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Teaching with Historic Places

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Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom.

News & Events

[Graphic] Great Outdoors Month 2015 Feature.

FEATURED! Great Outdoors Month 2015

Welcome summer! June is Great Outdoors Month and Teaching with Historic Places is featuring its lesson plans that highlight historic open places and spaces. From Bryce Canyon and Mammoth Cave to Boston's Emerald Necklace parks and island communities off the coast of Maine, transport your students out of the classroom and into the great outdoors this month.

[Graphic] National Historic Preservation Act lesson plan.

UPDATED! National Historic Preservation Act Lesson Plan
In this updated edition of our National Historic Preservation Act lesson plan (opens as a .pdf), students learn about historic preservation by identifying and investigating local historic properties on the National Register of Historic Places. This lesson introduces middle and high school students to the goals and influence of the NHPA of 1966.

The National Park Service and History Channel collaborated to update this lesson in our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the act.

[Graphic] Separate But Equal? South Carolina's Fight Over School Segregation. Two schools. One school is painted white and is neoclassical. One school is brick with modern architecture.

NEW! Separate But Equal? South Carolina's Fight Over School Segregation
Civil rights, education, and architecture are the subjects of our latest lesson plan, “Separate But Equal?” South Carolina’s Fight Over School Segregation. Learn about how segregation affected education in South Carolina in the 1940s and ‘50s, and how African American parents challenged this system for their children in Briggs v. Elliott— a case combined with Brown v. Board of Education.


State Standards

Meet 21st Century State Standards with TwHP
Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans, based on the inquiry method, provide teachers with materials and question sets that encourage analytical thinking. This makes them a great choice for classrooms where students need to meet Common Core state standards and social studies standards based on the College, Career & Civic Life Framework.

Teaching Teachers the Power of Place

Teaching Teachers Power of Place
Professional development materials include articles, media presentations, how-to guides, classroom case studies and other helpful resources.



Service Learning

Service Learning
To promote the benefits of combining classroom instruction, experiential learning, and civic engagement, TwHP suggests activities, highlights case studies, and provides other resources on the topic of service learning.

Youth Summits

Youth Summits
Youth Summits benefit middle school and high school aged students, educators, and community leaders by providing opportunities to participate in activities, discussions, and projects related to history, historic preservation, and heritage tourism in their communities.



Children's Corner
Visit the Children's Corner for background information on the National Park Service, lots of fun activities, and information on getting involved in your national parks.

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Preserve America
Find TwHP lessons featuring historic sites in Preserve America Communities.

Curriculum Standards
Meet the National U.S. History Standards for Grades 5-12 and the Curriculum Standards for Social Studies using Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans.

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