My Place in History

My place in history is a free web-based program providing interactive activities and resources which place history in context with each student’s own family background.My place in history


Seven Wonders. Four friends. One mission. The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

Seven Wonders.  The Colossus rises

Seven Wonders. One – The Colossus rises
Peter Lerangis

Jack McKinley is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die. Jack needs to find seven magic orbs that, when combined, have the power to cure him. The orbs are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years… because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The thrills begin in THE COLOSSUS RISES, the first book in the epic Seven Wonders Series. =>

Award winner – Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray
Winner – Fiction – 2012 Golden Kite Awards for Children’s Books

Ruta Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl, in 1941. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that steals your breath, captures your heart, and reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.
Includes discussion questions and a free excerpt … =>

National Archives launches

[From MacUser]

Teachers, students, and U.S. history buffs take note: the National Archives has a new site for exploring its rich holdings. brings to life thousands of primary source documents like maps, photographs, letters, charts, audio, and video. You can browse the material, or use customizable, interactive learning tools to deepen the experience.

The Documents pages are organized by historical era from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. With a click or two you can find an inventory of Robert E. Lee’s property or a childhood photograph of Franklin D. Roosevelt–no need to go to Washington or delve into musty stacks.

The Activities pages hold the repertory of seven teaching tools; educators can get their students to engage in “finding a sequence,” “mapping history,” or “weighing evidence.” These activities are templates that include learning objectives and teaching tips. The site includes some ready-made activities to get teachers started. Once you’ve registered with the site, you can save the activities you’ve created. Students can go online to participate, or you can print activities in hardcopy. is free for all to use