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April 2006

The History Lab
Build your own lessons from primary sources at this interactive site.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


http://hlab.tielab.org/index.php

CONTENT:
The History Lab offers teachers a template for creating primary source based lessons and activities for their students. The completed labs are archived for use by anyone. Registration is required but it is free.
SITE DESIGN:
The site is well designed and easy to use. The top navigation bar leads to the main areas of the site. Labs can be searched by topic, grade level or keyword.
 

REVIEW:
This site offers teachers a framework for teaching history through primary sources. Teachers simply complete a fill in the blank template and choose the available resources and primary documents to create the lab. Teachers can store their lessons in the History Lab database and retrieve or modify them at any time. The archive of labs includes lessons in American History, World History, Ancient History, and European History that cover a range of grade levels from grade 3 through grade 12. The available labs cover such topics as the Cuban missile crisis, Watergate, the decision to drop the atomic bomb, civil rights vs. states rights, and much more. Included is a resource section that can be used for creating the labs or just for teaching with primary sources. It includes links for each of the history topics as well as multimedia sites.

 

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