Library of Congress
The Library of Congress homepage is a gateway to lesson plans and primary
resources for students and teachers of all grades.
Designed for high school and college teachers and students of U.S. history
survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to web resources and offers
unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to
analyzing historical evidence.
Outlines the use and benefits of having cable in the classroom, including
lesson ideas, downloadable program listings, and even online videos. It also
includes a helpful "Copyright & Recording Guidelines" page which explains
fair use in terms of watching and/or recording from cable TV.
This intergenerational streaming media project, in partnership with the Library
of Congress, is intended to preserve and honor the oral histories of Americans,
bringing communities and schools together in an unparalleled civic pursuit
- a project-based learning experience that is immeasurable in its scope.
Lyrics to songs from School House Rock videos, with links to downloadable
iTunes versions of each song.
Easily navigable kids portal to government websites and resources. Links
are organized by age range (Grades K-5, Grades 6-8) and topic. There is also
a page for educators.
About.com page for American History which includes links to blogs and other
Acclaimed history teacher's website which includes links to resources,
topics, and activities in secondary U.S. and world history.
Best of History Web Sites
This is a site of best history sites compiled by EdTechTeacher.org. Includes,
articles, lesson plans, and resource sites such as the Library of Congress.
Lesson Plans and activities from Tennessee's Mountain City Elementary. Organized
topically, with descriptions, quizzes, and some photos of completed activities.
They Made America
This complementing website to the four-part television series on PBS, offers
a glimpse into the lives American inventors such as Samuel Insull, Thomas
Edison, and Clarence Birdseye. Includes profiles of many inventors, a timeline,
and a teacher's guide.
Records, Breaking Barriers
Designed to complement a current exhibition at the National Museum of American
History, this fine online exhibit explores some of those individuals whose
contributions to American sport have intersected with other broader historical
developments, including racial equality, the spirit of invention, and other
trends. Includes an online exhibition and review games for students.
Database of folk music that can be purchased and used in the classroom. Includes
lesson plans for teaching about other cultures and sub-cultures through folk
music in elementary and secondary social studies classrooms.
Freedom: A History
Teacher's portion of the website for the PBS program of the same title. Includes
a historical primer, teaching index, teaching guides, workshop videos, an
image browser, and an index of webisodes that can be shown in the classroom.
The Library of Congress'online archive of primary source materials dealing
with American history that may be downloaded and used in the classroom. Browse
by collection topic or search for particalr terms.
National Archives Exhibits
Index of the National Archives' current online exhibits, with links to primary
source documents and teaching resources specific to each one.
Resource guide to U.S. and World History with summaries, essays, and primary
Online archive of articles and resources on various aspects of world history,
including several topics in US history (Civil Rights Movement, the American
West, US Political figures, and the World Wars, etc.).
Links to galleries of historical images including the Founding Fathers, American
cities, sports, coins, and WWII.
History Collection Image Gallery
This page contains links to selected photographs, drawings, maps and other
graphic images from the collection at Special Collections of the National
This is another source of world maps. This one isn't quite as user friendly
as the first, but it has some good stuff. Just clink on the banner under
each map and it will give you instructions on how to download.
Free, printable outline maps from TheTeachersCorner.net. (Requires Adobe
Scroll down to the "maps" heading to find links to U.S. history maps.
free, online encyclopedia compiled by users.
Searchable online database of print books and journals available online for
Library of Congress page for teachers with excellent online one-hour modules
on: Copyright and Primary Sources; Analyzing Primary Sources: Photographs & Prints;
Analyzing Primary Sources: Maps; and Finding Primary Sources. You can print
out a certificate with hours for PD credit upon completion of each module.
Offers free online lessons each week, generally for secondary grades, and
also a publishes a monthly online newsletter of educational resources which
requires a paid subscription.
Operated by the Alabama State Dept. of Education, the site offers the AL
Course of Study, lesson plans, and links to professional and classroom resources
on the web.
Auburn University's digital library of Alabama History resources, with links
to collections from other public and university libraries across the state.
