August 11, 2008
By Elisabeth Grant
Media coverage of the 2008 Olympics started months ago, but the actual games began last Friday, August 8th and will continue through the 24th. But despite whether or not you’re into this year’s events, you may be interested in a few informative, or just plain fun, resources online about the rich history of the Olympics, including:
EDSITEment offers two characteristically rich and detailed lesson plans: Live from Ancient Olympia! (where students get to create interviews with ancient athletes) and The Olympic Medal: It’s All Greek to Us! (in which students learn about the Greek alphabet and culture).
While many have conflicting opinions about Wikipedia, its Olympic Games and Ancient Olympic Games pages aren’t bad places to start, and offer links to some good sources.
- Library of Congress
The Library of Congress offers an online guide to reference sources about the Olympics.
- The New York Times
The New York Times has created an interesting interactive page of Olympic torch designs from 1936-2008, which we mentioned in our most recent edition of “What We’re Reading.”
Yes, you read that right. Check out ESPN’s Olympics Fan Guide for a list of Olympic medal winners, key moments, and facts from 1896 to 2004.