HISTORY

When students don't know key aspects of the past, they can't full understand the present. Here's a week-by-week guide to instilling some cultural literacy in our students.

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Brief bios of 19 journalists from writesite.org, a site designed to help students in middle school discover the fun of telling a story.

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The people site of the Pearson Education site breaks down its biographies by several categories (e.g., women, sports personalities, explorers, etc.). It includes a search engine by name. And it has quizzes.

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A selected list of world leaders by country and region, including a bios on ancient rulers.

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The Legal information Institute has organized the justices (with bios) by their votes on important cases.

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The Biography Channel's search engine covers 25,000 people, or you can search alphabetically. This site starts with Flavius Aėtius, a Roman general who fought off the barbarians for 20 years, and ends with Polish mathemetician Antoni Zygmund, who fled the Nazis. The site also has quizzes.

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Biographies of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, as judged by Time and its readers. No. 1 leader? Winston Churchchill.

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Biographies of 78 people whom About.com thinks shaped U.S. history.

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Folks whom the BBC thinks you should know more about, from Gnaeus Julius Agricola, a Roman general who conquered parts of Wales and Scotland, to Sir Christopher Wren, architect and designer.

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Infoplease has a world timeline that starts with the forming of the Earth. It also has a U.S. history timeline, as well as other several other history databases (e.g., inventions, nation histories) and a timeline archive, including scientific landmarks, disasters and cultural events.

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Thanks to George Emery, a librarian at Canisius College who has been collecting Web timelines since 1993, here you'll find dozens of timelines divided by history & culture; science & technology; art & literature; popular culture and science fiction - yes, even an Isaac Asimov galactic timeline. Just be sure to check the sources.

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Hyperhistory is partner project to the World History Chart (available for the low price of $24), but the Web site is free. Its searchable timelines are divided by people, events and maps.

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That and 99 more "milestone" documents are at "Our Documents," sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration, National History Day and USA Freedom Corps. You'll get not only an explainer of why the document made the top 100 list, but also a transcript of the document.

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America's Story at the Library of Congress is designed for the younger journalists among us, but no one will know if you ... "Meet Amazing Americans," divided into the categories that made them famous; "Jump Back in Time" to learn about, say, the Gilded Age; "Explore the States" with an interactive map; "Join America at Play" to learn about sports and hobbies; and "See, Hear and Sing," a eclectic stroll through movies, pictures and songs. By eclectic, we include a 1989 video clip of what was left of the battleship "Maine."

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USA.gov, the government's official Web portal, has links to military history sites, naval history sites, a veterans history project, Native Americans' role in the military, a Civil War soldiers/sailors database and a searchable database of military gravesites.

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The official White House site has bios on all the presidents, searchable by date or by name.

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When the Library of Congress began digitizing its collections, it created this multimedia site to provide access to material that documented American history. The catalog can be browsed by topic (e.g., Civil War maps) or by title (e.g., "I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential inaugurations).

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