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History Lesson Plans - Search for lessons by topic and grade level. From EdSitement.
National History Education Clearinghouse - Lesson plans and other helps with history instruction.
Smithsonian's History Explorer - Lesson plans, worksheets and web sites for all grades.
Smithsonian Learning Lab - Smithsonian resources for teaching American history with primary resources.
LOC for Teachers - This site is for teachers and provides lesson plans for resources and digital collections from the Library of Congress.
Teaching With Documents - US history lesson plans from the National Archives.
National Park Service - Curriculum based programs. If you are planning a field trip to a national park, this site helps you plan your visit and has teaching materials.
H.I.P. Pocket Change - This is a site for both students and teachers by the US Mint. In the teacher's section you will find lesson plans using US coins.
PBS Learning Media
Digital History - A wealth of information about American history. Lesson plans are keyed to
primary sources. There are also biographies, chronologies, maps, and much more.
History Matters - Site for high school and college students and their teachers. It has
a wealth of material for US history and history lesson plans.
US History and Children's Literature - Teach history through children's literature. By Carol Hurst.
71 Digital Portals to State History - Help for students researching state history. From the Library of Congress.
The Conquistadors - Based on the PBS TV series.
This site has both information on the conquistidors and lesson plans for middle and high
Join the Revolution - Revolutionary war lesson plans from Education World.
The Museum of the American Revolution - Philadelphia, PA
Lewis and Clark: The Journey West - Lesson plans from Education World.
Civil War Curriculum - For all grades from the American Battlefield Trust.
Gilder Lehrman Center for Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance - The Source Documents section has many primary sources such as court decisions, cartoons, letters, and maps which may useful to educators. There is also a page on the Amisted with related web links.
HarpWeek - Teaching and background materials from Harper's Weekly magazine. This site is rich in materials from 1850 to the end of the 19th century. You will find materials on the Civil War, reconstruction, and elections from this period.
Lesson Plan: The Civil War -
Literature based unit on the civil war for upper elementary classes
The Civil War in the Classroom - Teaching ideas for the Ken Burns video of The Civil War. This is from PBS.
Coming to America: Immigration Builds a Nation - Lesson plans
on immigration to America from Education World.
From Sea to Shining Sea: A Nation Moves Westward - Ideas for teaching the westward expansion from Education World.
The Age of Imperialism - Lesson
The American Experience - PBS video series.
Multicultural History in America - Lesson plans and plans for special holidays.
The Heritage and
Culture of Puerto Ricans - with lesson plans.
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