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September 2000

History Matters
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12, Advanced, Professional

This site offers teaching materials for high school and college teachers of U.S. history, primarily from 1876 to 1946, and serves as a gateway to pertinent Web resources. Included are interactive activities and assignments for student use.

There are two options for using this site: a generic full-search page and a browsing page with an elegant interface. Users can "look before they leap" by passing the cursor over the links to show descriptions.

The content of the site is fully searchable by keyword or can be browsed by topic. Users may choose Browse or Full Search from the main page. The Full Search option includes searching by feature, topic, keyword, or type of resource. Browse shows a list of the features from which to choose. A convenient site map is included at the bottom of each page.

History Matters is a project of the American Social History Project, Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York, and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. It provides a wealth of resources that focus on the lives of ordinary Americans, primarily during the period 1876 to 1946. Teachers will find lesson plans, threaded discussions, ideas from other history teachers, tips on creating history syllabi, annotated lists of pertinent Web sites, and other resources. Student can use the Web-based lessons and interactive exercises to examine and interpret first-person primary documents, take a monthly quiz, and peruse examples of other students' work.