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Overview:  This is a multiple session activity designed to develop some basic skills around internet use for the Social Studies.  Some students will be starting with very little background while others will have very sophisticated internet skills.  All students will have opportunities to develop their skills to a more useful level.


You should create a New Word Document entitled Web Activities Log in which you develop, for each activity, a brief statement regarding how this site could help you in school assignments.


1. Art Online Source Activity : The Metropolitan Museum of Art ONLINE.


Find a piece of art that deals with the period and place now being studied and explain how it reflects the values or beliefs of the time period and place in which it was created.  HINT: after you enter the “museum” look to the left side for a “frame” in which you will find an option called “Timeline of Art History”. 

Have fun and explore.


Alternative to the Met


Check out this site developed by an art historian – it is awesome! “ART HISTORY RESOURCES ON THE WEB  Now find the Nineteenth Century link and then look for Romanticism or other categories of interest.

The Twentieth Century section is of major interest for this course.  Spend as much time there as you can.  This activity could take you a lifetime to fully explore.  Don’t cheat yourself by rushing to finish it.  You might just find something that is important to you.  If all else fails, then scroll to near the bottom of the witcombe site and click on “Modernism”.  You may not understand much of what he has to say at the moment, but by mid-way through the course you will.


Another alternative: one more art site.  Go to    “Artcyclopedia”.  It allows you to search for online images by Movement, by Medium and by Subject.  It is awesome.  AVOID THE TEMPTATION TO CLICK ON THE “Posters for Sale” banner on the right because these are far more limited than the various museums to which you can go and each museum has a great deal of information you could use in an essay.  Spend some time and select a small image from each of the following: impressionism, post-impressionism, cubism, surrealism, abstract expressionism, Dada, Ashcan, Bauhaus, Der Blau Reiter, Expressionism, Fauvism, Futurism, Harlem Renaissance, Minimalism, OpArt and PopArt.  Find some artists mentioned in our textbook and look up some of their work.


Trying it out – I have copied the URL from a site on NPR (National Public Radio).  Go to that site (after reading all of this paragraph) by placing the cursor on the URL below and have a listen.  The site is from the radio program called “All Things Considered”.  When you first get to the site, read about the segment to which you will be listening.  Then click on “audio iconListen to All Things Considered audio”  Be sure you are wearing earphones because this is an audio site that plays radio segments through a program called Real Audio.


After you have listened to this segment you should go to the NPR web site home page (you can either type the URL, , or go to the bottom of the page and left click on “npr home page”).  Once on the home page, go to the search engine dialog box (an empty box in the upper right corner) and try running some searches on the topic of your choice.  Your written overview should be about the result of your experience in the site.  The overview should then discuss your experience with YOUR OWN search.  The web site URL is .  If you have nothing you wish to search for then try typing in a search on “Amish Teens”.  Select “Amish Teens Tested in Devil’s Playground”.  Select


In Depth

More NPR coverageExpanded coverage    

Good Luck!


Activity 3: Signing up with the New York Times or use  Google News.

Either go to the New York Times Web site (where you will need to sign up for free New York Times on the internet) or go to Google and select “News”.  If you sign up for the Times be sure to copy down your subscriber name and your password.  ALSO, BE SURE TO UNCHECK THE BOX THAT ASKS IF YOU WANT YOUR COMPUTER TO REMEMBER YOUR PASSWORD.  If you do not uncheck this, anyone who uses this computer can log onto the NY Times as if they were you.


Once you have signed up, you may search the daily Times in several different ways.  You may also be able to get some archived material.  The archive goes back to 1981 and they are mostly available for free.  Be sure to make your log entries. 

Another News source for a wide variety of perspectives.  If you go to Google News you should check out articles from around the world on a particular story.


Next you should begin to learn about what the Memorial Hall Library has to offer from any internet-linked computer in the world.  Begin at the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium.  The URL is http://www.mvlc.orgClick on Other Reference Databases (lower left corner of the home page).  Then scroll down to EBSCOhost from home.  Enter your Memorial Hall Library card number and click on LOGON.  Left click on “Ebsco Host”. 


Now search for Gulf War syndrome.  Find something interesting.  Learn about it.  Now left arrow back to the MVLC site.  Click on “Other Reference Databases.”  Then scroll down and click on several different database offerings.  In your log you should try to describe how you might use these.  I particularly like Expanded Academic ASAP.



Activity 4: Government sites.  Try this first and explore a while, then move on to another site. (here you can find excellent graphs to prove an hypothesis using federal government documentation – it may take a while to explore)  You should definitely spend some time using this statistical gold mine for research essays that can be found by, finding and clicking on Statistical reference shelf - Published collections of statistics available online including the Statistical Abstract of the United States.  That will take you to “The Statistical Reference Shelf” which displays all sorts of data links.  Click on the first (associated with the White House) called “Briefing Rooms”.  Go to either the economic or the social rooms and click on something of interest to you.  Be sure you state how you could use these graphs in a research project.  When you find a graph you think is interesting, put the cursor on the graph, right click, select copy, go to your Word document and place the cursor where you want to put the graph, right click and select paste.

Finally, the mother load for social studies – the Library of Congress has a site call “American Memory” – spend some significant time checking this out  http://loc.govThen find and click on American Memory.  Once there select “Search”.  Type Andover, MA in the search box and find the panoramic view of Andover.  You might want to check out some of the other locations in the Library of Congress collections.  Select on to copy and paste into your Word document.



Activity 5: How about newsmagazines?


This time you should pick a particular online newsmagazine and review it as an entire site.  Be sure to check out the “About Us” link (if they include one) that will give you some idea of the bias of the site.


Activity 6: Additional newspapers for your developing portfolio of online sources.

Activity 7: The History Channel goes online.


Go to the section called speeches.  Pick one that you listen to and then use your book to compare and contrast what you have read with what you have heard.


Check out the news on “Google”, .  Select a story and present two perspectives of the story that seem to differ.


Activity 8: Pick your own.  Pick your favorite site from the previous eight weeks and really strut your stuff.  Find an article or an audio/visual piece that relates to your Research paper topic.


Activity 9: Follow the links.  Return to the previous week’s choice and find as many links as possible that might be used for your research paper.  List each link in your notebook and give a brief analysis of the value of each site for your research.