Teaching/Researching History

Pages and resources for thinking about studying and researching the past.

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Teaching American History - Lesson Plans
Teaching American History - Lesson Plans
Resources and plans on a range of subjects from the colonial era to the 20th century. Comes with documents and links to intercative resources.
Modern History Sourcebook
Modern History Sourcebook
A massive collection of links to documents on the Modern World - not just the USA. A useful reference library.
UC Davis: Marchand Archive Lesson Plans
UC Davis: Marchand Archive Lesson Plans
Roland Marchand was an academic and pioneer in building web-based teaching resources. This page has links to differentiated lesson plans dealing with source analysis across a range of topics.
Library of Congress Lesson Plans
Library of Congress Lesson Plans
Plans & resources on a range of subjects across American history.
Intute: Using the Internet for American Studies online tutorial
Intute: Using the Internet for American Studies online tutorial
Given the scope and scale of the internet, it is easy for students to get lost, or to find yourself using the wrong kind of material when researching an essay or presentation. This online guide gives really sound advice on how to use the internet effectively when conducting research. A great place to start you thinking.
National Archives: Teaching with Documents
National Archives: Teaching with Documents
A series of lesson plans divided by era, each with primary source materials attached.
Docs Teach: Primary Sources for the Classroom
Docs Teach: Primary Sources for the Classroom
The national Archives source database designed for teachers. A truly fantastic collection of documents & clips.
American Memory Timeline
American Memory Timeline
The Library of Congress holds such vast collections they prepared this timeline to help teachers and students locate materials on particular subjects. In each time period you will find several themes. Clicking on each will give you links to documents and suggestions for further research.
The Process of Historical Investigation
The Process of Historical Investigation
This UC Davis PDF provides a handy guide to thinking about sources and the way we can use them to build and develop study and analysis.
Discover American Studies: Short Essays
Discover American Studies: Short Essays
Six short essays from American Studies academics offering insights into how and why to study different aspects of American life, from film to foreign policy. Useful & concise - as is the rest of the site.
American Social History Project for Teaching and Learning
American Social History Project for Teaching and Learning
Lesson plans and primary sources for teaching social history.
Slideshare: You suck at powerpoint
Slideshare: You suck at powerpoint
If you've got to use powerpoint for teaching or for a student presentation, why not make it look good? This short presentation teaches you how to make presentations more effective.
The Center for History and New Media
The Center for History and New Media
George Mason University's hub for exploring the best sites and new practice in using new media in historical teaching and research. A great place to find new sites and think about the use of new media in studying the past.
Historical Thinking Matters
Historical Thinking Matters
Site contains 4 web-based resources on key moments in modern American history: The Spanish-American War; the Scopes trial; New Deal Welfare Reform & the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Each section has videos, resources & lesson plans.
Teaching American History
Teaching American History
George Mason University's website offering an insight into four schemes of work undertaken with four schools designed to embrace new media.
U.S. History Scene
U.S. History Scene
A great set of resources, lectures, articles & lesson plans. Searchable by era or century.
Not Even Past
Not Even Past
Not Even Past provides dynamic, accessible, short articles on every field of History. Founded in 2010 and developed by the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin it offers a range of materials on American & International history. A free account is necessary to access all content.
Stanford History Group: Lesson plans
Stanford History Group: Lesson plans
Stanford's lesson plans on various aspects of US History, complete with resources. Also contains a useful set of materials on getting students to think like a historian.