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HistoryLink Resources for All Students
HistoryLink is currently conducting an extensive effort to reach as many educators as possible this fall. The scope and depth of our website continue to grow, and the benefits to Washington students and teachers have increased significantly as new content and updated features are added. We are proud to provide resources for all ages and all educational situations, and HistoryLink should be the starting point for all social-studies research projects that focus on aspects of the history of our state.
HistoryLink.org now offers more than 6,800 original, sourced essays including biographies, Cyberpedias, Timelines, and People's Histories. Teachers and students will find essays enhanced with audio and video clips and a suite of essays that have been translated into Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, and Chinese. Map-based apps bring location-specific historical information to iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.
A suite of essays called HistoryLink Elementary is now available for lower-level readers. These are written for students in third and fourth grade who are studying our state's history and for all beginning readers who want to learn more about Washington. The selected essays focus on important people, places, and events, and align with themes or topics addressed in elementary-school textbooks. Curricular materials -- aligned with state academic standards -- have been prepared for each elementary-level essay, and additional resources have been identified and listed.
The Education Resource provides links to more than 400 online resources that can help with developing curricula or researching and enhancing history projects. Study Guides that align with Washington-history textbooks make finding additional information easy and convenient for both elementary and middle school students and teachers. Carefully developed curricular materials guide teachers in using HistoryLink in the classroom. Homeschooled students will also find the listed curricular activities an interesting and convenient way to complete academic requirements under state standards. History Day students will find special documents prepared to help them find Washington connections to the National History Day Theme.
Secondary students are encouraged to dig deep into the HistoryLink encyclopedia when working on high school and college assignments. All sources that were used are listed at the end of each essay, providing valuable information to aid further research. The Education Resource provides dozens of online sites to find primary and secondary sources that will additionally enhance/support specific research. Suggestions for internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as information regarding history-related careers, are identified.
HistoryLink Internship Program
HistoryLink's internship program has proved to be popular with local college students who want to work with historians in a professional environment. Interns have the opportunity to participate in many important aspects of a running a nonprofit organization, including fundraising, communications, research, special projects, and general office work. This summer Leigh Sheridan, a two-year Education Intern, has been involved in outreach to the schools and curriculum development. She has also completed a writing assignment, her second, as part of the internship program. This year she tackled a People's History.
People's Histories are defined as "reminiscences, documents, older historical accounts, and interpretations." Personal memoirs that relate to state history are an important window into our past. While the vast majority of the essays on HistoryLink are written by staff historians, contract writers, volunteers, and consulting experts, People's Histories can be written and submitted by anyone interested in our state's history.
Leigh's People's History essay focuses on her lifelong fascination with Vashon Island's "Bicycle in the Tree" and serves as an example for her secondary and post-high-school peers. Many of the local history projects researched and written by college students would be great additions to our People's History library. If students are interested in having a Washington history-related paper or memoir considered as a People's History on HistoryLink, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested in interning with HistoryLink? Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Ballard High School football players, Seattle, September 1954. Courtesy Museum History & Industry.