Saturday, February 19, 2005


Sat., Feb. 19, 2005 - Movies based on books

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Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2004 12:29:11 -0500
Subject: [LM_NET] HIT: sites for movies from books
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications
You can search for movies based on books.
[NOTE: Site has archives back to 2001. – Phyllis ]

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Sat., Feb. 19, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Monday, November 08, 2004 9:55 PM
HLN Newsletter: Pre-Industrial America
Week of 11-07-04

An amazing resource with documents, timelines and key battles of the Civil War. The Site is well organized and very easy to navigate. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Jamestown Virtual Colony
A Resource for Teaching about Jamestown

The Overland Trail
Westward Expansion

America's Old West (1800s)
In this ThinkQuest site you will enter a gold mine left over from the California gold rush in 1849. At each screen you must decide which direction to go or which action to take. As you progress, you will discover among other things, five artifacts to give you a glimpse into different aspects of life in the Old West.

Copyright Home School Learning Network, 2004. All Rights Reserved.


Sat., Feb. 19, 2005 -

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, November 12, 2004

Today's website provides an escape for those who simply can't take another
"worthy" film. Gentle Subscribers with a undeclared penchant for all those
"thumbs-down" movies may find this amusing site from Andrew Borntreger
refreshing; everyone else may find it funny.

"A website to the detriment of good film ... Welcome b-movie fan. Here is a
safe place to indulge in your more unsavory cinematic tastes. You watch
them after family members go to bed, your significant other (hey, it is a
bold new world) screws up their face in disgust every time you linger over
"Cool as Ice", once a friend even hit you for renting something really
awful. That is all going to change now. Here is a website where you can
read reviews, talk with other b-movie fans, and glorify the genre." - from
the website

The site offers essential information about movies almost no one has ever
heard of, such as the entirely forgettable 1988 flick, "Cannibal Women in
the Avocado Jungle of Death" including priceless quotes -- "Avocados are
vital to this nation's security interests." The list of reviews is
browsable by letter, making it easy to locate that almost, but not quite
memorable, late night movie from just last night. In addition, there are
visitors' reviews and an active message board. A helpful graphical rating
system runs from five green teardrops ("The pinnacle of bad movies, this is
a must see!") to a single skull ("This is going to hurt, lots.").

Slink over to the site for a peek at the B-movie genre at:

A.M. Holm


Sat/. Feb. 19. 2005 - The Old Corral: "B" Westerns

Taken From:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 320 10/14/04


The Old Corral

You won't find any Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns at this pure of heart
website. The Old Corral stays true to its purpose, which is to celebrate
and honor only the good 'ol "B Westerns" and their many cowboy "heroes,
heroines, sidekicks, heavies and henchmen".

Fans of this genre will find biographical info and images from films and
series of their favorite forgotten heroes. Many of us still remember the
likes of Lee 'Lone Ranger' Powell, George Houston 'The Lone Rider', Gene
Autry, Bill Cody, Dorothy Page, William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, the great
John Wayne and so many more Western legends. A true fan site, The Old
Corral has been around for seven years and contains an extraordinary amount
of information that continues to evolve with a genuine hobbyist's
enthusiasm. Hi-Yo Silver!


Friday, February 18, 2005


Fri., Feb. 18, 2005 - Hybrid Vehicles

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, November 3, 2004

News and Information About Hybrid Vehicles

Today's page, part of the larger site of the U.S. government's initiative
on fuel economy, deals with that increasingly familiar vehicle, the
hybrid-electric. Gentle Subscribers who have been seeing more of these
often striking vehicles and wondering how they perform, will discover the
latest information here.

"A hybrid vehicle is one that combines the best features of two different
energy sources, one of which is electric power. An internal combustion
engine (ICE) running on gasoline, diesel, or an alternative fuel/fuel
mixture is teamed with battery-driven electric power and a mechanism for
storing the energy normally wasted in braking." - from the website

The web page features half a dozen photos of the more common hybrid models
currently available, both foreign and domestic. For each of these models
there are city/highway gas mileages along with any notable highlights. Each
image is a clickable link to the specific website of the relevant
manufacturer, which provides additional details and photos of the vehicle.
Included in the web page is a chart of soon to be released models as well
as an explanation of how hybrids "get such great gas mileage". Those who
are intrigued by this page of News and Information on hybrids, may enjoy
exploring the additional sections available from the left sidebar topics,
such as side by side comparisons, U.S. tax incentives and a flash or HTML
presentation on how hybrids work.

