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New This Week for August 27, 2009
This Week
Just in time for back-to-school, this week's collection features classroom and research resources for history, art, economics, Census data, and more.

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Arts and Humanities

eMints: eThemes
"eThemes is an extensive database of content-rich, age-appropriate resources organized around specific themes. These resources are created for educators to use in their classrooms." Search or browse "more than 1,000 eThemes ... on topics ranging from Africa to Yellowstone National Park." A service of the eMints National Center and maintained by University of Missouri-Columbia College of Education staff and graduate students from the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies.
URL: http://www.emints.org/ethemes/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25428

Keys to History
"Explore Canada's past with [this] fun and informative web-based learning initiative." Canada's museums, universities and the community work together to present online materials such as a digital collection of more than 135,000 images of artifacts (including paintings, costumes and textiles, ethnographic items, decorative arts, photos, and texts), virtual exhibits (on topics such as the Victoria Bridge), thematic tours (such as First Nations and time periods), games, and more. From the McCord Museum.
URL: http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/keys/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25297

Memorial Hall Museum Online: American Centuries
"Explore American history [from a New England perspective] with hands-on activities, exhibits, lessons, historic documents and artifacts." Features "a digital collection of approximately 2000 objects and transcribed documents," lesson plans, and online exhibits about turns of centuries (1700, 1800, and 1900), Shay's Rebellion, and the 1704 raid on the Deerfield, Massachusetts, settlement. Also includes videos about early American tools, information about historical costume, and more. From the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, Massachusetts.
URL: http://www.memorialhall.mass.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27279

Napoleonic Wars, 1799-1815
Online exhibition of over 200 rarities related to Napoleon Bonaparte's European battles. Includes images that show how the "Napoleonic Wars were portrayed differently across Europe"; portraits that "immortalize[] public figures, sumptuous houses, crowds & daily life"; military maps and city plans; letters, prints, and other texts; and "special" items such as playing cards and music scores. From the European Library.
URL: http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/exhibition/Napoleonic_wars/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28109

Picturing America
This National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) initiative "brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide." The program "uses art as a catalyst for the study of America -- the cultural, political, and historical threads woven into our nation's fabric." Includes online annotated images arranged by time period and themes (such as freedom and equality, democracy, and creativity). Also includes information about how schools may acquire prints and links to lesson plans.
URL: http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26406

Picturing the 1930s
In this teaching resource, "[l]earn about the 1930s through eight exhibitions: The Depression, The New Deal, The Country, Industry, Labor, The City, Leisure, and American People." Features artwork, photos, newsreels, and other material about 1930s history, with which users can create a documentary movie. Includes a FAQ, movie-making tutorial, and other help documentation. From the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
URL: http://americanart.si.edu/education/picturing_the_1930s/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28073

Business

EconEdlink
A "source of classroom tested, Internet-based economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students." Features lesson plans on topics such as employment and the unemployment rate, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), gross domestic product (GDP), brand loyalty, and the economics of architecture. Also include a "Today in History" feature, news, and links to macroeconomic primary sources and to related sites. From the National Council on Economic Education.
URL: http://www.econedlink.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27096

Government

The Great Seal of the United States
This publication provides background about the creation and meaning of the Great Seal of the United States. Includes descriptions of seal committees in the 1700s, the accepted "device" from 1782, the color and image symbolism, the dies, use of the seal and coat of arms, and images of both sides of the seal. Opens directly into a PDF document. From the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs.
URL: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/27807.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25480

Law

Exploring Constitutional Law
"This site explores some of the great issues and controversies that surround our Nation's founding document." Read the full text of the Constitution, find links to material on Constitutional history, see how Supreme Court justices have divided on landmark cases back to 1989, find material about dozens of Constitutional issues, and more. From a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
URL: http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/home.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27022

People

Live From the NYPL
Website for a series of "conversations, debates & performances" held at the New York Public Library (NYPL). Learn about upcoming events and find transcripts and audio/video files for selected past programs such as Toni Morrison in conversation with Fran Lebowitz, a conversation on the 2008 election, "Dead from the NYPL" on obituaries, and a tribute to John Updike. Archive goes back to 2005. From the NYPL.
URL: http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/pep/peplist.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26399

Regions of the World

Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History
"The purpose of this website is to disseminate knowledge and awareness of ... ancient [Mesopotamian] civilization that will lead to a better understanding of ourselves, others, and of current events for the K-12 community." Includes an interactive feature where you can curate a Mesopotamia exhibit, video clips, and background about Mesopotamian life in areas such as farming, women, literature, mathematics, religion, and warfare. From the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.
URL: http://mesopotamia.lib.uchicago.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26073

Census in Schools
This site provides state U.S. Census information "especially for younger students." Click on a state to find data on population (including numbers of 8-12 year-olds), geography, and selected businesses (such as toy stores and amusement parks). Also includes teaching materials, reference material (such as fact sheets about Census 2000 and a history of data collection in the U.S.), and related items. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
URL: http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/teachers.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27020

University Libraries: Foreign Information by Country
Collections of links to information about countries and territories of the world. Find guides from individual countries, portals to country information, and country profiles by governments and by international organizations. Some of the country sites are only in native languages. Includes links to related topics such as treaties and travel. From the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries.
URL: http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/govpubs/for/foreigngovt.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28044

Society & Social Science

Magnet Schools Assistance
Background about this program that "provides grants to eligible local educational agencies to establish and operate magnet schools that are operated under a court-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plan." Provides definitions of magnet schools, details about eligibility, and links to publications about creating successful magnet schools. From the U.S. Department of Education.
URL: http://www.ed.gov/programs/magnet/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27592

Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Website for an advocacy organization "infusing 21st century skills into education. The organization brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers." Click on "Route 21" for 21st century skills-related information covering skills such as the traditional core subjects (including English and math), as well as critical thinking, communication and collaboration, information and technology, and life and career. Also find white papers and reports, a FAQ, and related material.
URL: http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27317


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