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October 15, 1999

The Digital Classroom
http://www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/index.html
GRADE LEVEL: 6-12

CONTENT:
The Digital Classroom provides materials from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and includes methods for teaching with primary sources. The site is designed to encourage teachers of students at all levels to use archival documents in the classroom.

AESTHETICS:
The site has a plain, straightforward design that features a number of historic photos.

ORGANIZATION:
The site provides helpful navigational links at the bottom of the pages.

REVIEW:
The Digital Classroom is a treasure trove of primary source teaching materials on American history. Choose from a wide selection of topics, each with a set of documents and teaching activity guidelines. The documents include photos, letters, official correspondence, and other relevant materials. The teaching activities encourage critical thinking skills, and further research into the subjects covered. Some of the topics include the Amistad case, the woman suffrage movement, and WWII propaganda posters. The site also features a section with resources for History Day research and links to other NARA sites offering primary resources.

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