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Other Useful Sites

These are miscellaneous Web resources that may be of interest to teachers. They provide resources for writing, critical and creative thinking, multicultural education, and subject matter content that might be used to re-think or explore new ideas in education.

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1 Writer’s Toolbox for Building Arguments
This is the companion Web site designed to accompany Writing Arguments, Brief, and Concise Edition, 2nd Edition, by John D. Ramage, John C. Bean, and June Johnson. Created for students and instructors, this site both highlights key concepts and resources of Writing Arguments and offers new material that builds on and extends these resources. Especially useful is the “Writer's Toolbox for Building Arguments,” which provides reading and writing strategies that can help you with many different writing projects.
2 The University of North Carolina’s Writing Center Resources for Writing Arguments
This site provides handouts and tools for writing that include writing arguments, thinking about your audience, writing introductions and conclusions, using evidence and counterarguments, and reading critically.
3 The University of North Carolina’s Writing Center Resources for Writing History
This site provides handouts and tools for writing papers in specific fields such as history, political science, sociology, and philosophy. It also includes a section on “Writing in History.”
4 Rethinking Schools
Rethinking Schools is committed to equity and the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. The site provides a range of resources for teachers.
5 Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)
SPICE offers multidisciplinary curriculum materials on international themes, presents multiple perspectives, and offers resources to enhance critical thinking and decision making skills in subject areas such as geography, economics, political science, international security, the environment, history, science, foreign languages, language arts, and fine and applied arts. SPICE's interdisciplinary approach draws upon simulations and role plays, debates, readers' theaters, lessons involving the visual and performing arts, journal writing exercises, and cooperative group activities.
6 Merry Merryfield’s Homepage
Merryfield’s site offers many websites on global education, area studies, with bountiful online resources for global educators, including TeachGlobal Ed. This site aims to provide social studies teachers with easy access to high quality scholarship, primary sources, and web-based connections to five world regions, global issues and work in global education.
7 William Cronon’s Site
Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Cronon offers a primer for environmental history students that includes a section on asking researchable questions and takes viewers through a process of finding research topics, making questions specific, and lists of do’s and don’ts as well as tips for asking good research questions.
8 Factcheck.org
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, this site provides information about what it considers inaccurate, misleading, or false claims by politicians and media outlets. FactCheck also offers classroom resources and lesson plans, a 5-step process for avoiding deception, and a guide to Internet sources considered reliable and unbiased and those which are not.
9 Accuracy.org
Set up by the Institute for Public Accuracy, this site archives articles that challenge mainstream news accounts. As its website notes, it seeks to broaden public discourse by providing news releases that offer well-documented analyses of current events and underlying issues.
10 Snopes.com
Snopes.com is a fact checking site that helps people determine the accuracy of information for a range of subjects. While noting that many sources contain a mixture of truth, falsity, and exaggeration which cannot be accurately described by single “true” or “false” ratings, it evaluates the claims made in news stories and identifies a range of political smears, rumors, hoaxes, scams, urban legends, and misinformation that circulate in online spaces.
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