Free, online resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural
environment. This site offers articles on Alabama’s famous people,
historic events, sports, art, literature, industry, government, plant and
animal life, agriculture, recreation, and so much more.
Links to articles, books, and teaching resources on American Indian groups
Maps and pictures of pre-contact American Indian housing in North and Central
America, with links to information about the specific tribes who built them.
Resources page with links to maps of tribal and reservation lands in North
American Indian Units
List of ideas and resources for elementary social studies unit on American
Indian history posted on Teachers.net.
November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Education
World offers 12 lessons to help students learn about American Indians' history
Indians Across the Curriculum
Suggested classroom activities for all grade levels which focuses on combating
harmful stereotypes of American Indians. Includes ideas for math, geography,
history, language arts, and art lessons.
Lesson plan which uses photo essays to introduce students to Native children
and their families, thereby countering the idea that Native people no longer
exist in present-day America. Grades 3-5.
American Indian Research/Informational
Extensive list of websites devoted to research and/or information on American
Indian tribes, past and present. Also includes links to lesson plans and
suggested classroom activities for various grades.
University of North Carolina database of digitized primary resources documenting
Southern U.S. history. Includes texts, images, and audio files, organized
into fourteen thematic collections that can be searched or browsed by author,
title, and subject.
Biographical information about Sojourner Truth from the Women in History
World Fact Book This website contains the CIA
world fact book. It is a good place to look for
information on individual countries.
American Library Association's Great Web Sites for Kids list of links on
Politics and Government. Includes resources for elementary and middle grade
students and teachers.
for American Women and Politics
Official website for Rutger's CAWP which includes statistical information
and resources concerning American women in politics that may be used in the
classroom, especially at the secondary level.
Elections & the Presidency
Colonial Williamsburg's video conversation with Thomas Jefferson, which discusses
American presidential elections and the political disagreements which date
back to the nation's founding. Grades 6-12, but difficult vocabulary is more
appropriate for upper grades.
of the Federal Register
Coordinates the functions of the Electoral College on behalf of the Archivist
of the United States, the States, the Congress, and the American People.
They have assembled a variety of information and statistics on presidential
elections, past and present
Lesson plan for a webquest that allows students to research candidates and
issues to answer the question, which candidate would you vote for? Designed
for the 2008 presidential election, it can be modified for subsequent elections
by simply changing the websites which students will visit.
Federal Election Commission
Official website of the Federal Election Commission, which is an independent
regulatory agency that oversees national elections and enforces campaign
Provides information, pictures, and learning activities about conquistadors
Cabeza de Vaca, Cortes, Orellana, and Pizarro, with special resources for
students and teachers. Companion site to PBS documentary "the Conquistadors."
Links to primary sources recounting early exploration, including excerpts
from journals of explorers. Unfortunately, many of the links no longer
work, but there are still enough valuable resources with active links to
make it worthwhile.
The Early Modern World
Part of Fordham University's Internet History Sourcebooks Project, which
provides general sites with links to documents on various explorers.
Explorer Interviews Lesson
Brief lesson plan designed for elementary grades in which students research
explorers, write questions and answers, and role play to perform the interviews.
Could easily be modified for secondary students.
Lessons of the
Linked resources with suggested classroom activities to help teachers plan
a successful lesson on the early explorers.
Explore the Explorers
Article from Education World with more ideas for classroom activities that
can be incorporated into lessons about early explorers.
Lesson plan from A to Z Teacher Stuff in which students work in cooperative
groups to create a poster of explorer aims, obstacles and accomplishments
in the New World. Grades 3-5.
Exploration through the
The Mariner’s Museum online exhibit, "Exploration Through the Ages." Includes
information on individual explorers, ships, navigational tools, and the voyages
themselves. The site also lists suggested student activities, including a
few online games.
LOC-Discovery and Exploration
Library of Congress American Memory collection which documents the discovery
and exploration of the Americas with both manuscripts and published maps.
Explorer: Getting to Know Christopher Columbus
This lesson supports third- through fifth-grade students' exploration of
multiple online sources to gather information about the life of Christopher
Columbus. After completing a cyber scavenger hunt, students use their notes
to prepare a timeline and summary report.
