Saturday, February 12, 2005


Sat., Feb. 12, 2005

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Date Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 3:14 PM
From: The Gilder Lehrman Institute

Valentine’s Day Love Letters

In honor of Valentine's Day, the Institute has launched the third installment of Battle Lines: Letters from America's Wars, featuring love letters from soldiers. This ongoing exhibition, updated throughout the year, examines correspondence from more than 200 years of American conflicts, ranging from the Revolution to the war in Iraq. Listen to readings, see transcripts, and examine original letters at:

The "Three-Fifths Clause"
Our current featured document, newly acquired by the Collection, looks at data from the 1800 census in New York and provides a sense of the pervasiveness of slavery, even in a northern state such as New York. Check out the current featured document at:


Sat., Feb. 12, 2005 - World War II

Taken From:
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 14:51:38 -0500
From: Lucille Watt
Subject: Re: [LM_NET] Tar: HS: Sites and sources for WWII project
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Here are a few from the CHS virtual Library

The World War II Poster Collection
“The 338 items, primarily World War II-era posters, featured in this site's database were collected and preserved by the Northwestern University Government Publications Department. Issued by various U.S. government agencies, these posters represent the government's effort, through art, illustration, and photographs, to pull the American people together in a time of adversity for the country and its population.”

The World at War, history of WW 1939-1945
Extensive. Includes pages of links (WWII Pages - A list of other World War II Home Pages
Related - a list of related websites of World War II, and Secret – The Secret of Communication).

Day of Infamy 1941 - 2001 Digital Exhibit
“An exhibit commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Lucille Watt, School Library Media Specialist
Information Center
Concord High School

All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.


Sat., Feb. 12, 2005 - Oral Traditions Research Manual

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Posted: 10-30-2004 10:39 AM
Subject: [LIFE of Florida] Cultural research:
Online Oral Traditions Research Manual

Online Oral Traditions Research Manual


1.1 Introduction

Welcome to oral traditions research! There are many people in the Northwest Territories who want to try to save the knowledge that is part of the oral tradition of their culture. People are realizing that if they do not do this, then much of this information will be lost forever. This manual was written for adults and students in the Northwest Territories who want to do their own research, but need help getting started. There is a lot to learn. This manual provides you with an outline of how it can be done using audio recording equipment. For those who want more detail click here for a list of books

1.2 How the Manual is Organized

This manual is written in eight sections. First we give definitions to the words we use, such as "oral traditions", "traditional knowledge", and "oral history". This gives us a common understanding of what we are talking about.

Next we look at how to plan a project. You have to set your goals, talk with community groups, and write proposals for funding. Then you have to plan your interviews. This means buying or borrowing equipment, deciding what questions to ask, and finding people to interview. Then we talk about how to do the interviews.

Once you finish the interviews, the hard work of translating and transcribing the interview tapes begins. The rest of the manual gives ideas on how to write your report and present the results to others. We hope you find this manual useful and enjoy your experience in helping to preserve this important information.
Learning is For Everyone, Inc.


Sat., Feb. 12, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Fri, Feb 11, 2005 at 8:26PM
Smithsonian Education News: Winter 2005 Edition

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
The Museum’s Price of Freedom collection includes hundreds of artifacts
related to America’s military history.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Black Wings Story
“Black Wings tells the story of how one group of Americans overcame enormous obstacles to break into aviation. African Americans shared the universal dream of flight. But for almost 50 years after the Wright brothers’ historic flight in 1903, racial discrimination denied black Americans access to this important sphere of technology.”
Includes links to online resources.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interview Guide
[Shortened URL: ]
“We hope that the Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide inspires you to turn to members of your own family and community as key sources of history, culture, and tradition.”

National Postal Museum
“This year’s National History Day theme: “Communication in History: the Key to Understanding" relates directly to the collections and exhibits at the National Postal Museum. This website offers students and teachers online exhibits, references, topic suggestions, and material culture. Each one relates to the history of the United States' postal system and the effects it has had upon American expansion, politics, business and society.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

© 2005 Smithsonian Institution


Friday, February 11, 2005


Fri., Feb. 11, 2005 - The Fabric of History / Faith Ringgold / Quilted Math

Taken From:
Riverdeep's Classroom Flyer, Tuesday, October 26th, 2004


Quilts have an aura of history about them, and rightly so. They can boast of a rich heritage in the arts, geometry, and American history. Investigate geometric patterns and how they relate to quilt design and history with this learning project. Then consider having your students create their own classroom quilt with fabric or paper blocks, depending on skill levels, reflecting on important shared, current, or individual events.

Brenda Barron, Editor
(c) 2004 Riverdeep. All rights reserved.


