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Videos

  • Youtube and other video sites provide a variety of resources that help students preview and review concepts covered within the social sciences. 
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  • izzitEDU offers full (12-20 minute average) engaging videos that spark curiosity and promote critical thinking about a variety of subjects and topics.
  • C-span Classroom has numerous video clips that delve into topics related to the Constitution, government, politics, and history.

United States Geography


United States History


History Channel Miniseries

America - The Story of Us
  • America the Story of Us is a History Channel miniseries that covers 400 years of American history using reenactments, great sound design, and digital graphics to engage the audience.
  • Sons of Liberty is a History Channel six hour miniseries dramatizing the events which led to the American War for Independence. 

TED-Ed
United States History

World History and Social Studies


C-SPAN Bell Ringers


Government


Constitution


Declaration of Independence


Economics


Presidents


Star-Spangled Banner


World History


California


Current Events

  • “Going Dark” Is Disconnect between Law and Technology is a 1:53 minute speech made by FBI director James Comey on October 16, 2014. He states that "The law hasn’t kept pace with technology, a significant public safety problem we call “Going Dark.” We have the legal authority to intercept and access communications and information pursuant to court order, but we often lack the technical ability to do so."
  • Crackdown on Protests by Hong Kong Police Draws More to the Streets is a one minute New York Times video posted on September 28, 2014 that shows the struggle against China's despotism upon the freedom-loving island controlled by China. 

North Korea

Smart Songs


Social Studies


Recommendations

John Adams Miniseries Episode Synopses 

  • Part 1 “Join or Die” After the 1770 Boston Massacre, Adams takes an unpopular stand by defending accused British soldiers. Adams heads to Philadelphia to join the Continental Congress—and faces an uncertain future. 
  • Part 2 “Independence” After the 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord, Adams argues for independence, persuading Thomas Jefferson to draft a declaration. Benjamin Franklin and Adams convince delegates, and the Continental Congress votes to declare independence on July 2, 1776. 
  • Part 3 “Don’t Tread on Me” Adams heads first to France in 1777, demanding that France increase its naval commitment to America, and then to Holland to solicit funds for the war. 
  • Part 4 “Reunion” Learning of the British surrender to Washington, Adams returns to France and sends for Abigail, who joins him in Paris. Adams is named Ambassador to Britain, and he and Abigail move to London. Adams returns home, realizing that he and Abigail weren’t meant “to sit in the shade of life.” 
  • Part 5 “Unite or Die” Elected America’s first Vice President, Adams is frustrated by his exclusion from President Washington’s inner circle. Adams is elected President in 1796—by a mere three electoral votes over Jefferson. 
  • Part 6 “Unnecessary War” Adams keeps the nation out of war, despite French aggression. Adams loses a bid for a second term and returns to Massachusetts. 
  • Part 7 “Peacefield” Restless in retirement, Adams starts writing his memoirs, then endures a series of family tragedies. Adams resumes a correspondence with Jefferson that lasts the rest of his life.

Youtube Channels

  • Peter DiLalla has numerous historical raps. 
  • MrBettsClass has numerous historical parodies of popular songs.
  • Ben Leddy Subscribe181  Add to  Share  More 762 views  11  1 Published on May 12, 2015 Songs can be great tools for teaching, from the ABCs to the fifty states. By rethinking how we use songs in the classroom, we have an opportunity to deepen students' understanding, build students' vocabulary, and engage students with varied learning needs. Visit www.benleddy.com to learn more.
  • Kristina Edgar has produced a number of quality videos related to the American War of Independence.
  • The RSA explores different paradigns about education.
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