Virtual Jamestown.org Digital archive of documents, interactive
maps, and teaching activities about the Jamestown
settlement and the "Virginia Experiment."
links to lesson plans on Jamestown, including corporate colonization, development
of government, economic matters, organization of society, and broader themes
of Jamestown settlement.
RACE: The Power
Companion website to PBS documentary with a high-school lesson plan which
examines race-based slavery in Jamestown.
This website contains links to documents about the first settlements, the
Declaration of Independence, among other things. It also includes some quizzes,
timelines, and articles.
This website is dedicated to Mary Rowlandson and contains a brief biographical
sketch and some links to sources and other sites on Rowlandson’s
life and captivity.
Colonies Map Quiz
This website features a map quiz of the original 13 colonies. Students are
tested on their ability to use a compass rose and their knowledge of the
location of each colony.
Colonial Family and Community Webquest In this webquest from the Henry Ford Museum,
students will go back in time and investigate the
daily lives of the Daggetts, a colonial family from
northeastern Connecticut. They will collect clues
to uncover answers to 7 questions about colonial
life in the 1700s.
The Colonial Williamsburg website has facts and pictures about places, clothing,
people, slaves, and other things of colonial interest. It also has an online
fieldtrip of Colonial Williamsburg, links to teacher resources, timelines,
Mountain City Elementary's webpage with lesson plans and activities for elementary
students on colonial America.
This is a website dedicated to information on the original 13 colonies, with
facts, activities, and links on colonial history and life.
for Kids: The Original Thirteen Colonies This website features tests, games, puzzles,
web quests, and other activities about the colonies.
The activities range from easy to difficult, and
there are additional links to pages for the Declaration
of Independence, Democracy, and the Articles of Confederation.
This website allows you to click on the colonies to find out more information
about their founding, with links to more information.
Slave Trade and European Imperialism
Timeline of the history of slavery from the 15th Century through the early
19th Century. Each section of the timeline contains links to sites that provide
primary and secondary source material for the era/date in question.
Students work in small groups to develop three questions that a newspaper
reporter assigned to cover the signing of the Constitution might have
asked each of the following signers of the Constitution: George Washington,
Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. Grades 6-8.
Day Lesson Guide
Provides lesson and activity ideas, resources, and links to lesson plans
on Constitution Day, from Education World.
Charters of Freedom
Interactive website on the documents of the American Revolution and the
new government (The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill
of Rights) provided by the National Archives.
Unit plan of four lessons which uses primary source documents to teach
students about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and early issues
discussed by Congress in the founding of the United States. Grades 6-12
Discovery Channel lesson plan: By gathering images from modern media
(newspapers, magazines, television, and/or the Internet) students will
show how the meaning of the Preamble is reflected in current American
The First Political
Archiving Early America's website features the first American political
cartoons, with explanations and downloadable images.
Short biobraphy of Benjamin Banneker from About.com. Includes a photo
gallery of scanned images from his almanacs, including a portrait.
of the LOC.
Provides a picture of L'Enfant's original map and a link to the main
online exhibit, with more pictures of early buildings and designs in
Library of Congress political cartoon showing the fight on the floor
of Congress between Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold in 1798. The
image could be used to illustrate the political tensions of the time
period and as an exercise in analyzing cartoons.
Sparknotes page for The Federalist Papers, with summaries, analysis,
timelines, biographical information, and study questions pertaining to
the various essays.
The Federalist Papers
Summary and analysis for each of the essays, with a link to the online
text of each one. Requires a subscription; however, a few examples are
available free of charge.
Letters from an
Links to the Letters from the American Farmer. Lengthy, but useful primary
source material for higher level secondary courses.
The War of 1812:
The War of 1812
This "1812 experience" is comprised of numerous articles, quality book
reviews and offers, extensive links, and the largest collection of War
of 1812 images on the internet.
Turning Points in History: The
War of 1812
Lesson plan on the War of 1812 in which students are “investigative
reporters,” researching primary source documents to learn about
specific battles and events. Modifiable for grades 4-12.
