U.S. History Lesson Plans and Resources

Last updated October 25, 2014!

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Resources/Collections of History Lesson Plans
History Activities and Lessons
Search eNotes large collection of history lesson plans, activities, guides, and reproducibles, many of which are free once you join (also FREE!).

HistorySimulation.com
Engaging and interactive lesson plans. History simulations for the American Civil Civil War, Imperialism, World War One, World War Two, and the Cold War.

U.S. History Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from Discovery Education.       

Web-Based Lesson Plans for U.S. History and Government Teachers
From the National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment. See also History and Social Studies and
Introduction to Advanced Placement U.S. History Lessons.

Lesson Plans for AP U.S. History

From AP Central

Smithsonian History and Culture
Many high-quality lesson plans.

The History Teaching Institute at The Ohio State University
Many lesson plans for both European and U.S. history.

Teaching with Historic Places
From the National Registry of Historic Places. Click here for a chronological index of available lesson plans.

Mr. Donn's American History Pages
Excellent source for lesson plans and resources.

United States History Instructional Resources
See both to 1865 and 1865 to Present.

National Archives and Records: Teaching with Documents Lesson Plans (Docs Teach)
Wonderful teaching activities and lesson plans based on primary documents in the archives that can be viewed online. Lessons are correlated to national standards for history, civics, and government. 

Library of Congress Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans organized by topic or search their site.

National History Day
Information and teaching ideas from the National History Day Program. See also National History Day in Minnesota.


Teaching American History Lesson Plans
From the
Center for History Education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Lesson Plans - American History
From the N.Y. Times Learning Network.

Lesson Plans from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Many high-interest lesson plans for a variety of grade levels. Quite a few integrate music and history.

Houghton-Mifflin: A More Perfect Union
Lesson plans for 8th-grade US history..

Women in World History Curriculum
An interactive site with lesson plans and resources documenting women's history.

A Curriculum of United States Labor History for Teachers
Lesson ideas and handouts organized chronologically.

What is History?
A 5th-grade lesson plan from Houghton Mifflin Social Studies.

Oral History and Social History
This lesson presents social history content and topics through the voices of ordinary people. It draws on primary sources from the American Memory Collection, American Life Histories, 1936-1940.

The American Dream
Investigate the American dream with this online lesson.

Children's' Literature and U.S. History
Good source for lesson plans and children's books integrating literature and history.

History Reference for Teachers
A long list of titles available for download from
eNotes.


History Channel Home Page

History Timelines
An excellent history resource. Scroll down the page for timelines and history resources in a variety of areas.

Old News
An archive of vintage newspaper articles! A great way to spice up a history lesson.

The History Place
An excellent resource.

HyperHistory Online
Another excellent history resource.

Eye Witness to History
A well-indexed collection of first-hand accounts (diaries, newspaper interviews, etc.) of historical events. An excellent resource for history lesson plans.

History Encyberpedia
An online history encyclopedia.

Today in History
Lists events that happened on every date of the year. Great way to start your class!!

Herstory: An Exhibit
Great site for women's history.

Black History Pages.

Collecting, Preserving, and Researching History.
Access historical documents from the Library of Congress.

Explorers (Columbus, etc.) Lesson Plans and Resources
Land Ho: Early Exploration and Settlement of the Americas
A 1st-grade unit in pdf format. See also Columbus and the Conquistadors and Conquering Ancient Civilizations In A Four Blocks Classroom
for other 1st-grade units. Be patient. they take some time to load.

The Discovery of the Americas: A Play About Early Explorers
A 1st-grade lesson plan.

Columbus Day: Native American Perspective
A lesson plan for 4th/5th grade.

Columbus Day
A reader's theater activity.

1492: An Ongoing Voyage
An on-line exhibit from the Library of Congress. See also Exploration and Explorers for more lesson plans from the Library of Congress.

When Worlds Collide
Middle and high school lesson plans from PBS including Creating a Culture: The Development of the New World Culture.

New World Explorers
Lesson plans and activities from Mr. Donn.

What Was Columbus Thinking?
A lesson plan from EDSITEment in which students read excerpts from Columbus's letters and journals, as well as well as recent considerations of his achievements to learn about the motivations behind Columbus's explorations, his reactions to what he found, and the consequences, intended and unintended, of his endeavor. See also Images of the New World and 
Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus.

Explorers
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 focusing on
Dutch, French, Spanish, and English explorations on the east coast of North America during the 1500’s and 1600’s.

Lessons of the Explorers
Lesson ideas and resources from Education World. See also Explore the Explorers Online.

Make an Explorer’s Book
A Web-linked 5th-grade project.

Adventure to the New World
A web-based activity for the middle grades.

Who Really Discovered America?
Another web-based activity.

A New World and the Emergence of a New Race
A curriculum unit for grades 9-12 about Spanish American heritage


Australian Explorers
Learn about the first Europeans to explore Australia.

Vikings in Vinland
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from the NY Times Learning Network. See also Discovery Channels.

Viking Discoveries
A high school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Colonial America Lesson Plans
Need a video or online activity to enhance your unit on Colonial America? Take a look at what's available from Social Studies School Service.  

U, S. History, Colonial America 1600 - 1776
Many ideas and book suggestions from Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site.  

Images of the New World
A high school lesson plan from EDSITEment. See also American Colonial Life in the 1700s: Distant Cousins,
Mapping Colonial New England: Looking at the Landscape of New England, and Colonial Broadsides: A Student-Created Play for other lesson plans from this source.

The Pilgrims
A grade 5 unit integrating literature and the social studies. For background information on the Plimouth pilgrims, see The Pilgrims and America's First Thanksgiving, Mayflower History, and Plimoth Plantation. Other lesson plans about pilgrims available on the Web include
Packing the Pilgrim’s Trunk: Personalizing History in the Elementary Classroom (K--2)  Journey on the Mayflower (a grade 3 unit), On the Mayflower (grades 1-2) and Pilgrim Projects (teaching ideas from Education World). For Thanksgiving lesson plans and units, go to Holiday Lesson Plans.

Colonial Williamsburg
Take an electronic field trip and experience colonial life. Click on Education to find the electronic field trips as well as teacher resources.

How America Began: The Founding of the Thirteen Colonies
A unit for third grade. See also Life in the Southern Colonies for another 3rd-grade unit from Core Knowledge.  For background information, go to Colonial Timeline and 13 Originals.

The 13 Colonies
A 3rd-grade lesson plan.

Children of Colonial Times
A 4th-grade unit. See also Children in Colonial America.

A Royal Charter from the King
An elementary WebQuest in which students create a proposal for forming a new colony.

American Educational History: A Hypertext Timeline
My latest Web project, this annotated, clickable timeline of American educational history extends from 1607 to the 21st Century. See the accompanying activity, American Educational History: What's Most Important?

Back in the Day: Lessons From Colonial Classrooms
Ideas from Education World

A Practical Experiment in Colonization
A secondary lesson plan designed to to provide an opportunity for American History students to gain practical experience in the basic types of challenges that may exist in the establishment of any early colony.

Jamestown Teaching Material
From Virtual Jamestown. See also Jamestown Changes for a lesson plan for grades 3-5 from EDSITEment.

The Salem Witch Trials
A lesson plan for grades 9-12. See also Salem Witch Trials for a 5th-grade unit.

Ben Franklin
A teacher's guide from PBS.. See also Ben Franklin
for a lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Resources for Teaching Ben Franklin
From Penn State University. See also Jefferson vs. Franklin: Renaissance Men, and Jefferson vs. Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers.

The Betsy Ross Story: Truth or Legend?
A lesson plan from Education World. See also Betsy Ross Home Page.  

The French and Indian War
Curriculum materials from Fort Necessity National Battlefield. See also
French and Indian War and The War that Made America: Education and Outreach.

American Revolution Lesson Plans
Katie's Trunk and Changes for Felicity
A 3rd-grade unit using Katie's Trunk by Ann Turner and Changes for Felicity by Valerie Tripp to integrate literature and history.

Samuel's Choice
A 5th-grade unit using the book Samuel's Choice by Richard Berleth as a means of teaching about the American Revolution.

American Revolution Lesson
An
"Activity Pack" which features a wide variety of activities designed to help fulfill state-mandated objectives and national guidelines. Available from eNotes.

Join the Revolution! American Revolution Lesson Plans and Activities
Lesson ideas from Education World. For an excellent resource, go to  Revolutionary War.com (this site will ask you to enter your first name; if you do not wish to do so, just click okay). It offers features such as What Happened on this Day in the Revolutionary War!

Revolutionary Tea Parties and the Reasons for the Revolution
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from EDSITEment. See also Voices of the American Revolution for another EDSITEment lesson.

Boston Tea Party Took PLace in 1773
A lesson plan  for grades 7-12 from Read-Write-Think..

The American Revolution and the Enlightenment
A 9th-grade lesson plan from HTI of Ohio State University. See also
Espionage in the American Revolution.

Images of the American Revolution
A web-based lesson plan from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Why Do We Remember Revere?
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from EDSITEment.  