The Fabric of History
Depicting African American History Through Quilts
[NOTE: Free registration may be required to access this page. – Phyllis ]

Expressions of Hope and Faith, Inspired by the Work of a Freed Slave
[NOTE: Free registration may be required to access this page. – Phyllis ]

Faith Ringgold, a famous African American artist, quilter and writer


Fri., Feb. 11, 2005 - James Baldwin

Taken From:
Date Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2004 5:36 AM

James Baldwin
[NOTE: Home pages for these links previously posted. – Phyllis ]
Find resources for teachers including video clips, suggested topics for
classroom discussion, a short biography, and more.

Gale Group
Offers a fact-heavy biography from The African American Almanac.

Lit Links
Find historical reviews of Baldwin's works, articles by and about the
writer, and audio recordings.

PBS: American Masters
Features a short biography about Baldwin's formative years, life in Greenwich Village, and works including Go Tell it On the Mountain (1955), Giovanni's Room (1956), and If Beale Street Could Talk (1974).

Teacher Resource File
A large selection of links to essays, criticism and analysis, biographies, bibliographies, photographs, electronic texts, lesson plans, quotes, and more.

Copyright 2000-2004. Today in Literature. All rights reserved.


Fri., Feb. 11, 2005 - Black History Month National Gallery of Art

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From : Bonnie Bracey
Reply-To : K-12 Educators Interested in Educational Administration
Sent : Thursday, February 10, 2005 6:54 PM
Subject : Teacher Resources Black History Month- National Gallery of Art

(Loan Programs)

February is Black History Month, and it is an ideal time for teachers to utilize a variety of online materials about art created by and/or depicting African Americans, including an online feature, “The Art of Romare Bearden,” and an online tour, “The Shaw Memorial” (sculptor Augustus Saint-Gauden’s “Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment,” which depicts the first African American unit from the North to fight for the Union in the Civil War).


Fri., Feb. 11, 2005

Taken From:
PBS Teacher Previews: February 13-19, 2005

DeFord Bailey: A Legend Lost
TV> PBSOL> Elementary / Middle / High School
Monday, February 14, 2005
10:30 - 11:00 pm
Harmonica virtuoso DeFord Bailey was one of the first stars of
the Grand Ole Opry. Yet history knows almost nothing of this
lost legend. Plus, learn how black musicians have influenced
many legends of country music. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Learn more about DeFord's playing style and how he influenced
others at the companion Web site.

"Saving the National Treasures" TV> PBSOL> MARC>
Elementary / Middle / High School
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Get an insider's look at the extraordinary engineering efforts
that are safeguarding the Declaration of Independence, the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our teacher's guide and get ideas on how to use the
program in your classroom. Plus, start your own PBS Program
Club and talk about whether you feel that the restoration was
worth the trouble, time and expense.
[NOTE: See NOVA teaching guide below. – Phyllis ]

Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers
"Hot Planet -- Cold Comfort" TV> PBSOL> High School
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
8:30 - 9:00 pm
So you think global warming won't affect you? Wait until the
great Atlantic Conveyor shuts down. And find out what's already
happening in Alaska. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our teacher's guide at the companion Web site.

Copyright 2005 PBS Online.

Taken From:
Date: Wed, Feb 9, 2005 at 3:00PM
[NOVA Teachers] February 15, 2005

Next week, join NOVA for its premiere of "Saving the National
Treasures," a program that traces the history of the nation's
Charters of Freedom -- the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the
Declaration of Independence -- and documents the five-year,
$5 million design and construction of the encasements that house
them. (Subjects covered: social studies, U.S. history,

NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *
NOVA Presents "Saving the National Treasures"
Broadcast: February 15, 2005
(NOVA usually airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Check your local
listings. This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

Fading Away
Find out what actually happens to documents and other materials
damaged by long-term exposure to light. (Grades 9-12)

A Conservative Approach
In this interview, two conservators talk about how they worked
with the Charters, discuss the conservation decisions they made,
reveal what's really on the back of the Declaration, and more.
(Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

The Damage Done
Take a close-up look at the original Declaration and learn about
some of its time-worn features. (Flash plug-in required.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Case Closed
Click on a cutaway illustration of the new encasement design to
explore its features. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Watch a Preview
(Running time: 2 minutes 38 seconds)
Restorers take on the preservation of the original Declaration
of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. (QuickTime,
RealVideo, or Windows Media plug-in required.)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students determine the efficacy of
different preservation techniques to reduce fading or yellowing
from sun exposure. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Program Transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Links & Books.

