Academy of Achievement
Brief biographies of leaders, visionaries and pioneers who have been inducted into the Academy of Achievement. Members include U.S. presidents, public servants, world leaders, innovators in information technology, business leaders, sports heroes, actors, authors, artists, scientists and explorers.
This site aims to tell the most "gripping, surprising and fascinating" stories about famous people. Produced by A+E Networks.
See also Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints database for information about hot-button social and political issues from capital punishment to immigration, offering pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, maps, infographics and more.
This unique news service offered by people “from every side of the aisle and in between” tries to balance the news by presenting multiple perspectives on the same news story. It also includes media bias ratings to give readers an idea of where news sources lean on the political scale.
Intelligence Squared US
Watch videos of Oxford-style debates argued by leading authorities. You can read the transcripts, view the research used by the debaters and see the graphs showing pre- and post-debate voting results.
This site offers pros and cons of controversial issues on various topics to "provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias." Arguments are presented in a straightforward format with links to references.
Public Opinion Polls and Surveys
The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press publishes the results — and, in some cases, the methodology — of selected polls on political and social issues.
Free resources help students in elementary, middle school or high school learn about economics and personal finance. Choose filters in the Resources section to select materials based on school level, subject, concept, and English or Spanish language. Provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Get ready for the real world by learning how to manage money. Learn how to earn, save, spend, borrow, track, give, invest and safeguard money. Includes quizzes and games.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Students can learn about the branches of the U.S. government, how laws are made, how the federal and state governments share power and more. Elementary, middle and high school students can select the appropriate guide to see material adapted for their age group.
Branches of the U.S. Government
Learn how the Constitution of the United States organizes the government into executive, legislative, and judicial branches to ensure that no one group or individual has too much power. The site links to official government and other selected websites to offer more detailed information about the federal government.
Learn about the Electoral College and view historical election results.
Kids in the House
Learn about House members and officers, how bills become law, House history and art. Information is divided into four levels of learning for young learners, grade, middle and high school students. From the U.S. House of Representatives.
See also International Information.
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
Provided by the CIA.
Frequently updated, this site offers country-by-country listings of heads of state, heads of government and foreign ministers "since 1700," plus a "chronicle of relevant events since 1996."
See also History of Virginia.
DK Find Out! — History
Learn about ancient history, kings and queens, castles, pirates, spies, World War I and II, and much more. This visual site includes facts, quizzes, pictures and videos to help with homework.
An educational site providing copyright-free outline maps.
American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank
More than 5000 speeches including the top 100 political speeches of the 20th century, movie speeches and Christian rhetoric.
The History Place: Great Speeches Collection
Dozens of selected speeches, each with prefatory material to place it in proper historic context.
This site contains hundreds of famous speeches in the fields of politics and government, the arts, entertainment, science and technology, and military/war.
The British Broadcasting Company provides links to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome as well as prehistoric British, Viking, Anglo-Saxon, ancient Indian and other cultures. Younger students can play games — click on Ancient History to learn how to make a mummy, build a pyramid and solve a mysterious death in Rome.
Examine artifacts to learn about life in ancient Mesopotamia. Produced by the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago
Choose themes such as cities, religion, buildings, writing, trade or technology to learn about ancient civilizations. The site requires Macromedia Flash Player. The museum's blog, which includes podcasts, posts and brief essays about ancient objects and history, is suitable for older students.
Stories of Greek and Roman gods and heroes.
Learn about hieroglyphic writing, stories of kings, queens, ancient Egyptian gods, mummies, inventions, pyramids and temples.
100 Milestone Documents
The documents in this collection were chosen to represent significant milestones in American history between 1776 and 1965. You may view an image of the original document or read the document transcription and the annotation placing it in historic context. Provided by the National Archives and Records Administration, National History Day, and USA Freedom Corps.
Primary documents about the exploration of North America are offered in this digitized collection (including text and images) drawn from books from the 17th to the 20th century. Emphasis is on eyewitness accounts contained in original manuscripts, valuable geographic and cultural information and chronological listings of highlights. All material is searchable by keyword or can be refined by using drop-down topic menus.
The Avalon Project at Yale Law School is an online resource for documents covering law, history and diplomacy from ancient to contemporary times. When possible, links to supporting documents “expressly referred to in the body of the text” are included.
This collection of 75+ trials focuses on themes of free speech, murder, religion, race and war/corruption/politics. The site was created by Professor Linder of UMKC law school and includes his original commentary on the selected trials as well as trial transcripts, maps, images and other materials. The intended audience includes high school, college and law school instructors and students. Professor Linder also offers a Constitutional Law companion site which focuses on United States Supreme Court cases.
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
This collection includes more than 2200 books and 7800 photographs documenting voluntary immigration to the United States. Browse topics by category or region, or search the collection by keyword. Provided by Harvard University.
See also History of Virginia.
Brought to you by the Library of Congress, this site provides selective images and highlights from American history. It is not designed for in-depth research, but would be suitable for elementary school students needing brief, straightforward coverage of milestones, eras or themes in our country's past.
Eagle Eye Citizen
Middle and high school students can solve challenges in which they will analyze primary sources from the Library of Congress to think critically about civics, Congress and American history.
Constitutional scholars of differing perspectives discuss the Constitution and debate how it can be interpreted today.
Interactive episodes using primary source photographs from the Library of Congress guide K-5 students in exploring government and civics topics. By examining the photographs, students can learn about primary sources, child labor laws, community helpers, members of Congress and more.
Sponsored by the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, this site offers "Facts at a Glance" as well as essays on each U.S. President. The essays include information on life before and after the presidency, campaigns and elections, domestic and foreign affairs, impact and legacy, and key events. There are also profiles of the first ladies and cabinet members. Material is geared toward high school students.
A comprehensive resource guide with links to a wide variety of topics of information about the Presidents.
Shmoop — US History
Shmoop tries to make learning about history fun for high school or college students by writing in a teen-friendly way. Most topics include an introduction, summary and analysis, timeline, facts, and information about the people who made it happen. Many of Shmoop's writers are PhDs and PhD candidates and want to help students understand why they should care about history.
Supreme Court: The Oyez Project
Using sound, text and panoramic graphics, the creators of this website have fashioned a comprehensive tool for accessing Supreme Court cases focusing on constitutional law. One can scan biographies of the justices, listen to oral arguments from 1968 to the current term, browse the Cases section to see listings of cases currently before the court, review abstracts of historic decisions and more.
See also Constitutional Law.
How does Virginia law apply to teens in everyday life? Topics include the legal rights of juveniles, family relationships and the law, dating violence, property crimes and many more. From the Office of the Attorney General.
Are you a teen working in a part-time or summer job? Learn about federal and state rules for teen employment including what hours you can work, what jobs you can do and how much you should be paid. From the U.S. Department of Labor.