How Man Negotiates Away His Natural Freedom
A secondary lesson plan in which students are assigned readings on John Locke's views regarding the political nature of man.  This is followed by class discussions on ways in which his views were incorporated into the early U.S. political framework and philosophy.

The Declaration of Independence: From Rough Draft to Proclamation
 A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from the Library of Congress. See also
The Declaration of Independence: Created Equal? for another lesson from this resource.

Mount Vernon Educational Resources
Excellent site for information about George Washington. 

Becoming George Washington
Five unites for grades 4-6 from the National Park Service.

George Washington: A National Treasure
A Teacher Guide with nine lesson plans as well as many resources.

George Washington Lives! - - On the Internet
A timeline, information, and activities for teaching and learning about Washington from Education World.

George Washington:
First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen
 A unit for grades 9-12 from the Library of Congress.

George Washington: The Living Symbol
A lesson plan for grades 9-10from EDSITEment examining the life and legend of George Washington. See also George Washington: The Precedent President for a lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Launching the New United States Navy
A lesson plan from the National Archives using historical documents related to the beginnings of the U.S. Navy immediately following the Revolutionary War.

Key Constitutional Concepts – Creating a Constitution
A lesson plan for grades 9-12.


The Constitution and the Idea of Compromise
One high school lesson plan from Rediscovering George Washington (PBS).

Observing Constitution Day
A lesson plan using online documents from the National Archives.

The U.S. Constitution: Continuity and Change in the Governing of the United States
A middle or high school unit from The Library of Congress. See also The Constitution: Drafting a More Perfect Union.

The United States Constitution and Selected Amendments
A unit for grades 6-8 in which students learn and write essays about the origin and history of the Constitution and its amendments as well as the Declaration of Independence and  Bill of Rights.

Jefferson and Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from EDSITEment. Click here for a similar lesson plan from this same source.

Thomas Jefferson
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

Monticello: For Teachers
Resources from Monticello: The Home of Thomas Jefferson.

Native American Lesson Plans and Units
To find resources for Native American languages, click here.

Native American Heritage Month
High quality lesson plans from EDSITEment. See the lesson plans in the right-side index.

American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources
From the Smithsonian!

November is National American Indian Heritage Month
Resources and lesson plans from Read-Write-Think.

Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month, Grades K-5
From NEA. See also Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.

Native American Heritage Month
Resources for teachers.

Native American Lessons and Units
A long list of Native American lessons and units from Mr. Donn's site.  For more information on specific American Indian tribes, go to the American Indian Tribal Directory.

Exploring Native Americans Across the Curriculum
Lesson ideas in a variety of subject areas from Education World.  See also Activities to Celebrate Native American Heritage.

Three Native American Groups
A thematic unit for kindergarten. See also Native Americans and Native America Indians: Wampanoags.

Trails of Understanding: The Earliest Immigrants
A middle-grade lesson plan examining theories about the origins of the first inhabitants of North America.

Migration Theories
Lesson ideas and background information regarding the land-bridge and coastal-route theories. For similar lesson plans, go to
Earliest Americans and Their Environments and Theories of migration. For background information, go to Who Were the First Americans? Canada's First Nations: Antiquity,  Jeffers Petroglyph Site, and Lake Agassiz: The Ultimate Fishing Spot?

Hunting Bison with Bows and Arrows
A "primary source" lesson plan from History Colorado for grades 3/4.

Not Indians, Many Tribes: Native American Diversity
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 involving the use of primary documents. See also
Native American Cultures Across the U.S.

Anishinaabe - Ojibwe - Chippewa: Culture of an Indian Nation
Another lesson plan for grades 3-5.

The Trail of Tears and the forced Relocation of the Cherokee Nation
A lesson plan from the National Park Service's Teaching with Historic Places. See also Trail of Tears for a middle-grade unit.

Native American Musical Instruments from Making Music
From Making Music.com

Native American Thematic Unit
An interdisciplinary unit for the upper elementary grades.

Revisiting Pocahontas
A middle-grade or high school unit in which students engage in a critique of the historical and cultural accuracy of the Walt Disney film, "Pocahontas."

Life on the Great Plains
An excellent high school lesson plan from EDSITEment.  

Kennewick Man: Science and Sacred Rights
An interesting high school  lesson plan exploring the controversy surrounding "Kennewick Man," the name given to a 9000-year-old skeleton discovered near Kennewick, Washington. Also from EDSITEment.  

Sioux Treaty of 1868
A secondary lesson plan using historic documents from the National Archives and Records Administration.

American Indians and the Natural World: North, South, East. West
An excellent resource from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Odin's Castle: The Native Americans
Another excellent resource with a great deal of information.

For other Native American resources, go to the Multicultural Page.

19th Century Lesson Plans (Including lesson plans on Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Western Expansion, War of 1812, Slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution, and the Spanish-American War)

Thomas Jefferson
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery.com.  

The Monticello Classroom
Lesson plans and other resources from Monticello: The Home of Thomas Jefferson.  

Accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson
One lesson plan from the above site.

Thomas Jefferson talks with George Washington
Lesson plans and supporting materials from Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Go to Education for additional lesson plans.

Thomas Jefferson: Historical Opinion and Slavery
A secondary lesson plan.

Sectionalism in the Early United States
A lesson plan for grades 10 and 11.

Lewis and Clark Trail
Excellent source for information on Lewis and Clark.

Corp of Discovery-Lewis and Clark
A middle-grade lesson plan from Monticello: The Home of Thomas Jefferson.

Lewis and Clark: Maps of Exploration
Maps and information on early America, including the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Lewis and Clark: The Journey West
A lesson planning article and 5 lesson plans from Education World.

Lewis and Clark: A Scientific Journey
A middle-grade lesson plan. See also
The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Documenting the Uncharted Northwest and Lewis and Clark: Putting It All Together.

Extra! Extra! Lewis and Clark Explore America
A WebQuest for grade 5.

Lewis and Clark Online Game
From National Geographic, this is really cool! See their lesson plan Lewis and Clark: Same Place Different Perspectives.

Lewis and Clark Expedition
A lesson plan from the National Archives and Records Administration using historical documents.

Lewis and Clark Barter with the Native Americans
An interesting lesson plan from Econoedlink.

On this Day with Lewis and Clark
A high-quality lesson plan for grades 3-5 from EDSITEment using online documents. See also
Mapping the Past

Lewis and Clark    
Classroom resources from The Journey of the Corps of Discovery by PBS.

Exploring Maps: In the Wake of Lewis and Clark
From the USGS Learning Web.  You will have to scroll down the page to find this activity.

Go Across America with Lewis and Clark
An online activity.

Louisiana Purchase: Teachers Guides and Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for all grade levels that use primary sources.

Teaching About the Louisiana Purchase
From San Antonio Home Education.


Louisiana Purchase Natural History Materials
Two lesson plans (Extinct Animals of the Louisiana Purchase and Headwater Swamps) from the Arkansas National Heritage Commission.  

Louisiana Purchase Scavenger Hunt
From Education World. See also Lewis and Clark: The Journey West.

War of 1812
A 2nd-grade unit with 6 lesson plans. See also War of 1812 for a 13-lesson unit and Key Events & Causes: War of 1812 for an informative timeline.

War of 1812
Lesson plans and resources from Pro Teacher.

War of 1812
A thematic unit for grade 7.

President Madison's 1812 War Message
Three high school lesson plans from EDSITEment.

National Monument and Historic Shrine
Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides, including some about the War of 1812, from the National Park Service.

What was Francis Scott Key writing about
One lesson plan for grades 4/5 from the above site.|

A History of the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner
A lesson plan for grades 3-8.

How To Teach the War of 1812
From A Sailors Life for Me!

A Guide to the War of 1812
This excellent  resource from The Library of Congress compiles links to digital materials related to the War of 1812 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site.

War of 1812 from History Central
An excellent resource. See also The War of 1812 Web Site

Jefferson and National Unity
A 5th-grade activity in which students write an essay that might have appeared in a newspaper after the treaty was signed ending the War of 1812-1814

Anti-Railroad Propaganda Poster: The Growth of Regionalism, 1800-1860
A lesson plan using original documents available online at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
Photographs, stereoviews, engravings, maps, and documents illustrating the history of the first transcontinental railroad.

Westward Expansion: Early Exploration of the West
A 1st-grade unit. For other 1st-grade units from Core Knowledge, see America Moves Out and Bewildered but Not Lost - A Trip into Early Exploration of the American West.

Westward Ho!
A web-based activity for grades 4-8. See also Timeline of Western Migration and U. S. Expansion.

Mountain Men |
A social studies unit. See also Mountain Men and the Fur Trade for information on the history, traditions, tools, and mode of living of the trappers, explorers, and traders known as the Mountain Men.

Frontier House
Lesson plans and resources from PBS.   

Settling the Western Frontier
An 11th-grade lesson plan.

Life on the Great Plains
A multi-disciplinary high school unit from EDSITEment. See also Sod Busters for a K-2 unit from EDSITEment.       

Whitman Mission Curriculum Materials
Lesson plans and background information about the Cayuse, Whitmans, and the Oregon Trail from two previous teacher's guides: Whitman Mission and Oregon Trail.

Oregon Trail Theme
Links to many lesson plans about the Oregon Trail.

If You Were a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail
A K-2 lesson plan from EDSITEment.

Go West: Imagining the Oregon Trail
Another lesson plan from EDSITEment. This one is for grades 3-5.

On the Oregon Trail
One more ESITEment lesson plan for grades 6-8.

The Oregon Trail
A 4th-grade unit from Idaho Public television.

America's Old West (1800s)
A web-based activity from ThinkQuest.

Westward Expansion
Many lesson plans and resources from Mr. Donn.

Old West Hall of Fame Lesson Plan
Students create a Hall of Fame of the West.

Ghost Riders and Rest Stops
An elementary unit on the Pony Express and overland stagecoach from Utah Centennial Studies.    

The Buffalo War: A Clash of Cultures

A lesson plan for grades 8-12 using the PBS documentary "Buffalo War" to help students understand how cultures living together may come into conflict because of their different values.

Buffalo Soldiers
A middle-school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Manifest Destiny
Resources for teachers and students from Mr. Donn.

Manifest Destiny and Western Expansion
A secondary lesson plan from Ohio State University. See also
Westward Expansion at First Hand: Letters of Anna Ketchum and Ruhamah Hayes.

Achieving Manifest Destiny
An 8th-grade lesson plan from Houghton Mifflin.

Teaching With Documents: The Homestead Act of 1862
A lesson plan from the National Archives.

The U.S. - Mexican War
Lesson plans from PBS.

Manifest Destiny and the U.S.  Mexican War: Then and Now
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from the above source.

The Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo
A lesson plan on this treaty which brought an official end to the Mexican-American War (1846-1848).

Colonial Mexico
Great site for information on 19th century Mexico.

Mexican History Timeline
Annotated timeline with links regarding specific events and individuals.

Gold Rush Curriculum
Sample lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from the Oakland Museum of California.

Metaphorical Gold: Mining the Gold Rush for Stories
A middle-grade lesson plan from EDSITEment. See also Gold Rush California and Its Diverse Population.   

Migration North to Alaska
A lesson plan using historical documents from the National Archive on this other gold rush

Slavery Lesson Plans
African American History and Heritage Site
From the U.S. Department of State, this site offers many resources for African-American History including a Teacher Toolkit for Grades K-12.
See also African American Mosaic.

Association for the Study of African American History and Life

The founders of
Black History Month!

Slavery and the American Founding: The “Inconsistency not to be excused”
A high school lesson plan from EDSITEment.

Taking Up Arms and the Challenge of Slavery in the Revolutionary Era
Another high school lesson plan from EDSITEment.

The Amistad Case: Teaching Activities
A lesson plan that correlates to the National Standards for History.  See also Teaching with Documents: The Amistad Case.

Slavery in America
A unit from Digital History. See also Slavery, African Diaspora, and The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas:
A Visual Record.

Transatlantic Slave Trade
Nine lesson plans for middle and high school students complete with a glossary and resource materials from In Motion: Afican American Migration Experience.

The Slave Dancer
A literature unit for this book by Paula Fox.

Was the Dred Scott Decision Jusicial Activism?
A secondary lesson plan from Lincoln/Net. For additoinal information, see Dred Scott v Stanford.

1850's: Two Faces of Slavery
A teacher's guide with a lesson activity.

Families in Bondage
A high school lesson plan using letters written by African Americans in slavery and by free blacks to loved ones still in bondage.

Been Here so Long
A lesson plan utilizing a jigsaw activity to help students examine and understand the Slave Narratives collected by the New Deal Network.

Uncle Tom's Cabin & The Ideology of Slavery
A lesson plan from
The History Teaching Institute at The Ohio State University.

The Cotton Gin
A lesson plan on Eli Whitney's invention and its impact from
The History Teaching Institute at The Ohio State University.

The Anti-Slavery Movement
A lesson plan in which students create and write a constitution for an anti-slavery society.

Life in the North and South 1847-1861: Before Brother Fought Brother
A 5-lesson middle-school unit from EDSITEment.

A Debate Against Slavery
One lesson plan from the above unit.

The Growing Crisis of Sectionalism in Antebellum America: A House Dividing
A 4-lesson high school unit from
ESITEment.

From Courage to Freedom: Frederick Douglass's 1845 Autobiography
Another high school unit from EDSITEment.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
A lesson plan in which students examine transcripts of these famous debates. See also Lincoln-Douglas Debates Interactive Map Activity.  

The Emancipation Proclamation: Freedom's First Steps
A high school lesson plan from ESITEment.

Spirituals
A high school lesson plan introducing studenst to the role that spirituals have played in African American history and religion.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
A timeline, quiz, sketches, crossword puzzles, etc. all put together by a 2nd-grade class! Click on Classroom Activities to access lesson plans and units on Harriet Tubman from a variety of sources.

Teaching the Underground Railroad
Many lesson plans for all grade levels from the Northern Kentucky University Institute for Freedom Studies.

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
An 3rd-grade lesson plan using this book by Deborah Hopkinson.

Slavery and the Underground Railroad
A lesson plan for grades 3-5. See also Underground Railroad WebQuest.

Child of the Underground Railroad: Lesson plan for Malinda Paris - A Memorial

A lesson plan from the Michigan Historical Center.    

Two Tickets to Freedom
A 5th-grade lesson plan based on this book about the dangerous journey of two fugitive slaves.

The Underground Railroad
A lesson plan from Songs for Teaching that uses the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd."

Underground Railroad@National Geographic
Teaching ideas for grades K-4.


Civil War Lesson Plans
American Civil War Lesson
Recommended lesson plans and related lessons and documents available from eNotes.

Civil War/War
A huge list of links to lesson plans from Mr. Donn.

Civil War and Reconstruction

Three lesson plans (for grades 5, and 8, and 10) from Teaching American History Grant at Fitchtburg State University.

Civil War
A 2nd-grade unit from Core Knowledge. See also A Nation Divided

Lesson Plan Ideas for the American Civil War
Five lesson plans for elementary and middle grade students. Scroll down the page past the links to find the lesson plans.

The Civil War
An elaborate unit plan from Small Planet Communications designed  for the upper-elementary grades. It  integrates historical fiction and writing with the study of the Civil war.

Shades of Gray
Teacher's notes for this book about the Civil War from Carolyn Reeder's Official Home Page. For a literature-based, 4th or 5th-grade unit on the Civil War, go to Literature of the U.S. Civil War.

Heroes of the Civil War Era
A 5th-grade lesson plan from Core Knowledge.  

Pink and Say
This site provides a lesson titled "Acquiring New Vocabulary through Book Discussion Groups"using this book by Patricia Polacco.   Also, see The Civil War, for a middle-grade unit using trade books.

Civil War
A 5th-grade lesson on the causes of this conflict.

Civil War Letters
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 integrating history and writing skills. Also see Letters from an Iowa Soldier in the Civil War to supplement your lessons on the Civil War with these authentic letters.

The Fight for Equal Rights: Black Soldiers in the Civil War
A lesson plan using historical documents available via the Internet from the National Archives.

The Civil War Through a Child's Eye
A lesson plan for grades 3-8 from the Library of Congress. See their other Civil War lesson plans.

Civil War Essay Writing
An activity for grades 11-12.

The Valley of the Shadow Project
This new, improved version of the Valley of the Shadow Project looks at two communities, one Northern and one Southern, through the experience of the American Civil War. The project is a hypermedia archive of thousands of sources for the period including newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, maps, church records, population census, agricultural census, and military records. 

Gettysburg Curriculum Materials
From the Gettysburg National Military Park, this teacher's guide includes a sample lesson plan titled
African American Experiences in the Era of the Civil War as well as information on distance learning programs and suggested activities for students. See also the Gettysburg History Information Center.  

Toss the Textbook & Use The Killer Angels to Teach the Civil War
A review and ideas for teaching with this fabulous book by Michael Shaara about the Battle of Gettysburg. Michael's son, Jeff Shaara, has also written several excellent books about the Civil War. 

Civil War History Center
Resources for learning about the Civil War as well as a great many lesson plans including
Gettysburg Address Lesson Plan.

The Reunion
An activity in which students dramatize a postwar reunion between people who held opposing views during the US Civil War.

The Civil War as Photographed by Mathew Brady
A lesson plan from the National Archives and Records Administration. See also
Civil War Photographs for a huge collection of photos from the Library of Congress.

Mid to Late 19th Century
Lesson plans from Teaching with Historic Places, including many related to the Civil War.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
A lesson plan in which students examine transcripts of these famous debates. See also Lincoln-Douglas Debates Interactive Map Activity.  

We Must Not be Enemies: Lincoln's First Inaugural Address
A unit for grades 3-5 that uses archival documents available online. See also Lincoln Goes to War and
Civil War: A "Terrible Swift Sword."

Lincoln Goes to War
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from EDSITEment. See also Abraham Lincoln-Related Curriculum Resources and Lesson Plans.

Abraham Lincoln Lesson Plans
From the Chicago History Museum.

