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Homework Resources

Resources to help you study, write reports, do homework and more.


  • Academy of Achievement
    The Academy of Achievement recognizes real-life heroes in five major categories. Read a short life story of these achievers. You might find your own role model!
  • Biography
    This site aims to tell the most "gripping, surprising and fascinating" stories about famous people. Produced by A+E Networks.
  • Black Women's Suffrage
    Discover the contributions made by Black women in the campaign for voting and other civil rights from the 1850s to 1960.

Current Events

You may also like 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.

  • AllSides
    This news service tries to balance the news. This means that you will see the same story from left-, center- and right-leaning sources. 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. Most topics have an overview, pro/con arguments, a list of discussion questions, actions to take and a list of sources.
  • Public Opinion Polls and Surveys
    The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press publishes information about “issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.” It conducts public opinion polling and research. Read poll results and learn the facts of political and social issues.

Economics and Personal Finance

  • Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids
    These music videos are designed for 7- to 12-year-olds. They teach kids how to be smart with money.
  • EconEdLink Financial Fun Pack
    The activities in these fun packs can help students learn about personal finance. There are four separate downloadable packages which are based on a grade band. Choose K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12.
  • EconLowdown
    Learn about managing your money, saving, and investing with these free government resources. Choose a grade band: elementary, middle school or high school. Then choose filters to find materials based on subject, concept, and English or Spanish language.
  • FDIC Money Smart for Young People
    This government agency teaches teens about personal finance. It includes information on banking, checking accounts, credit cards, borrowing, paying for college, and renting or buying a home. Create a free account to track your progress and take quizzes.
  • High School Financial Planning Program
    Learn all about money: managing, earning, spending, borrowing, investing it and more. Provided by the National Endowment for Financial Education.


United States

You may also like Government and Presidents from Virginia.

  • 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. Information is divided into three levels of learning.
  • Branches of the U.S. Government
    The Constitution of the United States organizes the government into executive, legislative and judicial branches. Learn what each branch does and how they work together.
  • Electoral College
    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. From the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • U.S. Government and Politics
    This Crash Course is for high school students and is based on the 2014 AP Government and Politics curriculum. There are 50 short videos on topics that will help you learn how the U.S. government works.


You may also like International Information.

  • Countries
    National Geographic's highly visual site offers photos, an overview map, quick facts, nature, government & economy, people & culture and a brief history of 68 countries. For upper elementary students.
  • Flags of the World
    Search for full color images of flags by country name, geographic region or keyword. Black and white outline drawings of many flags are also available in a variety of sizes.
  • Rulers
    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."
  • World Factbook
    For each country, find information on its history, government, economy, geography and more. Provided by the CIA.


Good Starting Points

You may also like History of Virginia.

  • Crash Course
    Offers high quality, entertaining, educational videos on a variety of subjects. History Crash Courses include Big History, which is based on the Big History Project, and covers history of the universe from the Big Bang into the Deep Future; Big History 2, which delves deeper into why this matters; European History (from 1450 to the present), based on AP European History and college level Introduction to Western Civilization curriculum; and U.S. History, which is based on the 2013 US History curriculum.
  • 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.
  • Khan Academy — History
    Khan Academy encourages learning through watching U.S. history and world history videos, answering practice questions, and testing your understanding through Unit tests.
  • Speeches

Ancient History

Historical Documents and Images

  • 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.
  • Avalon Project
    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.
  • Famous Trials
    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.

United States History

You may also like History of Virginia.

  • America's Story
    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.
  • Interactive Constitution
    Constitutional scholars of differing perspectives discuss the Constitution and debate how it can be interpreted today.
  • KidCitizen
    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.
  • Presidents
    • American President
      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.
    • Library of Congress — Presidential Images
    • US Presidents
      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.


You may also like Constitutional Law.

  • Virginia Rules
    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.
  • Youth Rules
    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.

Online Social Sciences Resources

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