Drive over to the site for an illuminating report on hybrid vehicles at:

A.M. Holm


Fri., Feb. 18, 2005

Taken From:
Teaching History with Technology Newsletter
Center for THWT January 2005
[NOTE: Some sites were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Gilded Age: Resources and Lesson Plans (High School, College)
"The Gilded Age," roughly defined as the time period after the end of the Civil War to the turn of the 20th century, is marked by considerable industrial and economic achievement, but also political corruption, racism, and corporate self-indulgence. Explore ways to help students understand this complex period in American history.

Early American Imperialism: Resources and Lesson Plans (High School, College)
America's emergence as a world power is often connected to its victory in the Spanish American War of 1898. Victory brought with it colonies and new markets and (for some) a chance to "uplift" peoples they deemed inferior. However, many prominent Americans criticized America's colonial aims and the country debated its role as an imperial power.

African History and Related Issues: Resources and Lesson Plans (Elementary, Middle School, High School)
Introduce your students to the forces and issues have shaped the African continent from the origins of humankind to the Sudan crisis. Help them learn about the achievements and rich heritage of various African peoples and discuss the widespread Western view of Africa as a primitive continent.

Monsoon Winds to the "Land of Gold" (Middle School)
This integrated unit introduces students to the trading networks and geographic factors that influenced the maritime spice trade from Southeast Asia to the Roman Empire and Han China during the period 100 BC to 100 AD. Students work in groups in a series of activities to learn how the ancient world was unified by this sea trade.

"Roman Empire in the First Century:" Lesson Plans (Middle School, High School)
Use this PBS Classroom site to help
students learn more about life in 1st Century AD Rome. Research legendary leaders and events, participate in a detailed study of Roman mythology, simulate the difficulties leaders faced when making decisions, and more.

Martin Luther King, Jr: Resources and Lesson Plans (K-12, College)
January 17, 2005 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is a time to reflect on the efforts by Dr. King and others to further civil rights in America and how that struggle continues today. Discover helpful sites on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement as well as related lesson plans for grades K-12.

Online Writing Guides (High School, College)
Writing is an essential component of the historian's task and many students need help in the process -- from organizing a thesis to citing sources. Discover some excellent online guides that help explain the nature and structure of history essays and explore some great reference resources that cover all aspects of writing.

Five New Additions to Best of History Web Sites (Middle School, High School, College)
Best of History Web Sites is an award-winning portal created for history teachers, students, and general history enthusiasts and contains annotated links to over 1000 history web sites as well links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans and activities. Discover five outstanding new web sites that have been added to this popular reference site.

Recommended Lesson Plan: How did the British React to July 1789? (High School)
Students look at primary source material from 1789, including a London newspaper report and personal letters, and examine the British reaction to the events that began the French Revolution. From the UK National Archives Learning Curve.



Fri., Feb. 18, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 5:32 PM
From: Power to Learn
Subject: Celebrate Black History Month

When Power to Learn asked Comedienne, Actress and Humanitarian Whoopi Goldberg to select 4 individuals she would want recognized in honor of Black History Month, she selected Shaka Zulu, Judith Jameson, Andrew Young and Moms Mabley.
Use the following links to learn about each of these figures, pass a short quiz about their lives and receive a personalized postcard from Whoopi Goldberg.

[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Afro-American Almanac

The History Channel: Shaka

Secrets of the Dead: Day of the Zulu

Secrets of the Dead: Watch the Battle

Shaka Zulu and the Zulu Kingdom

Shaka Zula 1785-1828

Biographies of Famous South Africans


Great Performances: Free to Dance - Biographies - Judith Jamison

Judith Jamison Bio - Alvin Ailey

Judith Jamison Biography

Kennedy Center - Biographical Information for Judith Jamison


Biography for Moms Mabley

Moms Mabley

Bio of Moms Mabley

The African-American Registry: Moms Mabley, Comic Pioneer


AYSPS People

The Briefing Fall 1999

Young, Andrew

Alternet: Dismantling The Dream by Andrew Young

Eyewitness: Andrew Young Lessons from a Missed Opportunity


Fri., Feb. 18, 2005

Taken From:
PBS Teacher Previews: February 20-26 2005

"A Daring Flight" TV> PBSOL> Elementary / Middle / High School
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
On the morning of July 25, 1909, Louis Bleriot set out on his
epic flight across the English Channel, marking the first
long-distance flight over water and the first air crossing of a
national boundary. Bleriot's triumph came after years of
experiments with primitive flying machines and innumerable
crashes -- a story of perseverance and ingenuity as memorable
as that of his competitors, the Wright Brothers. (CC, Stereo,
DVI, 1 year)

Download our teacher's guide and get ideas on how to use the
program in your classroom.
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers
"Hydrogen Hopes" TV> PBSOL> High School
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
8:30 - 9:00 pm
We've all heard of hydrogen as the fuel of the future, but what
will it take to get there from here? How can we create hydrogen
from renewable sources like the sun? And how do we store it
safely once we've got it? (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download lesson plans about fuel cells and hydrogen fuel at the
companion Web site.
(Available February 22, 2005)

******************************************SOCIAL STUDIESAmerican Experience"Malcolm X -- Make It Plain"TV> PBSOL> Elementary / Middle / High SchoolMonday, February 21, 20059 - 11:30 pmTune in for this fascinating intellectual journey of Malcolm X-- a complex man, one whose ideas continue to affect Americansociety. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)Learn more about Malcolm X's legacy at the companion Web site.For an overview of the film, visit:
Related Web Sites

Copyright 2005 PBS Online.

Taken From:
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 14:34:44 -0500
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] February 22, 2005

Hello Educators,

Take to the skies next week in NOVA's "A Daring Flight," a program
that interweaves the story of Louis Bleriot's historic flight across
the English Channel in 1909 with his grandson's attempt to recreate
it. (Subjects covered: physics, flight)

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "A Daring Flight"
Broadcast: February 22, 2005
(NOVA usually airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Check your local
listings. This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

A Soaring Obsession
In this interview Louis Bleriot talks about how he came to try
to recreate his grandfather's flight, what it was like to fly
the Bleriot XI, and how he felt when he attempted his English
Channel crossing. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Queen of the Channel Crossing
Learn about the remarkable Harriet Quimby, a woman of firsts who
set out to prove that women could advance in flight as well as
men. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Tour a Bleriot XI
Explore the features of the Bleriot XI in this audio-enhanced
interactive. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version
available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Too Much Imagination
Take a close-up look at each of Louis Bleriot's 11 aircraft.
(Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students analyze the evolution of
designs that led up to the invention of the Bleriot XI, the
first plane to cross the English Channel. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Plus Links & Books.

Thursday, February 17, 2005


Thurs., Feb. 17, 2005

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Date Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 2:40 AM
Subject: INFOMINE Email Alert Service

Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics
Record Id: 517594
Created: 2004-11-12 16:46:32
Categories: liberal,physci

"Descriptions of important contributions to science made by 83 women in the 20th century [pre-1976]. These are documented by the original papers in which the discoveries were first reported. In addition there are historical essays and other historical documents not easily available elsewhere." Includes a small photo gallery and an annotated reference database giving information for more than 500 books and articles on the topic.

The Search for a Northwest Passage
Record Id: 517590
Created: 2004-11-11 12:58:32
Categories: liberal

This online exhibit by the British Library includes a short account of the search for the Northwest passage including images, twenty-three links and a bibliography of over 100 items.


Thurs., Feb. 17, 2005 - Napoleon Bonaparte / St. Michael's Abbey

Taken From:
EduHound Weekly for October 21, 2004

1804: Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France
Dedicated to the study of the civil, military, social and artistic
achievements of the First and Second French Empires.

EduHound Weekly Archives at:


Taken From:
Family First (10/22/04) - St. Michael's Abbey

October 22, 2004
St. Michael's Abbey

History has always fascinated me. The Internet has given me the opportunity to visit places in the world that I would not have had the chance to visit and learn about otherwise. Today's Family First site is one that I truly enjoyed and wanted to share with you. It's not out of this world, only out of this country.

It is called St. Michael's Abbey, and is the online site for a Benedictine church that is rich in history and tradition. Here you can travel to the Hampshire-Surrey Border in England, to visit a most beautiful church and abbey. This monastery and mausoleum was built with a commission from the Empress Eugenie, wife of Emperor Napoleon III. It is a lasting monument to their family, as well as the culture of France. Here you can learn about them, as well as taking a fascinating Virtual Reality tour of the grounds (one of the best I have seen anywhere on the web). There is also an in-depth discussion about the life in the monastery, as well as some informative links.

There is a sense of peace and tranquility at this site. It is a very relaxing place to visit one that would be nice to see in person. But until that time passes, the Internet will have to do. Enjoy your stop here.


Thurs., Feb. 17, 2005 - Florence Nightingale

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, November 4, 2004

Country Joe McDonald's Florence Nightingale Tribute

Today's site from Joe McDonald (formerly of the Country Joe and the Fish
band) offers an overview of the remarkable "Lady with the Lamp", Florence
Nightingale. Gentle Subscribers will find a nicely presented summary of her
life and work

"In 1854 Florence Nightingale took 38 women to Turkey to nurse wounded and
sick British soldiers in the Crimean War. This was the first time the
government had allowed women to do this. Almost all modern nursing systems
and techniques we know today can be traced back to her. She suffered from
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) for the rest of her life. She became
not only the first modern war nurse and nurse commander but its first
documented psychological casualty." - from the website

The site presents an overview of Florence Nightingale's life and
contribution to modern nursing practices through a timeline format. Divided
into two sections, the first one focuses on her life, beginning in 1788
with her family background, while part two covers the period from 1850 to
her death in 1910, at the age of 90. Among the highlights of the
presentation are the many graphics, including those of Nightingale, Scutari
and a contemporary "lamp", circa 1854. In addition, the author provides two
'RealAudio' versions of his "Lady of the Lamp" recordings.

Glide over to the site for an illuminating look at one of history's
unforgettable figures at:

A.M. Holm


Thurs., Feb. 17, 2005

Taken From: NEWS: Feb. 2, 2005

Taken From:
TLC Elementary School – Liftoff Into Space

History of Space Exploration
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Taken From:
Assignment Discovery

Exploring the World

Manas: India and Its Neighbors

Mahatma Gandhi

Marie Curie

Medieval England
[NOTE: Other pages from History Learning Site
previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Wed., Feb. 16, 2005 - Forms for Evaluating Web Sites

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Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:04:21 -0400
Subject: Hit: Website Evaluation forms
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

These sites have numerous forms and were very helpful -
Bibliography on evaluating web information

Evaluating Web Pages

Patricia StewartMedia SpecialistWestlake High School

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Wed., Feb. 16, 2005

Taken From:
Access Learning March 2005

Power to Learn: Women’s History Month: Women in the Workplace
A special School to Career feature in honor of Women’s History Month's_history_school_to_career.shtml
Site offers profiles of successful women in a variety of fields.

Go Exploring Where American Women Made History
Site offers information, links, and photos related to women’s history in America.

The History of Women’s Suffrage in America
Historical information, a timeline, and a list of “firsts” related to women’s suffrage.
[NOTE: Other exhibits previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Women of the Century: 100 Years of American Heroes
Site offers a look at the women that defined each decade, a breakdown of phenomenal
women by achievement, and a trivia game.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Operation Green Cheese
Did our astronauts really land on the moon or was it a Hollywood production? This site is one of several that promotes the idea that the lunar landing never happened and can help kids understand how a hoax site can appear to be real.

Fight for Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Discrimination
Site offers information about how to combat
racism and discrimination, a section devoted to
learning about Arab and Muslim cultures to help
eliminate the prejudice that sprang up after
September 11th, contests, and more.

© 2005 Cable in the Classroom


Wed., Feb. 16, 2005 - Bogus Web Sites

Taken From:
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2004 10:21:30 -0500Subject: Re: [LM_NET] Bogus web sites, etc.Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

You can find my collection of "spurious" scholarly sites here:<>They're great for teaching basic information literacy skills--and prettyfunny, too.
Jeffrey HastingsSchool Librarian,
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Wed., Feb. 16, 2005 - Brief History of Mark Twain (bogus)

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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 10:05:08 -0500
Subject: another fake website
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

A Brief History of Mark Twain

David Lininger, kb0zke,
Hickory County R-1 Schools
Urbana, MO 65767
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Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Tues., Feb. 15, 2005 - Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Date Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 2:46 AM

Neurotic Poets - Percy Bysshe Shelley
This biographical essay focuses on Shelley's marriages to Harriet Westbrook and Mary Godwin, and the ideas of love, democracy and atheism which infuse his writing.

Romantic Circles: The Shelley Chronology
Offers a chronological timeline of events in Shelley's life. One of many resources on the Romantic Circles website, which features works and articles about Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and others.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Percy Bysshe Shelley Resource Page
Collection of electronic texts including Shelley's complete prose and poetical works, "The Devil's Walk," and correspondence. A selection of essays on life, love, government, Christianity, "The Necessity of Atheism," and other subjects are also provided.


