the offices in the Executive
Office of the President, Executive Agencies, Independent Agencies,
Quasi-official Agencies, and Boards, Commissions and Committees.
- This site has a lot of information about the Presidents
and their First Ladies. Some sound clips and historical documents.
- "I do Solemnly swear" Presidential Inaugurations
- Department of Justice: Just for Kids
- Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American
History Behring Center’s web site about the American Presidency. This
web site, based on their popular exhibit, provides teachers and students
with interactive activities, lesson plans, resources including a Presidential
timeline, photos of artifacts from the campaign trail, etc.
- U.S.A. Immigration Services This website helps
students find out how to become a citizen of the United States. In
the Green Card Lottery section, you can find out about this program,
which makes 50,000 immigrant visas available each year through a lottery
system. Under Visas, you can read about the difference between temporary
and permanent visas and obtain the addresses of U.S. embassies.
- Social Security history with charts, quotes, etc…
The Presidential Libraries
- Presidential Libraries Main Page
- Herbert Hoover Library
- Harry S. Truman Library
- Project Whistlestop: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/educatio.htm
- The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
- John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
- (Look under "Student resources" for audio and motion
(Research: online holdings)
- Lyndon B. Johnson Library
- Gerald Ford Library (See Online Historical Materials:
photographs and documents)
- Map of the census data 2000
- Search this database of materials related to the
U.S>. Census. Maps and Tables are available for quick reference
or you can do a comprehensive search for materials relating to your
region, state, county, city, etc.
- This website uses real census data to make population
projections. Lots of graphs and maps.
- PDF-formatted maps of the growth of cities in the
United States from 1790 to 2000.
- Site of a variety of statistical maps for the United
States or any of the fifty states.
- This web site, sponsored by the Center for Policy
Alternatives, allows users to navigate issues by state and view economic
- Maryland Department of Planning web site highlighting
Smart Growth. Users can use links to resources, ten principles of
Smart Growth, Rural legacy maps and background, and Picture Maryland
- Where do we grow from here? A Maryland Department
of Natural Resources resource for teachers to discuss growth and its
impact on Maryland.
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Federal Trade Commission
- Food and Drug Administration
- Federal Communications Commission
- EPA website including links to Curriculum materials,
workshops and conferences, and much more. Excellent resource for students
and teachers to examine the various ways that government plays a part
in land management issues
Foreign Policy/International Organizations
- "Investigating American Foreign Policy" lesson plan
with a companion article by Jay Tolson entitled "The New American
Empire". Students explore the periods of U.S. Foreign policy since
1787 and the ideas that influence it.
- The World Bank's website for students and teachers
- Purposes of the IMF
- How does the IMF lend?
- IMF Fact sheet
- The IMF in action!
- Monetary mania
- United Nations News Center with links to the UN
home page http://www.un.org
- UN universal Declaration of Human Rights lesson
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- North American Free Trade Agreement. This web site
(sponsored by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service) contains a fact
sheet and benefits of NAFTA with visuals.
- North American Free Trade Agreement. Public Citizen,
a national non-profit public interest organization, compiled this
web site devoted to a discussion of NAFTA. Students can search the
Trade Adjustment Assistance database to calculate the job losses due
to NAFTA by state or by company. There are also related links to documents
discussing NAFTA and democracy, the environment, health, agriculture,
and worker’s rights and jobs.
- Federal Reserve today
- The FED and inflation- interactive site.
- FED scavenger hunt- very cool site for teams of
kids to "accept the missions" and learn about the FED.
- History of money
- The education site for the Federal Reserve
- Peanuts and crackerjacks baseball game- Federal
Reserve Bank of Boston.
- Federal Reserve System's Public Information Catalog
- Calculate the CPI ! This is a cool site to
have kids check out for a homework assignment or even in class if
you have access to a computer!
- National Debt clock
- Debt reduction- good or bad???
- Lesson: Kyrgyzstan's Transition from a Centrally-Planned
Economy to a Market-Driven Economy
- A program sponsored by the National Council on Economic
Education and provides users with links to lesson plans, and internet-based
lesson materials for K-12 teachers.
- Foundation for Teaching Economics. This Foundation
provides free teacher workshops every year on economics topic with
free resources and lesson plans. The lessons and articles on economic
topics can be found on their web site.
- Stock Market Game is an "educational program
that stimulates learning about economics, finance, and the American
economic system. It consists of a 10-week simulation that allows participants
to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in the stock market".
- This is a fun site for students to develop skills
to understanding international exchange rates and their relationship
to U.S. currency. Students trace international criminals by tracking
down their credit cards.
- Students will love learning about money that their
grandparents once used. This site includes an exhibit with money and
- Current statistics and economic analysis. Teachers
can join free with a letter on school stationary.
Skills and Resources
- This resource on the Internet is made available
by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Educational Digital
Library Initiative; The Gateway to Educational Materials has over
27,000 thousand lesson plans, activities, projects, and Web sites
that span the curriculum. Users can browse resources, search by
subject, keyword, title or grade level.
- The official Web portal of the U.S. federal government,
this site offers access to more than 51 million government Web pages
and is a good first step for government information. Search a wealth
of state and federal government resources for helpful information
and guidance. Users can choose from a directory of services for
citizens, businesses and government employees. FirstGov
for Kids (http://www.kids.gov)
is a government interagency portal designed especially for young
- EDSITEment (National Endowment for the Humanities)
- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
- American Strategy
- Political cartoons from over 20 of today's top
- Political Cartoons
- Political Cartoons updated daily from over 90
American Editorial Cartoonists.
- History and Politics Out Loud- Speeches from American
- This web site includes links under the headings:
Student Current Event Resources, Online News Articles and Journals,
Online Newspapers to current event articles about national and world
- Online Newspaper Links in Maryland
- The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal