Spotlight on Elementary Education

History has been shaped and influenced by the out come of ancient trials—such as the Trial of Socrates in 399B.C.—to Rosenberg Trial in the 1950s. This site offers a comprehensive look at 50 prominent court trials throughout history and its resources can be used to give young learners an introduction to the history of the modern judicial system.

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Website Reviews

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Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Photo, casino! las vegas, April 14, 2005, tricky ™, Flickr, creative commons

Why is Las Vegas one of the world's most popular destinations? How has it [...] »

Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World
Image, Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World.

More than 400 speeches by women—politicians, scientists, and celebrities. [...] »

Drawing the Western Frontier: The James E. Taylor Album

How did newspaper illustration shape stereotypes (and our understanding) of [...] »

History Quiz

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First Impressions: The U.S. and Japan

In 1854, Japan signed a treaty with the U.S. How did the U.S. and Japan see [...] »

Reading Photographs: A Dusty Street

When and where was this photo taken? See what clues you can spot!

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Presidential Moments: Inauguration

The first day on the new job is difficult for everybody—including U.S. [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
The Modern Civil Rights Movement: A River of Purposeful Anger
Dynamics of Idealism- Volunteers for Civil Rights, 1965-1982 432x240

Textbooks are silent about defining race and racism, even though the modern [...] »

The Tet Offensive
Eddie Adams, Vietcong shooting prisoner cropped

American historians have depicted the Tet Offensive as the turning point for [...] »

Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
Voice of America

Find out how to pronounce tricky names, and listen to official international [...] »

National Institute for Literacy
Photo, "Artis struisvogel leest krant van oppasser,"1951, Flickr Commons

Do you have struggling readers in your class? Try incorporating literacy [...] »

Selective Service System
Lithograph, Don't wait for the draft--Volunteer, 1917, Library of Congress

Did you know that the draft was used in times of peace, as well as war?

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Tips to Trappers
Tips to Trappers

What do Sears Roebuck, farming, advertising, furs, and rural America have in [...] »