Tues., Feb. 15, 2005 - Edward Lear / National Poetry Month Free Poster

Taken From:
Date Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 1:28 PM
Subject: MarcoGram: Just Plain Nonsense

Edward Lear Home Page

A few poems by Edward Lear 1812-1888

Edward Lear
[NOTE: Home page previously posted.
Order form for free 2005 poster for National Poetry Month
- Phyllis ]

Copyright © 2005 MCI Foundation. All Rights Reserved.


Tues., Feb. 15, 2005 -

Taken From:
======== The Scout Report =====
===== January 21, 2005 ======
====== Volume 11, Number 3 ======

Jewel of the Solar System - Saturn [gif, jpeg, Macromedia Flash Player, RealPlayer]
The Exploratorium offers a unique portrayal of the Cassini-Huygens mission's discoveries of Saturn. Individuals can discover the details about Titan, the only known moon in the solar system with a substantial atmosphere. The Macromedia Flash Player enhanced tutorial about the rings and moons of Saturn is a fantastic addition to the website. Everyone can enjoy the web casts explaining the significances of the newest findings. Frequent visitors should visit the Updates link to receive the latest Cassini-Huygens news. [RME]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Paleontology Portal
Created by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, with assistance from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the United States Geological Survey, the Paleontology Portal is a nice resource for anyone who may be interested in the field of paleontology. The site is divided into a number of separate areas, and visitors would do well to begin by taking a look through the Exploring Time & Space feature. Clicking on this feature will bring users to a map of the United States that is overlaid with the complete array of geological time periods, such as the Quaternary, Permian, and the Triassic, to name but a few. Along with this helpful resource, the fossil gallery is a real treat, as visitors can view fossilized remains by geologic time period or by taxonomic group. Finally, the Famous Flora and Fauna area allows visitors the opportunity to view such notable finds as the Burgess Shale, the Petrified Forest, and of course, the La Brea Tar Pits. [KMG]

Singapore Science Centre- ScienceNet: Life Sciences
[Shortened URL: ]
Students, teachers, and parents will find great value in ScienceNet, an interactive information service from the Singapore Science Centre. Supported by Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore, ScienceNet is a place for people to get answers to their questions in a wide range of scientific fields. In addition to allowing visitors to pose questions, the website offers access to a database of previous answers to questions such as: What do water fleas feed on? Why is there a limit to the maximum size a cell can grow? How do dolphins and killer whales sleep and how do they obtain fresh water for drinking? What is the largest dragonfly in the world? When do the facial bones complete ossification? and many more. The Life Sciences section of ScienceNet offers expertise in such fields as Botany, Human Anatomy, Microbiology, Zoology, Neuroscience, Marine Biology, and more. Queries are invited for many other scientific areas as well including Earth Science, Computer Science, Physical Sciences, Astronomy, and Engineering.

Medieval Mystery [Macromedia Flash Reader]
This entertaining site created by the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute turns one of the primary tasks of museum curators and archivists--establishing the provenance of the works in their collections--into a game. Using a group of late 15th century Dutch paintings with an uncertain history that depict the Virgin Mary and Christ Child, the game attempts to answer four questions: What are the origins of the paintings? How do the paintings relate to each other? What did the paintings mean in the 15th century? Who was the Master of the Embroidered Foliage? (the paintings were attributed to the Master of the Embroidered Foliage in 1926 by a German art historian, Max Friedländer) The research presented at the site reveals that probably all the paintings were not created by the same artists, as hypothesized in 1926, but still leaves tantalizing questions unanswered. [DS]

Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday celebrated once again by unknown admirer

Mystery fan marks Poe’s birthday
NPR: Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Raven’ [RealPlayer]
E.A. Poe Society of Baltimore
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site
Edgar Allen Poe Letters at the University of Virginia
The Raven Society of the University of Virginia [Macromedia Flash Player]
One would have to be a fairly devoted admirer of Edgar Allen Poe to brave the cold temperatures of Baltimore in January to deposit three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac on the famous author’s grave in commemoration of his birthday. That’s precisely what happened this past Wednesday when the “Poe Toaster” (as he is known) deposited these items to pay homage to Poe on the anniversary of his birthday. For the 56th consecutive year, a man dressed in a heavy coat visited the tomb with these offerings. The three white roses are believed to honor Poe, his mother-in-law and his wife, all of whom are also buried in the graveyard. Regrettably, this year saw a bit of a disturbance as several spectators on hand for the event confronted the curator of the Poe house and adjoining museum, demanding that he reveal the identity of this mysterious visitor. Apparently, the current mysterious visitor is one of the sons of the original admirer who began the tradition in 1949. Finally, the brand and vintage of the cognac left on Poe’s grave also remains shrouded in mystery.

