These internet resources for teachers include sources of content information on U.S. Constitutional History and Best Practices, and they include professional organizations
that address teaching and learning United States History. All of the sites contain some materials that can be downloaded. Many sites include valuable cross references to additional internet sites that address teaching and learning United States History.
Links to organizations provide documents and narratives related to United States Constitutional History.
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Library of Congress
This is an extraordinary collection of written and graphic documents that are archived at the United States Library of Congress. The documents are presented in their original format (e.g. handwritten, early type and graphic reproductions). The collection includes an excellent search index. These documents can be downloaded and copied for classroom use.
This site offers digital historical documents relevant to the fields of law, economics, politics, diplomacy and government on the World Wide Web, collected by Yale University. The documents retain original spellings, but are presented in modern type. The collection is well indexed and documents can be downloaded and copied for classroom use.
Center for Civics Education: Curricular Materials
This site focuses on Civics Education with frameworks for teaching fundamentals of U.S. Constitutional Government. Some materials can be downloaded. Teachers can purchase complete curricula, units and lessons from the Center.
Connecticut History Online
Connecticut Historical Society, University of Connecticut, Mystic Seaport, New Haven Colony Historical Society
This site offers written and graphic documents that are a part of the Society’s collection. These documents are downloadable. The CHS site also provides an online catalog to its entire collection. The Online collection may be somewhat difficult to navigate for inexperienced users, but there are some excellent hard-to-find graphic documents.
Connecticut State Library and Archives
This is a valuable resource on Connecticut’s civic history. Although challenging to navigate, this site provides a wealth of resources—both online and catalogued. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut (http://www.colonialct.uconn.edu/) presents downloadable documents of the period in in their original language. This is not a complete collection and indexed alphabetically by names and limited topics.
Exploring Amistad at Mystic Seaport: Teaching
This site provides original documents related to the Amistad incident, as well as suggested teaching strategies. Materials can be downloaded for classroom use.
National Archives and Records Administration
This is a “must” for teachers! This site provides downloadable written and graphic documents, drawn from the extensive collection of the National Archives. Currently, the site focuses on one hundred pivotal documents in United States history, including Constitutional history. This project includes Source Books for teachers that provides lesson plans, alignment with national history education standards, and original documents.
Teaching with Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places, National Park Services
Using sites listed on the National Register, this program is structured solely for teachers. It presents lesson plans that include original written and graphic records, maps, architectural drawings and statistical tables. Lessons are aligned to national and state history standards. The site is well indexed with cross references to topics, names, states. Materials are ready-to-use and downloadable.
United States Congress, Library of Congress
This is an online, downloadable record of Congressional proceedings. It provides an excellent way to connect historical events and issues to contemporary government action. This site provides a generous cross-reference to other relevant sites on the World Wide Web.Links to Professional Organizations related to United States Constitutional History.
National Council for History Education
NCHE provides brief articles on topics of interest to teachers of history, including best practices, historical events and issues, current issues in history education. These can be downloaded from the NCHE Archives. The organization conducts an annual conference of best practices and topics of interest to history teachers. Offers good cross links to other professional or organizations
National Council for the Social Studies
The largest and oldest professional organization for social studies teachers, this organization keeps members informed on best practices, current educational issues, emerging curriculum standards, and instructional strategies and lessons, including the Teaching with Documents of the National Archives. The Connecticut Council for the Social Studies (http://www.ctsocialstudies.org/) is affiliated with the National Council, focusing on issues and best practices of interest to social studies teachers in Connecticut. Both the state and national organizations conduct annual conferences and issue newsletters and a national journal.
Organization of American Historians: Teacher Resource Center
The OAH professional organization for teachers combines the best in content scholarship with excellent resources for best practices and exemplary materials for teachers of American History. The site cross-references to other professional organizations. An annual conference and journal provide collegial exchange for teachers.