Emancipation Proclamation
A high school lesson plan. Go to America's Historic Documents to see the Proclamation.

Who Killed Abraham Lincoln
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from Education World. For other lesson plans, see An Acquaintance with Darkness: A Civil War Novel and Lincoln's Assassination.

Reconstruction Lesson Plans
The Battle Over Reconstruction
A high school unit from EDSITEment.

Reconstruction: A Time of Turbulence
A 5th-grade unit from Core Knowledge.  See also
The Plight of Four Million Newly Emancipated Slaves: Reconstruction 1865-1877 .

What Price Freedom! Civil War & Reconstruction
A 5th-grade lesson plan from Teaching American History in South Carolina.

Lincoln and Reconstruction
A secondary lesson plan from PBS.

Unfinished Business: Making Democracy Work for Everyone, 1877-1904
A SCORE CyberGuide on the post-reconstruction South. See also Reconstruction of the South Jigsaw Puzzle.  

After Reconstruction: Problems of African Americans in the South
A lesson plan using the Internet to access pamphlets and other materials, most of which were written by African American authors about pressing issues of the day.

Racial Violence in America: Lynchings, 1877 to 1920
A lesson plan from The History Teaching Institute at The Ohio State University.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS: A Brief Biography and Exercise.
Information and a classroom activity for grades 4-8 on this prominent 19th-century African American leader. See also Frederick Douglass, a unit for grades 5-6.

George Washington Carver
A 3rd or 4th-grade unit.

Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois
A unit on the issues raised by the celebrated debate between two famous African American leaders: Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois.  

Child Labor/Industrial Revolution Lesson Plans
A Day in the Life of Children: Then and Now
An elementary grade lesson plan comparing children's lives now and in the 19th century.


Giving Voice to Child Laborers Through Monologues
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read-Write-Think.

Child Labor in America
A 2 or 3-week unit for middle or high school.

Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor
A lesson plan from the National Archives and Records Administration which uses primary sources.

Child Labor in America
A middle or high school lesson plan. See also
Child Labor and the Building of America.

Child Labor Laws
A web-based lesson plan examining child labor legislation.

America's Industrial Revolution
A high school unit from The Henry Ford.

Industrial Revolution
A SCORE CyberGuide providing a web-based activity.

Industrial Revolution Teaching Theme
Links to lesson plans, worksheets, webquests, and resources.

Was There an Industrial Revolution? New Workplace, New Technology, New Consumers
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from EDSITEment.

The Industrial Revolution
A lesson plan for grades 7-11 complete with photos and links. See also The Industrial Revolution for a web-based lesson from the History Teaching Institute at Ohio State.  

A Curriculum of United States Labor History for Teachers
An entire curriculum complete with handouts.

The Industrial Revolution and the Progressive Era: 1877-1913
One segment of the above curriculum.

Industrial Revolution WebQuest: Was Life Better as a Result?
For another WebQuest, see The Industrial Revolution.

Age of Imperialism/Spanish-American War
Age of Imperialism Lesson Plan
A lesson plan on 19th century US expansionism developed by Small Planet. See also their page, " A Splendid Little War."  

Imperialism and Expansion: Part 1
A middle school lesson plan. See also Imperialism Vocabulary and Imperialism and Expansion: Part 2.

1898-1998: Centennial of the Spanish-American War
Offers concise information about this conflict as well as links to related sites. 

The Birth of an American Empire
A four-lesson high school unit from EDSITEment including a lesson titled, The Spanish-American War. See also
The Spanish American War: WebQuest and  Yellow Journalism and the Spanish-American War.

The Spanish-American War
An inquiry-based lesson plan from the Stanford History Education Group.

The Beginning of U.S. Imperialism and the Spanish-American War
A 7th-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

Theodore Roosevelt Association Curriculum-Based Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans for grades 5-12 from the Theodore Roosevelt Association.

Theodore Roosevelt's View on Citizenship and the Environment
A high school lesson plan from Learning to Give.  

TR, The Story of Theodore Roosevelt
A teachers guide for the PBS video.

Progressive Era Lesson Plans
The Progressive Era (Reform)
A 6th-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

The Progressive Era
Several lesson plans for grades 8-12.

The Progressive Era: How Progressive Were the Progressives?
A teacher's guide and lesson outline.

Progressive Social Reformers SAC Lesson Plan
A lesson plan from the Stanford History Education Group.   

The Gilded Age
 Seven lesson plans from  the Stanford History Education Group.       

The Muckrakers and the Progressive Era
An interdisciplinary unit for the 8th grade.

Political Cartoons Illustrating Progressivism and the Election of 1912
A lesson plan using documents from the National Archives.

How did the Progressive Party affect American Society?
A U.S. History lesson plan from Mr. Donn.

Muckrakers
A web-based activity from Glencoe McGraw-Hill.

Women's History Lesson Plans/Suffrage Lesson Plans (Scroll Down for Women's History Month Lessons and Resources)
Women, Suffrage, and the 19th Amendment
A lesson plan using documents available online from the National Archives and Records Administration.  

Teaching With Documents: Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment
Another lesson plan using historic documents from the above site.

Woman Suffrage
A discussion-based lesson plan for AP History.

Women's Suffrage: Why the West First?
A lesson plan for grades 6-8. See also Voting Rights for Women: Pro- and Anti-Suffrage.

Women's Suffrage Their Rights and Nothing Less
A high school lesson plan on the suffrage movement. See also Women's Suffrage Teacher's Guide.

Lesson Plan: The Women's Suffrage Movement--It's About Time!
A lesson plan complete with supporting materials from the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.

Women's Suffrage Teacher's Guide
A unit for grades 3-8 from Scholastic.

Women's Suffrage WebQuest
See also
The Women's Suffrage Movement: A WebQuest.

Susan B. Anthony Day
A grade 3-4 mini-unit for celebrating Susan B. Anthony Day (February 15). Click here for a grade 4-5 lesson plan on Susan B. Anthony. See also Susan B. Anthony Activist for a lesson plan from a middle-grade unit titled Women of the Industrial Era.  

The Nineteenth Amendment
A lesson plan for grades 9-12.

Cultural Change
A lesson plan for grades 10-12 that requires students to think critically about the arguments and counter-arguments in the debate regarding women's suffrage.

Women's History Month for the Classroom
Lesson plans for all grade levels from NEA.

Women's History Month Teaching Resources
From Smithsonian Education.

March is National Women's History Month
A "Calendar Event" from Read-Write-Think.

Women's History Month Lesson Plans and Activities
From Education World.

Women's History Month: Seven Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers
From Edutopia.

Women's History Month: A Collection of Teaching Resources
From Scholastic

Celebrate Women's History Month

Lesson plans, crosswords and archival materials from the New York Times.

1900 to 1940   
Turn of the Century Lesson Plans
Having Fun: Leisure and Entertainment at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
A lesson plan from EDSITEment.

Turn of the Century Immigration
Two high school lesson plans.

Picturing America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Another high school lesson plan.

1900 America: Historical Voices and Epic Poetry
An interdisciplinary lesson plan for grades 10-12 from the Library of Congress which looks at what life was like at the turn of the century.

Change in Early 20th Century America: Doing the Decades
Another high school lesson plan from the Library of Congress.

Thomas Edison's Inventions in the 1900s and Today: From New to You
A lesson plan fro grades 3-8 which examines life in 1900 and how technology has changed people's lives.

Our Town, 1900
A lesson plan from PBS for grades 5-8 in which students examine what life was like in their town 100 years ago. See also Living Without Technology.

Galveston 1900: Storm of the Century
Resources for educators including lesson plans.

The Mann Act of 1910
A lesson plan from PBS using the video "Unforgivable Blackness."

Political Cartoons Illustrating Progressivism and the Election of 1912
A lesson plan using documents from the National Archives.

Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century
A very good resource. See also American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century.  

Germany and America in the 20th Century: An Annotated Timeline
An annotated timeline with links to sites providing information on individuals and events of significance to Germany and America during the 20th Century.


WW I Lesson Plans
The Great War Was Not Great Enough to End All Wars
A 7th-grade unit from Core Knowledge.  

The Great War
Eight lesson plans for middle or high school from PBS.

Poetry of the Great War
A high school lesson plan. See also Soldier Poets of the First World War for activities from SchoolHistory.org.uk.  

Causes of WWI
A web-based lesson plan from the above site.

July Crisis: Can You Stop the Great War?
An activity-based high school lesson plan on the European events that led to the start of WWI.

World War I Unit
This 5-lesson high school unit is from the Alabama Department of Archives and History. For more information on World War I, go to WorldWarI.com, an Internet history of the "Great War." Also take a look at the WWI Document Archive.  

The Zimmerman Telegram
A lesson plan from the National Archives using online documents to teach about this infamous telegram that contributed to the U.S. entry into WWI.

United States Entry into World War I: A Documentary Chronology
A three-lesson high school unit.

Harry Truman's World War I
Many secondary lesson plans from the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

Photographs of the 369th Infantry and African Americans During World War I
Another lesson plan from the National Archives using primary sources which are available online. See also Sow the Seeds of Victory! Posters from the Food Administration During World War I
for one more lesson plan from this source.

