Thursday, September 29, 2011

Website Spotlight: Salem Witchcraft (Famous Trials)


Website URL: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/salem.htm

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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I ask the students to work through the following links:

In Context: History of Witchcraft Persecutions
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/witchhistory.html

Overview essay by Douglas Linder: "An Account of Events in Salem"
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/SAL_ACCT.HTM

Biographies:

Cotton Mather
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/SAL_BMAT.HTM

Samuel Parris
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/ASA_PAR.HTM

Tituba
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/ASA_TIT.HTM

Sarah Good
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/SAL_BGOO.HTM

Rebecca Nurse
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/SAL_BNUR.HTM

Governor Sir William Phips
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/SAL_BPHI.HTM

Petitions of Two Witches Awaiting Execution
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/SAL_E&P.HTM

You're Accused
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/accused!.html

Salem Witchcraft Trials Jeopardy
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/scopesjeopardy%5B1%5D.htm

~~For outside reviews of the Famous Trials website:

History Matters (The U.S. Survey Course on the Web)
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/4908/
TeachingHistory.org (National History Education Clearinghouse)
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews/14636

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Colonial+Era

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Website Spotlight: Raid on Deerfield


Website URL: http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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Begin with the "Getting Started" Tab (bottom of screen)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/about/started.jsp

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Then focus on these biographical sketches of  Reverend Williams and his household to read yourself into the situation.

Reverend John Williams
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=JohnWilliams

Eunice Mather Williams (wife)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=EuniceMWilliams

Stephen Williams (son)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=StephenWilliams

Eunice Kanenstenhawi Williams (daughter)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=EuniceKWilliams

Frank (African slave of the Williams family)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=Frank

Parthena (African slave of the Williams family)
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/people.do?shortName=Parthena

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Then work through this part of the website that deals with the attack itself.

1. Attack
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/scene.do?title=Attack

Read the tips entitled "How to Use this Page."

Select "Hot Spots" that interest you from the picture.

2. March to Canada
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/scene.do?title=March

Select "Hot Spots" that interest you from the picture.

View the Interactive map of the March to Canada
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/maps/march.html

3. Parting Ways
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/scene.do?title=Parting

Select "Hot Spots" that interest you from the picture.

4. Captivity
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/scene.do?title=Captivity

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Read these brief essays:

Captivity and Return
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/background.do?shortName=expCaptivity

English Colonization
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/background.do?shortName=expColonialEnglish

English Puritanism
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/background.do?shortName=expPuritanism

French Colonization
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/background.do?shortName=expColonialFrench

French Catholicism
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/background.do?shortName=expCatholicism

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Check out this great Timeline:
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/timeline/timeline.do?title=1600_1620

Beautifully constructed, in 20 year segments; top half showing events in America, bottom half events in Europe.

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Browse through these specialized topics:

Trading at Springfield
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/trade.do?title=Springfield

Trading at Albany
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/trade.do?title=Albany

Trading at Quebec
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/scenes/trade.do?title=Quebec

English Songs from the 17th Century
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/voices/eng_songs.do

French Music from the 17th and early 18th Centuries
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/voices/fre_songs.do

Ceremonial Objects
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/list/artifacts/ceremonial.do

Household Objects
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/list/artifacts/household.do

Military Items
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/list/artifacts/military.do

Personal Items
http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/list/artifacts/personal.do

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~~For reviews of this website:

History Matters (The U.S. Survey Course on the Web)
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/7361/

TeachingHistory.org (National History Education Clearinghouse)
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews/14646

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Colonial+Era

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT

Website Spotlight: Colonial House


Website URL: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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I ask my students to work through the following parts of this wonderful website:

Meet the Colonists

a. Verdecia House (involves former APU student Maddison Verdecia)
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/meet/meet_verdecia_maddison.html

b. Behind the Scenes: Colonial Life, Then and Now

Religion in the Colony
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/behind/religion.html

The Training
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/behind/training.html

c. About the Project: The Laws

Worship and Sabbath
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/rules_worship.html

d. Interactive History. Play around with a few of these fun quizzes:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/history/index.html