1812 War Message
Mini-unit consisting of three lessons which analyze Madison's speech,
its context, and its implications. Students read the speech and a variety
of other primary source documents which influenced or responded to the
speech. Grades 9-12.
Message PDF – President Madison's speech in PDF format,
edited and annotated for use in the lesson listed above; however,
this document could also be used to supplement another lesson of
Thomas H. Warner Letters Five of Maryland soldier Thomas H. Warner's letters written during
the War of 1812. Scanned images and typed transcriptions are provided
for each letter.
Discovering Lewis & Clark
Modern photographs of the path of Lewis & Clark's expeditions, excerpts
from their journals, and a historical overview.
Westin America with Lewis & Clark
Online game from National Geographic in which students go on a simulated
journey with Lewis & Clark. The game presents scenarios and has students
make critical decisions.
American Buffalo: Spirit
of a Nation
PBS “Nature” website on the American Buffalo and its connection
to American Indian culture and life in the West. Includes links to further
reading and online resources.
Fish and Wildlife on
the Oregon Trail: Then and Now
This website contains links to a scanned booklet describing the natural repercussions
of the Oregon Trail migration, as well as the experience of traveling west.
It was prepared by the Oregon Historical Society.
Brief summary of US legislation and military action to remove eastern American
Indian tribes across the Mississippi River and expand white settlement, with
links to more information on the response of tribes and the infamous Trail
of Tears. From PBS
Social Studies for Kids overview of the war in four parts, with links to
maps and other resources.
Interactive site from PBS with videos, timeline, and other resources about
the Mexican-American War.
Slavery & Early Abolition
American Sheet Music
Library of Congress collection that provides online images of sheet music
and photographs associated with the African-American experience from
slavery through early civil rights actions. It also includes links to
related web sites and suggestions for how to incorporate the materials
into lesson plans.
Slavery to Freedom
Online collection of African-American Pamphlets from 1824-1909, with
images and transcripts of historical pamphlets about slavery, African
colonization, emancipation, Reconstruction, and other topics.
Experience in Ohio, 1850-1920
Collection of images and transcripts from historical pamphlets, newspaper
articles, and other documents as well as photographs pertaining to enslaved
and free African-Americans in Ohio between 1850-1920.
Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology
Collection of thirteen interviews with former slaves conducted by the
WPA, with an annotated bibliography of interviews and photos of interviewees.
Compiled by the University of Virginia.
Background and documents for teaching about the Amistad Case with primary
source documents, from the National Archives website.
An Underground Railroad
History Happens music video which uses historical paintings and lyrics
to tell the story of the underground railroad. The "Teacher Support" area
includes suggestions for how to use the video in the classroom.
Tubman Integrated Unit
Unit plan on the life of Harriet Tubman and her role in the underground
railroad for grades K-4, from the Kennedy Center.
National Geographic website that allows students to take an interactive
journey on the Underground Railroad.
Discovery Channel website which provides images and interactive maps
and activities to teach students about the Trans-Atlantic slave trade
and the experiences of slaves around the world; also includes suggestions
for how teachers can incorporate the web site into their lesson plans.
Dowling's Electronic Passport
Provides clear, detailed PDF-format lesson plans on “Ancient Africa” (emphasizing
the beginning of the slave trade) and “The Caribbean” (emphasizing
the experience of the slaves who worked on the sugar plantations there).
Duke University collection featuring short biographies of three slave
women and online versions of documents they produced; also includes a
few links to related sites.
Library on American Slavery
University of North Carolina collection of images of and transcriptions
for petitions presented to state and local governments in the South in
regard to slavery and race relations.
American Pamphlet Collection
Library of Congress collection of Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray
Collection, 1818-1907 - Provides images of and transcriptions for historical
pamphlets about various aspects of the African-American experience, from
slavery to civil rights; also includes a timeline of African-American
history and suggestions for how to incorporate the pamphlets into lesson
Person Narratives of the American South
Library of Congress collection of first-person accounts by and about
abolitionists and ex-slaves who lived in the South between 1860-1920;
also includes links to related web sites and suggestions for how to incorporate
the materials into lesson plans.