Lesson Plans: The Great War in Global Context
A large number of lesson plans from
The History Teaching Institute at The Ohio State University.

World War I and Its Aftermath
A high school lesson plan from the Discovery Channel School.

Treaty of Versailles Simulation
See also The Great War: Evaluating the Treaty of Versailles for a high school lesson plan.

Paris Peace Conference: Writing a Treaty to End World War I
An elaborate web-based activity from SCORE.

Debate in the United States over the League of Nations
A high school unit from EDSITEment.

1920s Lesson Plans
Post-War Disillusionment and the Quest for Peace, 1921-1929
A high school lesson plan.

The 1920s
A lesson plan for U.S. history. 

From the Great War to the Great Depression
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

The Roaring Twenties
A lesson plan for grades 7-12. It includes an outline for a lecture and a role-playing activity.

Getting on with Business: Coolidge and Corporate Growth
A lesson plan from American Odyssey.

The Roaring 20s (A WebQuest)
For another WebQuest, see The 1920sL A Decade in Review.

The Volstead Act and Related Prohibition Documents
A lesson plan on prohibition using primary sources available via the Internet. Though no suggested grade level is provided, the lesson and supporting documents would appear to be most appropriate for secondary students.

Scopes Trial Activity
A lesson plan appropriate for secondary students. See also Historical Thinking Matters: Scopes Trial for a 5-day lesson plan and
Whose ‘Truth’ Is Out There? for a lesson plan from the N.Y. Times. For background information, see The Antievolution Crusade of the 1920s, Clash of Cultures: The Scopes Trial, Tennessee vs. John Scopes: The Monkey Trial, and The 'Intelligent Design' Debate.

1920s Consumer Culture
An AP History lesson plan from HTI.

The Destruction of Black Wall Street: The Tulsa Riot of 1921
Another AP History lesson plan from HTI.  

The Automobile
One more lesson plan from HTI.

A Harlem Renaissance Retrospective
An interdisciplinary lesson plan for grades 9-12. For other lesson plans, see The Harlem Renaissance, The Harlem Renaissance: The Age of Vogue 1920-1939, and Drop Me Off in Harlem

The Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance
A web-based lesson plan for grades 6-8. See also Connecting The Great Gatsby to the Jazz Age.


Great Depression Lesson Plans and New Deal Lesson Plans
Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
A 10th-grade lesson plan from the Library of Congress. See Immigration/Migration Today and During the Great Depression for an 11th-grade lesson plan from this program.
See more lesson plans on the Great Depression from the LOC.

Using Primary Sources in the Classroom: The Great Depression Unit
A 6-lesson high school unit.

The Great Depression Lesson Plans
Six lesson plans as well as a great many resources.

The Great Depression and the New Deal
An elaborate unit from Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

New Deal Lesson Plans
Lesson plans on the WPA, CCC, etc. For more information on the New Deal, go to New Deal Network.  

The Magpie Sings the Great Depression
A lesson plan from the New Deal Network.

Worth a Thousand Words: Depression-Era Photographs
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 examining the Great Depression and  New Deal programs through an Internet archive of photographs.

Life During the Great Depression - Pictures
A lesson plan from Learning to Give.

Ten Lessons for Teaching About the Great Depression
From Education World.

The Great Depression
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Scholastic.

1930s History and Culture
A WebQuest. See also The Great Depression: Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime? for another WebQuest.

Hometown Children and the Depression
One lesson plan from Dear Mrs. Roosevelt, which provides resources and lesson plans dealing with the effects of the depression on children.

Famous Person: Eleanor Roosevelt
A mini-unit for grades 4-6. See also The Great Depression: Eleanor Roosevelt.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
There are many lesson plans about FDR, including the one linked above titled The Foreign Policy of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the U. S. Entry Into World War II. Other similar lesson plans about FDR include Documents Related to Churchill and FDR, FDR's Fireside Chat on the Purposes and Foundations of the Recovery Program, and FDR's First Inaugural Address. The FDR Portfolio Project and McGraw Hill's Bring a Cartoon to Life, both of which use the FDR cartoons, are also available online. For a lesson plan that examines the impact of FDR's disability, see Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Disability: Was He Successful in Concealing It? For additional information on FDR, see Roosevelt Institute, The FDR Library and Museum, and The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.


World War II Lesson Plans and Resources
World War II Lesson
Recommended lesson plans as well as related lessons and documents from eNotes.

"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"
A lesson plan from the National Archives and Records Administration on Roosevelt's address to the joint session of Congress following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Internet links provided allow students to actually listen to the speech.

The Date That Lives in Infamy: Pearl Harbor Lesson Plans
Four lesson plans from the U.S. Navy Historical Center. For other lessons, see Pearl Harbor, Was the United States Ready for Pearl Harbor?, The Legacy of Pearl Harbor, and Remembering Pearl Harbor: The The USS Arizona Memorial.

Documents Related to Churchill and FDR
A lesson plan from the National Archives and Records Administration.  

World War II Unit
An 8-lesson unit using primary sources from the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Go to The Avalon Project for additional World War II documents.

Getting Involved in World War II
A middle school lesson plan which introduces students to the reasons why the United States became involved in World War II and asks them to consider the reasons Japan decided to attack Pearl Harbor .

World War II Mini-Unit
A 4th or 5th-grade unit using the book A Pocket Full of Seeds by Marilyn Sachs to integrate literature and social studies. Click here for another mini-unit for 5th-grade with this same title using the book Twenty and Ten by Claire Hutchet Bishop. For other ideas on integrating literature into your World War II unit, go to World War II as Seen Through the Eyes of Children's Literature. Additional books for children and young adults pertaining to World War II for which there are lesson plans available include The Big Lie, The Bracelet, Number the Stars, Sadako and the Thousand Cranes, The  and Under the Blood-Red Sun. Scroll down the page to find lessons and links for The Diary of Anne Frank.  

The Causes of World War II
A lesson plan for grades 10-12. See also World War Two Timeline. For excellent sources of information on WW II, see The National WWII Museum and Modern History - World War II.  

World War II: An American Scrapbook
Recollections of World War II collected by 5th-graders. There are also three lesson plans. See the sites listed after the lesson below for sources of interviews and personal stories.

A Perspective on World War II
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 in which students work with students from other countries via the Internet to compare the WW II information contained in each country's textbooks.

Those Who Fought
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from Education World in which students read interviews of WW II veterans and then interview family or community members who participated in the war. For oral history resources, see Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive and What Did You Do in the War Grandma?   

Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany
Ideas for grades using Eleanor Garner's book in the classroom.  

Letters Home During World War II
A secondary lesson plan from the Wisconsin Historical Society. See also The Home Front for four additional lesson plans from this same source.

Powers of Persuasion--Poster Art of World War II
A lesson plan from the National Archives.  Click here for a World War II trivia quiz.

D-Day
A teacher's guide from PBS. See also The Normandy Invasion.

Message Drafted by General Eisenhower in Case the D-Day Invasion Failed
A secondary lesson plan using primary sources. See also D-Day Message from General Eisenhower to General Marshall.

Battle of the Bulge—Americans Respond to a German Surprise
A high school lesson plan from Smithsonian Education.

The Homefront: America and WWII
A lesson plan from
The History Teaching Institute at Ohio State. See also World War II on the Home Front and On the Home Front for additional lesson plans.

World War II
A high school lesson plan in which students research daily life for women in Britain, the U.S., or Germany during the war. See also Women During World War II.


Documents and Photographs Related to Japanese Relocation During World War II
One more lesson plan regarding Japanese internment. This one uses historical documents and photographs.

General Patton’s Forgotten Troops: African American Soldiers in World War II in their Own Words
An excellent lesson plan from History.com. See also
Pictures of African Americans During World War II.

WW II: The Other Americans
A multicultural World War II lesson plan I developed as an example for my students.

Memoranum Regarding the Enlistment of Navajo Indians.
A lesson plan using documents from the National Archives about the Navajo Code Talkers.

Breaking the Code

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 in which students learn about cryptology during WW II.

World War II: The Pacific
A high school lesson plan. For information on the Pacific Theater, go to The History Place: War in the Pacific.  

The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb
Two secondary lesson plans from the Truman Library. See also The Manhattan Project, The Ethics of the Bomb and The Race to Build the Bomb for more lesson plans, as well as Atomic -Bomb Museum for information and personal perspectives. If you're looking for a video to enhance your Hiroshima unit, go to Social Studies School Service to order "Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was Dropped."

It's Up for Debate
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 in which students investigate and debate decisions made during WW II.

The United States in World War II: "The Proper Application of Overwhelming Force"
A four-lesson high school unit from EDSITEment.

Victory in Europe, 1944-1945
One lesson plan from the above unit. See also Victory in the Pacific, 1943-1945.

The Nuremberg Trials
A lesson plan from Towson University. See also Nuremberg Trials Lesson Plan.

The Rise of Hitler
An online high school lesson. See also
Claiming Responsibility: Understanding the Rise and Popularity of Hitler.

Adolf Hitler: Biography
A concise biography.

