European History

Renaissance period

National Archives Lesson Plans ★★★★★
Sorted by era, the U.K. National Archives offers hundreds of lesson plans. For starters, check out this lesson plan in which students must interpret a medieval cartoon, or this guided discussion of the British reaction to the French Revolution.

BBC Bitesize ★★★★☆
This wonderful site offers lively, animated videos on many subjects in European and world history. Features modules on everything from 1066 to World War I air raids. BBC Bitesize also offers many interactive educational games, though some can only be accessed if you are in the U.K.

Spartacus Educational ★★★★☆
Spartacus Educational is an excellent online encyclopedia with hyperlinked articles on British, German, and Russian history. It also contains sections covering both world wars. The site is extremely comprehensive; see this page on Tudor history for an idea of the site’s thorough organization.

Internet History Sourcebooks ★★★★☆
The Internet History Sourcebooks are wonderful collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use by Paul Halsall. The site and its documents are well organized and the breadth of materials is impressive. There is an index of selected and excerpted texts for teaching purposes, a help page on use of the Sourcebook for research questions, a section devoted to secondary articles, texts on the history of law, copy-permitted maps and images, a guide to medieval-themed films and music, and more. Try the Medieval History and Modern History sourcebooks (links are in the page header) and then go to the sidebar to browse by subject. The Sourcebooks are unevenly maintained, so expect some broken links.

AP European History Classroom Resources ★★★★☆
CollegeBoard offers classroom resources for AP European History, including DBQs and links to useful sites, but you must sign-in in order to access most of the content.

Tom Richey’s AP Euro Lessons ★★★★☆
Tom Richey is an online tutor and educator who had made most of his content free to download for classroom use. This link will bring you to his homepage for AP European history, which is broken-up into modules like The Renaissance, Absolutism, and World War I. These subjects are divided even further, into specialized lessons that feature powerpoint presentations, videos, and classroom activities. There is even a Louis XIV rap. The site’s section on DBQs is also worth a look.

HistoryExtra ★★★★☆
The official site of BBC History Magazine, this site offers plently of quality articles on European history. Be sure to check out the Historical Quizzes section. Registration is required to access most of the resources.