The first link leads to a piece from CNN that talks about the recent visit by this stranger to Poe’s grave during the wee small hours of the morning of January 19. The second link will take visitors to a nice archived piece from NPR about the creation of the much-loved poem, “The Raven”. Additionally, visitors can listen to legendary British actor Basil Rathbone’s enduring recital of the poem. The third link is to the homepage of the E.A. Poe Society of Baltimore, and here visitors can learn about the Poe house and museum in Baltimore, and read articles about his life and browse a list of upcoming events sponsored by the Society. The fourth link leads to a site provided by the National Park Service which offers some information about the Poe house in Philadelphia where he wrote some of his most beloved works. The fifth link leads to a nice digital collection offered by the University of Virginia (where he attended school for a time) that includes a host of letters written by Poe during his time as a young man. The final link leads to the homepage of The Raven Society of the University of Virginia, which is a honorary society at the University of Virginia. As this group has been charged with maintaining Poe’s former room at the University, it has a few nice tidbits of material here that offer a glimpse into his life as a student. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004.


Tues., Feb. 15, 2005 - Don Marquis: Archy and Mehitabel

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 2004 2:54 AM
From: Today in Literature
Subject: Archy, Mehitabel, Wotthehell (Dec 29)

On this day in 1937 Don Marquis died. Although also a playwrightand a novelist, Marquis is most famous for the "Archy andMehitabel" poetry he wrote for his newspaper column -- Archybeing the soul of a "vers libre bard" in the body of a cockroach,Mehitabel being an alley cat on her ninth life and "bound / for ajourney down the sound / in the midst of a refuse mound / butwotthehell wotthehell."
[NOTE: See also: - Phyllis ]

Monday, February 14, 2005


Mon., Feb. 14, 2005 - Writer's Dreamtools

Taken From:
Today's Cool Site of the Day for 10/23/04:

Writer’s Dreamtools

[NOTE: History by Decades, divided into topics,
( )
and Events by Day ( )
are free. The other five categories requires annual subscription. – Phyllis ]


Mon., Feb. 14, 2005 - Iraq Timeline / Timeline Archive

--------Forwarded Message--------
Thu, 19 Feb 2004 7:04:35 EST
Subject: Refdesk Link of the Day: Iraq Timeline

Today's Refdesk Link of the Day is: Iraq Timeline
at: (1920s-1999) (2002 – 2005)

This site by InfoPlease presents a Iraq timeline of current events along
with an historical overview of the past.

[NOTE: Timeline Archive Phyllis ]


Mon., Feb. 14, 2005 - More Timelines

[NOTE: Most previously posted. – Phyllis ]

A-Z of History (includes timelines)

National Museum of American History: Timeline

Major Events in World History

WebChron: Historical and Cross-Cultural Chronologies

U.S. History Timeline

Includes Timelines by Decade or by Topic

History of US Timeline

History Through Timelines

Time Machine

Popular Timelines

History Timelines

Din Timelines

Timelines at HistoryWorld

History of the world - this one looks good


Mon., Feb. 14, 2005 - Timelines

Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 22:43:51 -0500
From: Marg Stimson
Subject: [SOCIAL-STUDIES] Timelines
Source: SOCIAL-STUDIES Digest - 16 Oct 2004 to 21 Oct 2004 (#2004-115)


Here are some sites that use timelines or provide guidelines for
constructing timelines with students.

NASA Sun-Earth Day 2005
This is a timeline about sun-watchers through time. It begins in 3000BC
and extends into the present. Be sure to click on the hyperlinked
pictures in the timeline for more information.

September 11, 2001 - CNN Timeline
This is very well done. Hundreds of photo, video, and audio files. The
site has timelines within the larger timeline.

Global Connections in the Middle East : PBS Timline
Middle Eastern History from 1890s to 2002. Select the flash interactive
site. This allows you to apply extra filters to the timelines. (Economic
impact, cultural impact, political impact). By the way, if you search
the PBS home site with the keyword timeline, you’ll be surprised by
how many hits you get.

Islam : Empire of Faith : PBS Timeline
Events in Islamic history have been divided into Faith, Politics,
Culture and Innovation. The Century Slider can be moved to view
different periods in time while the Event Magnifier will help you focus
on specific historical events.

100 Greatest Events in Canadian History : Canadian Encyclopedia
Click on the main timeline for an expansion of that time. Clicking on a
specific event on the more detailed timelines will give you a short
description of that event.

