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

Find quality websites & primary sources
The Vault

With the Freedom of Information Act, the government declassified thousands [...] »

Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators

What was life like for the African American pilots of World War II?

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National Center for History in the Schools
Photo, Chamber of Commerce, 2007, Old Shoe Woman, Flickr

What serves as a starting point for state standards? Browse the 1996 edition [...] »

History Quiz

Test your history knowledge
The Ice Cream Wars

Was there conflict in the past over one of our favorite summer treats?

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Women's History Month: Picturing Pocahontas

What do you picture when you hear her name?

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By the Numbers: Election Maps

What can historical election maps tell us? Take a look at the electoral vote [...] »

Beyond the Textbook

Question textbook narratives
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 [...] »

Slavery
Photo, "An ex-slave," 1897, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

What was it like to be a slave in 19th-century America? Accounts contrast. [...] »

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 [...] »

National Resources

Federal teaching resources
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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Los Alamos National Laboratory
Photo, Kids watching rockets at the Summer Adventure, LANL site

Follow the development of Weapons of Mass Destruction through the protection [...] »

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 [...] »

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A Clear Shot across the Continent
James Knox Polk

President Polk, the fortunes of war, territory, and the ever-present [...] »