Holocaust Lesson Plans and Resources
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
Student activities and teacher resources for teaching about the Holocaust . For information on videos and online activities about the Holocaust, click here.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The link above goes to their many lesson plans or see their home page for other information and resources.

Holocaust Lesson Plans and Curricula
Many lesson plans from the Holocaust Teacher Resource Center. Click here for a Holocaust timeline.

Holocaust Center of Florida
Six units in chronological order.

Remembering the Holocaust
A middle school unit from Scholastic.

The Holocaust's Legacy
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Discovery Education.

The Beast Within
An interdisciplinary 9th-grade unit from George Cassutto.

Holocaust and Resistance
A high school lesson plan from EDSITEment.  

Nazi Concentration Camps
An Internet-based high school lesson plan in which students identify Nazi Concentration Camps by using maps, pictures, and a factual information page for each camp. See also Nazi Concentration Camps - Map and Chart Reading Activities.

Teaching the Holocaust
Ten lesson ideas as well as guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust from Education World.

Holocaust Remembrance Day
A middle or high school lesson plan.

Holocaust Unit WebQuest
For another WebQuest see The Holocaust WebQuest.              

Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank in the World, 1929-1945: Teacher Workbook)
Lesson plans for grades 5-8 for teaching about Anne Frank and Holocaust-related subjects. See also Anne Frank Intro, a middle school lesson plan; Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands, a lesson plan for grades 6-8; Ann Frank: Writer, another middle-grade lesson plan; Anne Frank WebQuest, an excellent Internet activity for grades 7-9 The Truth About Anne Frank, A 12-lesson unit; Anne Frank Center U.S.A., photographs and information about Anne's journal and how it survived World War II; and Remeber.org, a comprehensive site with images and recollections of survivors, a teacher's guide, and links.


Late 40s/U.N./Harry Truman Lesson Plans
Exploring the Marshall Plan through Primary Documents
A high school lesson plan. See also George Marshall Exhibit Teaching Activities from the Truman Library.

The Marshall Plan: Data Analysis
A lesson plan from Learning to Give. See also Governmental Philanthropy - The Marshall Plan.   

Rebuilding the Peace -
United States Post World War II
A unit from Learning to Give.   

United Nations Mini Unit
From the Truman Presidential Museum and Library, this unit is for grades 6-8. See also United Nations Milestones  and
Understanding the History of the United Nations through a Geography Focus.

The United Nations and Reform
A secondary lesson plan. See also Global Classrooms Model UN,
The Electronic United Nations, The United Nations: An Introduction for Students, and The United Nations Home Page.  

United Nations Day
Lesson plans and teaching materials for high school. See also United Nations Day Lesson Plans.

U.S. Recognition of the State of Israel
A lesson plan using documents available primary sources online from the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1949
A high school unit from EDSITEment.

Food Today, Freedom Tomorrow
A Lesson plan on the Marshall Plan and the Truman Doctrine.

The Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy
An high school lesson plan. A lesson plan from a unit titled,
Anticommunism in Postwar America, 1945-1954: Witch Hunt or Red Menace?

Truman Presidential Museum and Library
See their featured lesson plans.

Tales of Truman's Travels Fifty Years Ago
A 3rd-grade unit from the above site.

Harry Truman and the Truman Doctrine
A secondary-level activity from the Truman Presidential Museum and Library.  

Telegram from Senator Joseph McCarthy to President Harry S. Truman
A lesson plan using primary sources.

The Foreign Policies of Harry S. Truman
A high school unit from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.  

Harry Truman and Independence, Missouri: "This is Where I Belong"
A lesson plan from The National Park Service.

The 1950s Lesson Plans and Eisenhower Lesson Plans
1950's American Culture

A high school lesson plan. See also The 1950s: The Fearful, The Fabulous and The Forgotten.

The Polio History Pages
No unit on the 1950s would be complete without some mention of polio, the near hysteria caused by the epidemics of the early 1950s, and the euphoria that greeted the development of the Salk vaccine. Drawing from my book, Polio's Legacy: An Oral History, this site provides excerpts from polio narratives, a polio timeline, a webquest, and information about the disease, its history, and late effects.


The Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy
A high school lesson plan from a unit titled, Anticommunism in Postwar America, 1945-1954: Witch Hunt or Red Menace?

Telegram from Senator Joseph McCarthy to President Harry S. Truman
A lesson plan using primary sources.

Photographs and Pamphlet about Nuclear Fallout
Another lesson plan using historic documents.

Memorandum of a Conference with President Eisenhower after Sputnik
One more lesson plan using primary sources. See also Space Milestones for a middle school lesson plan, Sputnik Lesson Plan for a 10th-grade activity, and Sputnik Anniversary Marks 50 Years of Space Race for an article and related Reading Comprehension Questions. If you want to show a couple of brief video clips in class, take a look at these from YouTube: Launch of Sputnik and Vanguard (Flopnik).

Let's Race to Space
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.   

NASA: Challenging the Space Frontier
A teacher's guide from Scholastic.

Eisenhower: The Contentious 1950s
A lesson plan for grades 9-12. See also Eisenhower: The Cold War for another high school lesson plan.

American Culture in the 1950s
Several units from the Pittsburgh Teachers Institute.

Advertising in the 1950s
A WebQuest. See also 1950s WebQuest.

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
Excellent source for information about Eisenhower.

Korean War Lesson Plans
Korean War Project
An excellent site for information regarding the Korean War.

The United States Enters the Korean Conflict
A lesson plan using primary sources.

Cold War - Korean Conflict
A 10th-grade lesson plan.

Korean War Propoganda
A lesson plan from the Korea Society.See also The Outbreak of the Korean War and Korean War: A Three Week Unit for additional lessons from this source.

Remembering the Forgotten War
An online lesson plan for grades 7-10.

The Korean War: "Police Action," 1950-1953
A high school lesson plan from EDSITEment.

The Korean War
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Discovery Education.

Cold War Conflict in Korea: 'The Powerful and Powerless United Nations'
A secondary-level lesson plan from The History Teaching Institute at The Ohio State University.

The Korean War through the Perspectives of Political Cartoons and Political Posters
Another secondary lesson plan, this one from the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum.


Cold War Lesson Plans and Resources
Cold War International History Project
An excellent resource. See also the Cold War Museum.  

Recollections of an RB-29 Crew in Japan and Related Korean War/Early Cold War Stories
A site providing first-hand accounts of individuals and crews involved in Cold War era USAF reconnaissance missions.

Causes of the Cold War
A lesson plan using video clips from PBS.

Origins of the Cold War
A high school unit in pdf format.

Cold War
Sis lesson plans from the Stanford History Education Group.

Photographs and Pamphlet about Nuclear Fallout
A lesson plan from the National Archives and Records Administration which uses primary sources.

The Cold War
An 8th-grade unit from Core Knowledge. See also Hitting the Cold War from All the Angles and The Cold War: Solving the Mystery of History with Voices on Vinyl
for other units from unit from this same organization.

Submarines: A Heated Competition in a Cold War
A middle school lesson plan from Xpeditions.

Unit 9: Cold War
An elaborate 11th-grade unit requiring teams of students to use a variety of Internet resources to assemble a Cold War timeline, a map showing areas of Cold War activity, a photo gallery of major leaders, a paper, and a multimedia presentation.

The Cold War - The 1950s
A middle school lesson plan.

Introduction to the Cold War Webquest 
See also  and Cold War WebQuest.

Student Activity: The Berlin Airlift
From the Truman Library and Museum. See also
The Berlin Airlift, Pictures of the Berlin Airlift: Primary Sources (Photos and Cartoons) to Motivate Learning and The Uneasy Peace: The Berlin Airlift.

Ideological Foundations of the Cold War
Several more lesson plans from the Truman Library and Museum.

The Formation of the Western Alliance 1948-1949
A high school lesson plan from a unit titled, The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1949.  See also The Role of NATO for a high school lesson plan.

The Cold War and Beyond
A  high school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

New Approaches to Old Cold War Lesson Plans
An interesting article.


Black History Month Lesson Plans/Civil Rights Lesson Plans and Resources
(Go to Multicultural Lesson Plans and Resources to find additional civil rights and minority-related sites) If you need a video or online activity to enhance your Civil Rights or Black History unit, take a look at what Social Studies School Service has to offer. For lesson plans on African history, slavery, or the Underground Railroad, scroll up or click on the topic titles. Scroll down the page for lesson plans for MLK, Jr.

African American History and Heritage Site
Many resources for African-American history including a Teacher Toolkit for Grades K-12. See also Black History Pages.

Association for the Study of African American History and Life

From the founders of Black History Month, this link takes you to their home page and provides a link  for Past, Present, and Future National Black History Month Themes.

Black History Month Lessons and Resources
From NEA.

Lessons to Celebrate Black History Month
From Education World. See also Take part in the African American Read-In!

Black History Month
New resources and activities from Edsitement.

Teacher's Guide: Black History Month
Many links from the University of Illinois Extension.

Black History Month Teaching Resources
From Science NetLinks.

The History Behind Black History Month
An article from Teaching Tolerance. See also Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Black History.