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Date Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 5:44 PM
News from American Experience


KINSEY carries a rating of TV-MA (Mature Audience). The documentary confronts in a factual and straightforward manner the life and work of Dr. Alfred Kinsey, a prominent sex researcher who published his findings in the 1940s and 1950s. Due to the sensitive nature of the subject, unlike most American Experience Web sites, the KINSEY site does not contain a teacher's guide. However, we encourage you to explore the site to learn more about Kinsey and his groundbreaking research.



Monday, February 14 at 9 or 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

In 1948, the publication of a book cataloging the sexual habits of American men sent shock waves through the nation.

The result of over a decade of research and nearly 8,000 interviews, Dr. Alfred Kinsey's "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" dominated the news, inspired pop songs, and became an unexpected bestseller.

Few scientists before or after Kinsey have so galvanized the American public on issues related to sexuality. His pioneering research of the sexual habits of American men and women in the 1940s and 50s initiated a conversation about sexual behavior that continues to this day.

On the silver screen, Liam Neeson portrays him. But on Monday, February 14, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents the real-life story of Dr. Alfred Kinsey, the scientist who broke through the silence on human sexuality, and conducted the first full-scale study of the sexual behavior of Americans.


Visit KINSEY Online

Kinsey in the News

"Every magazine, every newspaper, carried banner headlines, huge reports," recalls biographer Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy.

"The effect was extraordinary; it was compared to the atom bomb." Explore public reactions to the Kinsey Reports through these news excerpts.

Questions About Sex

Thousands of Americans sat in Alfred Kinsey's interview chair. What was it like to give a sexual history to the Indiana University professor and his team of researchers?

Hear from Kinsey interview subjects, Kinsey researchers, and contemporary scholars on the experience of answering questions about sex, and the impact of the Kinsey Reports on scientific knowledge.

Online Forum

Kinsey's research raised many questions when it was released. His work and his legacy continue to do so to this day. Send in your questions on the events of Alfred Kinsey's life, the impact of the Kinsey Reports when they were released, Kinsey's legacy, historical and scientific views of Kinsey today, and more.

Thursday, February 10, 2005


Thurs., Feb. 10, 2005 - Geography and Maps

Taken From:
Sunday, November 07, 2004 8:51 AM
[Innovative-Teaching] ITN: Geography

And now.....a great collection of geography resources!
[NOTE: All have been previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Climate Map of the US
JAVA applet of all fifty states; click on areas of interest to learn more about climate in specific regions.

Geo Teacher
A research tool for students and geography links and other resources for
high school; 600 links to resources, references, and lesson plans for
geography and sociology.

Virtual destinations around the globe to help your students further experience the physical geography of the world around them.

Based on National Geography Standards, this game challenges students to apply knowledge of geography in a number of different contexts and can last up to 2 hours.

Map Machine
National Geographic presents this searchable collection of maps, also available by category. Check out the conservation maps to see something completely different.

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map
Will Fontanez of the Cartographic Services Laboratory at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has designed this exploration of cartography especially for students.

David Leveson of the Geography Department at Brooklyn College put together these straightforward tutorials on basic concepts in making and reading maps.

Mathematics of Cartography
Well-done interdisciplinary tutorial on map making - not too heavy on the graphics either; from Rice University.

Theban Mapping Project
The process of mapping major monuments and burial sites along the west bank of the Nile, including the Valley of the Kings and KV5.

Multimedia presentation on U.S. history and geography with additional resources for purchase; nice clickable map, too.

Zip Code, Area Code, City, County & Time Zone Cross Refs
Just type in the code and it will bring up all kinds of geographic and demographic data on a community or region - even zip code maps.

Where is That?
Funbrain game in which maps come up on the screen and students must identify countries, states and capitals.

Find More Great Resources at

The Innovative Teaching Web Site and

The Innovative Teaching Newsletter Archive

©2004 Walter McKenzie


Thurs., Feb. 10, 2005 - WebFlags & Maps

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
11/01/2004 - Updated 11:16 AM ET

Simple and to the point: This site provides a visual reference for flags of all nations as well as a decent collection of maps from various regions. If you’ve got kids who need this sort of information for school reports, it’s a fine spot to keep in your bookmark list. — HSS
From the Site: “Welcome to, the most comprehensive database of world flags on the Internet. Browse the flag collection by clicking on the first letter of the country you are interested in above.
A collection of world maps is also available.” Source: CIA's The World Fact Book 2004
[NOTE: Click on flag/country name for larger view. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2004 USA TODAY


Thurs., Feb. 10, 2005 - USGS Geography

Taken From:
EduHound Weekly for November 11, 2004

USGS Geography
The mission of the Geography Discipline is to meet the Nation's need for basic geospatial data, ensuring access to and advancing the application of these data and other related earth science. Provides map data, mapping tools and mapping activities for students in grades K-12.

Copyright © 2004 A Division of ETC Group LLC.
All rights reserved.


