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Lesson Plans (6) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (7) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (11) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: Famous Failures
Description: The students are shown a video of "Famous Failures" which provides examples of famous people who failed many times prior to becoming successful. The students are encouraged to discuss the different people in the video and are asked to think about the famous person's contributions. Was Walt Disney's impact greater than Henry Ford's? The students then (teacher facilitated) list the ten famous people they would put on a “Top 10 list." This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 11)
Title: African American Honorees in Alabama History
Description: Students will create a PowerPoint slide show presentation and brochure on a famous African American icon from the Alabama Calendar. Students may select famous African Americans from Alabama such as Rosa Parks, Vonetta Flowers, Dr. Mae Jemison, Joe Louis, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron, Dr. Regina Benjamin, Dr. Ethel Hall, Judge Oscar Adams, Billie Jean Young, George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This lesson was created to accompany the Alabama African American History Calendar Project.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Battle Over Reconstruction     
Description: This curriculum unit of three lessons examines the social, political and economic conditions of the southern states in the aftermath of the Civil War and shows how these factors helped to shape the Reconstruction debate as well as the subsequent history of American race relations.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Lesson 1: The Battle Over Reconstruction: The Aftermath of War     
Description: This lesson covers two essential aspects of Reconstruction: the condition of the southern states at the close of the war and Lincoln's plan for restoring them to the Union.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Lesson 2: The Battle Over Reconstruction: The Politics of Reconstruction     
Description: In this lesson, students consider the momentous questions facing the country during the Reconstruction debate by weighing the many factors that went into the solutions offered.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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Overcoming Slavery through Civil War
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The Civil War abolishes slavery, but are civil rights given to all? 


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STEALTH RECONSTRUCTION PANEL DISCUSSION
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Join us for a ‘Bonus' ArchiTreats: Food for Thought panel discussion on Stealth Reconstruction: The Untold Story of Racial Politics in Recent Southern History. This was held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History October 14, 2010. Most Americans know the basic facts and events of the modern civil rights movement, but few have a sense of how the civil rights movement actually played out in southern politics over the remainder of the twentieth century. Glen Browder's and Artemesia Stanberry's book, Stealth Reconstruction, explores how white politicians and black activists worked together quietly, practically, and bi-racially to change the South from the 1970s through the 1990s. The book features prominent Alabama political players of the past and present - including Richard Arrington, Fred Gray, Jerome Gray, Howell Heflin, Paul Hubbert, Joe Reed, and George Wallace - and includes surprising revelations about racial politics during that era. In this ArchiTreats program, a panel of Alabamians discuss this process of political change and examine how Alabama got from the continuous turmoil of the mid-twentieth century to biracial politics in the twenty-first century. In addition to co-authors Browder and Stanberry, the panel participants were moderator Tim Lennox (WAKA-TV broadcast journalist), Dr. Sharron Herron (Alabama State University political scientist), Markeshia Ricks (State Government reporter for Montgomery Advertiser), and Dr. Bill Stewart (Professor Emeritus in political science from the University of Alabama).


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Cast in Iron
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Sloss Furnaces carries a rich legacy that began in the post-Civil War South and continues through to today. It was founded in 1882 by James Withers Sloss who paid only $180,000 to have it built. Sloss Furnaces became a symbol of pride and progress in the South. It was the first to export iron overseas and helped make Birmingham, AL a thriving city. Listen as historians take you through Sloss's legacy and ironworkers recount what it was like to work inside its walls.  


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Reconstruction in Alabama
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Reconstruction in Alabama examines the post Civil War period in Alabama and addresses the role of the new Alabama Republican Party in creating a new Alabama. This dramatic period witnessed many changes in Alabama, including the emergence of black officeholders, black schools and churches, universal public education, and enlarged rights for women. Born in Montgomery, Richard Bailey holds degrees from Alabama State University and the Atlanta University, and received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in American History from Kansas State University. He has traveled and studied in Europe and Africa through a joint fellowship from Cleveland (Ohio) State University, the University of Massachusetts, and the American Forum for International Travel and Study. His columns have appeared in newspapers across the state and he is the author of They Too Call Alabama Home: African American Profiles, 1800-1999 (1999). The fifth edition of his book Neither Carpetbaggers Nor Scalawags: Black Officeholders during the Reconstruction of Alabama, 1867-1878 is forthcoming in 2009. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.


