Cool Photo of the Signing of the Treaty of Versailles

This is one of those historical photos that I just LOVE!  It reminds me that the people in those black and white photos were real people…and they had real emotions and real experiences.  If you had fought long and hard in World War I and saw many soldiers and friends die, wouldn’t you be ready for the war to be officially over?  Wouldn’t that be the day you were waiting for?  This is a picture of military officers and politicians standing on furniture so that they can witness the signing of the Treaty of Versailles!  How cool!  Share it with your students when you talk about World War I.

Louis Armstrong Video

This is a neat video about Louis Armstrong touring Europe.  It shows some GREAT footage of him playing!
 

 

 

Women’s Suffrage Online Quiz

I found this 10 question quiz about women’s suffrage that I thought would be an interesting way to start class the day you cover the Women’s Suffrage Movement or the 19th amendment.  See how much your students know before you discuss women’s suffrage!

 

 

Photo:  Library of Congress – Public Domain

Create a Twitter Page for a Historical Figure

Can you imagine what it would be like if John Wilkes Booth had a Twitter page?  Or Adolf Hitler?  What would they say?  Well, now your students can have fun figuring out what these (and many more) historical figures would say on social media.  I have finished my most recent curriculum project for US History, and I’m so excited to finally put it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

My new product “Create a Twitter Page for a Historical Figure” includes:

  • A blank printable Twitter template for students to fill in
  • A digital Twitter template for students to complete
  • 46 assignments covering various historical figures from the colonies to Ronald Reagan
  • Detailed student and teacher instructions
  • Optional rubric
  • PowerPoint slides to display the assignment on the board
  • An example of a filled in template

In each Twitter assignment, students will have to create the following for their historical figure:

  • Basic biographical information
  • A unique, creative username
  • Up to 6 historically relevant tweets
  • Up to 3 suggestions as to who they should follow on Twitter (ties to other figures of the time period)
  • Up to 7 trends (historical relevance)
  • A small profile picture
  • A header image

Wouldn’t your students rather do something like this than complete a worksheet?  Click here to purchase or find out more!  You get 46 assignments for less than $0.18 each!  That’s 46 new ideas for your US History class!  You can also use the template for other classes, like World History.  Check it out!

Teddy Roosevelt Video Footage at the Library of Congress

According to the Library of Congress, “It has been said that during the silent newsreel period no president was more photogenic than Theodore Roosevelt. He was unusually cooperative with motion picture photographers, often pausing in the midst of official ceremonies to face the camera, bow, wave, smile, gesture, or otherwise accommodate the cameraman.”1

The Library of Congress has a good bit of video footage of Roosevelt at various places and events.  These things are really neat to watch!  Not only do you get to see the man himself, BUT you get a good glimpse of the crowds that came to see him.  Check out the outfits that everyone wore!  In some of the footage, it may take a minute or more for TR to appear.  If you want to show a few of these to your students, play a quick game of “Who Can Spot Teddy Roosevelt.”  Make sure that you watch the clips beforehand, so that you know when Roosevelt will appear (in case your students miss it and don’t see him).  Remind students that this is not some old movie with people in costumes; these were actual people in these clips!  They might get bored watching all of each clip, so you may want to show just a couple of minutes.  You could also show one a day for a few days at the end of class.  Here are a few below.  To see the full list of videos with descriptions, click here.

 

1 Theodore Roosevelt on Film – Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film. (n.d.). Retrieved October 12, 2016, from https://www.loc.gov/collections/theodore-roosevelt-films/articles-and-essays/theodore-roosevelt-on-film/
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