The Great War Timeline : PBS Timeline
The hyperlinks in this timeline lead to transcripts of interviews with
historians. Animated maps and battle information are provided. This is
an excellent resource for students studying WWI. Goes well with (Canadian

Ancient Egypt: Discovery Case : Royal Ontario Museum
Click on the timeline for details or use the links at the left sidebar
to locate more information

American Memory Timeline : Library of Congress
Links on the timeline lead to details and a selection of photos related
to each section of the timeline.

Life of Abraham Lincoln
This is a good example of an illustrated timeline created by Early Years

Chasing the Sun : PBS Timeline
Aviation timeline from 1900 to the present

BBC Space Exploration Timeline
From the 50s into the future of 2009, this hyperlinked timeline is full
of charts and facts, photos. Stay long enough to take the 3D tour of the

Solar System

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Timeline of Art History
The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and
thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world from
prehistory to present day. It’s a celebration of human creativity from
around the world and from all eras.

Timelines Alterna Time
Webliography of hundreds of links to other timelines

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Construct a timeline using this interactive web tool.

Developing a Timeline
Simple instructions for developing a personal timeline. The activity
comes from a site about Emily Carr, renowned Canadian artist of the
Pacific Northwest


Margaret Stimson
Pembina Trails School Division
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Source: SOCIAL-STUDIES Digest - 16 Oct 2004 to 21 Oct 2004 (#2004-115)

Sunday, February 13, 2005


Sun., Feb. 13, 2005 - Slavery in America

Slavery in America
Recent slavery scholarship reveals a parallel history of the nation, with its own heroes and
heroines. These men and women—many of them enslaved—fought the enslavement of
Africans and African Americans in the land of the free. Their stories bring to life a period of
American history that lasted almost 250 years. Slavery in America, a new educators’ site,
explores American slavery and introduces students to some of the little-known
heroes—enslaved men, women and children—whose achievements changed the course of
American history. The site has been created by teachers for teachers, and the materials it
contains are consistent with national social studies standards. Everything on the site is free
to teachers. The site was created in support of an upcoming four-hour public television
series, Slavery and the Making of America, a production of Thirteen/WNET New York
scheduled to premiere on PBS in February 2005.
[NOTE: This site supplements the PBS site previously posted. – Phyllis ]
Slavery in New Jersey
The History of Slavery in America
The Geography of Slavery
American Literature and Slavery


Sun., Feb. 13, 2005 - Black History Month

Taken From:
TechLearning News February 1, 2005 - Vol. 4, Issue 5
Technology & Learning magazine

Black History Month (K-5) (6-8)
[NOTE: Posted last year. – Phyllis ]

Here are many ideas to use in your classroom for Black History Month. The Gross Point Schools have designed a matrix for the topics of Civil Rights, History and Places, Humanities, and People. They have also provided a column for sites that provide Interactive Activities. All in all, there are over 150 pertinent sites to choose from. Topics range from the Underground Railroad to Civil Rights to former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Gross Pointe Public School System

Website Content:
• Lesson Plans
• Learning Exercises
• Learning Games
• Audio
• Pictures and/or Illustrations
• Biographical Information

Grade Appropriate:
High School Middle School Elementary School
Here are some more Black History Month sites that were previously posted:

Thomson Gale Black History Month--
"Welcome to the Black History Month free resource site. Thomson Gale has assembled a collection of activities and information to complement classroom topics. Within this site, teachers and students can:
Read biographies of significant African-American individuals, Take a Black History Month quiz , Follow a timeline of events that helped shape African-American heritage , Enjoy activities taken from the Black History Month Resource Book and Explore African-American literature."

Black History Hotlist: a collection of Internet sites
“The following resources come from all over the Internet. Some are provided by companies like CNN Interactive while others are the products of university scholars or amateurs. Use these sites as the raw material for your own study of African-American history and issues. Remember to read critically and look for hidden agendas, bias, or errors that might creep into the Web pages.” Celebrates Black History Month -
Several dozen report-length biographies. Many
include photographs and chronologies of
completed works.

The Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to Black History

African American Odyessy

Education World© Special Theme: Black History
BLACK HISTORY MONTH Updated January 2005 Celebrate Black History! Black history and culture is such part of the American fabric -- and the school curriculum -- that it's difficult to imagine time when that wasn't so. Established as Negro History Week in the 1920's by Carter G Woodson, February

Black History Month: African American History Articles Online at USF


Sun., Feb. 13, 2005

Taken From:
Teaching History with Technology Newsletter
Center for THWT December 2004
[NOTE: Some sites were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Frederick Douglass and the Slave Narrative: Resources and Lesson Plans (High School, College)
Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself offers a personal account of the pain and brutality of the South's "peculiar institution" and serves as a powerful symbol of the abolitionist movement. Help your students learn about Douglass, the slave narrative, and the abolitionist movement with the help of these interdisciplinary resources.

Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War: Resources and Lesson Plans (Middle School, High School, College)
Research and learn about President Lincoln's momentous and controversial efforts to defend the Union, rally northerners to its cause, and free slaves within the Confederacy.

Introduction to Islam: Resources and Lesson Plans (Middle School, High School)
Islam is one of the major religions of the world and is deeply rooted in Arab culture. The authoritative sacred text of the Muslims, the Qur'an, is considered the spoken word of Allah delivered via the prophet Mohammed. Students can discover this powerful religion through these varied and engaging sites.

Art of Early Civilizations: Resources and Lesson Plans (Middle School, High School, College)
These fascinating sites relate to the history, art and archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Learn about key artistic and cultural developments that marked the first civilizations.

British Cartoons, 1621-1683 (High School, College)
Discover up to 500 British political and satirical prints that have been digitized and cataloged online by the Library of Congress.

World War II Animated Maps (High School, College)
BBC History section offers a multitude of multimedia features as part of its World War II presentation. Included are easy to follow animated maps that outline major campaigns and battles.

Featured Web Site: From Yalta to Malta (High School, College)
Launched in September 1998, the CNN Cold War site "From Yalta to Malta" covers more than a 1,000 Web pages and was honored with a 1998 Sigma Delta Chi Award in the Online Journalism Non-Deadline Reporting category by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Featured Lesson Plan: "Daily Athenian" (Middle School, High School)
In this activity students produce sections of an historical newspaper or journal for publication in democratic Athens. Using the resources of a PBS Web site students pick an approximate date in Classical Athens and research stories for the newspaper. Grades 5 - 12.

Poll Builder and Survey Builder from the Center for History and New Media (K-12, College)
Both the CHNM Poll Builder and Survey Builder are free and allow you to create quick polls and surveys to elicit opinions and feedback about topics associated with your course.


Sun., Feb. 13, 2005

Taken From:
Teaching History with Technology Newsletter
Center for THWT November 2004
[NOTE: Some sites were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery in America: Resources and Lesson Plans (High School, College)
The trans-Atlantic slave trade lasted for 4-1/2 centuries and accounted for the transport of six million Africans during the eighteenth century alone. Discover online resources and lessons that detail the importance and horror of the Atlantic slave trade and slave life in America.

Lewis and Clark: Resources and Lesson Plans(Middle School, High School)
The Lewis and Clark expedition, which took place between 1804 and 1806, spurred rapid settlement of the West and produced maps of tremendous value to later explorers. But the expedition also led to the disruption of countless American Indian lives. Students can learn about the Lewis and Clark voyage and its importance through these engaging and interactive web sites.

Debating Iraq: Activities and Simulations(High School)
The war in Iraq has been a source of much controversy during George W. Bush's presidency. Through discussion, critical analysis, and role playing, students use weigh the relative merits of the President's decision to send troops to Iraq.

Religious Wars of the 16th Century: Resources and Lesson Plans (High School, College)
The 16th century was a period of crisis and conflict for the medieval Church. Between 1560 and 1715 Europe witnessed only thirty years of international peace. Find great teaching resources and lesson plans about this period from A-Level and AP teachers as well as college professors.

Buddhism : Resources and Lesson Plans (Middle School, High School)
Buddhism serves as both a philosophy and a religion and teaches followers that the body and the physical trappings of life are merely distractions from true enlightenment. Follow this link to general resources, online primary sources, and lesson ideas to help students learn about the origins of the religion. Also, learn about Buddhism today and the debate over the future of Tibet.

"Creating a Magazine for the 1920s" (High School, College)
The Roaring 20s were marked by prosperity, consumerism, jazz, and cultural tensions. In this multimedia activity students create a magazine that covers aspects of culture, politics, arts, music, and lifestyles from this decade.
Internet Resources for The Roaring 20s

Blank Maps on the Internet
These are typically called "outline maps" and you'll have more success finding them on the web if you include those key words in a search. Better yet, check out THWT's annotated list of sites with blank maps.


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