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20 Teacher Resources on Native American History and Culture

Below are 20 resources that middle and high school teachers can turn to when developing lesson plans related to the roles of Native American peoples in American history and contemporary life. These resources include online exhibitions at the Smithsonian; the Smithsonian’s Native Knowledge 360° Educational Initiative; the work of the Mitchell and Hood Museums; and…  learn more

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2019-2020 US History Textbook

El Paso Independent School District in El Paso Texas created this US History text for its high school course using OER, CC, and public domain content from a variety of sources curated by educators in the district. The course is aligned to the Texas TEKS and is usually taken in Grade 9 or 10.  …  learn more

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9/11 Memorial Museum

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers interactive lesson plans for students in grades 3 to 12 that address the 9/11 attacks, their ongoing repercussions, and the history of the World Trade Center. Lessons plans are divided by grade level and theme below.  learn more

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American Heritage Education Foundation

AHEF believes that the concepts and themes of our American heritage must be objectively studied and continually improved for today’s students and citizens to understand, appreciate, and perpetuate the ongoing miracle of our unique republic of the people, by the people, and for the people. Through a renewed study and understanding of historical events, founding…  learn more

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American Historama: United States History for Kids

United States History for Kids: Important Historical Events This United States History for Kids website is presented in a unique way by linking some of the most famous events in United States History for Kids with the presidencies during which they occurred. An easy way to discover facts and information about the Important events in…  learn more

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Britannica: September 11 Attacks

September 11 attacks, also called 9/11 attacks, series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks committed in 2001 by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda against targets in the United States, the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in U.S. history.  learn more

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C-SPAN Lesson Plans

Free video-based materials for social studies teachers. C-SPAN Classroom is a FREE membership service that works with C-SPAN's programs on public affairs, coverage of Congress, non-fiction books and American history to create free resources for teachers, students and the public to use in classrooms, projects or for research. Our website provides social studies teachers with…  learn more

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Celebration, Conflict & Contemplation: Digital Thanksgiving Activities & Lesson Plans for Students

Take students on a historical journey with our free pre-K12 Thanksgiving activities and resources for use in distance or hybrid learning classrooms.  learn more

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Chicago History-The Mystery of Mary Todd Lincoln's Cloak

For an intriguing mystery about the coat which Mary Todd Lincoln wore on the evening he was assassinated check out this document from the Chicago Historical Society.  learn more

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Columbus Day October 10th

Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, and Columbus Day 2022 occurs on Monday, October 10. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not become a federal holiday until 1937. For many,…  learn more

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Constitution Day – September 17, 2022

Celebrated on September 17, Constitution Day, also known as Constitution and Citizenship Day, honors the document that guarantees Americans their essential rights. Since its ratification in 1787, the Constitution of the United States has served as the basis for all U.S. laws.  learn more

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Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans

The American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson is a free, award-winning community-based site that brings together educators, parents and caregivers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, specialized instructional support personnel, union and nonunion members, educational partners, and higher education professionals who have the common goal of finding and sharing the best educational resources available. Share My…  learn more

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EDSITEment: Lesson Plans

EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment offers free resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality K-12 humanities education materials in the subject areas of history and social studies, literature and language arts, foreign languages, arts, and culture. All websites linked to EDSITEment have…  learn more

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Education World: Constitution Day Lessons and Resources

Education World has gathered resources that will help you find the perfect way -- whether you teach kindergarten or high school. These lesson ideas and resources provide the tools you will need to recognize Constitution Day this year and in years to come.  learn more

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History Channel: History Classroom

HISTORY Classroom offers resources for educators, including education guides, learning tools, and links to educational content.  learn more

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History Channel: September 11 Attacks

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon in Arlington,…  learn more

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iCivics & History’s Mysteries

iCivics is partnering with History’s Mysteries to integrate its K-5 learning offerings into the iCivics suite of educational materials. Similarly, History’s Mysteries places young learners in grades K-5 in the center of the action by challenging them to act as history detectives. Its curriculum asks students a “Big Question” such as “What does it mean to…  learn more

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In the News: The Heat Was On

Nervous delegates, arguments, and a heat wave. These were just a few of the things the Founders dealt with as they wrote the United States Constitution.  learn more

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Lesson plan: Veterans Day and the meaning of sacrifice

Use this PBS NewsHour lesson plan to help students understand the significance of Veterans Day and the meaning of sacrifice. Students will identify important veterans in their lives, examine an interactive timeline of military history and study issues facing veterans today.  learn more

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National Museum of American History

Empowering people to create a just and compassionate future by exploring, preserving, and sharing the complexity of our past. We collect artifacts of all kinds—from gowns to locomotives—to preserve an enduring record of our past for the American people.  learn more

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On 9/11, They Were at School.

Here’s what happened inside their classrooms. Chalkbeat asked teachers and students what they remember about that day of terror 20 years later. It was the beginning of the school day at the beginning of the school year at the beginning of the millennium. Millions of American children were in classrooms on the morning of September…  learn more

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Our Story

Smithsonian's History Explorere. American History stories and activities you can do together.  learn more

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PBS: US History Collection

IN DEVELOPMENT IN 2022, this Collection is growing all the time! Expand students’ understanding of U.S. History with culturally inclusive resources that bring the major people, events, and trends in history alive, while integrating often untold stories into the curriculum. Curated clips of trusted PBS programs and a diverse array of other media and interactive…  learn more

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Presidents Day Lesson Plans and Resources

Share My Lesson Created and maintained by the American Federation of Teachers, Share My Lesson is a community of teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, specialized instructional support personnel, higher education faculty, and parents and caregivers who contribute content, collaborate, and stay up to date on the issues that matter to students and educators everywhere.  learn more

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Presidents' Day Lessons

Teach your high school students about the constitutional legacy of George Washington, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan this Presidents' Day. These free, ready-to-use lessons will engage your students in learning about these important presidents and how they shaped the history and Constitution of our nation. Each lesson was written and reviewed by scholars…  learn more

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Smithsonian's History Explorer: Lessons & Activities

Smithsonian's History Explorer was developed by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history. The site is designed for use by K-12 teachers and students, afterschool program providers, families, and individuals interested in lifelong learning. History Explorer's…  learn more

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Stanford History Education Group

Our lessons and assessments are available for free download once you've created an account.  learn more

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TeacherVision: Veterans Day Activities, Printables & Lessons

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, which commemorated the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Today, Veteran’s Day honors all of America’s veterans for their patriotism, their service, and their sacrifice for their country. Despite an attempt to move the date of Veterans Day when the Uniform Holiday Bill was signed, it…  learn more

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The National WWII Museum New Orleans

The National WWII Museum is dedicated to providing materials you can use in your classroom to teach about the war. We offer free, primary-source driven lesson plans, image galleries, and other resources to make teaching WWII easier for you and more interactive for your students.  learn more

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US History

Website contains thousands of pages covering all aspects of U.S. History plus free online textbooks.  learn more

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Veterans Day Activities

The Veterans Day pages will provide you with great activities and lessons to help you and your students honor our country's heroes. Ideas within the Veteran's Day pages include: scavenger hunts, lesson plans, printable worksheets, and Internet resources.  learn more

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Women in the 1920s

Summary of Women in the 1920s Summary: The role of women in society had taken a massive leap forward In 1920 when all women were given the right to vote. The roles of American Women in the 1920s  varied considerably between the 'New Woman', the Traditionalists and the older generation. The 'New Woman', including the young…  learn more

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Women’s History Milestones: A Timeline

From a plea to a founding father, to the suffragists to Title IX, to the first female political figures, women have blazed a steady trail towards equality in the United States.  learn more