2013 National African American Read-In

From NCTE.


Spirituals
A high school lesson plan from the above site introducing students to the role that spirituals have played in African American history and religion.


Stories to Tell: Curating a Black History Museum
Lesson plan from the NY Times.


Stories to Tell: Curating a Black History Museum
Lesson plan from the NY Times.

Racial Violence in America: Lynchings, 1877 to 1920
A lesson plan from The History Teaching Institute at The Ohio State University.

African American Inventors/Inventions
A five-day lesson plan. See also African American Inventors and Trailblazers.


The Civil Rights Movement
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from The Discovery Channel School. See also
The End Of The Civil Rights Movement? for another middle-school lesson and  Civil Rights: An Investigation for a high school lesson plan.  
     
Teaching with Documents: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
This excellent lesson plan from the NARA Digital Classroom uses historical documents available on this site.


American Educational History: A Hypertext Timeline
My annotated, clickable timeline of American educational history extends from 1607 to the 21st Century. See the accompanying activity, American Educational History: What's Most Important?

From Jim Crow To Linda Brown
A lesson plan examining the African-American Experience from 1897 to 1953, emphasizing two famous court cases: Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown vs. the Board of Education.

Teaching with Documents: Documents Related to Brown versus the Board of Education  
From the National Archives, this lesson plan uses historical documents available online. See also Order of Argument in the Case Brown v. Board and Documents Related to Brown v. Board of Education - Frontiers in Civil Rights: Dorothy Davis, et al, versus County School Board of Prince Edward County, Virginia for two more lesson plans using historical documents.

From Plessy v. Ferguson to Brown v. Board of Education: The Supreme Court Rules on School Desegregation
A high school unit. See also
Plessy vs. Ferguson,  Order in the Court, and Plessy Vs. Ferguson: Visual.

Little Rock 9, Integration 0?
A collaborative webquest on integration in schools. See also Little Rock Nine: Activities.

Tuskegee Tragedy
A WebQuest exploring this exploring this dark medical experiment and its victims.

Living the Story
Another Civil Rights Webquest.

Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate
Information, documents, and lesson plans about Jackie Robinson's role in the Civil Rights movement. Scroll down the page for the lesson plans. See also Jackie Robinson, a mini-unit for grades 2-3.

Ruby Bridges
A 2nd or 3rd-grade unit on Ruby Bridges and her contributions to the Civil Rights movement.

Important Events through the Civil Rights
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from Education World.

US Civil Rights in the 1960s
Unit plan for US history grades 10-12. Consists of 16 lesson plans.  For an excellent resource on African American History, see the Black History Pages.  

Competing Voices of the Civil Rights Movement
A high school unit from EDSITEment.

Famous Person: Rosa Louis Parks
A unit for grades 3 or 4 using Robert Coles' The Story of Ruby Bridges. See also Meet Rosa Parks for an on-line interview as well as additional lesson plans and resources. See also An Act of Courage, The Arrest Records of Rosa Parks.

Sojourner Truth
A lesson plan for grades 4-5 using Truth's famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech.

Famous Person: Andrew Young
A mini-unit for grades 4-5.

Opening Doors to Social Studies with Children's Literature: Take Seat or Get off the Bus
A unit for 5th-grade using the book Mississippi Bridge by Mildred D. Taylor.  

The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee
A lesson plan from
The History Teaching Institute at The Ohio State University.

Greensboro Sit-In
A 9th-grade lesson plan.

Have Minorities Gained Acceptance?
A high school lesson plan in which students research and discuss the impact of the Civil Rights Movement.

Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
From the National Register of Historic Places.

New Movements For Social Justice: The Latino Struggle for Equal Rights
An elaborate high school unit.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lesson Plans and Resources
Martin Luther King 's "I Have a Dream Speech."
No lesson on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is complete without reference to this speech from August 28, 1963. The above site offers a transcription as well as an audio file. See also the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute for other speeches, sermons, papers, and articles.

Dr King's Dream
A K-2 lesson plan from EDSITEment. For other lesson plans from EDSITEment, see also
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Power of Nonviolence for a middle school lesson plan and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolent Resistance for a high school lesson plan.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Racial and Social Justice: A Curriculum for Empowerment
Lesson plans and teacher guides from the National Park Service.


Commemorate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Articles and lesson plans from Scholastic.

Martin Luther King Day Teaching Resources
From Science Net Links.

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
From NEA.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
A list of lesson plans and links from Mrs. Donn's pages. Click here for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Timeline Page. See also Teaching Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Teaches Many Lessons
Lesson plans and links Education World.

Martin Luther King Day
An interdisciplinary unit for grades 3-4.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
A mini-unit for grades 4-5.

Learning To Respect Each Other
A lesson plan from Discovery Education for grades K-5.

Court Documents Related to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Memphis Sanitation Workers
Original documents and suggested teaching activities from the National Archives and Records Administration's Digital Classroom. Though no suggested grade level is provided, the materials and activities seem appropriate for grades 7-12.

King & Civil Rights Lesson Plan Using the Web
A 10th-grade activity. Click here for the accompanying web resources.

1960s Lesson Plans (Including Kennedy and Johnson)
The Sixties Project
Great site for information on the 1960s. 

The 1960s
Lesson plans from the The American History Teachers' Collaborative.

The Sixties : For Teachers
Two units from PBS.

The 1960s: A Time of Contrast, Change, and Controversy
A high school lesson plan.

Slices of the American Pie: The 1960s through Music
A lesson plan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Let the Sunshine in- The Hippie Movement
A cooperative learning activity for grades 9-12 using primary sources.

The Turbulent 60s: Youth Counterculture and Activism
A U.S. lesson plan intended to cover 6 class periods.

Remembering JFK
Several activities from National Geographic.

Kennedy Years Unit
Eighth-grade unit adapted for inclusion of special education students. See John F. Kennedy for an intermediate-grade lesson plan.

JFK: The 1960 Election and Foreign Policy
A high school lesson plan.

Founding Documents of the Peace Corps

Background information and a lesson plan using original documents from the National Archives.

A Biography of President Kennedy
A Teacher Guide complete with 10 lesson plans from the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.  

Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962
A 6th-grade lesson plan. See also
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: The Missiles of October for a lesson plan from EDSITEment. For resources on this topic, see Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy: Cuban Missile Crisis.

Flash Points: Searching for Modern Lessons in the Cuban Missile Crisis
A lesson plan from the NY Times.

For One Brief Shining Moment
A lesson plan about Jacqueline Kennedy and the power of myths and legends.

Why Choose the Moon?
A lesson plan for grades 6-9 from the JFK Presidential Library. See their other Curricular Resources, including The President's Desk: A Resource Guide for Teachers: Grades 4-12.

One Small Step
A lesson plan in which
students explore the steps taken to fulfill President Kennedy’s promise to land a man on the moon. See also Race to the Moon!


1969, the First Human Walked on the Moon
A high school activity from Read-Write-Think.

Who Shot President John F. Kennedy?
A lesson plan fro grades 11-2. See also The JFK Assassination—How Did It Touch a Nation? for a lesson plan for grades 8 and above.


JFK Assassination Worksheet
A math-based worksheet for 9th and 10th-grade algebra in which students use information from Answers.com and make algebraic formulas.

The State of Texas v. Lee Harvey Oswald
A mock trial lesson plan.

The John F. Kennedy Assassination Home Page

JFK, LBJ, and the Fight for Equal Opportunity in the 1960s
A high school lesson plan from EDSITEment.

Turbulent Times in the Sixties
A ten-lesson junior high unit. See also The Aftermath: The Turbulent Sixties for another lesson plan.

A Nation of Immigrants: Immigration Act of 1965
A lesson plan for grades 7 and 8 which examines this historic change in U.S. immigration policy. See also TAHPDX: Great Decisions in U.S. History - Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965.


From Camelot to Kent
An 11th-grade lesson plan.

The Whole World Was Watching
An oral history of 1968!

Lynden B. Johnson: The 36th President   
A high school lesson plan from the Discovery Education.

Lesson Plans and Activities - LBJ and the 1960s
Lesson plans from Teach Texas.

Philanthropy and the Great Society: What Can We Do Today?
A high school lesson plan from Learning to Give.

War on Poverty: How far Have We Come?
A lesson plan in which students
research the nature of poverty during the 1960’s, as well as the current poverty and unemployment levels.


Vietnam War Lesson Plans
The National Vietnam War Museum

Vietnam Passage Teacher's Guide
From the PBS program which looked at the war from the Vietnamese perspective.

The Tet Offensive and the Vietnam War
A lesson plan from the
The History Teaching Institute at The Ohio State University.

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and Escalation of the Vietnam War
A high school lesson plan from EDSITEment. See also Images at War for another high school lesson  plan.

Opposing Views on the Vietnam War
A high school lesson plan from the Discovery Education.

The Vietnam War: A Popular Music Approach
A lesson plan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. See also Empathy and the Vietnam War.

The Wall that Inspires Letters to Veterans
A lesson plan from Education World in which students learn about the Vietnam War by responding to the words, illustrations, and symbolism in Eve Bunting's The Wall.  