Library of Congress online collection of documents, including speeches,
maps, photographs, and other primary source material relevant to Lincoln's
presidency. Also includes links to other useful online collections.
Teacher resource page with lesson plans and ideas for all grade levels
on the life of Abraham Lincoln.
War for Kids
Class-made website on the Civil War which includes a timeline, brief
biographies, maps, and images of flags, uniforms, and important figures.
Also includes several classroom activities.
History Place Civil
Timeline of important historical events during the Civil War, beginning
with the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and ending with the passage
of the 13th Amendment in 1865. Includes photographs and links to more
information on various people, battles, and events, etc.
American Civil War Homepage
Links to a wealth of resources (primary and secondary) for teaching about
the Civil War, including music, images, biographies, etc.
A [Union] Soldier's Diary
Online version of the memoirs, diary, and letters of Civil War Private
Jefferson Moses of Illinois.
Downloadable images of Maps of Civil War era geography and battlefields
from the Rare Maps collection at the University of Georgia.
Online exhibit from the Gettysburg National Military Park which introduces
students to Civil War Camp life. Includes an image gallery of photographs
and common objects (books, games, equipment) from Civil War camps.
Online exhibit of the various flags used at different times and places
during the Civil War.
Civil War Medicine
Brief site on medical technology and advancement during the Civil War,
with a few photos and drawings from the era.
With Historic Places
List of lesson plans for teaching about the Civil War using various sites
on the historic register, provided by the National Parks Service. Includes
a lesson on the Alabama battle for Mobile Bay at Fort Morgan.
Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
Library of Congress collection which documents the life of Abraham Lincoln.
Includes documents by and about Lincoln, photographs, and other items
concerning issues relevant to Lincoln's presidency (i.e. slavery, Civil
from the Civil War Era
Scanned sheet music, online recordings, and a historical overview of
band music from the Civil War era, from the Library of Congress American
Collection of photographs, letters, diaries, and posters from the Civil
War, collected by the New York Historical Society and made available
by the Library of Congress.
Battles by State
List of all Civil War battles organized by state, with links to more
information about each one (including its location, commanders, campaigns,
casualties, results, and a paragraph description).
Online exhibit from the International Museum of the Horse about the Buffalo
Soldiers on the western frontier.
The Civil War
Summary from PBS's Africans in America series which outlines the events
that took place during the Civil War which led to the Emancipation Proclamation.
Companion website to PBS program with many helpful resources for learning
about Reconstruction, including primary sources, interactive maps, and
a teaching guide.
Documents on Andrew Johnson impeachment from HarpWeek which includes
political cartoons, a simulation game, and links to primary source
Resources on Impeachment
Documents on impeachment from Auburn University in PDF format, which
offer information about the process of impeachment in general, as well
as information about Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton.
A comprehensive site provided by the LOC's American Memory Project which
provides historical background information and external links to commentary,
government documents, indexes, and guides on impeachment.
Gilded Age WebQuest This website contains an excellent WebQuest about the Gilded Age
which charges students to create a documentary of the era.
Culture and Society
of the Gilded Age
In this lesson plan from the Kennedy Center, students will learn about
the culture of high society during the Gilded Age. They will explore
the manners and etiquette associated with the Gilded Age and then create
dialogues, monologues, or short plays relating to the areas and various
Arts of the Gilded Age
In this lesson plan from the Kennedy Center, students will research the
various fine and performing art forms that were popular during the
Gilded Age Era Lesson Plans
Teaching Future Historians collection of lesson plans which use primary
documents to teach students about politics and life during the Gilded
History Digital History page for the Gilded Age, which includes a lesson
plan and links to learning tools, primary sources, and online resources
New York City Films
This collection contains forty-five films of New York, dating from 1898
to 1906, from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress.
Of these, twenty-five were made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph
Company, while the remaining twenty are Edison Company productions.
