Lesson Plans

Diana’s White House Garden

Pair the picture book, Diana’s White House Garden, with primary sources to investigate the purposes of World War II victory gardens. Lesson guide Primary source set

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?

Pair the picture book, What Do You Do with a Voice Like That, with primary sources to investigate Representative Barbara Jordan and the role she played in a changing political landscape in the 1960s and 1970s and during the Watergate investigations of President Nixon. Lesson guide Primary source set

Motor Vehicle Safety

Analyze safety features on a car design prior to national standards, investigate motor vehicle safety legislation over the years, then consider what safety features you would include on a modern-day motor vehicle. Access lesson

The Immigrant: Acquisition or Detriment?

Investigate historical and contemporary pros and cons of immigration and reflect on your own views of the issue. Access lesson

Eagle map of the United States

Analyze how the geography of the United States has changed over time and gain a deeper understanding of the meaning and purpose of symbols to represent national ideals. Access lesson

Biggest Business in the World

Analyze an historical presidential campaign ad and reflect on political promises and pledges that you value. Access lesson

Concerning the American Girl

Reflect on women’s rights through an examination of “ideals of womanhood” over time. Access lesson

Celebrating America

Students explore the origins of Independence Day celebrations, then reflect on why citizens celebrate the birth of their country. Access lesson

I won’t stand for segregation

Analyze primary sources to investigate the story of Sister Rosa, then compare how contemporary culture has characterized her and add your own lyrical tribute. Access lesson

Party Factions

Investigate the effect of party factions on the 1880 U.S. presidential election, then compare and contrast that to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Are there any parallels to today? Access lesson