Our Lesson Plans
Explore our library of lesson plans by subject:
Bridging the generations with poet Edward Hirsch’s “Cotton Candy”
The Cuneiform Writing System in Mesopotamia
Travel along the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Royal Road of the Interior, to Santa Fe, New Mexico
Discover Old Babylonian society through Hammurabi s Code
Enter “Hopitutskwa,” the homeland of the Hopi, to learn how culture and place are intertwined in this tradition
Herman Melville, the Blue Humanities, grit, National Park Service, and museum fieldtrips
Walden, the game
Walden, a game, transports players into a virtual 3-D world of experiences Thoreau may have encountered while at Walden Pond. The game encourages problem solving and enlists survival skills while revealing Thoreau’s appreciation of the natural world through its seasonal changes
The Grand Emporium App
The Grand Emporium tells the story of Fort Vancouver: the hub, in the mid-1800s, of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s fur trading empire and the early end of the Oregon Trail. This app for iOS and Android tablets is designed as a classroom tool for middle school history and social studies activities and discussions about the 19th-century frontier. (Available at iTunes and Google Play.)
British capture and burn Washington after Battle of Bladensburg
Congress passes Communist Control Act
Back to School: Literature and Language Resources
Literature and Language for Back to School includes American and World literature resources and helps secondary-level teachers respond to the CCSS requirements. Each resource aligns to an ELA Anchor Standard for College and Career Readiness as well as three Literacy in Reading, Language and/or Writing standards at a given grade level.
Back to School: History, Social Studies, and Philosophy Resources
Social Studies/History for Back to School includes Philosophy resources and helps secondary-level teachers respond to the CCSS requirements. Each resource aligns to an ELA Anchor Standard for College and Career Readiness as well as three Literacy in History/Social Studies standards at a given grade level.
Best of the Web
“Created Equal”: Four films on the history of the civil rights movement
This NEH initiative brings five outstanding films on the long civil rights movement to communities across the United States. As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal has encouraged communities across the country to revisit the history of civil rights in America.
Experiencing War: Stories from the Veteran’s History Project
This companion to the Library of Congress exhibition Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of WWI features additional collection materials including “Arguing Over War and Over Here.”
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