1. Would you have survived on the Colony?
2. 1628 Across the continent.
3. Dress Me Up
4. Fantastic Voyage

e. Educational Activities:

Cottage Quest Quiz
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/quiz_pop/cottage.html

Myth-Conceptions Quiz
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/quiz_pop/myth.html

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Colonial+Era

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT

Monday, September 19, 2011

Website Spotlight: Jamestown (Festival Park)

 
Website URL: http://www.historyisfun.org/Jamestown-Settlement.htm

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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Here are the portions of this website that I ask my students to review:

A. Powhatan Indian Village
http://www.historyisfun.org/Powhatan-Village.htm

1. Essays

Pocahontas and the Powhatans of Virginia
Cultural Intermediaries
Powhatan Identity in Late 17th-Century Virginia

2. Videos

Powhatan and Pocahontas
Powhatans and Trade

B. Jamestown Settlement Ships
http://www.historyisfun.org/Jamestown-Ships.htm

Click on the link "Learn more about..."

C. From Africa to Virginia
http://www.historyisfun.org/From-Africa-to-Virginia.htm

1. Video Resources:

Jamestown Chronicles: Angela - The African
More about Angela and the first Africans in Virginia
Discovering Jamestown: The West Central Africans

2. Lesson Plan for Students and Image Gallery

The People of Jamestown: The Africans
Image Gallery - West Central Africans

3. Background Historical Essays

Cultures at Jamestown
The Angolan Connection and Slavery in Virginia
The Evolution of the Slave Quarter in Tidewater Virginia

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Colonial+Era

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT

Friday, September 16, 2011

Website Spotlight: Conquistadors


Website URL: http://www.pbs.org/conquistadors/

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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Click on Cortes.
http://www.pbs.org/conquistadors/cortes/cortes_flat.html

To explore the Cortes segment of this website, click on each of the nine icons in the left sidebar.

Within each of the nine categories outlined below, click on each of the three subheads listed at the top of the screen.

1. Aztec Empire: [1517-1519: First Contact]
A Fragile State
Hernan Cortes
Yucatan Expedition

2. Cortes Expedition: [February 1519, Cortes defies the Governor]
Expedition force
Malinche
Cortes route

3. Montezuma's Messengers [April 20, 1519: A Display of Force]
Royal greeting
Montezuma II
Human sacrifice

4. From Explore to Conquer: [Cortes burns his boats]
Stunned Aztecs
Lust for gold
Queztalcalatl

5. Spaniards in Tenochtitlan: [November 1519: The most beautiful thing in the world]
Tenochtitlan
Spanish eyewitnesses
Montezuma's speech

6. Cortes Seizes Power [November 1519: Montezuma arrested]
Spanish horror
Aztec people
Marketplace

7. War Breaks Out [June 1520: Massacre at Tenochtitlan]
Massacre eyewitness
Montezuma's death
Noche Triste

8. Siege of Tenochtitlan [December 1520: Siege, Starvation, & Smallpox]
Cortes letter
The great rash
Siege eyewitnesses

9. Fall of the Aztecs [The Last Stand: An Aztec Iliad]
Fall eyewitness
Aztec lament
Cortes fate

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Learn more about the Aztecs:
http://www.pbs.org/opb/conquistadors/mexico/mexico.htm

A. Montezuma and the Aztecs
Aztec Life and Times>>[more--7 pages]
The Aztec Empire>>[more]--4 pages

B. Cortes and the Spanish
The Promise of the New World>>[ more--3 pages]
Cortes the Conquistador>>[more--3 pages]

C. Legacy of the Conquest
Two Worlds Meet>>[more--6 pages]
Cortes' Legacy>>[more--6 pages]

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
 http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Exploration

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Website Spotlight: Voyages of Exploration



Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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Here are the main web pages I ask my students to focus on:

1. Portuguese Exploration:

Prince Henry the Navigator
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/henry1.html

The Atlantic Islands
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/atlantic.html

Asia
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/asia.html

Sea Route to India
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/vasco.html

