Worth Checking Out: Documents, Resources, Lessons, Inspiration in the Arts and Humanities

* History Alive! offers auxiliary or stand-alone teaching materials integrating U.S. and world history with the arts, for middle and high school levels. Included are images, experiential group activities, reader response and writing activities, skill-oriented tasks, and prompts for culminating projects. (Teachers Curriculum Institute, Palo Alto, CA,  800-343- 6828  800-343- 6828 ; www.teachtci.com)

* Facing History and Ourselves offers materials and workshops studying racism, prejudice, and antisemitism, in the context of the history and lessons of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, to help middle and high school students connect history and their own moral choices. (16 Hurd Road,Brookline, MA 02146-6919; tel.:  617-232-1595  617-232-1595 ; fax 617-232-0281; Web address: www.facing.org)

* The American Social History Project produces curriculum materials for high school history, including Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution and Who Built America? Many New York Essential schools have participated in its programs linking the print, video and multimedia materials, and scholars of the Center for Media and Learning to classrooms. (99 Hudson Street, 3rd floor; New York, NY 10013; tel.:  212-966-4248  212-966-4248 x201; fax: 212-966- 4589; Web address: http://spanky.osc.cuny.edu/~ashp/links.html)

* The Library of Congress American Memory digital archive makes available primary materials of all kinds on the Web, including documents, photographs, music, drawings, pamphlets, oral history transcripts, and recorded speeches. Educators can search for curricular support in collections like the Afro-American Pamphlets (1818-1907), the Carl van Vechten photographs of the Harlem Renaissance era, documents from the Continental Congress, sound recordings of speeches by American leaders, and the history of women’s suffrage. (Web address: www.loc.gov)

* U.S. Historical Documents. From the Federalist Papers to Supreme Court decisions, teachers can search a large collection of historical documents, speeches, and addresses from the history of the United States at http://w3.one.net/ ~mweiler/ushda/ushda.htm. Another excellent of (mostly U.S.) historical documents, from the Magna Carta and the Iroquois Constitution to the latest State of the Union address, can be found at The University of Oklahoma Law Center Web site (http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/).

* The New York Times Learning Network, with Bank Street College of Education, offers daily lesson plans for middle and high school that use news items to explore issues in history, current events and social studies, language arts, the arts, math and science, and technology. (Web address: www.nytimes. com/learning /index.html)

* National Writing Project. A school-university network that brings teachers of all levels together to work on writing across the curriculum, examining successful practices and new developments from a variety of sources. Local and state chapters offer sustained professional development opportunities. (Web address: www-gse.berkeley.edu/ Research/NWP/nwp.html)

* Getty Education Institute for Education in the Arts sponsors six Regional Institutes that help teachers of all subjects use the arts as a way of transforming whole schools. Programs help with curriculum development and arts instruction across the curriculum; model units, reproductions, materials, and online networking are available. (1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1683; Web address: www.artsednet.getty.edu)

* National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) offers ongoing conversations from its Web site where teachers can trade ideas about teaching and assessment, class activities, home activities, composition, literature, whole language, and much more. (Web address: www.ncte.org/teach/) *

Discovery Channel School. A wealth of television programming on subjects from history to science is organized here and linked to thoughtful lesson plans, downloadable primary source readings, and more. (Web address: http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/subjects/k-12.html). PBS Teacher Source (http://www.pbs.org/teachersource) has comparable offerings from public television’s storehouse.