Thurs., Feb. 10, 2005 - U.S. Map Puzzle / Presidential Puzzle

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Hi! It's Thursday, October 28, 2004 and time for
Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!
Recommended US Puzzle

At this website you'll find a jumbled puzzle of the U.S. Click and drag the puzzle pieces putting them in the right location to make a map of the U.S. When you are through assembling the U.S. map, look at the menu below the puzzle to find links to state license plate slogans, maps of the United Kingdom and Poland, and information on the tallest buildings in the world. Be sure to click on the "Presidential Puzzle." A new page opens with pictures of every U.S. president and a challenge to put them in the order of their presidency! Here's a direct link for those who can't wait to try it:
[NOTE: See also U.S. Map Game (easier than the puzzle)

Information lists in the Table of Contents - Phyllis ]

Have fun!
Diane Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2004,
All Rights Reserved


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Hi! It's Thursday, October 21, 2004 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Website: -- 50 Great States E-Course

I happened to see this information posted on the California Homeschool
Network's e-list -- and just had to pass it along to all of you! As some of
you may know, has a terrific homeschooling resource section hosted
by Beverly Hernandez. She offers a free email course called 'Our Great 50
States'! Each week, for 25 weeks, you'll receive an email with links to
information about 2 different states. Click on the links and you can read
about the history of that state and learn about its geography, state
symbols, and some interesting facts and trivia. There are activity
suggestions, quizzes, maps, coloring pages, and even a recipe that you can
make to taste the cuisine of that state. If you print out the information,
at the end of 25 weeks (2 states per week), you'll have a United States
notebook filled with information about each state.

To sign up to get the free e-course, go to today's recommended website. When
you get to the site look in the center of your screen for the header that
says "Email." Beneath that is a list of the different e-courses offered. The
second listing says "Our 50 Great States." Click on the box next to that
title (you'll see a check mark appear), and then scroll to the bottom of the
list to fill in your email address in the box and click on "subscribe." You
will be sent the first e-course featuring Delaware and Pennsylvania almost

You will notice that you can subscribe to as many of the e-courses as you
would like -- there are 7 in all including unit studies on elephants and sea
creatures. Not only that, there are helpful courses on getting started in

NOTE: Just a reminder -- for those of you with spam filters on your
computers you may have to reset them to allow messages from

Diane Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2004, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, February 09, 2005


Wed., Feb. 9, 2005 - Middle & High School Technology Application Curriculum

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Date Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 7:47 AM
To: nethappenings
Subject: Middle and High School curriculums Online

Technology Application Curriculum
Middle and High School curriculums online


Wed., Feb. 9, 2005 - Novel Guide / Rubrics for a Research Report

Taken From:
Riverdeep's Classroom Flyer, Thursday, November 11th, 2004

This site provides literary analysis on a huge selection of novels typically studied during high school literature classes. Selections range from Homer's Odyssey, to Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men", to Shakespeare's "Othello", to Saul Bellow's "Seize the Day", and more.[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Here are some sample rubrics to help you grade student research projects,
with categories for selecting and evaluating, analysis, synthesis, process, etc.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Brenda Barron,
(c) 2004 Riverdeep. All rights reserved.


Wed., Feb. 9, 2005 - Rubric Web Sites

Taken From:
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2004 09:46:55 -0700
Subject: Re: Rubric web sites
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Rubric Links this is a list of sites that link to various rubric generators
and already complied rubrics. The school discovery one is probably the best
link. It has a link to Rubistar and many others.
[NOTE: Other pages from SchrockGuide previously posted. - Phyllis ]
[NOTE: Another page from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]
[NOTE: Free registration required. – Phyllis ]

Jennifer BrownLibrarian
All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.


Wed., Feb. 9, 2005 - Secondary Assessment Tools

Taken From:
Riverdeep's Classroom Flyer, Thursday, October 14th, 2004
Secondary Assessment Tools
Find rubrics and resources here for a assessing a multitude of student
projects across the curriculum. Included are product, reading and
writing, and process assessments

Brenda Barron, Editor
(c) 2004 Riverdeep. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005


Tues., Feb. 8, 2005

Taken From:
INFOMINE Alert Service: update

Patriotic Melodies : I Hear America Singing Project : Library of Congress
Record Id: 517540
Created: 2004-11-09 14:38:32
Categories: arts,govpub

"Patriotic Melodies tells the stories behind many of the songs [examples: America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land, Hail to the Chief] that have now become part of the American national heritage." For each song some or all of the following are available: sound recordings, sheet music, lyrics, illustrated brief history, links to more information.
Patriotic Melodies is a part of the Library of Congress' I Hear America Singing project.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Les Tres Riches Heures de Duc Du Berry
Record Id: 336173
Created: 2004-11-08 11:15:32
Categories: arts,liberal

Here we find twelve illuminations, with annotation, from Les Tres Riches Heures de Duc Du Berry, a medieval book of hours. These illuminations, considered by scholars to be masterpieces of medieval art, illustrate the twelve months of the year. Included is a short examination of the historical context of this famous masterpiece.

