Saturday, July 31, 2010

History Carnival #90 -

Hello, and welcome to the 90th History Carnival!

From the horse's mouth... " The History Carnival is a monthly showcase of blog writing about history, usually held on the 1st day of the month. It's hosted at a different blog each month to provide a variety of approaches and perspectives."

 I've received plenty of nominations from a few different view points, on plenty of different topics. 
 I had asked in my original post about hosting this carnival that blogs be submitted with my readers in mind.  I asked that the posts have some kind of information (lesson plan idea, resources, etc... that could be used in a classroom.  But I think this stipulation was ignored.  Because a "carnival" is simply a way to bring new blogs to my readers, I decided to keep any blog nominated that related to American History.

So here they are... enjoy.

Anthropology in Practice has some interesting information about the Hudson River in the late 17th century.  With the reconstruction of the World Trade Center, they've discovered a sea wall that was built in 1899.  This bit of archeology is especially interesting to me this summer.  I've taken two workshops this summer that have discussed archeology in and around Philadelphia.  I have a new found appreciation for archeology and the idea that underneath every building, there is probably remnants from another time.  This post is no exception.

Soldier's Mail is an excellent blog that publishes World War I letters.  I haven't read this blog, but was pleased when it was nominated.  There's a lot here to pull from.  This particular post is written from a soldier who was recently in a field hospital, and is expecting a furlough soon.  Teachers, see if you can use some of these in the classroom. 

Northwest History sticks it to the man... or... the museum. Read this open letter to curators at the Baron Von Munchausen home.  Though I don't know whether this is a farce or not.  The only Baron Von Munchausen I know is an exaggerated German baron who made up stories about himself that have became legend.  It's because of this, and the fact that I can't find any proof that a house like this exists, that I give you fair warning that what you're about to read may be a joke.  If it is true, it is an example of why we should all do our own research.

Religion in American History gives an overview of the book, Strangers and Pilgrims, Travelers and Sojourners.  It's an explanation of the reasoning for the book and the content and ideas behind the six volumes.

The Denver Post has great pictures of "America". The entry is entitled, America in Color from 1939-1943.  There was a lot happening in the world and in America in those five years... but the pictures don't reflect what might immediately come to mind. These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. Check them out... they're fascinating.

Civil War Memory is attempting to inform the public about a movie they haven't seen.  To their credit, the preface the post by clearly stating they haven't seen it, but do want to bring this Civil War tale to the public for discussion about its validity.  It's a movie about Richard Kirkland a Confederate Sargent who risked his own life to save the life of a Union soldier at the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Reader's Almanac has a Walt Whitman poem in commemoration of an 1860 meteor.  Reader's Almanac is the blog of the Library of America, which as cool books but for a pretty penny.  You can sometimes try them out for cheap, and then cancel.  This is what I did to get a collection of Abraham Lincoln's writings. The blog is commemorating the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of posts following the history of the war as it occurred 150 years ago.

World War II - Day by Day - this blog is a cool idea. It's a daily update of what was going on in the War on this day. A time line of sorts.  Might be good fodder for classroom discussions when studying the war.

And that does it...  thanks for checking in.  This is the spot where I'd normally inform you about the host for next month, but it appears as if the Carnival is taking a break for September.  Look for another host here in October


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Russian Spies: Part of US History...

It started with the Rosenbergs and the KGB to Anna Chapman.... Russian spies have been a part of our history. has an image essay of some of the most memorable Russian spies.,29307,2000712,00.html

Here's more information about Russian espionage... 

Do we still have faith in our CIA? or our FBI!


Thursday, July 08, 2010

How to afford your teaching certification

I get a lot requests about education advancement for teachers and the best route to become a teacher... You'd be surprised how many people out there are in other careers - and through history want to become teachers.... I was there once (I used to be web designer...)

To help with some of these inquiries, is a guest post from Karen Shih of She's got the scoop on different options for teachers and for those that would like to become teachers.


You’ve settled on a career in education because of your love of history or teaching or both, but now comes a more difficult, less exciting part: getting and paying for your teaching certification. Fortunately, there are many local and national options for teachers looking to save money while working towards being certified.

For students seeking to earn their certification through a bachelor’s degree program, you can look to traditional forms of aid, such as federal aid through FAFSA, or other scholarships for undergraduate students.

If you already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a particular field and are looking to switch to education, going through an alternative certification program could be more cost effective because it would take less time, often one to two years.

And for those with a short timeline or a current career obligation, an online teaching degree should be among your considerations. You can continue working at your current job, and it is possible to start teaching without certification (in some school districts) while you work toward your degree online.

Teaching certification is awarded by the individual state, so it’s important to check with your state’s department of education for specifics. You can look for state or county programs to subsidize your education. For example:

  • Texas’ Teach for Texas provides conditional grants for aspiring teachers who agree to teach in the state for a particular amount of time
  • California offers the Assumption Program of Loans for Education, which offers loan assumption for teachers going into critical areas
  • New York has a Teachers of Tomorrow program that offers tuition reimbursement for teachers going into high-need areas

Additionally, for teaching history in particular, the federal government offers a Teaching American History Grant that gives between $500,000 and $1 million to school districts for training history teachers.

Though finding and receiving financial aid to pay for teaching certification is a challenge, there are numerous federal and private options available to help dedicated and enthusiastic teachers ease the burden.


Tuesday, July 06, 2010

History Carnival #90 - US History for the Classroom

For the month of August, I've been given the privilege to host a History Carnival... 

For those that are unfamiliar with The History Carnival - here's an overview. 

History Carnival is a monthly showcase of blog writing about history, usually held on the 1st day of the month. It's hosted at a different blog each month to provide a variety of approaches and perspectives.  

I might suggest browsing some of the archived carnivals to see what it's all about...

This month, I am hosting.... for those that would like to be considered for the month of August, please send me some information about the posting and follow the directions below...

As a note - I'd like all posts to have some kind of information (lesson plans, ideas, resources) that can be used for teachers or classrooms.  In other words, I'd prefer not to have a lot of information, but decide how this information can be translated for students (preferably middle and high school students). 

How to submit nominations

All nominated posts should have been published since the most recent Carnival edition (or at most a few days before that).
1. You can send an email to Include the title and full URL of the post you are nominating, and the name of the blog. Please also put 'History Carnival' somewhere in the title of the email.
2. Or you can send an email using the simple nomination form at this site.

I'll choose my favorites... hopefully a good number of them, and post them August 1, 2010.  


Saturday, July 03, 2010

Happy 4th...

Great video for use in the classroom... or to just entertain yourselves...
Good ice breaker when studying the revolution, independence, etc... 

(though please make your own faces, as this is my wife and son...)

Just finished a week long workshop at the Constitution Center... great stuff.

Would love to learn from my readers and here about some of your best Constitution Lesson Plans...

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!