Immigrating to America
Students will learn about what it was like for new immigrants to come
through Ellis Island—a symbolic heart of American immigration—at
the turn of the century. Through first-hand accounts, students will discover
where the immigrants were from, the reasons they fled their homelands,
and why they came to America. By performing dramatizations and taking
an interactive tour of Ellis Island, students will relive the immigrant
History Channel website on Ellis Island, including background information,
a timeline, and videos.
Scholastic website with links to lessons and documents on immigration,
including personal stories of immigrants and a virtual tour of Ellis
Whose Land is This?
PBS Online Webisode with interactive quizzes, games, and lesson ideas.
This particular webisode deals with Immigration, but others that can
be found on the main menu deal with other aspects of American history.
Teaching guides are available for each webisode.
Explore large structures and what it takes to build them with BUILDING
BIG™, a five-part PBS television series and Web site from WGBH
Boston. The Website provides brief historical and scientific information
about skyscrapers, bridges, domes, and tunnels as well as a teacher's
guide for using the series and the activities found online in the classroom.
The Iron Road
PBS website designed to accompany “The Iron Road,” a show
devoted to the growth of railroads. Includes online videos, summaries,
and a teacher's guide.
The White Man's Burden
Free online text of Rudyard Kipling’s poem on Imperialism, “The
White Man’s Burden,” from the History Matters website.
World Map, 1914
This website provides color-coded world map of the colonial holdings
of Belgium, Denmark, France, German, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, the
Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and the United States in 1914.
A World Power
A Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History online learning module
on American Imperialism and the Spanish-American War.
the American West: 1860-1920
American Memory collection of photographs of the American West, along
with background information on famous photographers and three presentations
of selected photographs with narrative captions ("Native American
Women," "LC McLure and Denver, the Beautiful City," and "The
10th Mountain Division")
Library of Congress American Memory collection featuring Teddy Roosevelt.
It includes a timeline, essays, photos, and documents discussing his
being the first president to have had his life and career documented
Photos of the Great War
Online gallery of photographs from WWI which includes images from the
trenches and the war at sea, as well as images of heads of state, politicians,
military leaders, troops, and the weapons of war.
Photos from WWI, including the battlefield and the home front.
A list of lesson plans dealing with WWI and the materials found in the
Truman Library collection.
World War I
History Channel website with links to actual letters written home from
World War I soldiers.
The Great War
Comprehensive PBS website for the program, “The Great War and the
Shaping of the 20th Century,” which includes background information,
summaries, and educational resources. Appropriate for student exploration
or as a helpful guide to teachers planning lessons.
American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
A multimedia anthology from the Library of Congress that showcases popular
entertainment forms, especially vaudeville, from 1870 to 1920. The materials
include memorabilia documenting the career of Harry Houdini, English-
and Yiddish-language play scripts, souvenir playbills and programs, theater
posters, motion pictures, and sound recordings. Many items include the
bawdy humor and ethnic stereotypes typical of the period.
How To Dance the Charleston
A List of resources from the Homestead Museum includes 1920's Materials
at the bottom of the page, with links to PDF versions of classroom
activities such as "How to Dance the Charleston" or "Shopping by Mail
in the 1920's."
Harlem: An African
American Community, 1900-1940
Online exhibition portfolio from the New York Public Library's Schomburg
Center for Research in Black Culture, which includes a timeline, linked
resources, an online version of the exhibit, and teaching resources.
The Roaring Twenties
Article from the PBS website from Ken Burns' documentary Jazz,
which focuses on jazz in the 1920s. Includes audio clips and photographs.
Article from the website for the PBS program Culture Shock which
summarizes the segment on jazz, "the devil's music."
Brief description of jazz in the 1920's, from PBS's Culture Shock.
Jazz Talk Discovery Channel lesson plan in which students will analyze work
songs, spirituals, blues, and gospel songs in order to develop an appreciation
for the origins of jazz music. Grades 6-12.
Hitler's Mutual Admiration Society -
A 2003 discussion of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s praise for Hitler’s
oratorical skills in the context of similar remarks made by other western
leaders in the 1930's impressed by the economic turn-around in Germany.