Yahoo Financial Glossary
Record Id: 515095
Created: 2004-11-03 14:09:13
Categories: busecon,govpub,liberal

Brief definitions of financial terms and acronyms are given in this glossary. Glossary was compiled by Campbell R. Harvey.

Glossary of Financial and Business Terms
Record Id: 515094
Created: 2004-11-03 14:07:32
Categories: busecon,govpub,liberal

2,500+ financial and business terms are defined in this online New York Times glossary. Glossary was compiled by Campbell R. Harvey.


Tues., Feb. 8, 2005 - Music of, and for, all ages

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Date Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 3:28 PM
From: Guy Dobson
Subject: Music of, and for, all ages

Thanks to both Booklist (11/1/04) and American Libraries (11/04) for leading me to these musical links.

Essentials of Music
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
"Whether you're a casual listener or a serious music student, here's the site for basic information about classical music. Created in cooperation with W.W. Norton & Company, it's built around Essential Classics, the series specially designed to introduce you to the best music of every period."

The New York Philharmonic Kidzone!
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Includes Game Room, Musicians' Lounge, Composers' Gallery, Instrument Storage Room, Instrument Laboratory, Conductor/Soloist Dressing Rooms, Newsstand, and Composition Workshop. Plug-in intense and fun.

Arizona Opera : Learn

In addition to synopses and bios take a look at "The Opera Aid Kit" which offers Opera Terminology and FAQs, a Pronounciation guide, and more.

African American Sheet Music

"This consists of music by and relating to African Americans, from the 1820s to the present day, and consists of approximately 6,000 items. Of that number, 1,700 items are fully cataloged in MARC format, from which the titles digitized in this project have been drawn." Both the About pages and the Selected References are extensive.

Inventions of Note Sheet Music Collection

"This sheet music collection consists of popular songs and piano compositions that portray technologies (old and new alike) as revealed through song texts and/or cover art. Today we take for granted such inventions as the automobile, airplane, radio, and telephone; they have become part of our daily lives. However, the initial appearance of these and other inventions created a myriad of responses in American society ranging from excitement and delight to anxiety and scorn. This collection reflects those varied reactions through the medium of popular music publications." All are available via PDF. Some also include performances via MP3.

This and previous issues of This Week's Useful-URLs can be found


Tues., Feb. 8, 2005 - Barrelhouse Blues

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
11/03/2004 - Updated 11:16 AM ET

Barrelhouse Blues
Here you’ve got roots and blues and R&B and soul, not to mention plenty of links, interviews, and general encouragement to enjoy the best of America’s musical contribution to the world. The site is somewhat New England-centric, but that’s fine; blues, like most of life’s good things, is most powerful when experienced in an actual place and time. — HSS

Copyright 2004 USA TODAY


Tues., Feb. 8, 2005 - Aaron Copland Collection

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Date Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 12:48 AM
Subject: [Refdesk site-of-the-day] The Aaron Copland Collection

The Aaron Copland Collection

The inaugural online presentation of the Aaron Copland Collection at the Library of Congress celebrates the centennial of the birth of the American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990). The multiformat Aaron Copland Collection from which the online collection derives spans the years 1910 to 1990 and includes approximately 400,000 items documenting the multifaceted life of an extraordinary person who was composer, performer, teacher, writer, conductor, commentator, and administrator. It comprises both manuscript and printed music, personal and business correspondence, diaries, writings, scrapbooks, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, awards, books, sound recordings, and motion pictures. The first release of the online collection contains approximately 1,000 items that yield a total of about 5,000 images. These items date from 1899 to 1981, with most from the 1920s through the 1950s, and were selected from Copland's music sketches, correspondence, writings, and photographs.

