For Love of Liberty

A new resource was recently introduced to us by the folks at “For Love of Liberty:  The Story of America’s Black Patriots.”  These are great resouces that cover the role of African Americans in each war from the Revolution to the Middle East. 

The facilitator guides (for high school and college) have been posted on the High School page, along with links to each video that accompanies the guide.  The videos are brief, and the guides are organized by each war.  Each lesson contains general information, important facts, a brief video, and questions.  The lessons are not long and would be a great addition to the information that is already taught. 

Check out the high school page for this great resource.  USI and USII teachers, the information could be shared with your students as well, as each lesson has important and interesting facts that could easily be incorporated into your lectures.

The Brown Decision in Virginia

The Virginia Historical Society is holding a summer institute on Virginia and the Brown v. Board of Education decision.  The institute will be held from July 13-17, 2009 in Richmond.  Textbooks and reading materials are free, and meals and lodging will be provided for out of town participants.  Participants will also receive a $250 stipend upon completion of the institute. 

All Virginia teachers (public and private, elementary and secondary) are eligible.  The target group is teachers of Virginia Studies, USII, and VA/US History. 

For more information or to apply online, visit  The application deadline is May 15, 2009.

America I Am: The African American Imprint

The Constitution Center has some excellent resources for teaching the impact of African Americans on US History.  The site includes lesson plans, posters, educational media (like podcasts), and online resources.  Lesson plans include “Is the Constitution Colorblind?” which is designed to allow students to collaborate with others across the country.  There are some good resources on the site, I encourage you to check it out.


  iCue is a new website created by NBC News.  It is a free resource for students and teachers.  There are short, easy to digest news reports and mini documentaries on both current and historic events.  The site also includes primary sources, charts, graphs, and cartoons.  The site is designed around AP courses, specifically Ap US History and US Government. 

iCue allows students to set up profiles and store and organize videos.  They can add notes or vocab words to the videos.  There are also games (such as Concentration, a timeline game, and several others) that students may play for points. 

The homepage has a tour of the website, which I encourage you to watch.  While the site is designed primarily for AP students, you may find videos that would be useful for other subjects. 

For those of you that teach AP, the Student Center section of the site breaks down the courses according to the College Board standards.  Students can not access all of the sites components at school (the discussion forums are blocked for example) but it may help them in studying at home.  It looks like a great site and I’ve only gotten started in exploring it.  I hope you do the same.

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