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Instructional Materials in History

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within History. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Ancient Civilizations Theme Page

Countries Theme Page

Explorers Theme Page

Holocaust Theme Page

Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers Theme Page

Renaissance Theme Page

General Social Studies Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Social Studies. Please read our disclaimer.

Academy Curricular Exchange: Social Studies
Mini lesson plans from Academy One/Columbia Education Center in Social Studies. Lesson plans for History are interspersed throughout the collection.

Activity Search: Social Studies
Houghton Mifflin's Education Place Activity Search gives teachers access to a wide number of K-12 traditional (i.e., not Internet) activities. It is possible to search for activities by curriculum areas and/or grade levels, or browse the activities by themes. History lesson plans are interspersed through the Social Studies section.

AskERIC Lesson Plans - Social Studies
Numerous lesson plans in History, State History, US History and World history covering various grade ranges in K-12.

Cardboard Cognition
A collection of card and board games organized by subject and grade levels (K-College). Games for history are within the Social Studies section.

Chilliwack Senior Secondary School Social Studies Department
Teachers of CSSS have put their lesson resources online, including strategies for conducting debates, mock trials, group presentations, journals and collages. Some of these can be used within a history classroom.

Encarta Lesson Collection: Social Studies
Select "Social Studies" on their Lesson Collection Page to find collections of "History", US History", and "World History" lesson plans.

Grade 12 Provincial Examinations
Full information on the BC Grade 12 provincial examinations, including copies of previous exams and their keys (e.g., History), exam timetables, exam results, holistic scoring guides, reports to schools and general information.

Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs)
These Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) provide some of the basic information that teachers will require to implement the BC Ministry of Education Science curricula in K-12.

Learning Space (LS) Social Studies: WWW Research Lessons
One of the ways to integrate the Internet into your classroom is by using it as a source of current curricular information. Having students conduct research on the WWW is an effective and relevant learning activity but teachers may feel at a loss as to what kind of questions students should be given to research. This site contains over 25 examples of Social Studies (including History) research questions (organized by grade levels) which pose motivating, genuine problems or open-ended real life problems whose solutions and answers are not easily found (some of which are US content-based). In addition, there is a step-by-step guide to creating your own research questions.

Lesson Plans and Teaching Strategies
Over 75 annotated and alphabetized links to Social Studies lesson collections. History lesson plans may be found within the General Social Studies web sites but there are also links to history specific sites.

New York State Regents Examinations
The N.Y. State Regents Examinations are a set of subject-based standardized tests for N.Y. high school students. Here are two resources, from different organizations, that can help teachers and students prepare for these or other similar standardized exams.
  • New York State Education Department Download PDF formatted copies of recent Regents Examinations and answer keys from this page.
  • Regents Exams Prep Centre: History The Prep Centre, developed by Oswego County high school teachers, is intended to help Grade 12 teachers and students prepare for the N.Y. Regents Exams. Teachers can access sets of sample questions that are organized by subject and then by topic. Alternatively, students can attempt the questions, view the correct answer, or follow a link to a tutorial on the curricular content in the question if they need assistance.

Teaching Ideas for Primary Teachers
There's a variety of history ideas, activities and worksheets for elementary students at this site. You'll also find a feature titled "Time-Fillers". This is a collection of short activities which can be used within a number of subject areas to fill a few spare moments during the day.

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