Friday, October 29, 2004

You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving

You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving. This is a fun site that allows students to look at Thanksgiving from a first-hand perspective. It is a well done site that literally reaches out and devours the whole computer screen!

From the site:

Over the last several years, experts at Plimoth Plantation have done a lot of research and thinking about the event that is commonly called “The First Thanksgiving.” We were surprised at what we learned! We are sharing our new-found knowledge through a special Thanksgiving exhibition at Plimoth Plantation (Thanksgiving: Memory, Myth, and Meaning), two children’s books, the You Are the Historian online learning center (see below), and this teacher’s guide.

We are proud of these products, and also of the process that led to their creation. True to the mission of Plimoth Plantation, these products explore the events of 1621 from the perspectives of both the Wampanoag and the English colonists. This could not have been done without the collaboration of a broad team of people, including members of the Wampanoag community, teachers, historians, and Plimoth Plantation staff.

Good luck with your investigation! We hope that you and your students enjoy using this guide, and that you begin to look at Thanksgiving in a whole new way.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Newbery Medal

Newbery Medal. Here is the Wikinfo encyclopedia entry for this important award!

From the site:

The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the most outstanding book for children. The award, which is named after an eighteen-century British bookseller, has been given since 1922. Together with the Caldecott Medal, it is considered the most prestigious award for children's literature in the United States.

Recipients of the Newbery Medal are:

1922 Hendrik Willem van Loon, The Story of Mankind
1923 Hugh Lofting, The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle
1924 Charles Hawes, The Dark Frigate
1925 Charles Finger, Tales from Silver Lands
1926 Arthur Bowie Chrisman, Shen of the Sea
1927 Will James, Smoky the Cow Horse
1928 Dhan Gopal Mukerji, Gayneck, the Story of a Pigeon

Monday, October 25, 2004

History of Iraq

History of Iraq. Not surprisingly, many of my students are looking up information on Iraq now. Most of our libarry books are dated so I am finding the Web the best resource. This site is pretty good.

From the site:

Once known as Mesopotamia, Iraq was the site of flourishing ancient civilizations, including the Sumerian, Babylonian, and Parthian cultures. Muslims conquered Iraq in the seventh century A.D. In the eighth century, the Abassid caliphate established its capital at Baghdad, which became a frontier outpost on the Ottoman Empire.

At the end of World War I, Iraq became a British-mandated territory. When it was declared independent in 1932, the Hashemite family, which also ruled Jordan, ruled as a constitutional monarchy. In 1945, Iraq joined the United Nations and became a founding member of the Arab League. In 1956, the Baghdad Pact allied Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom, and established its headquarters in Baghdad.

Gen. Abdul Karim Qasim took power in July 1958 coup, during which King Faysal II and Prime Minister Nuri as-Said were killed. Qasim ended Iraq's membership in the Baghdad Pact in 1959. Qasim was assassinated in February 1963, when the Arab Socialist Renaissance Party (Ba'ath Party) took power under the leadership of Gen. Ahmad Hasan al-Bakr as prime minister and Col. Abdul Salam Arif as president.