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Ideas, Activities, and Plans

Lesson Plans, Units, PD Plans, Activities, and Book Backdrops to engage and empower your students.
This vetted searchable database of teacher-created resources is your source of inspiration for primary source driven teaching across the curriculum. Find just the right resource and then let us know how you used it:
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18th Century Household Gardens for Intern Training

Gillow, Lynda
  • PD Plan
  • 9-12
  • English/Language Arts, History
  • Common Core
  • 18th Century, Agriculture, Colonial, Food, Garden
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1930s, The Invention of Hugo Cabaret and Historical Fiction

Crouse, Courtney
  • Unit
  • 6-8
  • English/Language Arts, History
  • Common Core, PA State
  • 1930s, Cabaret, Capitalism, Communism, Dictatorship, Fascism, Fiction, Government, Great Depression, Totalitarianism
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1976 and 2016 Presidential Campaigns: Democrats and Republicans from the Convention Speeches

Pope Johnson, Debra
  • PD Plan
  • 6-8, 9-12
  • Civics and Government, English/Language Arts, History
  • 21st Century Learner, Common Core, ISTE, Learning Forward
  • Carter, Convention , Democrat, Economics, Election, Georgia, Governor, Nomination, Political, President, Republican, Senator, Speech, Social
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2019-20: The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Taylor, Priscilla
  • PD Plan
  • 6-8
  • History
  • 21st Century Learner , ISTE
  • 19th Amendment, Women's Rights Movement
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A is for Everything: How Typography Shapes our Language and Culture

University of the Arts
  • External link
  • Activity
  • Any Grade
  • Arts and Music, Cultural Studies, Science and Technology
  • Common Core
  • Writing, Technology, Print, Font, Graphic, Style, Design, Hieroglyhps, Gutenberg
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A Visual Guide to the Cold War

The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • External link
  • Curriculum
  • Any Grade
  • Civics and Government, Cultural Studies, History
  • Cold War, Soviet Union, United States
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Addressing the Learning Styles and Diverse Needs of All Students Using Primary Sources

Parker-Hennion, Lois
  • PD Plan
  • 9-12
  • Arts and Music, English/Language Arts, History
  • Common Core
  • Analysis, Diverse, Engage, Inquiry, Learning Style
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African Americans and West Expansion

Breedlove, Jihan
  • PD Plan
  • 6-8
  • English/Language Arts, History, Science and Technology
  • ISTE
  • African Americans, Discrimination, Expansion, Migration, Reconstruction, Segregation, Sharecropper, West
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Alabama in the 1930s

Young, Alessandra
  • PD Plan
  • 6-8
  • History
  • 21 Century Learner, ISTE
  • Alabama, Book, Farm, Great Depression, Mockingbird, South
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Alaskan Traditions

Sorsch, Rachael; Sible, Liz; Shaffer, McKenzie
  • Unit
  • 3-5
  • English/Language Arts, Geography, History, Math
  • PA State
  • Alaska, Aurora Borealis, Dog Sled, Iditarod, Totem
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All About the United States

Callander, Michaela; Helsley, Shana; Frye, Caroline
  • Unit
  • 3-5
  • Arts and Music, English/Language Arts, History
  • PA State
  • Flag, Lincoln, National Anthem, Star Spangled Banner, Washington
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America's Involvement in World War II

Townsend, Travis
  • Lesson Plan
  • 9-12
  • History
  • PA State
  • Atomic Bomb, Battle of the Bulge, D-Day, Europe, Japan, World War II, Normandy, Pearl Harbor, United States, VJ Day
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America's Run-Up to Civil War

Simmons, Justin
  • Lesson Plan
  • 9-12
  • Civics and Government, Geography, History
  • PA State
  • Civil War, Economy, Election, Lincoln, Slavery, States Rights
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America: Promised Land Idea Book for Educators

A&E; HISTORY; Et Al
  • External link
  • Activity
  • Any Grade
  • Cultural Studies, History
  • NOTE: free registration required
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American Entry into World War I

Hawks, Jeff
  • Lesson Plan
  • 9-12
  • History
  • PA State
  • Inquiry, Lusitania, Propaganda, United States, World War I
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American Flag and its Symbols

Cormany, Denell
  • Unit
  • Pre K-2
  • Civics and Government, Geography, History
  • Common Core, PA State
  • Anthem, Citizenship, Civics, Flag, Pledge of Allegiance, Star Spangled Banner, Symbol
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American Home Front During World War II

Gates, Jane
  • Lesson Plan
  • 6-8
  • History
  • NCSS
  • Government, Home Front, Posters, Propoganda, World War II
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American Propaganda as Imagery Tool During World War II

Carney, Paul
  • Lesson Plan
  • 9-12
  • Arts and Music, History
  • Common Core
  • Imagery, Poster, Propaganda, World War II, WWII
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American Worker: Industrialization in America

Kensill, Heather
  • Lesson Plan
  • 9-12
  • History
  • Common Core
  • Factory, Industrial Revolution, Industry, Manufacturing, Technology, Westinghouse, Worker
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An Investigation on Herstory in American History

Purdin, Tammara
  • PD Plan
  • 3-5
  • History
  • 21st Century Learner, ISTE, Learning Forward
  • Norman Rockwell, Rosie the Riveter, Women's History
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Analysis and Interpretation of Primary Sources Related to Internment During World War II

Bickford, Amy
  • Lesson Plan
  • 6-8
  • English/Language Arts, History
  • Common Core, NCSS
  • Camp, Executive Order, Freedom, Japanese Internment, Safety, Security, Segregation
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Analysis of Primary Source Images Depicting Early American Style Settlements

Alfieri, Steven
  • Lesson Plan
  • 6-8
  • Geography, History
  • PA State
  • Cities, Farm, Primary Sources, Settlement, Towns
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Analyzing Sherman’s March to the Sea via Inquiry-Based Learning and Close Reading Strategy

Landers, Lisa
  • PD Plan
  • Any Grade
  • Civil War, Georgia, March to the Sea, Sherman's March to the Sea
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Arriving on Ellis Island: The Early Immigrant Experience

Goldsmith, Jill
  • Lesson Plan
  • Pre K-2
  • English/Language Arts, History
  • Common Core, PA State
  • Ellis Island, Europe, Immigrant, Immigration, Pull Factors, Push Factors, Statue of Liberty

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