Refdesk Home Page:

Monday, February 07, 2005


Mon., Feb. 7, 2005

Taken From:
TeachersFirst Update - February 7, 2005

Presidents And Other Famous Folks
Elementary teachers often find February a great month to encourage "famous people" reports. Between
Black History Month and Presidents' Day, there's no shortage of possible choices. TeachersFirst's Famous
Americans page is a great resource for short, starter biographies of hundreds of famous Americans.
This page grew out of our states project, but we discovered it's good enough to stand on its own.
You can find all our famous people at:
[Shortened URL: ]

Frontier Forts
For a visual look at colonial American history, try TeachersFirst's unit "Frontier Forts in the
American Revolution." It's a visual tour created with the help of some willing re-enactors of what
life was like in an eighteenth century fort on the American frontier. There's even a section on colonial
toys and games. The front gate to the fort is at:

Writing Prompts
This is the year that secondary students discover how important cogent writing really is. The newly-
revised SAT's essay component adds a new twist to the venerable exam. To help, we've collected a set
of writing prompts – ideas students can use to sharpen their ability to get thoughts onto paper quickly
and clearly. These can actually make writing fun. You'll find our collection at:
[Shortened URL: ]

Peer Mediation
This is about the time of year when classroom behavior issues that were minor in September can become
truly annoying. Tired of playing referee? Try TeachersFirst's introduction to peer mediation: "He Started It!"
It's a step-by-step guide to how, when, and when not to use peer mediation as an effective alternative to
being a beat cop in your own classroom. Learn more at:
[Shortened URL: ]

Copyright © 2001 by the Network for Instructional TV, Inc.
All rights reserved.


Mon., Feb. 7, 2005

Taken From:
Subject: ResourceShelf Newsletter 199

Number 199 February 3, 2005

Natural History--Q&A
Source: Smithsonian Institution
Ask the Experts
Have a natural history question? If it's not already answered here, you can send it on to one of the Smithsonian's experts -- "hundreds of scientists, researchers, specialists and staff members." It says here that they will "send an answer right to your email box." Initially, you should check the site's extensive Knowledgebase; it's keyword searchable and you can restrict your search to a particular topic area via a dropdown menu. Or, if you prefer, another dropdown menu allows you to browse questions and answers by topic area. These are organized under three major headings: People and Places, Plants and Animals, Earth and Space. At the bottom of the page you'll find a handful of "Top Questions from the Last Week"; each is a live link you can click to read the answer. Near the bottom of the page, you are asked, "Did this answer your question?" If you click "yes," you get a thank-you for your feedback. If you click "no," you get a form that allows you to send a question to a Smithsonian expert. At the very bottom, you may find a few related questions to browse.

A link in the center of the page takes you to Featured Experts and Topics.


Professional Reading Shelf
Research Tools--Reviews
The February 2005 Edition of Peter's Digital Reference Shelf is Now Online
This time around Dr. J reviews:
Cost: Free
Tested: January 18-20, 2005
"Two thumbs up for adding Ebert's reviews, written between 1967 and 1984, that were not in the previous version of his review archives. Two thumbs down, way down, for no longer offering the option to limit a search to the title or the actor/director fields and thus bringing up more irrelevant reviews than in the earlier version."


Black History Month
Updated, Gale Offers Free Resources for Black History Month
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
African Americans--History
Black History Month
Source: New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
New Web Resource: In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
From a news release, "...the groundbreaking new Web site makes accessible to the general public more than 16,500 pages of essays, books, articles, and manuscripts, 8,300 illustrations, 100 lesson plans, and 60 maps that will help users understand the peoples, places, and the events that have shaped African America's migration traditions of the past four hundred years."


Municipal Waste
Source: U.S. EPA
Milestones in Garbage
"A historical timeline of municipal solid waste management" that runs from 500 BC to 2002 AD. Fascinating.


Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
Consumer Brands--Surveys
Source: BrandChannel
Just Released, Brand Rankings by Impact 2004 and Other Surveys


Environmental Health
Source: National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services
New environmental health and toxicology Internet guides

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Mon., Feb. 7, 2005 - Voices of Civil Rights

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Date Sent: Friday, February 04, 2005 4:30 PM
Subject: The History Channel Education Update

Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights,
Saturday, February 12th at 8 PM/7c

Visit Our Voices of Civil Rights Website!

In the summer of 2004, journalists, photographers, and
videographers toured the country for 70 days
collecting thousands of stories from individuals who
lived during the civil rights era of the 1940’s-60’s.
The project, Voices of Civil Rights, was a
collaborative effort by the AARP, the Leadership
Council on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of
Congress. It promises to be the world’s largest
archive of civil rights oral history. This Save Our
History™; documentary presents a sample of these
stories and weaves them together into a poignant
portrait of life in the United States during this
tumultuous period of American history. Blacks and
whites, children and parents, Freedom Riders and
segregationists all speak from their own experiences
to tell a more personal side of the civil rights
movement. They are the historians and the primary
sources in this program as they narrate a portion of
American history through their recollections of
growing up under segregation, joining the KKK, and
taking to the streets in protest. In doing so, they
demonstrate that those who battled for and against
equality are still alive today in all of our
communities, as are their memories of this dramatic
era. Students are invited to learn about this history
directly from those who experienced it first-hand,
from those who the program calls the Voices of Civil

Curriculum Links:
Voices of Civil Rights is appropriate for classes
focusing on 20th century American history, American
culture, civics, and oral history. This program is
appropriate for 6th grade and above. Due to some
strong language and images, we recommend that teachers
view the program before showing it to students. It
fulfills the following standards as outlined by the
National Council for History Education: Values,
Beliefs, Political Ideas, and Institutions and
Patterns of Social and Political Interaction.