Anthology: The Interwar Period
The Norton Anthology of American Literature introduction to the interwar
period in the United States, including historical background information
and brief discussion of literary movements.
The Great Depression
A website devoted to information on the Great Depression and its international
Depression and World War II
National Archives' "Teaching With Documents" Lesson plans which
use primary source documents to teach students about the Great Depression
National Archives collection of photographs from the Great Depression
and the New Deal.
Ideas for the Great Depression
Article for teachers from Michigan's state website which gives lesson
ideas for teaching about the Great Depression in the context of Michigan
history. Many ideas could be modified to reflect life in your own state.
Dust Bowl Days NEH lesson plan on the Dust Bowl and the government's response
to the Great Depression. Grades 3-5.
The New Deal Network
The New Deal Network from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute,
with lesson plans and resources for use in the classroom.
Surviving the Dust Bowl
Interactive website from PBS based on the program “Surviving the
Dust Bowl,” with interviews, photographs, and videos available
The Great Depression: What
Would It Be Like Today?
In this lesson, students calculate the percentage decline in factors
affecting the quality of life such as wages and unemployment, from before
the Depression to the beginning of the New Deal. Students then calculate
what the same percentage decline for these factors would mean for their
lives if it happened today. Adaptable for grades 6-12.
Riding the Rails
Information and lesson plans for the film “Riding the Rails,” which
discusses the plight of many teenagers during the Great Depression who
lived on the railways, hopping freight trains across the country.
America's Great Depression
Helpful source of information about the depression from an amateur historian,
with book and video lists, a timeline, and links to online collections
The Depression News
Michigan's History, Arts, and Libraries' gallery of information on the
Great Depression Cooking
Website of 94 year old woman who keeps a blog, a YouTube channel, and
has recently published a cookbook of frugal recipes and cooking techniques
from the Great Depression era which she learned from her mother.
America and the Holocaust
PBS’s “American Experience” website on America and
the Holocaust, with timelines, maps, and other teaching resources.
Webquest in which students form an international tribunal that charges
the US government for human rights violations following the internment
of Japanese-American citizens during WWII.
Ansell Adams' Photographs
Library of Congress collection of Ansell Adam’s photographs of
the Japanese-American internment camp at Manzanar. Includes photo
gallery, essay, and timeline.
Online article on the history of Japanese-American internment from history.com.
Includes a few historical photographs.
Go For Broke.org
Website of the Japanese-American WWII veterans, dedicated to their history.
Includes oral histories and resources for teaching about Japanese-Americans'
involvement in WWII and Executive order 9066.
Questions and links to sources of information for completing an online
scavenger hunt about Japanese Internment Camps.
War Relocation Camps
Website devoted to the history of relocation campsin
Arizona, from 1942-1946. Includes many photos and articles on life in
Contemporary America (1945-present)
Resources for Educational Excellence
FREE list of resources compiled by the Library of Congress that cover US
history from 1945 to the present day, including the Cold War, the Civil Rights
Movement, and the Vietnam War.
WebQuest in which students act as advisors to various presidents as they
make decisions concerning the atomic bomb, the power struggle in Iran,
the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam conflict, and dealings with the
the Brink of War
An 11th grade WebQuest in which students search for examples of how the
Cold War affected American culture.
The Red Scare
Wikipedia article which gives a quick overview of the two major US Red
and the Cold War
Provides high school lesson ideas using primary source documents and
photographs to study academic freedom at Rutgers University in NJ to
understand the Cold War period.
Lesson plan on the Red Scare for grades 9-12 from discovery.com. Students
will investigate the Rosenberg case and compare it to other more recent
cases of espionage.
Tragedy in the Classroom
Lesson plan for grades 1-5 that seeks to help students deal with tragedy,
in this case, September 11th. While students today are not dealing with
shock in the immediate wake of the attack, this lesson could be modified
for use in other tragic circumstances (more recently WV mining disaster,
earthquakes, tornados, or the continuing war in Afghanistan, etc.)