The resources on the Internet which are available for research and
perusal are many. You can view the whole document or select from this list:
The plethora of newsgroups devoted to subjects of interest to the
American History teacher and students is dizzying. It's difficult, to be
sure, to keep up with a newsgroup that receives fifty or more new posts
a day. But most times, scanning them could be helpful in deciding which
path to take on a discussion or getting first-hand reactions about
historical events (a good example to use is the standard "Where were you
when Kennedy was shot?").
The variety and scope of newsgroups can be overwhelming, and a good piece
of advice would be to stick to the moderated newsgroups. But, since
a new newsgroup can be created every day (and many are), check your
newsreader for new newsgroups (if it doesn't prompt you to subscribe to
Note: these newsgroups are alphabetized according to hierarchy. For more
information about hierarchies (and newsgroups & USENET in general), look here.
- news.announce.newusers - A
good group to begin with to see
about FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) files for various newsgroups.
- alt.college.us - College life in the
- alt.culture.alaska - Culture of
- alt.culture.hawaii - Culture of
- alt.culture.ny-upstate -
Culture of Upstate New York.
- alt.culture.oregon - Culture of
- alt.culture.us.1970s - Culture
of the United States in the 1970s.
- alt.culture.us.asian-indian -
Culture of the Asian-Indian in the United States.
- alt.culture.us.southwest -
Culture of the Southwest United States.
- alt.current-events.usa -
Current events in the U.S.
- alt.history.future - Pontification
on future history.
- alt.history.living -
Living survivors of historical events.
- alt.history.what-if -
Diversionary ideas about alternate history.
- alt.politics.bush - Politics
during the Bush administration.
- alt.politics.clinton -
Politics of the Clinton administration.
- Legal issues surrounding the information superhighway and the NII.
- Discussion group for Democratic politics.
- alt.politics.economics -
Economic policies and how they relate to politics of nations.
- alt.politics.elections - A
look into the politics behind political races.
- alt.politics.equality - The
politics of equality.
- alt.politics.greens -
- alt.politics.homosexuality -
Politics concerning gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues.
- Political issues concerning immigration
- Libertarian newsgroup.
- alt.politics.media - Politics
of the dissemination of information.
- alt.politics.org.cia -
Dealings with the CIA.
- alt.politics.org.misc -
Catch-all group for discussion of political organizations.
- alt.politics.org.nsa - National
Security Agency discussion group.
- alt.politics.org.un - United
- alt.politics.perot - Fans and
detractors of Ross Perot discuss his bid for president.
- alt.politics.radical-left -
Radical Leftist politics.
- alt.politics.reform - Reform
- alt.politics.usa - Current and past
politics in the U.S.
- alt.politics.usa.congress -
Current and past politics in the U.S. Congress.
- Current and past politics dealing with the Constitution.
- alt.politics.usa.misc -
Catch-all group for miscellaneous topics on U.S. politics.
- alt.politics.usa.newt-gingrich - Our illustrious
Speaker's own newsgroup.
- alt.politics.usa.republican -
Republican politics in the U.S.
- alt.war.korea - General interest
Korean War news
- alt.war.civil.usa - Topics of
interest to Civil War buffs.
- americast.usa-today.life -
"Life" section of USA Today, mirrored on USENET.
- americast.usa-today.money -
"Money" section of USA Today, mirrored on USENET.
- americast.usa-today.news -
"News" section of USA Today, mirrored on USENET.
- "Sports" section of USA Today, mirrored on USENET.
- americast.usa-today.weather -
"Weather" section of USA Today, mirrored on USENET.
- bit.listserv.history - Mirror of
a listserv on history.
- bit.listserv.politics - Mirror
of a listserv on politics.
- k12.ed.soc-studies - Topics of
interest to K-12 educators in Social Studies.
- misc.immigration.usa - Issues on
immigration in the U.S.
- rec.aviation.military -
Military planes and their design.
- rec.sport.baseball - Baseball - an
- rec.travel.usa-canada - Travel
in the US and Canada.
- soc.culture.african.american -
Culture of African-Americans.
- Culture of Asian-Americans.
- soc.culture.indian.american -
Culture of Indian-Americans.
- soc.culture.jewish.holocaust -
Ramifications of the Holocaust on Jews worldwide.
- soc.culture.mexican.american -
Culture of the Mexican-American.
- soc.culture.puerto-rico -
Culture of Puerto Rico.
- soc.culture.usa - United States
- soc.history - Catch-all history newsgroup.
- soc.history.living - Living
- soc.history.moderated -
Moderated group dealing with historical issues.
- soc.history.science - Historical
- soc.history.war.misc - History
of wars of all genres
- soc.history.war.world-war-ii -
World War II, including American involvement.
- soc.politics.arms-d - Armament
politics, here and abroad.
- talk.politics.animals -
Vivisection and other issues relating to animal rights.
- talk.politics.crypto - Issues
regarding cryptography in the United States.
- talk.politics.drugs - The War
on Drugs, continued.
- talk politics.guns - Gun control
issues and the NRA & the Second Amendment.
- talk.politics.libertarian -
- talk.politics.medicine -
Patients' rights and the responsibilities of the medical community.
- talk.politics.misc - Catch-all
group for political discussion.
- talk.politics.theory -
Political theories, in general.
So, now what?
Now that you have investigated some sources of information, it's time to
apply these in a real-life classroom situation. As a teacher, it is, by
default, your responsibility to present information to students and make
sure that they absorb it and understand it. The information presented on
the Internet provides an additional source of material for you besides
books and lectures.
Some potential uses for Internet materials are:
- Supplemental literature in handouts (i.e., printing out the
document and photocopying them);
- Overhead transparencies (photographs can be saved to disk and used
to be printed out with a special type of photocopier, available at most
commerical photocopy businesses);
- Real-time interactive materials (for example, sending an e-mail note
to someone in Japan and receiving an answer a day later).
But how, you may ask, can one integrate these resources by having
students search themselves for material relating to projects?
Here is one example:
Eleventh-grade United States History class, mid-level.
--Culture Project: The Government of the United States of America.
Using the resources found in the Internet in
addition to any others you may find, build
an alternative model of government which would
possibly succeed in the United States of today.
You can either support its existence (giving
credible evidence for its survival) or refute
it (by arguing for the current system as viable).
Look at the resources offered by our current
government and determine if they actually
contribute to our daily lives.
Questions to Consider:
- Can a bureaucracy supply everyone with needed information
- Does the current system of U.S. government provide its
citizens with basic necessities? If not the basic
necessities, then with what?
- In constructing an alternate form of government, what will
one have to take into consideration in order to supply
all constituents with basic necessities?
Resources to Use:
Newsgroups, such as the ones listed above, can provide interesting
theories and ideas generated in debate and discussion. The following
newsgroups would have the most relevant data to the project.
A list of primary resources to use:
The Library of Congress'
pertaining to Federal Government resources.
United States House of
Representatives' World Wide Web server.
The United States Senate has a
gopher server which lists files contributed by various members of the Senate
THOMAS, a service by the
Library of Congress, provides legislative information regarding bills and
documents processed by the Congress of the United States.
Other World Wide Web and gopher government information servers - in
A big listing of Government Agencies from
Does your class have an Internet project which is accessible to the
public? Mail us with the URL, content, and
creator and we will add it to our list of virtual tours!