Visit Our Voices of Civil Rights Website!
Your students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves
more into the oral history of civil rights by visiting the
"Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights" website. The site
features historic photographs, a study guide, streaming video
and audio from the documentary, primary sources with Document
Based Questions, music and much more. You can also access
resources that will help your students analyze and interpret
oral history.


Mon., Feb. 7, 2005 - N.J. Storytelling Network

Taken From:
Date Sent: Friday, February 04, 2005 1:39 AM
To: njyac
Subject: [NJYAC] Story Tellers for Black History Month and Women's Month

I received this announcement in a message about a meeting.
I wanted to share it with all of the listserv members immediately.

New Jersey Storytelling Network

Please remember the storytelling website for tellers from New Jersey.
Wonderful tellers for Black History Month and Women's Month.

Hoping to see you all next MAYS.
Carol Titus (Librarian to All)


Sunday, February 06, 2005


Sun., Feb. 6, 2005

Taken From:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences =======
==== January 21, 2005======
===== Volume 4 Number 2 ======

American Cetacean Society: Education [pdf]
This educational website about cetaceans is offered by the American Cetacean Society (ACS), a California-based, nonprofit organization that “protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions.” The ACS Education site features a Cetacean Curriculum section with downloadable classroom activities and background information about cetaceans (free, confidential registration required). The Curriculum section also includes helpful Internet links, recommended reference books, and National Science Education Standards Correlations for grades K-12. In addition, the ACS Education site contains fact sheets that describe many types of cetaceans including the Beluga Whale, Narwhal, Orca, Bottlenose Dolphin, Fin Whale, Sperm Whale, and more. Through the Quick Links section, site visitors can connect to a well-organized bibliography, charts that compare size and maximum dive depths for different whales, and basic diagrams depicting anatomical features of whales. ACS is currently developing Interactive and Library sections for the website as well. [NL]

Oracle Education Foundation-ThinkQuest: Patent Wars on AIDS Drugs [Macromedia Flash Player]
With the title of Patent Wars on AIDS Drugs: Public Health or Corporate Wealth?, this provocative and informative website won second place in the April 2004 international ThinkQuest contest for websites created by students ages 19 and under. The site was created by a team of students and teacher-coaches from schools in the United States, India, Australia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The website provides information about: HIV/AIDS; aspects of the pharmaceutical patent wars; characteristics of AIDS drugs; impacts of AIDS and drug availability in different regions of the world; and more. The site also contains a good collection of news stories; quotes; references, and several interactive features including an annotated photo gallery and quizzes for different world regions. The website is available in both English and Spanish. [NL]

GateWay Community College: Anatomy & Physiology Tutorials [Java]
These great anatomy and physiology tutorials were developed by Dr. James Crimando, Chair of the Math and Science Division at GateWay Community College. The interactive tutorials utilize excellent images and illustrations to educate students and others about various regions of the body including the skull, muscles, vertebrae, hand, thyroid gland, and more. Site users are able to explore different views of these corporeal regions such as a lateral view of the lumbar vertebra; interior view of the skull; the posterior view of the heart, and parasaggital views of a sheep brain. Many of the tutorials also allow users to test their anatomical knowledge with interactive quizzes. Note: To reach the tutorials simply select the Anatomy & Physiology Tutorials hyperlink listed in the menu on the left side of the Biological Sciences HomePage. [NL]

University of Illinois Extension-Schools Online: Let’s Talk About Insects [Macromedia Flash Player, pdf]
Let’s Talk About Insects is a fun educational program designed for nine to 11-year-old students by Schools Online at the University of Illinois Extension. The program utilizes numerous slides with cartoon-like illustrations, photographs, text, and audio narration to explore the world of insects. The program was developed to help students “gain an appreciation of insects; learn how insects grow and develop (metamorphosis), and learn the importance of insects in our environment.” A Teacher’s Guide is included with Statewide Learning Standards, preparation suggestions, and companion activities. The program is available in Spanish and English. [NL]
[NOTE: Other pages from Schools Online previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Ornithology: the Science of Birds
This extensive ornithology website was created by Dr. Roger Lederer, a veteran ornithologist and professor of Biological Sciences at California State University, Chico. Dr. Lederer’s site is a well-organized portal to a plethora of bird information websites in such areas as Migration; Birds in the Backyard; Raptors; Feeding Birds; Teacher Resources; Songs and Calls, and more. The website also links to information, images, and checklists for birds in many regions of the world including Central America, Indonesia, Antarctica, the United States, and Africa. In addition, site visitors will find brief lectures from Dr. Lederer regarding Feathers, Flight, Reproduction, and Metabolism, to name a few. The site also contains a brief section about ornithology careers, and links to bird news, beautiful bird photos, and birding forums. [NL]

