Free Online Resources for High School Students and Teachers

Library Resources | December 31, 2015

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History teachers and students will be delighted to hear that they can have free access to two great online resources – the new Churchill Archive for Schools (freely available to all) and the complete Churchill Archive (normally available by subscription, but now free to high schools worldwide following registration).

The Churchill Archive for Schools has been specially developed by leading history educators to support teaching and learning, and to introduce students to the wonders of working with archive content. It offers open access to a selection of key documents from the complete Churchill Archive plus an expanding range of excellent classroom-ready resources. Why not start exploring here? It’s free, and no registration is required.

Churchill Archive for Schools offers teachers:

  • Comprehensive resources covering topics central to the study of modern history such as key developments in Anglo-US relations, key developments in world history, British and Empire history and more
  • A way for students to engage with primary documents, making history personal and accessible
  • In-depth source analysis, with detailed help and commentary provided by experienced history educators
  • Teachers’ notes for investigations, which challenge students to archive sources by including six to eight documents from the complete Churchill Archive
  • Guidance, tips and approaches to help students care about history
  • The ability to use the resource with a wide range of classes, groups or individuals, with an array of challenges for different needs and audiences

Student benefits:

  • Answering questions like: Just how ‘special’ was the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and America in the Second World War?
  • Using archive sources to get closer to the action and to see that history is personal and about everyday people, not just leaders and politicians
  • Exploring how historical events relate to present-day issues and events
  • Learning how to search sources for information to tackle questions, to assess the validity of information, and to offer supporting evidence for arguments
  • Learning how to apply historical knowledge and method of inquiry outside the history classroom

The Churchill Archive for Schools also provides an accessible and exciting entry point into the complete Churchill Archive, described by History Today as the ‘real gem of online Churchill resources.’ The Churchill Archive, published by Bloomsbury, is now free for the first time for schools worldwide thanks to the generous donation of $1 million made by US-based, British businessman and philanthropist Laurence Geller CBE.

The complete Churchill Archive offers cross-searchable access to more than 800,000 pages of original documents from 1874 to 1965. Containing everything from Churchill’s personal correspondence with family and friends to important historical documents, the Churchill Archive provides a unique insight into the life and times of a leading figure of modern history. In addition to providing excellent support for independent learning, the Churchill Archive also helps students to develop their research skills which will be vital for success in higher education.

For the schools materials visit www.churchillarchiveforschools.com.

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