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ERIC Number: ED511987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 76
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Our Documents: A National Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service. Teacher Sourcebook, Volume III
McCullough, Julie, Ed.
National Archives and Records Administration
Thousands of educators are using America's most important historic documents to help students learn the story of their nation and its citizens, thanks to the Our Documents initiative. This was one of the main objectives of Our Documents, which is part of the "National Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service," launched by President George W. Bush in September 2002. It is co-sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), National History Day (NHD), and the USA Freedom Corps. Since the launch, teachers around the country have been tapping into the resources on the "Our Documents" web site, directing their students to it, and encouraging students to produce National History Day projects based on the documents. The "Our Documents" web site ( features full-color images of one hundred milestone documents, drawn primarily from the holdings of the National Archives; transcriptions; brief essays that place the documents in their historical context; and resources for teachers. In addition to viewing the documents, visitors to the site can access the Teacher Sourcebooks. This volume provides suggestions for using the milestone documents in the classroom. It contains the list of one hundred milestone documents, an explanation of key themes in the documents, a timeline putting the documents in chronological order, lesson plans and classroom exercises, information on the student and teacher competitions, and a bibliography of works related to the documents. [Support for this document was provided by The History Channel and Siemens. For Volume II, see ED512023.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: The History Channel
Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Administration