Australian Institute of Marine Science-Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2004 [pdf]
From the Australian Institute of Marine Science, this website contains a downloadable copy of the Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2004. This 2004 “report documents how human activities continue to be the primary cause of the global coral reef crisis.” The report may be viewed or downloaded in two complete volume segments or by chapters within the volumes. The publication begins with the following three chapters: Global Threats to Coral Reefs; New Initiatives in Coral Reef Monitoring, Research Management and Conservation, and The Status of The Cold-Water Reefs of The World. The remaining chapters in volume one, and the chapters of volume two, address the status of coral reefs in many regions of the world including East Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Hawaiian Archipelago, the Caribbean, the South West Pacific, the Red Sea, and more. The report contains a sizeable suggested reading list as well. [NL]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet ScoutProject 1994-2004.


Sun., Feb. 6, 2005 - HealthNotes / Herbal Medicine

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Date Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 1:15 AM
Subject: [Refdesk site-of-the-day] HealthNotes


Healthnotes offers comprehensive, science-based health and lifestyle information. Written with you in mind, Healthnotes answers the most commonly asked questions with credible, easy-to-understand information. Healthnotes' content is edited by physicians who review over 550 scientific and medical journals to keep content current, factual, and balanced. Articles include footnotes tied to over 14,000 references.

Refdesk Home Page:

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From: BradLin000@a...
Date: Thu Oct 28, 2004 8:09 am

Henriette's Herbal Homepage

Herbal medicine and culinary herbs:
one of the oldest and largest herbal information sites on the net.

Southwest School of Botanical Medicine

Both of the above websites are loaded with links to old Herbal
Pharmacology's, Dispensary's, Materica Medica, old journals,
ethnobotanical texts, herb resources, videos, culinary herbal texts,
herbal online forums and additional link sections.

I would consider these sites historical only. If you want current
reliable herbal information, check Germany's Commission E Monograph's.

Linda Bee
Temple Terrace, FL


Sun., Feb. 6, 2005 - Websites on Ancient Roman & Greek Medicine

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Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005 08:03:05 -0500
Subject: [LM_NET] HIT: Websites on Ancient Roman Medicine (Greek too)
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Many thanks to the members who replied to my target regarding websites on
Ancient Roman medicine. I am posting a hit at the request of several
members. I have also included the websites that I found on Ancient Greek
medicine (they were a lot easier to find). Thanks also to the people who
included print resources as well.

Works by Hippocrates
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Greek Medicine
Information about medicine in Ancient Greece from The National Library of
Medicine and the National Institute of Health
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

History Medicine Through Time
From the BBC, biographical information on Galen
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Antiqua Medicina
A survey of medicine from early Greece through Byzantine times

Medicine in Ancient Greece

Ancient Greek Medicine
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The Doctor in Roman Society

The Surgery of Ancient Rome

Public Health in Ancient Rome
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Medical Innovation During War

The Usborne Internet-linked Encyclopedia of the Roman World
Click on the American flag. Type Roman World into the search box. Type 77
into the page number box.
[NOTE: Takes you to:
Roman Medicine
Roman Medicine - Phyllis ]

Juliann T. Moskowitz
Library Media Specialist
Norwalk High School
All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.


Sun., Feb. 6, 2005 - Daily Life in Ancient Rome

Taken From:
TechLearning News

Site of the Day Archives

Daily Life in Ancient Rome

This very attractive site presents information about many aspects of Roman life. Students can research entertainment, including the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, theaters, and will also find detailed discussions about gladiators, charioteers and boxers. The commentary on Roman dress, hair styles, jewelry and insight into how fashion styles changed throughout Roman history is very interesting. Detailed biographies of six Roman emperors: Augustus, Nero, Trajan, Hadrian, Commodus, and Constantine contains information about their family life, achievements, interests, monuments, a basic chronology of each ruler's life, as well as gossip. Descriptions of both the foods the ancient Romans ate and their beautiful table settings are noted. Ever wonder how different patricians and plebians really lived in ancient Rome? This site will fill you in on all the details. From the education of patrician children to the finances of a slave, complete information abounds here.

San Jose State University

Website Content:
Biographical Information

Grade Appropriate:
Middle School Elementary School

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