Maya Lin
An elementary-grade lesson plan about the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. See also Vietnam Veterans and Memorials.

Vietnam War - Liberty - Theme Park
Links to information and activities to learn about the war.

Building Vietnam War Scavenger Hunts through Web-Based Inquiry
An Internet-based high school lesson plan.

Mapping Your States Role in the Vietnam War
A lesson plan from Education World.

The Lessons of the Vietnam War
A high school lesson plan.    

The War in Vietnam - A Story in Photographs
A lesson plan using photos available online from the National Archives and Records Administration's Digital Classroom.

1968: Year of Social Change and Turning Point in Vietnam and the U.S.
An 11th-grade lesson plan.

CHICAGO 10
Video modules and activities from PBS. See also The Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial.

What was the Cause of the Kent State Shooting?
An elaborate lesson plan for grades 11-12 that includes a Youtube link, map, and data sets.

From Camelot to Kent
An 11th-grade lesson plan.

May 4th, 1970 - Kent State WebQuest
A secondary-level webquest about this Vietnam-era tragedy.

Controversies of the Vietnam War
A 5th-grade lesson plan integrating music and history.

1970s Lesson Plans
US Foreign Policy in the 1970s and at the Turn of the Millennium
A lesson plan for grades 9-12.

May 4th, 1970 - Kent State WebQuest
A secondary-level webquest about this Vietnam-era tragedy.


White House Scandals
A high school lesson plan comparing the events of Watergate to other infamous White House scandals

Constitutional Issues: Watergate and the Constitution
A lesson plan utilizing documents available online from the National Archives and Records Administration's Digital Classroom.

Letter from House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford to President Richard M. Nixon
A lesson plan using historical documents from the National Archives.

Watergate
A secondary lesson plan. See also Watergate: The Role of the Press in Politics and Watergate and All the President's Men.

Watergate.com
Links, news archive, discussion board, etc.

From Nixon to Carter: Watergate
Another lesson plan from The American Odyssey.  For background information on Richard Nixon, see Richard Milhouse Nixon and Richard Nixon Opens China Study Guide.

The President and the Executive Branch
A lesson plan from The American Odyssey exploring the impact of Richard Nixon's decision to decision to resume normal diplomatic ties with China. See Nixon in China for a cool picture.

Roe v. Wade (1973)
A lesson plan from the Bill of Rights Institute. See also Revisiting Roe v. Wade.

Carter as President and Ex-President
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from The Discovery Channel School.

Jimmy Carter - Responsible Citizen
A lesson plan from Learning to Give. See also Lifelong Leadership: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter for another lesson plan.

The Iran Hostage Crisis
A high school lesson plan. See also
The Anatomy of a Crisis, Presidential advisor in the Iranian Hostage Crisis, and  Iran Hostage Crisis for additional lesson plans about this event from the Carter years.

The Carter Center
Information about President Jimmy Carter and his recent activities

1980s Lesson Plans
Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1980s
A lesson planning article from Education World.

Immigrant Journeys
A 9th-grade lesson plan from PBS about the Mariel Boatlift using the video "90 Miles."

The Early 1980s: A Tough Time for Home Builders and Mortgage Bankers
A Web-based lesson plan from EonEdLink.

Balancing Budgets: from Reagan to Today

A high school lesson plan from The Discovery Education.

Ronald Reagan on Reducing the Size of Government
A lesson plan from the
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Ronald Reagan and the Constitution
Three lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from The Center for Civic Eduction.


The Reagan Legacy
A web-based activity.

Decoding U.S. Foreign Policy: The Iran-Contra Affair
A high school lesson plan from the American Social History Project of the Center for Media and Learning. See their other lesson plans.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Includes biographies of Ronald and Nancy Reagan as well as other information. See also the lesson plans and curriculum materials at Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library.


Ronald Reagan Day Lesson for Upper Elementary Students
One lesson plan from the above site.

Sandra Day O'Connor
A mini-unit for grades 4/5 on this woman who joined the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981.

The Cold War and Beyond
A high school lesson plan exploring the end of the cold war.

Fall of the Berlin Wall
An Web-based lesson plan. See also Berlin Wall, Art and the Berlin Wall,
From Concrete to Memory: Scrapbooking the Berlin Wall, and The Berlin Wall Information Scavenger Hunt.

Making the History of 1989: The Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe
Information and teaching modules from

1990s Lesson Plans and Gulf War
Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S, History of the 1990s.

George H. W. Bush and the Common Good
A lesson plan from Learning to Give. See also
George H.W. Bush: A Presidential Unit.

The Great Depression and the 1990s
A unit for grades 7-11.

Tax Reform in the 1990s and 2000s
A lesson plan from the IRS!


The Persian Gulf War

A concise summary from PBS's  George H.W. Bush.

Military Doctrine: Powell Strategy
A lesson about the 1991 Persian Gulf War. See also
Tactics in the Persian Gulf: From Diplomacy to Force.

Desert Storm Home Page
Updated information on the Persian Gulf situation. See also Operation Desert Storm: Ten Years After and Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm Timeline.

Exploring the Middle East: Hands-On Approaches
A unit from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
Good source for information on the Clinton presidency.

Commander in Chief: Bill Clinton: Teacher’s Guide
Lessons based on the video from Discovery Education.

Impeachment!

A lesson plan examining the impeachment proceedings against Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton. See also The Clinton Impeachment.

Bill Clinton
Activities from Lessons on American Presidents.

Controversial Conservation
A web-based activity in which students analyzed President Bill Clinton's use of the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate three national monuments nearly 100 years later.

2000 and Counting - Current Events or Recent History?
George W. Bush, Our 43rd President
An activity from "Like father Like Son: Presidential Families" For information about George W. Bush, see Biography of President George W. Bush.  

9/11 Lesson Plans
Lesson plans and teaching guides from 9/11 Memorial.  

Learning from the Challenges of Our Times: Global Security, Terrorism, and 9/11 in the Classroom  
A curriculum guide and lesson plans from The 4 Action Initiative.

9/11 Education Materials
From the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.

A Virtual Visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
From EDSITEment.

9/11 Anniversary Teaching Guide
Lesson plans and activities from Teachable Moment.


9/11 National Day of Service
The Official Site.

The Bush Doctrine
A lesson plan from the
Constitutional Rights Foundation. See also Preventive War - Lesson Plan.

The Class and Race Divide in New Orleans and America
A high school lesson plan from Teachable Moment.org. Go to their site for other similar lesson plans such as New Orleans & the Gulf Coast Six Months After Katrina, but be aware that they have a decidedly liberal political agenda.

Examining the Tax Cuts
One more lesson plan from Teachable Moment.org.

The Current Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Unfortunately, these four lesson plans from Teachable Moment could be pertinent for almost any recent decade! See also
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Teaching Simulation.

Center for Middle East Studies
This link takes you to their lesson plans, many of which are related to current events.

Cold War into Guerilla War
A high school lesson plan about the war on terrorism from The Discovery Education.

War and Terrorism
Many lesson plans from the National Council for the Social Studies.


Who is Osama bin Laden?
I guess this web-based activity should be titled "Who was Osama bin Laden?"

Afghanistan:12 Years of Violence
A high school lesson plan from the Discovery Education.

U.S. Policy in Afghanistan
A lesson plan and resources from The Choices Program. See also Afghanistan: People, Places, and Politics and Postwar Afghanistan: Problems, Dangers, Costs.

Afghanistan Today: Civil War and Human Rights
A high school lesson plan from the above page. Go to the Afghan Info Center for background information and news on Afghanistan or go to WWW-
VL History of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Unveiled
A high school lesson plan about Afghanistan's women.
   
The End of the War in Iraq
Lesson plans and resources from Speaking Globally. See also Teachable Moments Iraq War Lesson Plans.

Teaching the Iraq War
Lesson plans and resources PBS's News Hour Extra. See also The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Teaching Resources and Essential Questions and
Lessons for War.


The Election of Barack Obama 44th President of the United States
A high school lesson plan from EDSITEment. See also The Inauguration of Barack Obama for more lesson plans from PBS.

The Life of the (Tea) Party: Comparing Social Protest Movements
A lesson plan from the N.Y. Times Learning Network.

Who Are the 99%? Ways to Teach About Occupy Wall Street
Also from the N.Y. Times Learning Network. See also
Teaching about the Occupy Movement and  Occupy Wall Street: Classroom lessons on the movement and the issues behind it.

Teaching and Learning About the U.S. Debt Crisis and Credit Downgrade
A lesson plan from the NY Times. See also Understanding the Debt Ceiling Debate and Budget Control Act of 2011.

Wealth & Taxes: What's fair?
A lesson plan from Teachable Moment that examines what is sure
to be one of the hottest issues in the 2012 election. See also Understanding Taxes for a lesson plan from the IRS!

The Effects of the Recession
A lesson plan from Econedlink. See also Past and Present Parallels Our Changing Economy and Student Crossword - The Great Recession.

Lesson Idea: The Affordable Care Act and the Constitution
A lesson plan covering three class periods. See also
Repeal the U.S. Health Care Law: Good Idea?

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