Research sites worth exploring with students:
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MUSEUM
VOICES OF DEMOCRACY
DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA
Lesson plan resources
This companion site to the PBS series features comprehensive web sites for each of the American Experience episodes in the series.
Gilder Lehrman Institute
The Gilder Lehrman Collection is a unique archive of primary sources in American history. Owned by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and located at the New-York Historical Society, the Collection includes more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed books, newspapers, photographs, and ephemera that document the political, social, and economic history of the United States. An extensive resource for educators, students, and scholars, the Collection ranges from 1493 through the twentieth century and is widely considered one of the nation’s great archives in the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum, and Civil War periods.
Stanford University: “Beyond the Bubble” History Assessments
Beyond the Bubble features new kinds of history assessments that allow teachers to gauge whether students have mastered key historical thinking skills. These innovative assessments, called History Assessments of Thinking (HATs), prompt students to answer questions about historical sources and to justify their reasoning in two or three sentences. Most HATs can be completed in ten minutes, some in less than five. HATs allow teachers to get a quick sense of what students do and don’t know. Teachers can use this information to adjust instruction to meet the needs of their students.
Teaching Tolerance: Southern Poverty Law Center
Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children.We provide free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners. Our teaching materials have won two Oscars, an Emmy and more than 20 honors from the Association of Educational Publishers, including two Golden Lamp Awards, the industry's highest honor. Scientific surveys demonstrate that our programs help students learn respect for differences and bolster teacher practice.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Ready-to-use History lesson plans for K-12. “ARCH: Assessment Center for History was developed through a partnership between the UMBC Center for History Education (CHE) and the Howard County Public School System, with support from the United States Department of Education's Teaching American History grant program. ARCH materials may be used in educational settings, following fair-use guidelines.”
This site for kids from the Library of Congress features profiles of famous Americans, key events in American history, profiles of the 50 states, a look at American pastimes, and movie and sound files that explore’s past.
National Museum of American History
This site features virtual exhibits on a variety of topics including: Japanese American internment, the American Flag, Quilts, and September 11.
Primary source archives
50 Core Documents: Teaching American History
Teachingamericanhistory.org offers 50 crucial core documents from American History, spanning from the Declaration of Independence to as recent as Reagan’s “A Time For Choosing” speech. Each document includes a summary, links to related documents, and an easy tool that aligns your state’s standards to the document.
American Memory-Library of Congress
If you like poking around in attics, you may never leave this site! You'll find thousands of images, sound recordings, movies, maps, and documents from the Library of Congress as well as resources to help teacher use primary sources in the classroom.
National Archives Digital Classroom
Learn how you can use primary source materials in your classroom and discover great resources from the National Archives.
Links to over 4000 newspapers around the world that have online sites. There are also sections for radio and TV and magazines.
You'll find 100 milestone documents of American history at this site from National History Day, the National Archives, and the USA Freedom Corps. The site also features tools for educators and news.
Daily political cartoons from around the world.
Listen to radio broadcasts from around the world at this site that has links to over 10,000 radio station web pages and over 2500 audio streams from radio stations in the U.S. and around the world.
Go West with Lewis and Clark
Travel the route that took Lewis and Clark to the Pacific at this site from National Geographic.
Native North America
Information about indigenous groups in North America.
The Underground Railroad
Travel back in time and learn about the Underground Railroad at this site from National Geographic.
Resources from New Hampshire
The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire promotes awareness and appreciation of African American history and life in order to build more inclusive communities today. We believe that if we could embrace our shared history, we could heal racial anxiety and misunderstanding -- in our communities, our state and in this country.
This resource is produced by Plymouth State University's Coordinator of Social Studies Education and seniors within the program. "The purpose of this website is to provide comprehensive resources to budding social studies educators. Too often in education we reinvent the wheel. Many amazing resources are out there from incredible organizations, but few are organized into full courses and units, that is where this website comes in. On our site, we have done a lot of the preparation for you and found the best lesson plans out there and embedded some of our own made by SSE Professor Eckert and SSE students."
The Remedial Herstory Project is a New Hampshire based nonprofit founded and led by women educators and advocates under the advisement of women's historians and college professors. The RHP is dedicated to developing and providing inquiry-based learning materials on women’s history free to educators. In support of its mission, the RHP produces media, provides resources, and professional development in history for educators.
“Moose on the Loose” is an elementary social studies curriculum for the State of New Hampshire. Created by the New Hampshire Historical Society, it explores the Granite State’s history, economics, geography, and civic life, introducing elementary students to the state’s rich cultural heritage. The site offers lots of material for kids in the upper elementary grades (grades 3-6), much of which is adaptable even for students in older grades. "Moose on the Loose" provides many ways for kids to connect what they learn about the past to current, statewide issues. It also provides a foundation for lifelong learning about New Hampshire, America, and the democratic traditions that unite us all. So dive in and find out more about the state we all love!
NHD is an education program designed to help students to engage in history by designing and completing original research on a topic of interest. Nearly one million students participate nationwide. New Hampshire's program has been hosted by Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH since 2003.