• This Section will be devoted to enrichment in the field of Social Studies. Activities and Readings are aligned to match the current the 6th & 7th Grade Social Studies Curriculums. There will be a section for general useful sites that pertain to Social Studies.

    And the Winner is.......(A look at statistics and the role it plays in politics)
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    Follow a year in a fictitious election campaign for an inside look at the mathematics behind the polls and the news you hear everyday. Do you think that news reports regarding candidate's and voter polling have an impact on how people vote.

    http://www.learner.org/interactives/statistics/index.html 


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    US Presidential Election Process and the Campaign Trail

    By planning an election campaign and writing a campaign song, students learn the election process and develop a campaign platform.

    Students will create an original political campaign song for a fictional presidential candidate. The campaign song will be created after learning how to use political terms appropriately through research and classroom discussions. Research will include the basic processes of the electoral college, the importance of campaign tours and the historical importance of campaign songs.

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    EMPIRES®
    People and Passions That Changed the World

    Within the long history of civilization are great eras of struggle, triumph, and loss. These periods are reflective of the best and worst of humanity: explosive creativity, ultimate depravity, the use and abuse of power, and war.

    EMPIRES® is a ground breaking series of epic historical films which present the people and passions that have changed the world. EMPIRES® was developed jointly by PBS and
    Devillier Donegan Enterprises(DDE), a Washington, DC based global television program development and distribution company. Each series is produced by leading independent documentary filmmakers.

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    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, magazines, maps and writings come to life just as they appeared to this country's forebears more than 250 years ago
    Why do Civilizations Fail?
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    Join us as we explore the collapse of four ancient civilizations. You'll learn what happens when a society collapses and how archaeologists find and interpret evidence. You can visit the Maya city of Copán and search for clues to its collapse. You can also try your hand at "garbage-ology" and study what trash can tell us about a society. Ready to get Started?  http://www.learner.org/interactives/collapse/index.html
     
    Feudal Life
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    In this "feudal" system, the king awarded land grants or "fiefs" to his most important nobles, his barons, and his bishops, in return for their contribution of soldiers for the king's armies. At the lowest echelon of society were the peasants, also called "serfs" or "villeins." In exchange for living and working on his land, known as the "demesne," the lord offered his peasants protection.  Learn More http://www.learner.org/interactives/middleages/feudal.html

    The Renaissance
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    Renaissance," French for "rebirth," perfectly describes the intellectual and economic changes that occurred in Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries.

    During the era known by this name, Europe emerged from the economic stagnation of the Middle Ages and experienced a time of financial growth. Also, and perhaps most importantly, the Renaissance was an age in which artistic, social, scientific, and political thought turned in new directions. Discover the forces that drove this rebirth in Europe. http://www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/index.html 
     

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    The Yale Law School Avalon Project.
    Often we read about history and are given a name of a document that had a great influence on the event of that day. The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School has compiled a great number of such documents, letters and artifacts. These are grouped according to centuries. Click on the title below that would bring you to the era that you may be interested in.

     

    old photo A Lens into the Past

    Use photographs to learn about lives from the past. Then create your own photo collection to share information with students of the future. What can photos tell us about the people they've caught in time?

    america Biography of America

    The companion web site to the video series and telecourse sponsored by Annenberg/CPB, it provides resources for senior high students studying U.S. History from its origins to contemporary times. Features of this web site require the Macromedia Flash 4 plug-in. You can download the Flash 4 plug-in from the Macromedia Web Sitel.