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Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies
Title: Getting an Education     
Description: This video segment, adapted from NOVA , chronicles the education of leading chemist Percy Julian. Although Julian began his elementary school years in the DeepSouth under Jim Crow laws, he became one of the few African Americans of his time to earn a Ph.D.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: First Person Account: William Christie     
Description: Willian G. Christie, a Union Soldier from Minnesota, relates his disgust over prejudice against black soldiers in his unit.This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the Comparing Confederate and Union Soldiers lesson plan. It was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War , by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: First Person Account: Louis Myers     
Description: Louis Myers, a Union Soldier from West Virginia, describes changes in his perspectives about War.This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the Comparing Confederate and Union Soldiers lesson plan. It was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War , by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Informational Materials


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Encyclopedia of Alabama
http://www.encyclope...
The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online reference resource on Alabama’s history, culture, geography, and natural environment. This site offers articles on Alabama's famous people, historic events, sports, art, literature, industry, government, plant and animal life, agriculture, recreation, and so much more.

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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden Resources     
Description: A list of the presidents, a time line of presidential candidates, a summary of the military service of presidents as well as a bibliography and web sites related to the presidency are the resources included in the online exhibition entitled The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: First Confederate National Flag     
Description: The Confederate States of America's first national flag was also known as the Stars Bars. This flag flew from 1861 to 1863. Each of the eight stars represented a Confederate state in March 1861 when the flag was adopted.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Religion,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Encyclopedia of Alabama     
Description: A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Alabama; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 1880s Agricultural Nation Classroom Activity Guide     
Description: In this set of classroom activities developed for the exhibition America on the Move , students will use visual, analytical, and interpretive skills to examine primary sources including historical maps to answer questions about farming, transportation, immigration, and racism in the 1880s, and will answer questions about the history and impact of railroads on their own communities. The activities provide opportunities for historical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, analyzing cause/effect relationships, understanding multiple points of view, performing original research, debating and persuasive writing and help students develop and strengthen map-reading skills and the ability to identify issues and problems in the past and connect the past to the present.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 1920s Industrial America Classroom Activity Guide     
Description: In these classroom activities developed for the exhibition America on the Move , students will use visual, analytical, and interpretive skills to examine primary sources including historical maps and answer questions about them to learn more about railroads, transportation, racism, Jim Crow, travel in industrial America in the 1920s, as well as the impact of the Great Migration (1915-1940) and changes in transportation had on their own communities. The activities helps students develop and strengthen map-reading skills, provide opportunities for historical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, analyzing cause/effect relationships, understanding multiple points of view, performing original research, debating and persuasive writing, and help students identify issues and problems in the past and connect the past to the present.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: The Valley of the Shadow     
Description: This site contains multimedia resources that bring to life two communities, one Northern and one Southern, divided by the Civil War. It is an archive of thousands of sources for the period before, during, and after the Civil War for Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Those sources include newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, maps, church records, population census, agricultural census, and military records. Students can explore every dimension of the conflict and write their own histories, reconstructing the life stories of women, African Americans, farmers, politicians, soldiers, and families. The project is intended for secondary schools, community colleges, libraries, and universities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Freedmen and Southern Society Project     
Description: The Freedmen and Southern Society Project is a storehouse of historical papers chronicling the abolition of slavery during the Civil War. A chronology of the Civil War, and links to scholarly and historical publications are included. Along with texts describing the historical events that took place in the political realm, the site also contains documents that convey with first-person immediacy the experiences of the newly liberated people.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Geography
Title: History of Jim Crow     
Description: The Jim Crow laws encompassed every part of American life, from politics to education to sports. This site provides a comprehensive look at the 80-year period of segregation in the U.S.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: West Point Graduates During the Civil War and Reconstruction     
Description: The Civil War forced West Point graduates to make difficult choices regarding family and friends, and regional and national loyalties. Whether they fought for the North or the South, West Pointers played major roles during the era of Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will learn about the roles that these men played during this pivotal and divisive period. West Point Graduates During the Civil War and Reconstruction is part of the online exhibition http://americanhistory.si.edu/westpoint/index.html" West Point in the Making of America .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: NAACP Interactive Timeline     
Description: The NAACP Interactive Timeline gives students, teachers and parents a unique and comprehensive view into the impact and influences of the NAACP during its first 100 years. This media-rich resource - filled with historic video, celebrity narration, and photos - will engage your students as they learn about the milestones, people and events that illustrate the organization's impact on civil rights, science, the arts, law and more.
Thinkfinity Partner: Verizon Thinkfinity
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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