Some of these resources have appeared in previous editions but are presented here again due to the demands of remote teaching.
American History Night with Ken Burns
Together with PBS Digital Innovator All Stars David Olson, Larissa Wright-Elson and Paige Somoza, explore creative ways to bring history to life for students. Whether teaching remotely or, eventually, when teachers and students get back into classrooms, this discussion is perfect for educators who want to help their students make connections between the past and present and effectively tell their own stories.
Teaching a famous speech? American Rhetoric houses 100 famous speeches complete with transcripts and audio.
Awesome Stories is a free website with compelling stories including related primary source evidence in the form of videos, audio clips, documents and images.
Access thousands of free e-books, poems, articles, short stories and plays. The site includes a large reference and nonfiction section, as well as several detailed study guides for texts of classic literature, drama and poetry.
Civil Liberties and the Coronavirus
C-SPAN provides selections of resources relating to individual rights. These lessons and bell ringers provide historical and modern context to rights found in the Constitution and expanded upon through laws and Supreme Court cases
Civics 360 out of Florida
These resources in modules are designed to enhance student civic knowledge and skills.
Corroboration Classroom Poster | Stanford History Education Group
Corroboration asks students to consider details across multiple sources to determine points of agreement and disagreement. This poster reminds students corroborating documents to ask: What do other documents say? Do the documents agree?
COVID-19 Time Capsule
Long Creations owner Natalie Long is sharing the COVID-19 Time Capsule she designed to help her own kids (and herself) process the new reality of COVID-19 with its shelter in place, schooling from home, distance from friends, uncertainty, etc. There are versions for U.S. kids, as well as Canadian kids, and their families. The capsules are available in English, Spanish and French. There are separate time capsule packets for kids and adults and additional pages about special events – “The Year They Closed the School, Letter from Teacher,” etc. The PDF pages can be downloaded, and additional pages can be added that guide students to reflect on the human rights challenges created by COVID-19 and government and business responses to it, the civic engagement opportunities and the people’s responsibilities during this pandemic.
This website is a source for current events, news and nonfictional content for English language arts, science and social studies.
Duke University Library
This online collection houses historic photos, advertisements, texts and more.
Facing History and Ourselves
- Classroom Videos. Get a glimpse inside real classrooms. See teaching strategies in action, experience classroom conversations, and hear teacher tips on how to build reflective classrooms. The videos are typically between four and ten minutes long.
- Webinars. These are free one-hour webinars that present a theme, practice, or particular historical moment. Check out the on-demand webinars including Teaching Through This Pandemic, Civic Engagement in a Digital Age, and Teaching Complex Current Events and Supporting Student Well-Being.
Making connections to American History? Use the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History site to view its collection of primary sources and museum exhibitions.
Want to teach with the news but not sure if you have enough time? Inshorts condenses the latest news stories into 60-word blurbs, so users can stay informed.
Kelly Gallagher’s Article of the Week
Visit this site to access weekly informational articles to read aloud to your students to build content knowledge.
This website offers free online courses, discussion forums and highly recommended links to teaching and learning resources.
Letters of Note
Letters of Note gathers letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes and memos from both famous and unknown people from various time periods.
Library of Congress
Choose the grade level you are looking for and browse through their collection of texts.
Mapping Hour is a set of 20 informal, one-hour instructional videos about ArcGIS Online for parents and teachers, with chunks that scaffold concepts and skills for using ArcGIS Online in K-12 instruction. The videos take users from an initial experience with GIS to integrating tools for an involved project.
This public radio podcast tells nonfiction narratives from history. It received a Peabody Award in 2016.
Find age-appropriate books, articles, encyclopedic entries and interviews that meet the text complexity demands by grade level.
National Humanities Center
This website contains primary and secondary sources, as well as lessons and webinars.
Access hundreds of news articles, quizzes and text sets by Lexile. New articles are added daily.
Washington, D.C.’s Newseum created a teacher resource for activities, artifacts and classroom ideas.
Pros & Cons of Current Issues: Reliable, Nonpartisan, Empowering
This site offers numbers topics and positions to have a rich debate in class. There are lessons for teacher to hold a debate.
TIME for Kids
This website offers daily news, current events and videos for kids.
Uncovering America: What Does It Mean to Be An American?
Discover compelling stories of creativity, struggle and resilience in this new set of resources for K-12 educators featuring works of art that reflect the richness and diversity of the people, places and cultures of the United States. Encourage creative, critical and historical thinking in your students as you examine works of art from the country’s creation to the present day.