Early Voyages to the Far East
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/vasco3.html

Ferdinand Magellan
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/magellan.html

2. Spanish Exploration:

The Caribbean: First Contact
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/carib.html

Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Empire
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/columbus.html

Conquest of the Aztec Empire: Cortes
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/aztec.html

3. Various Other Pages of Interest:

Technical Advances in Shipbuilding and Navigation
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/ship.html

European Way of War
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/eurowar.html

Communicating with Indigenous Populations
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/communicate.html

Religion and Exploration
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/relex.html

The Sugar and Slave Trades
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/Trade.html

Conclusion
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/conclus.html

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Here is a complete outline of all the web pages available on this site:

Introduction
   Crusades
Iberian Pioneers: Portugal and Spain

Major Section #1: Portugal:

Overview
Prince Henry the Navigator (several screens):
   Knights Templar
   Ceuta
   Lure of Trade
The Atlantic Islands (plantations, slaves, sugar):
   Madeira
   Azores
   Canaries
Africa
Ceuta: First step
Search for gold and slaves
Asia:
   China was exploring toward Africa but halted
   The Ming Dynasty's Maritime History
Vasco da Gama 1: Sea Route to India
   Bartolomeu Dias
Vasco da Gama 2: Red Sea Trade
Voyages of Imperialism (lengthy article)
Initial contacts with China and Japan
   Saint Francis Xavier
Magellan: His Biography and his Circumnavigation of the Globe (Great article!)
Brazil

Major Section #2: Imperial Spain

Castile
Aragon
Isabella and Ferdinand consolidate their power
Caribbean
   First contact
   Christopher Columbus
The Americas and the Conquistadors
   Cortes and the Aztecs
   Pizarro and the Incas

Major Section #3: Special Topics

Knowledge and Power
Geography/Cartography
Technical Advances in Shipbuilding and Navigation
European Maritime Superiority
European Way of War
Communicating with indigenous populations
Religion and Exploration:
   St. Francis & the Franciscans
   St. Dominic & the Dominicans
   The Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Trade: Sugar and Slaves
Sugar plantation
African slavery
Middle passage
Predominant Winds and Explorers' Routes

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Exploration

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT

Monday, September 12, 2011

Website Spotlight: The Vikings (NOVA)


Website URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/vikings/

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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I ask the students to work through the following links:

Who Were the Vikings? 
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/vikings/who.html

Secrets of Norse Ships
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/viking-ships.html

The Viking Diaspora (click through each of the 21 places)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/vikings/diaspora.html

Write Your Name in Runes
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/write-your-name-in-runes.html

Build a Tree-Ring Timeline
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/vikings/treering.html
 
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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Exploration

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT

Website Spotlight: Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga (Smithsonian)


Website URL: http://www.mnh.si.edu/vikings/start.html

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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I ask the students to work through the following:

I. GUIDED TOUR [click at the top of the home screen]

Click "Next Room" to move through the Guided Tour:

Room 1 Journey of Discovery
Room 2 Recapturing the Past
Room 3 Going Viking
Room 4 Transforming Society
Room 5 Leaving Home
Room 6 Taking the North Atlantic
Room 7 Discovering North America
Room 8 Holding Fast at World's End

II. VIKING VOYAGE [click at the top of the home screen]

Select the stops from the map at the left of the screen.

Each stop may have addition tabs entitled Archeology, Sagas, History, Environment, and Genetics. Click on and read those.

Stop 1. Homeland: Who were the Vikings
Stop 2. Western Isles: Vikings: Raiders, Traders, or Settlers?
Stop 3. Iceland: Who Settled Iceland?
Stop 4. Greenland: What Happened to the Greenland Norse?
Stop 5. Markland and Helluland: Who Were the Skraelings?
Stop 6. Vinland: Where is Vinland?
Stop 7. Land of Legend: Why are Vikings Still Popular?

III. LEARNING CENTER [click at the top of the home screen]

Read about these:

Hnefatafl Board Game
Runes (Runic alphabet)

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Exploration

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT