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Library of Congress: Mapping National Parks

The Library of Congress offers this digital collection of 173 maps that either document U.S. national parks or document regions that would later be designated as national parks. More specifically, the collection documents depictions of four parks (Yellowstone, Acadia, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains) and includes items dating from the seventeenth century through the present. This...

https://www.loc.gov/collections/national-parks-maps/about-th...
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Museum of the Moving Image: the Living Room Candidate

In 1952, Democratic Presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson was infamously photographed wearing shoes with a hole worn through the sole. Soon after, Stevenson supporters ran a televised commercial featuring a woman, clad in evening wear and pearls, singing, "I'd rather have a man with a hole in his shoes than a hole in everything he says!" The 1952 presidential election was the first to feature such...

http://www.livingroomcandidate.org
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In Motion: the African-American Migration Experience

Presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience documents a new interpretation of African-American history that focuses on the self-motivated activities of peoples of African descent through thirteen defining periods of voluntary or involuntary migration. Ranging from The Transatlantic Slave Trade...

http://www.inmotionaame.org
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IDEA Global Database on Elections and Democracy

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) has compiled this database of both quantitative and qualitative information related to voting in countries around the world. Users can search this database by country to get available information about a number of factors, including voter turnout, political finance, gender representation in office, and the design of the...

https://www.idea.int/
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LibriVox

We originally featured LibriVox in the 10-05-2012 Scout Report, and it continues to be an excellent source of free audiobooks of public domain literature. To date, the LibriVox catalog contains more than 12,000 audiobooks (including over 1,600 non-English works) recorded by more than 9,000 volunteers. The LibriVox site is billed as an "acoustical liberation of books in the public domain." This...

https://librivox.org
Choices Reading Lists

The International Reading Association has crafted these Choices Reading Lists for librarians, teachers, students, and anyone else with a passion for reading. There are three sets: Children’s Choices, Young Adults' Choices, and Teachers' Choices. Each list is fully annotated with additional information such as fact sheets, information on the texts selected, and some information about the criteria...

https://literacyworldwide.org/get-resources/reading-lists
Frequently Challenged Books

The American Library Association (ALA) has created this excellent resource for those seeking to learn about books that have been challenged around the United States. These lists have been compiled by the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom since 1990. Users can dive in by browsing the listings on the left-hand side of the page including Authors By Year, "Banned & Challenged Classics," and "30...

https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbook...
Goodreads

Goodreads is not only a fine place to find your next "good read," but also a great way to keep track of books you've enjoyed. Visitors can log in to create their own lists of books, along with annotations, comments, and ratings. Additionally, visitors can search and browse other readers' profiles, take literary quizzes, and look over hundreds of book lists. Author pages collect writers'...

https://www.goodreads.com/
Teaching With Writing

Teaching writing can be a challenge, even for those who have been in front of a class full of students for years. The website of the Writing Center at Colorado State University is a great source of information for people who teach writing. A good place to start is the Teaching Guides area, which includes strategies on Planning & Conducting Classes, Teaching Specific Writing Skills, and Writing...

https://writing.colostate.edu/teaching.cfm
ReadWriteThink: Student Interactives

Computers have been in classrooms for decades and continue to implement new and compelling resources expanding their multimedia capabilities. This set of classroom resources from ReadWriteThink brings together several hundred interactive activities for students in grades K-12. First-time visitors should explore the Featured area for helpful activities that address doing research (Inquiry &...

https://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-i...
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