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This is a great free resource for history learning in jr. high and high school levels. The interactive lessons in American history help students explore primary documents and write essays using supporting details. 

Silverdale Press

This company publishes a few unit studies on topics related to American government and writing, designed for use by jr. high and high school level students. They have a Charlotte Mason/Classical feel to them and appear to be well written and thorough. There is also a blog with other ideas for lessons and activities. 

National Constitution Center

This museum in Philadelphia has a great website with lots of educational resources. The interactive constitution lets you read articles and amendments alongside commentary from different historic and legal experts. There is also a collection of videos and lesson plans, and a few other interactive activities and games, plus primary source documents and even some craft ideas.

Game Learning

This company is developing immersive computer games to teach history. Currently only two games are available, but many more are coming. You can try out demos, and the subscription price is very reasonable. You can even make suggestions of historical events to be used in future games!

The Oregon Trail

I nice little information site with an online mini-textbook, maps and information about sites along the trail, and links to several inexpensive kindle editions of first-hand accounts. There is also a teacher's guide that would be a great starting point for a unit study.

We Choose the Moon

This site (part of the JFK Presidential Library) lets you relive the Apollo 11 mission through photos and video. You follow a virtual spacecraft through different points of the mission, look at it from different angles, and focus on hotspots to see and hear what was happening. A great way to experience history and science!

Mission US

A free, online game where kids take on the role of young people in different eras of American history. Designed for jr. high level students, this resource includes extensive teacher resources such as document based activities, discussion questions, writing prompts and more. Looks like a terrific way to learn US history!

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