Thursday, April 14, 2011

Online Resource - The Civil War at 150 Years

Are you looking for resources to bring student learning and thinking skills about the events and impact of U.S. Civil War to the evaluation level in Bloom's Taxonomy?

The National Park Service has a great online resource that will help you and your students think and learn deeply about the U.S. Civil War and its legacy. 

The Civil War: 150 Years -
The NPS is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on its website offering glimpses into the past and connections to the present. The Civil War: 150 Years site scrolls as a time line spotlighting then and now, looking at significant events and people from 150 years ago and present day.

This week marks an update in the time line with the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Battle at Fort Sumter on April 12.

The then and now sections of the web site offer opportunities for students to explore and analyze as they compare and contrast the past with the present. For April 12, the then section provides links to online historical resources about the battle,  Eyewitness to History, News in History, and the now section links to online resources that include a live view of the historic Fort Sumter via web cam and an online book, Five Flags over Fort Sumter, that explores the history of Fort Sumter and the beginning of the Civil War, from the National Park Services' History E-Library's Civil War Series.

The Civil War: 150 Years is a media and information rich resource for students and teachers. The evolving time line, links to historical documents and artifacts, and connections between the past and the present allow students of all ages to interact with history. Students and teachers can use this site for virtual field trips, investigating historical documents and testimonies, and taking their learning beyond traditional resources found on the pages of a textbook or in the frames of a video.

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