Additional Resources

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AP World History

The Western Civilization Resource Center, with lots of maps, primary documents, online readers, photos, etc.

Games & Time Sinks:

  • The Gunpowder Plot Game from the BBC. Why just learn about Guy Fawkes when you can foil his plot and save parliament? Perfect for your November 5th Guy Fawkes day celebration.
  • The Battle of Waterloo decision-making game. Don't let the 100 days turn into the 1000 days!
  • Insult people with class! Use this Shakespearean insult generator to learn some of the less-kind words of the Bard.
  • Explore Charles Dickens's London with the BBC. Click on the picture to get started. Don't get killed.
  • Could you survive the journey across Africa to find Dr. Livingstone? Play the History Channel's expedition game and find out.

Virtual Tours:

World Civilizations

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a great resource to further explore the people we learn about in class. Not simple reading, but you can trust its accuracy.

A collection of World History teaching links from Sara Tucker of Washington State University. If you need it, it's probably linked here.

A link to the test recording for Unit 5: Revolutions in Thought

U.S. History


Primary Documents:

  • Our Documents includes the 100 most important "milestone" documents from the history of the United States, and an explanation of why they chose these particular documents.
  • The University of Michigan has almost anything a historian could need. This link takes you straight to their government index.
  • The Library of Congress has a huge number of resources, especially primary documents. Note that this link is to their teacher portal.
  • The National Archives has a great page for resources on our nation's founders.

Maps & Stats:

U.S. Government Information:


  • iCivics has almost everything you need to know about the government. This website was created and is maintained by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (or at least someone who works for her). Play games to learn about your rights!
  • The Center for Civic Education, homepage for Representative Democracy in America and Project Citizen.
  • - sure, it's for kids that are smaller than you, but so are popsicles, and you like those, right? This site explains the impct of the government. It includes a great interactive cartoon that explains how government influences many different aspects of our lives. Requires the Shockwave player (it's already installed on your computer for most of you).
  • The Utah Elections Office. Includes everything you need to know to be a responsible voter (or even a registered voter, for that matter).
  • Which Founding Father are You? Quiz (I'm Thomas Jefferson, incidentally)


  • The Center on Congress website, by the Center of Congress at Indiana University, includes just about everything you could ever want to know about Congress. It even includes an online game about Congress (take your avatar through the halls of Congress), and a googolplex of video.
  • The National Conference of State Legislators website is where state legislators go for information on state politics. Great way to know what's going on across the country.

    Supreme Court

  • The U.S. Supreme Court's official web page. Includes recent decisions.
  • Exploring Constitutional Conflicts. Short sheets escribing things like Supreme Court cases (many have study guides included).
  • The Supreme Court PBS series homepage. Includes activities, information, and video.
  • FindLaw has wonderful resources on the Constitution, annotated to include major Supreme Court cases related to various articles, amendments, etc. Intended for legal professionals, this isn't simple reading.

    Executive Branch

  • The official web page of the President of the United States.

Indigenous Resources (American Indians; Native Americans):

  • Native American Ethnobotany - Describes the ways Indigenous Americans used various plants. From the University of Michigan - Dearborn.
  • An article on Bear Hunter, Shoshone leader.

General Historical Information



  • What could be better than calm, peaceful Classical music? Free classical music! From Classic Cat.
  • Historical, Traditional Sheet Music for Piano - Free
  • Recordings of various works on classical guitar, by Jon Sayles. He's not a professional, but I really enjoy listening to him. Check him out to hear some of the songs we talk about in class.


  • The Timeline Search Engine allows you to search for important historical events by date.
  • is a great resource for documentary video, organized by timeline.
  • The Timeline Index gives a timeline with links to short, great descriptions.  Go to their main page or visit the European history section directly.

Research Yourself:

  • The best sites for name research are these:  Behind the Name (for first names, but since many first names derive from last names, it still works for surnames), The Internet Surname Database, and House of Names.  If you can't find it there, try doing a search for yourlastname +"surname meaning".
  • You may also want to find out about the history of your house.
  • If your ancestors traveled West with a Mormon pioneer company, look up details here.

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